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How to Give Your MGB V8 Power - Fourth Edition

How to Give Your MGB V8 Power - Fourth Edition
Approved by the MG Owners' Club

By Roger Williams
About the Author

V4833 • Paperback • 25x20.7cm • 224 pages • 505 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845848-33-0 • UPC: 6-36847-04833-4

ISBN: 978-1-845848-33-0

£ 45.00 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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Chapter Titles


• How to replace the MGB's 4 cylinder engine with a mighty V8
• THE definitive guide to every aspect of conversion
• Step by step instructions
• Over 500 illustrations, mainly colour
• There are nearly 400,000 MGBs
• Written by an acknowledged MGB expert


All the information needed to build a V8-powered MGB roadster or GT. Whether converting an existing four-cylinder car or a new bodyshell, build the car of your dreams for the smallest cost. Checked and approved by the MG Owners’ Club.


No one contemplating an MGB V8 engine conversion should start the project without reading this book, which is based on the real world experience of many owners and specialists who have re-engined MGBs in the past. Avoid expensive mistakes and pitfalls and end up with a car that performs, handle and brakes superbly by following the detailed advice compiled over many years by MGB expert, Roger Williams.

Independent Reviews

Roger Williams, with his extensive mechanical engineering expertise, expands on his previous volumes with more detail and more pictures which makes this already great book even better.
The MG Driver

…exemplary ... a must have for any enthusiastic MGB driver.
Classic Car Weekly

The well paced instructions are clearly described and complete with helpful images ... focuses on keeping your MGB balanced with all that V8 power at the same time as maximising its pleasure and value.
Auto Express

This is a completely redesigned, revised, updated and enlarged version of Roger William’s much respected earlier work. The book now features over 500 mainly colour illustrations and is an invaluable guide to MGB V8 conversions.
Enjoying MG

In addition to providing comprehensive information on the best way to handle a V8 swap ... Williams writes well and with a sure touch — surprisingly for a technical treatise, this book is extremely readable ... If you’re contemplating a V8 conversion on your MGB, this book should be your first port of call.
New Zealand Classic Car

Almost since the MGB hit the streets, naughty owners have lusted for the throaty roar and the seat-of-the-pants thrust of a 'torquey' V8. But unlike pulling that six-cylinder tooth on your Nova and lowering in a small-block V8 in its place, installing a V8 in an MGB isn't exactly a plug 'n' play exercise. At least until you start digging into Roger Williams' How to Give Your MGB V8 Power.
Rover V8 power is the decided choice here, but Williams does a good job laying out the pros and cons of that engine, plus the Ford, and the Chevrolet. Williams covers all the bases, including which car to consider (for once, rubber bumper Bs are the preferred choice), which engine, which transmission and rear end. Brake, electrical system, driveshaft and suspension modifications are all covered in detail. The book is billed as "step-by-step instructions," but it's really an overview of what needs to get done. There are over 500 color photos, but none of them are very large. Of course, if they were, the book would be 500 pages long, rather than 218. Our only major complaint is not necessarily aimed at this book, but all shop books that attempt to be relevant in the garage: Why aren't they spiral bound, so you can keep them open when you're actually turning a wrench?
This is the fourth edition of Roger Williams' guide to hotrodding your MGB. Not having a handy copy of the third edition, and not being supplied what's exactly new by the publishing company, I think we'd be safe in saying that in three editions, Williams probably had the steps down pat, so if you can find a copy of the third edition on sale somewhere, you're probably safe buying that.
Hemmings Motor News

Roger Williams’ seminal book is back ... Anybody contemplating a V8 conversion will find the £45 asking price money well spent as not only will reading this book help you decide whether you have what it takes to see the job through to its conclusion, but its guidance could save you thousands of pounds in avoided mistakes.
MG Enthusiast

Reviews for the previous editions:

This totally revised third edition of a book regarded for many years as the authoritative guide to V8 conversions is now even better. The content has been developed in many useful ways covering the enhanced range of engine and suspension options that are now available and the consequent performance increases. The book is both well written and set out so it is a pleasure to read. It is also a book of real substance with an intelligent approach to thinking through the range of options and strategic issues you will need to focus on and weigh up at the outset when planning a V8 conversion of an MGB – for example what car do you use and what engine and gearbox combination do you need?
Safety Fast! (MG Car Club magazine)

Is the book worth buying? Well for the wealth of information and good advice most certainly yes, it is an excellent book.
Classic Car Mart

Another in Veloce's SpeedPro series, this softback title does exactly what it says on the cover. And although it's not cheap at nearly thirty quid, its impressive detail and easy-to-understand instructions make it worth every penny for anybody thinking of squeezing a V8 engine into their humble MGB.
Written by acknowledged MGB expert Roger Williams, this book doesnt just cover the procedures involved in replacing the B's 1.8-litre four-pot with a Rover V8; it also explains why you might consider a Chevrolet or Ford small-block transplant instead, giving you an interesting range of options to choose from.
Completely redesigned, updated, revised and enlarged from earlier versions, How To Give Your MGB V8 Power offers clear step-by-step instructions throughout its 224 pages, as well as over 500 illustrations, most of them in colour.
In these days of booming interest in the modified classics scene, the timing couldnÂ’t be better. This radically improved Third Edition of an already decent book deserves to do well.
Classics Monthly


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