Jim Watson's 1979 MGB with Rover 3.5L V8Owner: Jim and Melinda Watson
City: Maryville, Tennessee
Model: 1979 MG MGB
Engine: Rover 3.5L V8
Conversion by: the Manly Men of Blount British Car Club (and Jim)
Features and Specifications
|Engine:||Rover 3.5L V8 engine bored 0.020" over and balanced.
Crower camshaft (level 1).
Ported cylinder heads.
Buick 4-barrel intake manifold.
Edelbrock 500cfm carburetor.
Pertronix Ignitor electronic igntion module.
Pertronix Flamethrower ignition coil.
Remote oil filter.
|Cooling:||Howe aluminum radiator.
Stock electric fans, pushing.
|Exhaust:||RV8-style four-into-one headers.
Two-into-one out the back.
|Transmission:||Borg-Warner T5 5-speed.
Ford clutch and pressure plate.
Ram Hydro hydraulic throwout bearing.
|Rear End:||stock MGB Salisbury axle (open differential and 3.909:1 ring and pinion.)
|Front Susp.:||lowered and uprated springs.
Heavy duty shock absorber valves.
7/8" sway bar.
|Rear Susp.:||stock springs.
Monroe telescoping shock absorbers.
Stock MGB rear sway bar.
|Brakes:||late model MGB pedal assembly with power brake booster.
|Wheels/Tires:||VTO 15x6 8-spoke aluminum wheels.
|Interior:||restored beige interior.
|Electrical:||battery relocated to trunk.
|Instruments:||stock MGB. (Tachometer rebuilt for V8 use.)
|Body:||removed front and rear bumpers.
Preform Resources front and rear valances.
Austin-Healey front turn signals/marker lights.
Shaved side trim.
Shaved side marker lights.
Shaved back-up lights.
Body-color license plate lamps.
Russet Brown paint.
Rover 3.5L aluminum V8 engine.
Stock MGB instruments and dashboard.
Battery relocated to trunk.
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Preform Resources fiberglass front valance, with Austin Healey turn signals.
VTO 15" eight spoke aluminum wheels.
Shaved side trim and marker lights.
Preform Resources fiberglass rear valance.
Shaved back-up lights. License plate lamps painted body color.
Photos by Jim Watson for BritishV8.org.
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