Martin Reilly's 1953 MG TD with Ford 289 V8

as published in BritishV8 Magazine, Volume IV Issue 1

Owner: Martin Reilly
City: Bensonville, IL
Model: 1953 MG TD
Engine: Ford 289 V8

How It Was Done

Engine Mods: stock with 2bbl carburetor. (Engine is 1965 model.)
Cooling: modified TD radiator. Omega electric cooling fan.
Transmission: 1962 Borg Warner 4-speed manual.
Bellhousing: Ford P/N C5A2-6392A, C5A2-7515A clutch release arm, AB 7562 spring.
Rear End: 1963 Chevy with cut and splined/welded half shafts. Chevy inner, TD stock outer, TD brakes and wheels.
Suspension: MGB V8 heavy duty lower control arm bushings. Front coil springs replaced with 1974 MGB GT coils for added stiffness. Traction Master shocks on rear.
Conversion by: Kaplan Engineering, Chicago IL
Completed: 1966.
Comments: car was raced by prior owner. Originally converted using a Ford flat head engine.

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