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engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" and Costello V8s

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Curtis Jacobson
Colorado USA
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: Moderator
Date: June 27, 2011 05:07PM

By conservative estimate, several hundred T-series MGs have been upgraded to American V8 power. The actual number may well be into four digits. These conversions were frequently featured on the covers of American hot-rod magazines in the late fifties and early sixties. Famous celebrities like Carroll Shelby got into the act.

Now, about fifty years later, we hardly ever come across MG T-series cars outside of car shows. T-series V8 conversions seem so very rare... but gentlemen, old T-series hot-rods are waiting in barns for folks like us to find them! Those needle-in-a-haystack cars will be more likely to come out and get rebuilt if we build general public knowledge about this once-popular part of hot-rodding heritage.

Dave Plumley's TD first got its Chevy V8 engine in 1968. At the same time, it got a Corvair front suspension and a Corvette rear. Check out the new "How-It-Was-Done" article. If this car excites you, please note that it's listed for sale in our classified section. Dave is planning his next MG-V8 project!

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/DavePlumley/DavePlumley-AA.jpg


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Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
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12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: June 27, 2011 05:43PM

I'm sure a lot of purists are eating their hearts out seeing this, but this car is VERY well done, no gigantic wheels and tires,
no outrageous body mods, very tastefully done.
Dave Craddock


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samuel sun
Elka Park, NY
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Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: samuelsun
Date: July 11, 2011 05:32PM

Cool car having great condition .. ! Body shining,wheels also.!


FLIPSMGV8
Phillip Quinn

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Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: FLIPSMGV8
Date: July 29, 2011 07:58PM

Now that's what I call nice work and a lot of time. Great job!


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

Main British Car:
1953 MG TD Chevy 350

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Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: deltadave
Date: July 30, 2011 08:58PM

Thanks for all the positive comments, but the car was a real labor of love to build. It has around seven hundred miles on it and every mile was a blast. Every time a walk in the garage and look at it, I smile. I’m absolutely in love with looks of the car. MG should have stopped at the TD and never made another model. Sorry! I know, you guys with As and Bs don't share my view. I feel the same way about the 1940 Lincoln Zephyr, the design can't be improved.

From the beginning of the build I decided performance could not over shadow the beauty of the cars design. The wheels and tires are the one area that hints something is not kosher. Of course when the engine is fired up everything changes.

Today an online magazine “Crusin the Streets” did a photo shoot of my other build, a 1956 Ford F100.The truck has a four inch chop and much too many custom touches to list. They will be doing a shoot of the MG sometime in the future. Attached is a pic of my truck(sorry it's not British, but but does reflect my passion for classic design).

Take care, Dave
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Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
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07/20/2009 06:40PM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: July 30, 2011 10:42PM

Nice truck Dave! I too love my MG but can't turn my back on the classics.


Paul


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Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: roverman
Date: August 02, 2011 11:00AM

Dave, I still have my 56' F100, I bought in 69'. I never drove it ! Looks like it will be a retirement project. Thanks for sharing, roverman.



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Re: New to the gallery today! (classic hot-rod resto)
Posted by: Anonymous User
Date: August 08, 2011 12:22PM

Hi,
really nice car having great look and awesome design
thanks


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