Registry: 1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion

Unknown Owner's 1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion – “Grover”
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Grover was a stock MGB GT that underwent a full mechanical restoration/conversion in 1994 at Glenn Towery's garage in Cheswold DE. He installed a new wiring harness, Glenn Towery newly rebuilt stock Rover SD1 3.5L engine and LT77 5-speed gearbox, MGC rear end with custom-made control rods (anti-tramp bars) and fiberglass single leaf springs, MGB drum brakes, shortened drive shaft, rebuilt front suspension.

Car was painted BRG at Towery's client's paint shop in Coatesville PA, also installed custom light tan leather seats with matching tan trim and carpeting, 1972-76 dash painted in matching tan, Blaupunkt radio with CD player, multispeakers.

Equipped in 1995 with Vintage Air professionally custom fabricated AC with Sanden 507 compressor and Vintage Air Short Stack evaporator mounted behind a carpeted panel on the forward passenger footwell floor. I had the AC professionally serviced.

Grover runs on 15" Dayton 72-spoke center-lock tubeless chrome spoke wheels and Hankook Optimo tubeless tires. Spare tire is mounted on a painted tube-type 15" spoke wheel. Grill insert is SS wire mesh, front bumper-mounted Lucas reproduction fog lamp and driving lamp with relays from Moss Motors Europe. Not yet wired for operation. I installed new electric cooling fans, also sourced from Moss Motors Europe.

I renewed all of Grover's fluids, using Valvoline 10W30 VR1 Racing Oil and Purolator One oil filter, new 2" pancake K&N air filter mounted on Carter Competition series carburetor that I rebuilt. Flushed and filled coolant system with 50/50 Zerex Dex-Cool. I installed new NGK spark plugs and Magnecor KV85 Competition Racing wires. Gearbox and differential now use Valvoline full synthetic lubricants. I rebuilt the brake system in Nov 2015 with new rigid copper rear brake line, rear cylinders, shoes, drums. I fitted the front brakes with EBC slotted and dimpled rotors with EBC RedStuff pads, Goodrich SS brake lines.

Grover runs exclusively on premium Tier 1 gasoline.

In April 2016 Grover's left rear quarter panel and rear center panel were damaged in a one-car collision with a rain-slick freeway exit ramp wall. I used this event as an opportunity to completely address all deficiencies and perform a bare-metal repaint of the entire car in Jaguar Opalescent Dark Green. Damaged panels were replaced with proper British Heritage panels. All work is fully documented and was done solely by the paint and body shop owner as his schedule permitted, beginning in April 2016. Grover has a new windshield, all new rubber seals and aluminum trim strips for the windshield, hatchback, windows. New aluminum body trim strips. Side markers were deleted. The car will be released from the shop in April 2018 after final quality control inspection. I still need to remove the original Rover valve covers and have them ceramic coated.

I will reluctantly be offering it for sale in 2018, as I bought a Downton-style MGC-GT and I can't keep both cars. Grover's title lists it as a 1974 model. The build year is 1973 but the car number indicates it's the 6th MGB GT produced in the model year 1974 Abingdon assembly line, the final year of the chrome bumper MGB prior to the introduction of the 1974.5 rubber bumper model. Specialty license plate is transferable within Texas at extra cost, as the plate came from a state-authorized specialty plate dealer.

Grover will be on display at the TMGR Spring GoF in Salado, Texas.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Unknown Owner   [nobody]
Location: Not Set
Status: Restoration in progress

Model Year:1974
Current Colour:Jaguar Opalescent Dk Green
Engine Type:Rover 3.5L V8
Transmission:Rover 5 speed
Last Updated:2018-04-12 05:29:23

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-04-12 05:29:23

Changes from 2017-05-19 11:50:01 to previous 2016-12-03 20:12:42
Engine Type Rover 3.5L → Rover 3.5L V8

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Apr 19, 2018 nobody Owner Transfer
Nov 3, 2015 Gary Kinslow  USASilver Member Added to Registry (ID 35881)

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