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Origin of V8 engine for MGB/GT V8

Subject: Origin of V8 engine for MGB/GT V8
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 11:35:12 EDT

A while back there was some discussion as to the "original" powerplant used 
by Costello/MG for the V8. Below is the text of an e-mail I received today 
from Ken Costello that should clear up any questions as to what he originally 

Hello Rick & Jean
Hope you are well.
The first ali V8 I saw was a GM Buick 215 cu in.  The actual unit first 
fitted to the 65' MGB was in fact an OLDS: identical to the Buick apart from 
a extra row of cyl/head studs, different combustion chamber shape (bath 
type).  The OLD's was the one that was turbo charged by GM for the rocket 
Rover obtained licence from GM for the production of the Buick 215 cu in.  
The Buick produced by GM was die-cast and the Rover was sand cast.  The 
changes by Rover were extra bosses for bolt-ons, alternator bracket, etc, 
comp ratio was varied by dished pistons.
Rover desinations are 3.5 (215), 3.9 - 4.2 & 4.6.

rick ingram
1969 MGC Tourer
1978 MGB Tourer
1974.5 MGB/GT V8 

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