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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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New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: Moderator
Date: September 10, 2013 04:05PM

Please join me in congratulating Mike Alexander on his third exceptional MGB V8 conversion!

This one is a GT, and it's also Mike's first with a Ford 302.

Here's the link: Mike Alexander's 1974 MGB GT with powerful Ford 302 crate motor!

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/MikeAlexander3/MikeAlexander3-AA.jpg

Please note that Advance Auto-Wire and Mantell Motorsport sponsored this article.

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/AdvanceAutoWire-SC.jpg

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/Mantell-Motorsport.jpg


AL WULF
Allen Wulf
Wheat Ridge, CO
(37 posts)

Registered:
01/18/2008 12:48AM

Main British Car:
'67 MGB-V8 '62 MGA MKII Deluxe Rover 3.9 EFI

Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: AL WULF
Date: September 19, 2013 03:38PM

Good job, Mike.

Al


harv8
Martyn Harvey
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(179 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 10:09PM

Main British Car:
MGB Rover V8, TVR Chevy V8, MGB GT Ford V8

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: harv8
Date: September 21, 2013 02:47PM

Awesome job Mike. Way to go!!!

Martyn


Russ Bellinis
Russ Bellinis

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Registered:
09/06/2016 02:15AM

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: Russ Bellinis
Date: September 11, 2016 12:15AM

Mike,
I just joined the forum, and was looking at the project cars in the Gallery. I noticed your three beautiful V8 powered MGB's in the gallery, and had one question. It looks like the exhaust headers are pretty much identicle on all three cars, except that the GT needs a header to fit the Ford Windsor heads rather than the BOP/Rover aluminum heads. It looks like the headers dump in the same place inside the front fenders. I was wondering if the headers restrict the turning radius of the cars? It looks like the inside shoulder of the front tires might rub on the collectors, if you aren't careful making a u turn.

I'm just curious as I think about eventually finding a suitable British sports car for a "poor mans cobra" project.


restorejag
Mike Alexander
Richmond Va.
(24 posts)

Registered:
02/19/2008 05:53PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT 1958 MGA 1968 JAG XKE Ford 302 215 OLDS

Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: restorejag
Date: September 11, 2016 07:53AM

The headers do no interfere with the tires or turn radius,The came from Mantell Motorsports.


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: September 11, 2016 11:02AM

Mike, what a great job and excellent detailed write up...love all those cool modifications you made
BTW I met up with Famous Dave a while back and told him you said hello..in his normal cheerful way (grin) he told me to say hello to you and the rest of the Virginia MG group!


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2637 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: rficalora
Date: September 12, 2016 09:24PM

Beautiful build Mike. One recommendation - ditch the Orange Fram PH8. After reading a few reviews, I switched to a better filter and notice WAY better oil pressure. I'm using a Mobile 1 filter, but I believe purolator, Bosch, and a couple others also test out very well.



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3791 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 12, 2016 10:50PM

I use the Purolator PureOne, but I put a Purolator BOSS on my son's Honda Accord coupe. He uses the Castrol EDGE Extended Synthetic, We change it every 10,000 miles


Burrogs
Matt Burroughs
Houston, TX
(37 posts)

Registered:
01/18/2016 02:19PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGB GT V8 Conversion Ford 331ci

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: Burrogs
Date: September 13, 2016 10:03AM

I've had success with a WIX 51515 filter.


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: September 13, 2016 12:27PM

Wix and napa gold (they are the same) is all I use on my cars...I did sme research a few hears ago and they were rated best..


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(932 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: New HIWD: Mike Alexander's Magnificent MGB GT w/ 302
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: September 13, 2016 12:55PM

Motorcraft, must be a reason Ford uses them as OEM. :-) I believe they are made by purolator.


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