Kieran Anderson's 1980 MGB with Rover 3.5L V8
as published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume VIII Issue 3, September 2000
Owner: Kieran Anderson
City: Wurtsboro, NY
Model: 1980 MGB
Engine: Rover 3.5L V8
Conversion By: Owner
|Engine:||1970 Rover 3.SL, SilvoLite pistons, Iskenderian lifters, pushrods and
super cam, Offenhauser 7001 intake manifold with 390cfm Holley 4bbl
carburetor. High volume oil pump with remote filter.
|Transmission:||Triumph TR-8 5-speed manual. Completely rebuilt with all new bearings,
seals, pump and gaskets.
|Clutch Actuator:||Triumph TR-8.
|Clutch:||B&B Rover clutch and a strengthened clutch fork.
|Flywheel:||Lightened Rover 3.5L.
|Exhaust:||Stainless steel block hugger headers with complete Falcon dual stainless
|Brakes:||Cross drilled front rotors with Mintex pads and stainless steel
|Wheels/Tires:||185-70R14 XGT4 Michelin tires on Minilite wheels.
|Suspension:||Lowered (2") front and rear springs.
|Cooling:||MGB radiator turned around with repositioned inlet and outlets. I
made the outlet smaller to keep the coolant in the radiator longer
so it will dissipate more heat. Three cooling fans.
|Rear End:||MGB with Mike Satur 3.07:1 ring and pinion gearset, machining required.
|Instruments:||Recalibrated tach and 120 mph speedometer. VDO voltmeter in place of cigar lighter.
|Information Sources:||I spent a day with Glen Towery in Delaware. Best place for parts,
ideas and know how. Also used TS Imported Automotive, D&D Fabrications,
Ian Pender, and of course the MG V8 Newsletter.
|Recommendations:||Before you start, make sure you know where to get most of the parts
and the whereabouts of a GOOD machine shop. Have lots of time, patience
and, of course, money. Being in the automotive business helps too. Also,
I installed most electrical components using fuses and relays.
I have driven my V8 500 miles so far (only on weekends) with no problems. It is a real pleasure to drive and to look at. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A V8 UNDER YOUR FOOT, especially when it is in an MG.
|Cost of Conversion:||(Excluding Original Car): $15,000 and three years.|