Jay Leno Reviews a Resto-Mod 1952 MG TD: Video
Jay Leno is never one to surprise us with anything — we’ve come to expect his crazy vehicular shenanigans. The car on Jay’s latest self-titled garage show is no different; it’s a 1952 MG TD with a 383 stroker Small Block Chevy crammed under its hood and massive rear tires spilling from under the fenders.
Though the MG is now in Jay’s possession, it was built by a man named David Stenmark who found the car in a derelict condition in a small New England town. The year was 1970 and Stenmark paid a whopping $150 for the car. It had no engine, no transmission, and no hope of being an all-original restoration.
After at least one V-8 engine swap, Stenmark settled on the stroked 350. It’s currently fitted with a mild cam and electronic fuel injection, and the last time it was on the dyno, it made 340 horsepower at the rear wheels. That gives the car an incredible power-to-weight ratio considering it weights some 1,800 pounds. The engine is backed by a three-speed B&M Hydro transmission that connects to a Chevrolet 12-bolt rear end with 3.73 gears and positraction. That’ll push the car to a proven 10.70-second quarter mile at 127 mph.
Jay has kept the car in the same basic condition as when he got it, but finally decided to install updated brakes. The episode includes a large segment devoted to the creation and installation of custom Wilwood disc brakes up front.