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
|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
|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.
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