Steven Ward's 1980 MGB with GM LT1 5.7L V8Owner: Steven Ward
City: Dallas, TX
Model: 1980 MGB
Engine: GM 5.7L LT1 V8
Conversion by: owner, with help of "Minette Enterprise Inc." and Jim and Montie House of "Jim's Jags"
|Engine:||small block Chevrolet "LT-1" (iron block), 355cid. Ported-and-polished aluminum heads.
Crane Powermax hydraulic roller cam. 1.6:1 Crane "Gold" roller rockers.
|Induction:||Chevy LT-1 multi-port EFI w/24 pound Ford Racing injectors. Painless LT-1 wiring harness.
Heart shaped air ram pipes were custom designed by owner, and fabricated by Dallas Metro Metal.
BBK 52mm throttle body. S. Granatelli Motor Sports mass air flow sensor. K&N air filter.
|Exhaust:||custom-built mild steel Jet-Hot coated headers into polished stainless steel pipes with
3" stainless steel mufflers. Solenoid-operated exhaust cut-out valves.
|Cooling:||Ron Davis custom aluminum radiator. "Speed and Performance" serpentine belt system with
polished billet aluminum pulleys and brackets, and single 7-rib Goodyear "Gatorback" belt.
|Transmission:||GM 4L60-E computer controlled 4-speed automatic with B&M Quicksilver full-ratchet shifter.
(Gear ratios: 1st = 3.06:1, 2nd = 1.63:1, 3rd = 1.00:1, 4th = 0.70:1, R = 2.29:1.)
2400 stall torque converter. Custom (shortened) driveshaft.
|Rear Axle:||narrowed Ford 9" axle with 3.73:1 final drive ratio, Auburn Gear limited slip differential,
and Moser Engineering axle shafts.
|Front Susp.:||Fast Cars Inc. front suspension.
|Rear Susp.:||stock leaf springs with Spax adjustable shock absorbers.
|Brakes:||master cylinder and brake booster are both stock, original parts.
(Front) Wilwood calipers and cross-drilled/vented 12.25" rotors,
(Rear) Wilwood calipers and cross-drilled 11.5" rotors. Adjustable proportioning valve.
|Wheels/Tires:||MB Motoring 17x7 aluminum wheels with Pirelli 225/45-X front and 225/40-X rear tires.
|Body:||welded and smoothed body seams. Removed windshield cowl. 1969 Ford Cobra Jet hood scoop.
Jaguar flip-top fuel filler. Cool It "Thermo-Tec" aluminized heat barrier (on the firewall) custom
sewn by ASM Upholstery. The Thermo-Tec barrier was also applied throughout the transmission
tunnel, between the headers and inner fenders, the underside of the floorboards, etc.
Robbins brand "Deluxe Sun-Fast"canvas convertible top from Moss Motors.
|Paint:||the custom (flamed) paint job was created by Dave Dusold of Dusold Designs, Lewisville Texas.
All finishing products are PPG brand, and were purchased from English Color & Supply:
• epoxy primer DP 50LF,
• Prima acrylic urethane primer K36,
• Deltron 2000 DBC GM "Artic White" 4185,
• Vibrance "Crystal Pearl" PRLX2 (Silver Pearl),
• Vibrance "O-So-Orange" 908414/2,
• Vibrance "Yella" 908413/2, • Deltron 2000 DBC "T-Rod Red" 4740,
• Deltron 2000 DBC 500 with "Emberglo Pearl" VM4102
• Concept High-Solid Clear Polyurethane DCU 2002.
|Interior:||Vintage Air Mini Generation II heater/AC/defront unit (mounted between firewall and dashboard).
Custom narrowed and upholstered 1996 Chevy Camaro Z28 seats mounted onto the MGB rails. Auto-Meter Pro Comp gauges.
|Performance:||achieved 142mph at Texas Motor Speedway.
(Also clocked at 118mph at the end of a standing quarter mile.)
|Best Advice:||buy someone else's completed project!
Steven's Chevrolet 350 LT-1 engine, from a 1995 Corvette
The induction piping was custom designed by Steven and fabricated by Dallas Metro Metal.
S. Granatelli Motor Sports mass air flow sensor.
BBK 52mm throttle body.
K&N air filter.
Cool It "Thermo-Tec" aluminized heat barrier, custom sewn by ASM Upholstery.
Stock MGB master cylinders and brake booster, with Wilwood brake proportioning valve added.
Sanden air conditioning compressor.
Vintage Air air conditioning condensor.
A/C plumbing in the front fenderwell.
Solenoid-operated exhaust cut-out valves.
Polished stainless steel exhaust pipes.
3" stainless steel mufflers.
Spax adjustable shock absorbers.
Fast Cars Inc. front suspension.
Auto-Meter Pro Comp gauges.
Custom upholstered door panels.
Custom narrowed and upholstered 1996 Chevy Camaro Z28 seats.
B&M Quicksilver full-ratchet shifter.
1969 Ford Cobra Jet hood scoop.
Jaguar flip-top fuel filler.
Four wheel disc brakes, with Wilwood calipers.
MB Motoring wheels and Pirelli tires
The custom, flame paint job was created by Dave Dusold of Dusold Designs, Lewisville Texas.