Tim Curran's 1979 MGB with Chevy LS1 (5.7L) V8 Engine

Tim Curran's 1979 MGB with Chevy LS1 (5.7L) V8 Engine

as published in BritishV8 Magazine, Volume XX Issue 1, July 2012

Owner: Timothy Curran
City: Holland, Pennsylvania
Model: 1979 MGB
Engine: Chevrolet LS1 5.7L V8
Conversion performed by: owner

"How It Was Done"

Engine: 2002 Chevrolet LS1 5.7L V8. Stock fuel injection. Fast Fuel fuel rails. Big Stuff 3 EFI computer. (Engine installation outsourced to AG Automotive of Ivyland, Pennsylvania.)
Cooling: custom aluminum radiator.
Exhaust: custom headers and dual exhaust.
Transmission: Tremec T56 6-speed. Custom driveshaft.
Rear Axle: narrowed 8" Ford rear axle from Fast Cars Inc. 3.25 to 1 ring and pinion.
Front Suspension: Fast Cars front suspension.
Rear Suspension: custom four link rear suspension.
Brakes: four wheel disc brakes, utilizing Wilwood calipers and rotors.
Wheels/Tires: American Racing Hopster 16" aluminum wheels. Goodyear F1 205/50ZR 16 tires.
Body Mods: All body seams welded. Reinforced rear frame rails. Shaved door handles, side view mirrors, side marker lights, back-up lights, and body side trim. Door windows (both roll-up and vent-a-planes) removed. Rubber bumper removed. Fiberglass rear valance with frenched license plate.
Interior: Flaming River tilting steering column. 1986 Pontiac Fiero seats, with the headrests removed. Refinished/reworked MGB Mk1-based dashboard, in body color. Custom carpet and upholstery.
Electrical: AutoMeter C2 gauges. American Auto wire harness. Battery relocated to trunk.
Completed: November 3, 2011.


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2002 Chevrolet LS1 5.7L V8.
2002 Chevrolet LS1 5.7L V8.

Custom aluminum radiator.
Custom aluminum radiator.

Narrowed 8 inch Ford rear axle from Fast Cars Inc. Custom four link rear suspension.
Narrowed 8" Ford rear axle from Fast Cars Inc. Custom four link rear suspension.

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Entirely custom interior, featuring Pontiac Fiero seats with headrests removed.
Entirely custom interior, featuring Pontiac Fiero seats with headrests removed.

This is a fair weather car... with no side windows and no convertible top.
This is a fair weather car... with no side windows and no convertible top.

Shifter for the Tremec T56 6-speed transmission.
Shifter for the Tremec T56 6-speed transmission.

AutoMeter C2 gauges.
AutoMeter C2 gauges.

Flaming River tilting steering column.
Flaming River tilting steering column.

Battery and fuel filler have both been relocated into the trunk.
Battery and fuel filler have both been relocated into the trunk.


American Racing Hopster 16 aluminum wheels.
American Racing Hopster 16" aluminum wheels.

1973-1974.5 style MGB grille.
1973-1974.5 style MGB grille.

Goodyear F1 205/50ZR 16 tires.
Goodyear F1 205/50ZR 16 tires.

Shaved door handles and body side trim.
Shaved door handles, side marker lights, back-up lights, and body side trim.

Fiberglass rear valance with frenched-in license plate.
Fiberglass rear valance with frenched-in license plate.


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