Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reader Ride: Attention To Detail MGB GT-Sport

Time for another edition of DT's Reader Ride feature, which keeps delivering the hits like an MMA professional in a bar fight.  This next feature comes from reader KC who has what appears to be at first glance a lightly modified MGB GT.  Appearances are deceiving because this thing is anything but lightly modified and it looks like a dream come true for an MGB GT enthusiast who doesn't want something stock.

The pride of craftsmanship in this car is amazing.  The little touches of things that 99% of the people looking at it would miss are the things that people who really like MGB GTs will love.  The early door handles, the fender vents with the twin-cam script.  The grille scripts, that DASH! The little details like taking the time to cut down the seats so that the seatbacks look right for an early car.  The shaved handles the bumpers, talk about sanitized!

DT reader KC walks us through the build:

Year / Make / Model / Trim?
1970 MGB GT-Sport (as in GT-S Corolla)

How long have you owned it?
6 years

Why did you buy it?
Always liked the looks of the BGT and thought with the right drive train it could be a fun performer.

What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing...etc)?
It's my daily driver and is set up for TSD rally and goes to the track on occasion.

Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications. 
Modifications I could write a book here but here are the main features.
The engine is a Toyota 4AG 16 valve 1.6 with large port head on a 20 valve block, Weisco pistons, Crower H-beam rods, forged crank, big cams, big valves. Breathing thru Dellorto 40s with an HKS variable induction manifold and stand alone controller.(see pics)
Crank fire ignition with Megajolt controller.
Toyota t50 5speed, Corolla GT-S disc brake rear axle narrowed 6" with Cusco  LSD
5 link  rear suspension with QA1 Carrera adjustable coil-overs

Exterior mods,
Aston Martin DB style fender vents (functional)
Early pull handle door conversion (GTs never had them)
Recessed beehive front turn lamp mod.
Shaved side markers reverse lamps and hatch handle
Over rider delete bumpers with custom fabled split rear.
15" spline drive alloy rims.
Back seat delete
Fiero buckets shortened to low back style.
Striped pillow dash painted to body color with matching door and quarter caps.

What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat...etc)?
Most memorable time in the car was the 3 days of this years Snowball Rally in California. Most fun we ever had in a car.

What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?
In the failure category I have snapped a rear axle right in 2 so the the boys at Dutchman axle made me some forged steel replacements that they say will let me break everything else from now on. 

What makes you want to keep owning this car?
Owning this car has been a blast love it's looks and the performance has surprised a lot of people expecting it to behave like a B (it doesn't)
I can keep up with my 911 buddies and turn lap times as quick as the wife's Boxster. Who needs a V8 ? light is right 1990 lbs.

Will you ever sell it?
Actually thinking about selling as I have the next project brewing.
A Porsche VW 914 with a 20 valve 4AG swap.

EIC Vince: There have been some seriously sweet Reader Rides, but this one is something special.  KC --if you ever want to sell it, the staff of DT requests a test drive first!

Got your own ride and want to share? Send us some pics. tips@dailyturismo.com You can just free form your words, or follow this questionnaire .

Year / Make / Model / Trim ?
How long have you owned it?
Why did you buy it?
What do you use it for (commute, fun, racing...etc)?
Is it stock or modified? If modified, please list some modifications.
What was the most memorable day in your car (proposed to wife, 3rd child born in back seat...etc)?
What was the most catastrophic failure of parts/components?
What makes you want to keep owning this car?
Will you ever sell it?


  1. Yowsah that's clean and such a clever swap for driving fun. Nicley chosen mods for good looks and an enjoyable experience driving it.

  2. KC- Thanks for sharing this with us! Your attention to detail, down to the badges, is apparent in every picture. If it drives the way that it reads, it has to be a blast to surprise people with. Can't imagine the amount of time you have in this build.

  3. I've always loved the MGB-GT silhouette, with that twin-cammer in there it must absolutely rip. Awesome build!!

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  5. Thanks for all the kind words. Will be commuting from Santa Cruse to Monterey all car week (slower traffic please keep right) Signed up for the Wed.fun rally in downtown, Monterey DT readers say hi if you make it. KC

  6. I forgot to ask, what the heck did you own before this? That Toyota motor setup is wonderful.

    1. OCD therapy been in recovery since 1974
      Many projects but here is a recent one

    2. Hot damn an e-type and an MGB-GT... both immaculate. You must have the patience of a saint (and a lifetime supply of Wire Smoke).

  7. Nice RestoMod! (Now for sure my stable is not DT worthy!)
    These are the projects I enjoy to see and work on.

    Nothing like taking the functionality and looks to a higher level than it was originally and driving it to sort it out.
    Guess I shouldn't sell my ES.


  8. Love BGTs and this would be my choice of a modified one. Mind you I have been looking at them and driving them since 1975.

  9. A lovely restomod BGT, wonderful attention to detail and I love the engine and transmission choice.
    I too would like to know if you ever decided to sell this car. Either post here on DT or you can contact me directly at my email, see below.
    If you take more photos I would appreciate having some copies of those also, collecting photos of cars that I like is a hobby of mine and I've already created a folder of your car car along with the description posted above.
    So here is my email: bberesford AT cogeco.ca (obviously change AT to @ and remove the spaces)
    feel free to send me any additional photos that you might take of your vehicles details.
    Thankyou for submitting your daily drive here on D/T....

    cheers.....Jeff Hamilton

  10. I'm not worthy to comment.

  11. Pretty sweet but it's no Citation X-11.


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