Jim Stuart's 1974.5 MGB-GT with 1995 Rover 4.2L V8(originally published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume 2 Issue 1)
Owner: Jim Stuart
City: Gaithersburg, MD
Model: 1974-1/2 MG MGB-GT
Date of Conversion: 1993
How It Was Done
|Engine:||1963 Buick 215.
|Transmission:||Borg Warner T-50.
|Flywheel:||stock Buick 215, machined flat.
|Tires/Wheels:||Shelby 14 x 7 (Datsun) Minilite copies with 195/70 tires.
|Suspension:||chrome bumper front crossmember. 1-1/2" lowering blocks
and stock GT springs on rear. "Evolution" front and rear
sway bars from M&G International.
|Cooling:||radiator relocated to 1977-80 location. 16" thinstyle
electric fan. A/C condensor with 12" fan.
|Other:||(1) MSD G-A Ignition.
(2) Ford remote starter solenoid (eliminates heat soak starter problems common to GM.)
(3) Chevrolet Vega starter with D&D adapter nose.
(4) GM 63 amp alternator w/ modified D&D brackets.
(5) air conditioning with Nippondenso compressor, dealer option MGB underdash A/C unit and fabricated mounts.
(6) Pontiac Fiero seats with headrest speakers.
(7) Sunway folding sunroof.
(later description, as recorded by Dan Masters)
MODIFICATIONS: Buick front cover, Erson cam & lifters, double row timing chain, Mallory magnetic ignition, D&D swivel filter mount, Vega starter w/D&D nose, Carter 500cfm carburetor, Buick 215 intake
COOLING: Custom core, 1977 MGB top and bottom tanks, +4" in length, 2700cfm electric fan
TRANSMISSION: T-5 (0.63:1 5th), Hurst shifter
BELLHOUSING/CLUTCH: Buick 215 bellhousing, GM 10.5" clutch/pressure plate, McLeod hydraulic throw-out bearing
REAR END: Towery 8" Ford center w/MGB ends (3.5:1)
BRAKES - FRONT: stock
BRAKES - REAR: stock
SUSPENSION - FRONT: chrome-bumper crossmember, springs, etc, M&G International 5/8" sway bar
SUSPENSION - REAR: stock with 1 1/2" lowering blocks, M&G International 5/8" sway bar
WHEELS/TIRES: 195/65/15 Yoko Avid, 15x6 wheels
EXHAUST: stainless for MGBV8 - Falcon
INSTRUMENTS: VDO electric speedo, tach, oil pressure, oil temperature, water temperature, voltmeter, clock
SPECIAL FEATURES: Remote electric hatch & door locks, sunroof, Fiero seats, Vintageair heat/defrost/air conditioning, converted to chrome bumpers
LOCATION: Montgomery Village, MD