Mike Maloney's 1974 MGB-GT with 3.9L Rover V8as published in BritishV8 Magazine, Volume XVI Issue 2, October 2008
Owner: Mike Maloney
BritishV8 UserID: RMO_699F
City: Tipp City, OH
Model: 1974 MGB-GT
Engine: Rover 3.9 V8
Conversion by: Tom Hoagland
(as photographed at British V8 2008 in Port Washington, WI and British V8 2016 in Townsend, TN)
|Engine:||Rover 3.9L V8 rebuilt with 9.35:1 compression ratio pistons (stock bore) and a 10-10 grind on the crankshaft.
Crower 50230 camshaft.
Duplex timing chain.
Upgraded oil pump.
Remote oil filter.
Buick four-barrel intake manifold.
Edelbrock 500 carburetor.
Pertronix "Ignitor" breakerless ignition.
Pertronix "Flame Thrower" coil.
|Cooling:||later model ("rubber-bumper") MGB radiator with inlet and outlet ports
repositioned (i.e. the original port locations are blanked off.)
Spal electric cooling fan (pushing).
|Exhaust:||MG RV8-style (through-the-apron) 4-into-1 headers going into a single muffler.
|Transmission:||Borg-Warner T5 (nwc) 5-speed, with 0.073:1 fifth gear.
10" clutch with McLeod HTOB.
|Rear Axle:||Clive Wheatley 3.07:1 CW&P installed in the MGB axle.
(0.218 thousandths removed from original MGB carrier.)
|Front Susp.:||standard, with castor reduction wedges fitted (to reduce steering effort).
|Rear Susp.:||standard, with tube shocks in lieu of lever shocks.
|Brakes:||standard MGB brakes.
|Wheels/Tires:||Konig "Rewind" 8-spoke aluminum wheels, 15x7 with zero offset.
|Body:||Complete MGC-GT "Sebring" body kit, including fiberglass flared fenders and valances.
|Interior:||Mountney 14" steering wheel.
|Electrical:||MGB wiring harness, refurbished.
Two 12V batteries hooked up in parallel with separate grounds, in original battery boxes.
Approximately 3,000 miles driven as of British V8 2008.
|Comments:||I originally purchased this car from a Ford dealer in San Angelo Texas.
The previous owner had traded it in on a "150" pickup! It came with the
Sebring body kit and also had a fiberglass MGC hood with an extra hood
scoop. (It now has standard MGC hood.) I originally installed a Chevy 4.3L
V6 obtained from a 1988 Astro minivan. It ran with a 3-speed automatic.
The V6 headers were piece cut and tack-welded from three complete sets
of tubular Astro van headers. I never was happy with this arrangement and
when Tom Hoagland offered to install the 3.9 V8 in 2007, I jumped at the
chance. The Clive Wheatley 3.07 CW&P was installed by Babbitt Bearing
in Columbus, Ohio. I highly recommend these folks.
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Konig Rewind 8-spoke aluminum wheels.
New Compomotive ML 8-spoke wheels in optional black finish. (2016)
Photos by Curtis Jacobson for BritishV8.org.
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