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Finally got the project car finished enough to enter it in the annual British Car show in Nashville TN. I had to trailer it to and from the show as it was not street legal and needed tuning to run correctly (carbs need jetting). I also did not get the on-board 12v compressor built so to start the engine at the show I had to carry a Oxygen bottle with compressed air to fill the on-board tank which only holds enough for two attempts to start. A few trim details were not finished also.

They didn't have a class for "Monsters" or "Frankenstein" cars so they put my car in the MGB class. It was suggested that they not let my car in the show at all because there was not much MG left in the car and I committed the "Sin" of putting flames on a sports car. It seems flames are reserved for "Rods" only. Lucky for me there were no "Flame Police" in the area so I didn't get arrested.

I got 3rd place and was pleased with that because there were many pristine MGB's there from several states. My car was not detailed nor pristine but looked good, but I am sure it was the paint work and uniqueness that got me the 3rd place.

I did the metal work but a friend named Brad made it look like I knew what I was doing with his "Show Class" paint job. Also, the interior stitching and seat covers were done first class by a trim shop in Smyrna, TN named "Sew Unique". ( johnsewunique@aol.com )

I kept a log on every nut and bolt that went into the car over the years and at my cost in materials not counting the car itself nor the paint job is $13,085.80 and will climb a little higher by the time I build the compressor and add some baffles so I can drive it on the street. There were 57 vendors so far and the top three by dollars were NAPA of LaVergne, TN, Engel Imports of MI, and Duck Welding of Nashville, TN (aluminum welding).

The other car pars used on the car include, Jaguar, Triumph, Olds, Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Nissan, Chevy, GMC, Ford, Ferrari, BMW, Kabota, several unidentified car parts and Oh! yes, even some MG parts. The unique parts are the remote mounted BMW water pump with externally injected coolant into 14 ports and cross flow cooling of the block and heads, Direct ignition system (no distributor), Direct injected into the combustion chambers of compressed air to spin the engine for starting, Sand cast intake manifolds to mate the 4 two brl carburetors from a 308 Ferrari, the velocity stacks are Amel motorcycle velocity stacks, A serpentine belt driven by a Honda front pulley to drive the BMW water pump and the Kabota alternator with a Jaguar idler pulley as a tensioner. A Jaguar blow through radiator fan manually controlled by a toggle switch in the dash. An MGB oil cooler and a remote mounted oil filter.

An Olds 215 cu in V-8 engine with a cam and porting and home made exhaust headers with eight individual pipes going to 8 reverse cone megaphones, a lightened Olds flywheel with a Mazda RX-7 turbo pressure plate and a Triumph TR-8 disk with a 5 speed Triumph TR-7 gearbox mounted on BMW transmission mounts. A hand made drive shaft by "Daves Driveshafts" of Nashville TN and a Ford Mustang limited slip differential with MG outer tubes  with the Ford axles cut down and re-splined. The rear brakes are US calipers on Ford Crown Vic disks and hand brake shoes and the original MGB-GT hand brake cable. The front brakes are Willwood calipers on Toyota Van vented rotors. All hard brake lines are NAPA with the standard 71 MGB-GT dual master cylinder. The flex lines are from Speedway. The wheels are Mag racing wheels.

The seats are Triumph TR-7 and the instrument cluster is Triumph TR-7 5-speed and an assortment of added gauges. Toggle switches and LEDs are Radio Shack as are the dozens of relays. Turn signal switch is standard 71 MGB-GT and the steering wheel is from an unknown car and is a Nardi or Nardi knock off.

The fuel tank is filled with safety foam and a aftermarket fuel pump supplies fuel to a metal fuel filter and to a hand made transducer with a seperater diaphragm with gas on one side and silicone fluid on the other side to supply the pressure to a fuel pressure gauge on the dash. The on board air tank is a 35 lb freon bottle.

The grill is hand made from aluminum and stainless steel mesh. The grill MG badge is mounted on the hood not the grill and come up with the hood which pivots forward with 4 links. The center section of the hood is raised like an "E"type jaguar and an E-type chrome grill is added at the rear like is is on an E-type. The front fenders are fiberglass with side vents added to exhaust engine compartment air.

Here are two photos taken at the car show.

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