Paul Avery's 1977 MGB with Rover 3.5L V8

Paul Avery's 1977 MGB with Rover 3.5L V8

as published in British V8 Magazine, Volume XVI Issue 1, May 2008

Owner: Paul Avery
City: Essex, UK
Model: 1977 MGB
Engine: Rover 3.5L V8
Conversion by: owner and his dad.

Engine: Rover SD1 3.5L V8, overbored 0.020". New 9.75:1 compression ratio pistons. Isky "262" mild "fast road" cam. Mallory Dual Point distributor. High power coil. Remote oil filter. Delco alternator. Clive Wheatley engine steady bar. Note: the Edelbrock valve covers were made for small block Chevy, but they were installed with laser-cut steel adapters.
Induction: Offy Dual-Port intake manifold and Weber/Edelbrock 500 carburetor, re-jetted to suit.
Cooling: new MGB V8 radiator, with twin electric fans as per the factory V8 model.
Exhaust: full stainless system with block hugger tubular manifolds and single silencer.
Transmission: rebuilt late Rover LT77 5 speed. Standard SD1 flywheel and clutch. MGB V8 master cylinder. Custom prop shaft.
Rear Axle: 3.07:1 gear ratio and Quaife limited slip differential.
Front Susp.: new MGB V8 front springs and Spax adjustable telescopic dampers.
Rear Susp.: Koni telescopic dampers and new leaf springs.
Brakes: cross-drilled and grooved front discs, Kevlar "V8" pads. All new standard rear brakes. Braided stainless steel brake lines.
Wheels/Tires: Minilite 15x6.5J wheels with 195/60R15 tires.
(The photos below show Paul's previous "factory" MGB GT V8 Dunlop 14-inch wheels.)
Body: MG "Special Tuning" front spoiler. Aley roll bar.
Interior: new leather seat upholstery.
Completed: almost there!

Clive Wheatley engine steady bar

9.75:1 compression ratio pistons   Rover SD1 3.5L V8, overbored 0.020

stock Rover V8 timing chain and gears   neoprene rear main seal

Rover V8 aluminum cylinder heads   Rover SD1 bellhousing and transmission

Offy (Offenhauser) Dual-Port intake manifold   all stainless steel exhaust system

Rover LT77 shifter linkage 1   Rover LT77 shifter linkage 2

Rover LT77 iron transmission housing   wrapped headers

cross-drilled and grooved front discs

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prepared engine compartment, firewall and transmission tunnel mods

on the engine hoist

how to give your MGB V8 power

Rover pulleys

dressing out the engine

new leather MGB upholstery and Aley roll bar

factory MGB GT V8 Dunlop 14 inch wheels. Dunlop 175 tires.

Aley roll bar

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