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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - MGB V8 Conversion VHS Tape
|About 8 months ago I could have sworn I saw a VHS tape up for bid on Ebay that alledgedly demonstrated the complete process of doing a BOP/R V8 engine swap on the MGB....did I dream this, or does anybody have knowledge of this type of format?|
|mike, first you have to purchase the Part A tape of how to remove a GM-V6 from an MGB. jim|
|This may be a copy of the tape Glenn Towery made several years ago. No idea of the quality, I never saw the tape, but Glenn has done more V8 MGB conversions than anyone else in the States.|
|The quality of Glen's video is very poor, but the content is priceless|
|I have a VHS tape produced a few years ago by a British company now gone out of business (can't remember the name - I'm at work so can't look). It shows an V8 MGB conversion and covers most of the important points. The quality is good. They take the engine out of a Triumph TR8 - you would think that would be worth rebuilding!|
|Mike H, thanks....if you can, please send me any specific information about the tape at email@example.com..or you could post it on this site if you so desire..Thanks!|
I now have the tape in front of me. It was produced in 1997 by Dave Lord who ran a company called "MGB V8 Developments" that was based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. The company made twin exhaust systems for V8 MGBs.
The title of the tape is "MGB V8 Power on a Shoestring Budget". The tape is very well made and has good descriptive video pictures of the major work needed in a chrome bumper conversion. I have found it quite useful in planning my own conversion project. The only downside is a really annoying music soundtrack.
I bet you would have a real struggle to find one of these tapes now.
|Jim Stuart, thanks for the heads up on the Glenn Towery tape. Tom Hoagland was kind enough to let me view his a copy of the tape. The video quality was good and as Tony Bates indicated, the content was priceless. |
Mike Howlett, thanks for the specifics on the tape "MGB V8 Power on a Shoestring Budget" I have checked several suppliers (mgguys and Triple C), but they no longer have the tape...there was one on ebay this past weekend in the UK, but the UK "PAL" format is not compatible with the North American "NTSC" format..if anyone in the states, or canada, has a copy of this tape, I would appreciate hearing from you. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|mike , there is any number of places that convert the format of these tapes to NTSC, there is an Indian/Pakistani grocery near my house that does it for a couple bucks if you want to send it to me, jim|
|I hate to down something that might help the M.G. V-8 push BUT the shoestring tape is not worth the tape it is put on! shows a small bit, but no details It did have some good sounds but NO DETAILS. I am going to get my tapes together & clean up the tapes & put them on DVD will be done in 2-4 weeks!|
|Glenn, that's great news about you putting your tapes on a DVD....let us know when it is ready...I for one will want one!|
|Come on, Glenn, nobody believes you have gone that high tech! |
do you have a new girl friend with a computer?
|I really have to agree with Glen, the 'shoestring' tape is not helpfull. I purchased one from MGOC in Cambridge UK 3/4 years ago, started watching it with with great enthusiasm, it got to the stage I had to turn down the background 'music' really annoying. Work commitments took me back to Cambridge following week, MGOC gave money back. I was there some 6 months ago and seem to remember out of the corner of my eye seeing these tapes sitting on the bookshelves. Worth a try if you really want it.|
|I remember watching part of that tape "MGB V8 Power on a Shoestring Budget" in the hospitality room at one of the MG V8 Meets. We were having fun critiquing it. So, somebody here has a copy. Kurt Schley, maybe?|
I got waaay more out of spending the afternoon at Glen's garage.
Triple-C used to sell the tape at one point.
But I'll have to agree it not worth it.
|T.P. Rosser 1|
|Tom - this tape is no longer available from Triple C or the mg guys..|
Carl, Richard and Tom - A fellow contacted me on line and is sending me the tape...he said you can tell it was made in the UK because you can see the "breath" of the participants as they are doing the conversion...as in really cold! :-) Now I too can critique this video!
Thanks for all your input...
This thread was discussed between 23/08/2005 and 31/08/2005
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