Started on May 23 by Keith Tanner

1972 MG B GT with LS1 power

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When your wife says “you know, I’d really like an MGB GT with that V8 rumble”, you don’t ask questions. So here it is. It’s a rust-free California blue plate special, just waiting for me to upset the purists. The plan was to get the car sorted out (more or less), then heave a Ford 302 into the engine bay. “I’m not chasing massive horsepower and all the expense and trouble that goes with it, just giving the car a character change.” At least, that’s what I originally said. Then things took a bit of a turn, and now it’s a fully re-engineered car with about 6 lbs/hp and fairly shocking performance from the LS1 engine. Yee, hah.

Latest updates
June 21
Out of the paint booth!

After months of sporadic bodywork, I finally managed to shoot some paint. It’s amazing how …

Dec. 02
Start of the bodywork

With the car up and running and on the road on a regular basis, it’s …

Nov. 17
First drive with the V8

It’s alive and mobile! The car left the garage for the first time in a …

Jan. 31
Weigh-in.

The suspension is done, so the car can now sit on its own wheels. This …

Dec. 31
It's in!

Okay, it’s just a test fitting. But the complete engine with accessories and the transmission …

Dec. 26
The Camaro is dead.

Step 1: dig the car out of a snowbank. Step 2: find a good battery. …

Dec. 09
Camaro, be frightened.

I’m pretty much done with the suspension work on the car, so the donor Camaro …

Oct. 29
Blow the dust off!

I’ve been busy working on another project, and the MG has been neglected. No longer! …

Jan. 17
302 = not enough.

Plans have changed. The 302 has turned into an LS1. We started putting LS engines …

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Comments
AngryCorvair
May 24, 2008, 10:58 p.m.

Purists, Schmurists! Let's hear that rumble!

carson
May 25, 2008, 12:40 a.m.

I think you have the coolest collection on the board, how do you do it?

minimac
May 25, 2008, 9:03 a.m.

Nooooooooo...........

P71
May 27, 2008, 10:54 a.m.

So what's the rumble going to be? Small block Chevy? Windsor Ford? Nailhead Buick? AMC 401? LS1?

Baxter
May 27, 2008, 8:21 p.m.

This is an almost perfect V8 candidate. The world's not losing a concours early 70s BGT, it's gaining a Badass GT.

HunterJP
May 28, 2008, 10:03 p.m.

You have all the cool toys. Another, "Can't wait to see it when its done", project.

P71
March 14, 2009, 5:38 p.m.

Eeeek! LS1! Love it!

Goldmember
March 15, 2009, 9:36 p.m.

I love GTs, X 10 with V-8 power!!!

wheelsmithy
Dec. 12, 2009, 10:02 a.m.

You inspire us all, Keith-Looks rockin.

PS122
June 21, 2011, 2:49 p.m.

Always wanted to V8 a BGT!

Gunks
Dec. 17, 2012, 3:58 p.m.

Nice Little car +V8 make for some fun

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