Monday, January 29, 2018

Clean Swap: 1980 MG MGB V6

The MGB was a fantastic car when first introduced in 1962 and through the late 1960s...but it was getting long in the tooth by the 1980s when it was fitted with some awful looking rubber bumpers, and a smog restricted engine...but that shouldn't stop you from upping the power/fun with a Chevy V6 engine swap.  Find this 1980 MG MGB V6 offered for $9500 in Kansas City, KS via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

80 MGB with Chevy. V-6 stroker and T-5 trans (NO RUST ) has new Chevy V-6 stroker , runs strong, new tires ,new brakes ,new exhaust , to much to list. For information call Gary

See a better way to drive a MGB?


  1. After having my '71 TR6's ass caved in by an inattentive moron at a stoplight, I'm now a BIG fan of 5 mph bumpers. If I'd had a later TR6 with the stout "rubber baby bumpers" on it I'd probably have had nothing more than stern words for the guy that hit me. As it is, it was totaled.

    Re. this V6 assemblage: bravo! Nicely done.

  2. I've had valve cover breather bigger than that air filter.

  3. FWIW the included map in the C/L ad shows this car to be on the MO/IL line south of St. Louis and not exactly anywhere near KC/KS.

  4. Clean swap, clean car, clean garage. I like this whole situation.

  5. Did the 'B' have the crazy upper arm/shock-absorber combo as the Midget did?
    Once sheared a shock right off the frame, cutting the brake line, and enabling my first near-death experience.

  6. Had a neighbor who bought one of these new back in the day. After having ridden in it and watched him wrench under the hood on an almost weekly basis, I can say that basically any engine swap was a good move in this machine, and the sooner the better.

    My only question is, who strokes a Chevy v-6?


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