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Old 24-07-2010, 23:19   #1 (permalink)
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Project B - MGBK

About 5 years ago the old man and I bought an MGB as a restoration project. It was a rubber bumper convertible modified for a Rover V8 engine, but, it was a non-runner. After taking it apart and completely stripping it down the bodywork was found to be 'ropey' to say the least. Work started rebuilding her, but with the BRM track project it got sidelined and has sat in the unit for a few years untouched and unloved.

Now that the BRM is basically finished we decided to resurrect the project but not as a restoration. As we have enjoyed the track days so much we have decided to make it into a track car primarily because it'll be a great fun rwd car.

The big decision was whether to keep it as a V8. A few factors affected our choice in this.....firstly we had a 3.9l EFI, but tuning it would cost a pretty penny, secondly we watched the MG racing at Brands and an Elise 190 K-series engined MGB destroyed a 3.9 V8 engined MGB, and lastly we had most of the parts already for a monster K!

So here it is, the first sneak preview photo's of our MGBK. It may take a while to finish, but as usual i'll keep you all updated



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looks a good project adam! keep us updated
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Old 24-07-2010, 23:35   #3 (permalink)
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is it a mgb cos the bonnet looks longer and the roof shape is different?

looking a good project and i love the wide arches on the front
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is it a mgb cos the bonnet looks longer and the roof shape is different?

looking a good project and i love the wide arches on the front
Yup, definitely an MGB. Full fibreglass bonnet and front/rear Sebring wings. The roof is a bit special, you probably will never see another like it, as far as we know its an Ashley hard-top but is uber uber rare. Obviously all needs a bit of sprucing up/fettling into shape and position, but it'll be a monster when finished
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my uncle has got an mg bgt and what a lovely noise it makes when it is on full throttle, any way i cant wait to see ur finnished product with ur b
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Nice to see one being kept alive!

There was a recent MG Owners Club magazine which showed a restoration of a MGB GT with a 1.8 VVC conversion. So if you need any advice from them on the build join up and Roger Parker will be able to help with you with advice and also who to go to.

If I can find the magazine which it was in, I will scan them in and add them to the thread
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The problem with the V8 is its an old design of engine. The 3.9 EFI that was in your B will more than likely be from a Land Rover. The V8's were never powerful, but torque a plenty. For example my Dad's BGT is a V8, but only produces 143 bhp from memory stock.

Plus its the weight of the thing. Compared to the K, the V8 will be much heavier, and with the recent gains you got from deveoping the K in your BRM, may be worth the extra money in convering to K series power.

You'd have to spend silly money to get the power to weight on the V8 similar to the K. There is someone whos tuned the V8 in a BGT for Drag Racing, and again was in the MGOC Club Magazines. He eventually ran NOS to his V8!

Will need some serious fabrication work on the crossmembers for mounting points and work on the wiring, but it can be done and I'm sure with the recent quality of your BRM build, will be done to a very high standard. I'm excited and I'm not involved!

Maybe I need another project, cause I miss the days of pulling my hair out in the garage at not being able to get it started, then brakes seizing on etc etc
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I have driven an MGB v8, brakes where fun to say the least lol

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The problem with the V8 is its an old design of engine. The 3.9 EFI that was in your B will more than likely be from a Land Rover. The V8's were never powerful, but torque a plenty. For example my Dad's BGT is a V8, but only produces 143 bhp from memory stock.

Plus its the weight of the thing. Compared to the K, the V8 will be much heavier, and with the recent gains you got from deveoping the K in your BRM, may be worth the extra money in convering to K series power.
Power to weight was key to our decision really. The 3.9l wasn't in the car when we bought it, we did get it from a Defender, but as you say to extract the power from those engines is very difficult.

We've got a K block now, already have a vhpd head, some large throttle bodies. Still need to get cams, but they'll be on solid lifters so we can go a lot more aggressive than the engine in the BRM.

Hardest part at the moment will be the bodywork getting the new arches and roof to fit properly, but before all that we need to get the car on the floor and weld in the cage, etc

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oooooooo sounds promising
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