Project Gallery: MGB Body Parts
Preform Resources' Fiberglass MG RV8 Hood
Our new MG RV8 hood, available as a bolt-on replacement or as an outer skin (for racecars).
Ever wondered what a hood mold looks like?
RV8 bolt-on version, showing the underlying structure.
Here we've set our standard metal reinforcements on the hood for a quick photo.
Another set of these reinforcements was bonded into the hood assembly previously.
Mike Moor's Shaker Style Hood (made by reworking Preform Resources parts)
Mike Moor made a "shaker style" hood by reworking a Preform Resources fiberglass MGB hood.
Instead of ordering an assembled hood, Mike special ordered the component parts unassembled.
He worked with the top and bottom parts of the hood seperately before bonding them together.
The all-aluminum Buick 215cid V8 has long been the most popular engine for MGB V8 conversions.
Mike Moor's MGB features a Buick 300cid V8, with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads.
It's heavier, but delivers about 50% more power. The challenge: it's taller than a 215.
Mike's cowl induction air filter housing provides cool air from the high pressure
area located in front of the windscreen.
Curtis Jacobson's Special-Order Carbon Fiber RV8 Hood Skin
This is just a hood skin, without structure underneath for hinges, latches, prop rod, etc.
It will be held on by hood pins at the front. There are molded-in tabs at the rear.
Super lightweight: this carbon/epoxy hood skin weighs less than five pounds!
What's Included in Preform Resources' MGB Speedster Body Kit?
In addition to four custom flared fenders, a front air dam, and a rear valance - all in
lightweight fiberglass! - the Speedster kit also includes fiberglass arch filler panels
for the rear wheels, bonding agent, and printed instructions.
Preform Resources' Speedster Body Kit Installed on SCCA Racecars
Preform Resources Speedster body kits appeared on five of the fastest MGB
racecars at the 2006 SCCA Championship runoffs!
The number 22 MGB racecar was driven by Chuck Leighton.
Chuck Leighton and his crew did a super job preparing this car.
The Chuck Leighton Top Craft Racing MGB with Preform Racing bits on it.
Number 31: Craig Chima's MGB at the 2005 SCCA runoffs.
Number 42: Jerry Lamb's MGB racecar.
Jerry Lamb sitting on the false grid, at the 2006 SCCA runoffs.
Number 44: Mitch Ware's MGB racecar.
Mitch Ware's shop: Village Autobody in Albany, New York.
Preform Resources provided this competition fiberglass hood skin too.
(It's about twenty pounds lighter than a steel bonnet.)
Mitch's hood skin is secured with two hood pins at the front. At the rear, two aluminum
mounting tabs (bonded to the bottom of the hood) slide into slots cut into the MGB bodyshell.
Number 80: Jesse Prather's MGB racecar.
The background here is... Kansas!
Jesse's bonnet is secured with four hood pins.
On Jesse's MGB the quarter panels are quickly removeable for suspension access.
Number 83: Niel Verity at the 2006 SCCA runoffs.
Preform Resources' Speedster Body Kit Development
Dave stood on a six foot ladder to take this photo of the MGB Speedster clay model.
From the third step...
We primered-up the sheetmetal to blend with the clay... NOT!
Here's Jim O'Flaherty working the clay.
Preform Resources created their new air dam's shape by modifying MG's "Special Tuning" spoiler.
The quarter panels blend smoothly into the Preform Resources MGB rear valance.
When the design is approved, the model comes apart into segments and made into
(male) plugs from which (female) molds can be constructed.
Preform Resources' Speedster Air Dam for MGB
Here's the alternate air dam with oil cooler sized opening and with inboard brake cooling ducts.
(This air dam suits four-cylinder MGB racecars, while the wide-duct fairing is nominally a "V8 part".)
What you're looking at here is actually the mold for making the air dam.
Rod Hahnemann (owner of Spridgetech Inc.) is helping out by waxing the mold for a trial run.
Preform Resources' Speedster Body Kit Original Trial Build-up
This is the wide-opening version of the Speedster MGB front air dam.
(MGB V8 conversions sometimes feature oversize radiators in lieu of oil coolers.)
Ultimately, Preform Resources intends to offer a Speedster low-profile windscreen.
Its profile is included in all the renderings and mock-ups.
Rear view, showing Preform's distinctive rear valance. Other companies offer fiberglass
valances, but the Preform Resources valance has two big advantages: it fits better
and its shape in the area underneath the taillamps is stylistically superior.
That's our friends Rod Hahnemann and Kendall Jones in the background.
The laid back Speedster windscreen requires a special base.
Prototype MGB Speedster windscreen, installed.
Installing a Preform Resources' Speedster Rear Fender
Preform Resources plans to hot-rod this MGB and put it back on the road. First, four new fenders!
First step: so big tires may be fitted, wheel arches have been cut out to a larger radius.
The quarter panels get trial-fitted and adjusted multiple times until they fit just right.
The fiberglass panels may need to be thinned just a little to get a really neat fit.
Inner wheel arches will extend from the steel wheel houses outward to the fenders.
(These strips are included with the kit.)
Typically, Cleco clamps or sheet metal screws are used to temporarily secure the strips in
place during the fitment process. The outer edge of the strips will require some trimming.
Adhesive is applied to the fiberglass wheel arches for their final installation.
Quarter panel bond areas need to be roughed up for optimal adhesion.
Once adhesive is applied, the MGB Speedster body panels are clamped into place.
Here are Newer and Better Photos of the Arch Fillers
This photo shows the gap that needs to be filled.
Dave Craddock demonstrates how the fiberglass arch filler sets right in.
Now excess material can be trimmed away for a really neat fit.
Perhaps you can see even better in this view. Neat, eh?