V8 Roadster Conversion project - from dream to reality!
Roadster Conversions are very popular with V8 enthusiasts and come in a variety
of specifications. Here Geoff King from Kincardinshire provides a fascinating
tale of how his project was conceived and carried out over a three year period
to produce an award winning V8 Roadster with a wonderful specification and performance.
Geoff converted his rusty 1972 MGBGT 1800 to a V8 Roadster over a three year period
and completed the project in August 2002. It has a 3.5 litre injected engine with
a five speed gearbox, independent rear suspension, unequal length double wishbones,
and coilover dampers front and rear. The brakes have been upgraded with disc brakes
front and rear, with four pot calipers on the front. It looks standard but it
isn't! (May 04)
did the project come about?
in the local library one day, I noticed Roger Williams' book 'How to give your
MGB V8 power'. The sound of a V8 in a Rover SD1 that I had some years ago and
its smooth effortless power came back into my mind and I thought how I had missed
my MGB during the time our family were growing up, but now the seed was sown and
I knew what I was going to do. I would build a Tartan Red V8 Roadster with alloy
wheels, like the one that I had in my carefree youth but with enough power to
keep up with the traffic of today. I knew that new MGB shells were being manufactured
and my plan was to buy a cheap roadster as a donor and build a car using a new
body. The car would look original but it would be modern under the skin with electronic
ignition and fuel injection, up to date suspension and brakes and the "toys"
that we expect in many cars today. a
complete Rover SD1 was purchased for its V8
engine and 5 speed LT77 manual gearbox.
is a wonderful V8 Roadster
The engine runs at around 90oC with
occasional excursions to 95 or so and the modern suspension is excellent, driving
the car around the Highland roads is a real joy; no more front wheel patter on
rough surfaces, there is very little roll and the back end stays firmly planted
to the road. Axle tramp has been eliminated and on hard acceleration the car just
squats a little. The brake balance seems perfect with the four pot Rover SD1 callipers
at the front and single pot Sierra callipers at the rear.
my car looks almost standard, although the RV8 bonnet does have a bulge and the
single exhaust pipe is a little larger than an 1800, there are also a couple of
V8 badges and the wheels are a little larger, however, under the skin it is thoroughly
modern and well able to keep up with everyday traffic. It is fast and safe and
I'm still driving everywhere with a big grin on my face.
the full article. V8NOTE319