Robert Milner's 1967 MGB-GT with Rover/Buick 293cid V8
Owner: Robert Milner
City: Manteca, CA
Model: 1967 MGB/GT
Engine: Rover/Buick 293cid V8 (built by D&D)
|Engine:||Offenhauser intake manifold and valve covers, Isky cam, custom headers (soon to be redone).
|Transmission:||T-5 5 speed.
|Tires/Wheels:||1989 Jaguar XJS wheels, BF Goodrich g-force T/A tires.
|Front suspension:||Fast Cars Inc.
|Rear suspension:||Fibreglass springs, tube shocks.
|Cooling:||custom aluminum radiator (by Air Mobile, AZ), Sidewinder electric fan.
|Rear end:||1969 MGC (3.07:1), open differential.
|Brakes:||Wilwood Vented Rotors and 4-pot calipers (front) / MGC (rear).
|Body/interior mods:||air conditioning, cup holders (ex. Toyota, they're hidden in the old speaker console),
Les Leston steering wheel.
|Date Completed:||Never. (Started 1978.)
|Miles Driven:||About 150,000 as of the British V8 2006 meet.
Editor's Note: Robert and Susan drove approximately 6500 miles round trip to attend the meet!
Sidewinder electric fan
air conditioning system cover made from MGB master-cylinder covers
spark plug wire routing, and pre-RV8 through-the-inner-fender headers
access cover for electrical center (fuseblock, etc.)
compact air conditioning compressor
convenient and serviceable location for AC receiver-drier
very discrete looking air conditioning vents, and cute love-bird mascots on dashboard brow
(NOTICE: the parking brake on this car actually works, so don't forget to disengage it!)
dead pedal, foot-operated high-beam switch, clutch pedal extension...
nifty tuck-away cup-holders (ex: Toyota)
1989 Jaguar XJS wheels
This "How It Was Done" article was originally published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 1.
Most of the car's specifications have changed, but it's included here for historical reference.
Owner: Robert Milner
City: Brentwood, CA
Model: 1967 MGB/GT
Engine: Buick 215 V8
|Donor Car:||1962 Buick Special
|Engine:||balanced, line-bored, Kenne-Bell camshaft, high volume oil pump, Offenhauser intake manifold
and valve covers. 100% California smog legal. Ceramic exhaust wrap on headers.
|Transmission:||1985 Borg-Warner T-5 5 speed overdrive manual from a Camaro. This is the fourth transmission
in this conversion. 1st: two speed automatic. 2nd: Muncie 4-speed. (Note: couldn't get the
shifter boot worked out, and wanted the overdrive 5th speed.) 3rd: T-50 Borg-Warner. (Note:
awful box! Notchy, and couldn't get rebuild parts.) The T-5 is great and I have installed the
original shifter, boot and trim ring.
|Bellhousing:||stock Buick, found at junkyard for $25. Have two others but they are somewhat different. The
one I used has a removable bottom section which is necessary for the hydraulic throw-out bearing.
|Clutch slave cylinder:||used a hydraulic throw-out bearing, which eliminated the standard bearing retainer/throw-out
arm. This simplified the installation and solved clearance problems. I used the McLeod bearing.
I would use a Tilton adjustable if repeating installation.
|Clutch:||stock Buick. Had to have a special clutch disc made with a 21-spline center to fit the
input shaft of the T-5. (AES of Oakland: $30.)
|Exhaust system:||Headers were home-made with parts from "Headers by Ed" (Minneapolis, MN 612-729-2802). They
have flanges, custom collectors, and have all U-bends and miscellaneous parts to make any
header for any service. Mine are not a tuned length and are not equal length because of
restricted space. They exit out the inner fenders (sounds awful) because of the early body.
They "Y" at the transmission to a single 2 1/2" pipe in the original location.
|Tires/Wheels:||195/60-15 on spline drive repro Minilites (5.5" by 15").
|Front suspension:||Moss coil-over system.
|Rear suspension:||Moss supplied Monroe tube shocks. I am planning on fitting a set of composite leaf springs
that Doug Jackson of British Automotive (415-883-7200) makes. Doug also manufactures a
Panhard rod for the MGB.
|Radiator/Cooling system:||custom made 12" by 18" 4-row with twin 8" electric fans. I originally had one 12" fan and
cooling was marginal.
|Rear end:||3.07:1 stock MGC. With the T-5 5th speed overdrive the gearing is 30mph/1000rpm.
|Instruments:||Stewart Warner speedometer, tachometer, oil temperature, oil pressure, voltage meter, and
clock. Stock fuel gauge.
|Notes:||Never convert an early car. Use a rubber bumper car with the revised engine compartment.
Use the Buick short shaft water pump, which saves about 5/8" in front of the engine.
Use the Buick metric V6 oil pump base which exits at an angle.
|Cost:||about $11,000 less car.|