More powerful four and six cylinder engines; more powerful V8 engines; general engine improvements; 5-speed gearbox; front suspension; rear suspension; braking system; wheel and tyre options; V8 induction and exhaust; heating and cooling; bodyshell, interior and hood; electrical system. Appendices: US specialists and suppliers; UK specialists and suppliers.
Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, November 2007 - US magazine The MGB was competitive with other small sports cars in its day, but in the past 30 years, the performance bar has been raised substantially; while the 1980 MGB made 62.5hp and cornered at .76gs, today's base Miatas and Solstices top 165hp and circle the skidpad at more than .85gs. While a stock MGB will never come close to being a 'modern' performer, it is a vehicle that is ripe for modification, with a huge aftermarket that offers a surprising number of performance and appearance upgrades. UK-based restoration specialist Roger WiIliams has put together an MGB modification guide to educate owners and enthusiasts as to how to get the most out of their MGs. Part of Veloce Publishing's informative SpeedPro Series, Roger's 'How To Improve MGB, MGC & MGB V-8' breaks down its ample information into 12 chapters that cover topics like four-, six-cylinder and V8 engines; five-speed gearboxes; front and rear suspensions; brakes; induction and exhaust; and body shells. Discussions include altering the power and torque characteristics of the standard MGB engines, as well as modern suspension upgrades and big-brake conversions. Roger even offers tips like how to increase the roadster's scant luggage space by carrying a Saab 900/9000 temporary spare wheel, which bolts up without issue, in the trunk. Although the author refers to this 128-page paperback as an extension of his earlier SpeedPro title, 'How to Give Your MGB V8 Power', it offers enough useful information to stand alone, and will prove useful to anyone considering updating his or her classic MGB. *** Worth reading