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deltadave
dave plumley
unionville TN
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Registered:
10/24/2010 08:21PM

Main British Car:
1953 MG TD Chevy 350

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new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: deltadave
Date: October 25, 2010 03:02PM

Hey Guys
Happy to find this site. I just retired and moved from upstate New York to middle Tennessee. The foul weather and deadly taxes were a great motive for the decision to move. Another great thing is my son also lives here, so I get to spend time with him.

I started work on my Corvette powered five speed 1953 MG TD last fall, and took it for the first drive last weekend. The engine actualy is a 74 Corvette that had 195 factory HP. Every time I buy a SBC, the guy says its a Corvette, yeah right, (you know the story). The engine was beefed a bit and the TD frame has a 64 Corvette rear and Corvair front with disc brake conversion. The TD rack and pinion and steering column were used and seems to be just fine. The wire wheels are not what I wanted but, believe it or not I bought the wheels and tires on NY CL for a total of $50(had to be stolen). The interior was recovered by a handicap group in upstate NY and the paint by a local shop. I'm not a painter but do all my own mechanical stuff. The company I worked for had every CNC machine tool, lazer and plasma cutter known to man, so I had no problem making stuff I needed. I still need to put on the new bumpers, hood and some cosmetic items, but attached before and after pics. I have a complete pictorial esay of the process and will post when I get a chance.
take care, Dave
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Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: October 25, 2010 03:22PM

Very nice Dave. Looking forward to meeting you and seeing the car next spring in Townsend.


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 25, 2010 11:59PM

Hello Dave, and welcome to BritishV8!

I'm especially happy to see MG-TD conversions coming forward lately because as we all know the tradition of putting American engines in MG's started strongly in the TC/TD era. There are probably still hundreds of T-series V8's out there... somewhere. In the past I haven't been able to get enough info and photos to paste-up "How It Was Done" articles. Tonight, the ice finally breaks! Check out this brand new article: Ed LaBrush's TD-V8

Dave, I can't wait to see your project/car in more detail!


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5834 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 26, 2010 08:18AM

Curtis, maybe you should send Bill Cosby an email. I understand he had a V8 TD that Carrol Shelby built for him.

JB


deltadave
dave plumley
unionville TN
(69 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2010 08:21PM

Main British Car:
1953 MG TD Chevy 350

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: deltadave
Date: October 26, 2010 09:58AM

Curtis
Ed's TD is a great piece of work, far beyond the engeneering of mine. I have less than $10K invested, so I'm very pleased with the results. I'm correcting a few design flaws at this time, but will have things under control soon.
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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 26, 2010 10:35AM

It's the diverse variety of cars that makes our community so interesting. Many of the "modest" cars are favorites!

Jim, I contacted Cosby through his agents, but he declined to comment on the TD and instead referred me to Shelby. It would have been very nice if he'd written me a letter of introduction. I haven't figured out how to contact Shelby directly.


flitner
John Fenner
Miami Fl
(168 posts)

Registered:
03/11/2010 10:58AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB 350 CHEVY

Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: flitner
Date: October 26, 2010 12:13PM

I like the Jeepster too!!



mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(2013 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: mgb260
Date: October 26, 2010 06:54PM

Dave, the Corvair front appears to fit very well. What disc brakes are you running and did you have to narrow it?What rear axle did you use and is it narrowed?



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(2013 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: mgb260
Date: October 26, 2010 07:01PM

As for Cosby, he also had a supercharged Super Snake Cobra.One like it sold at Barret and Jackson for $1 million a few years ago. 1 of 3 I believe. When he was on " I Spy" he was quite the hotrodder. Curtis, if you Email him about this site he may be interested.



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mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1478 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: mowog1
Date: October 27, 2010 08:10AM

I ***think*** Bill Cosby's car WAS a Shelby Cobra....not a TD.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 27, 2010 10:34AM

No, he definitely had both, one after the other. The TD TC V8 doesn't get its fair share of publicity, but we've discussed it here before: [forum.britishv8.org]



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deltadave
dave plumley
unionville TN
(69 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2010 08:21PM

Main British Car:
1953 MG TD Chevy 350

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: deltadave
Date: December 02, 2010 08:59PM

The car was having overheating problems so a custom aluminum radiator is being built at Brice Thomas Radiators. When I recieve the unit I will publish a thread on it.


thestigsscottishcousin
Jim Kowalski

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Re: new V8-TD guy here
Posted by: thestigsscottishcousin
Date: February 22, 2016 03:39PM

The AC Cobra he owned was one of 2 built that had twin superchargers on a 427 and an automatic trans. The MG was a tc with a v-8, this is the only photo I could find.
Ali-and-Cosby.jpg Yes that's him riding with Ali.


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