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Tom DiCenzo's 1963 MGB, with Chevrolet 454cid V8

as published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume XV Issue 1, April 2007

Owner: Tom DiCenzo
City: Calais, ME
Model: 1963 MGB
Engine: Big Block Chevy
Conversion performed by: Owner

Engine: 1976 Big Block Chevy V8 (nominally 454cid, actually 468cid). Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, manifold, and cam. Delco starter & alternator. Soon to be replaced with 540cid / 695 HP Shafiroff Ultra Street engine.
Induction: Holley "Projection 4" throttle body injection, soon to be replaced with multi-port injection (probably Mass-Flo).
Cooling: Custom built radiator to fit widened inner fender opening.
Exhaust: Fabricated by Tom.
Transmission: 1976 Chevrolet Turbo-400. TCI 10" Street/strip torque converter. Shortened driveshaft from 1966 Impala.
Rear Axle: (2) 9" ford rears shortened to fit. One has 2.73 gears and open differential. The other has 4.11's with a spool. Can swap between them in 30 minutes!
Suspension: The front is stock, except with MGBGT-V8 springs. The rear includes home-made ladder bars with coil-overs.
Brakes: Stock front. Ford F-150 rear.
Wheels/Tires: American Racing "Outlaw" 14" X 6" front, 15" X 10" rear.
Weight: 2650 pounds.
Electrical: Stewart-Warner gauges. Realistic AM/FM with Cassette.
Other Chassis Mods: 1.5" X 3" tube frame from original front crossmember to rear bumper. 16 Ga. steel firewall, transmission tunnel, and floorboard. Rear wheel-wells enlarged for 305-50-R15 tires. Custom fuel tank. Roll bar.
Completed: 1968. Has been modified a few times over the years!
Miles Driven: About 70,000 as of March 2007.
Performance: Best 1/4 Mile to date was 10.67 @ 128 MPH.
Comments: Started out with stock radiator, but it was too small. Had to cut out inner fenders and install 28" wide 4 core radiator. Used 427" BBC in 1968, then 454" in 1988, 468" in 1995... I built those myself. 540" Shafiroff Ultrastreet engine has been ordered. I hope the car (and myself) can handle it! The car is a LOT of Fun to drive, very reliable, drives well, corners well, but because of 12" engine setback it has lost a foot of legroom; that was the price I had to pay for a car that has been so much fun on the street and at dragstrips in Maine, New Brunswick, and New Hampshire.

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notice attachment points for ladder bars   notice back brace

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