David Lively is from Sacramento. He enlisted our shop to rebuild a 3-main B
engine and fit a Datsun 280Z 5-speed gearbox, using the Novus adapter kit.
The end result was a car that ran superbly! Surprisingly quick and smooth,
and over 30 mpg.
British Sportscar Center
From: Florrie & Allen Bachelder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, December 09, 1999 8:03 PM
Subject: Magnette Mutilation
>Well, the 1800 will go in without mutilation. Instead of cutting for the
>O/D box, how about one of those Datsun/Nissan 280 ZX 5-speed boxes that can
>be adapted to the "B" series engine. That box will fit without cutting.
>And your car will remain "all-Z" :^)
> Do you belong to the ZMG? A guy by the name of David Lively from somewhere
>in CA wrote an article on this conversion for a 1996 issue of the Z
>Magnette Group Newsletter. Check with Jeff Powell about getting this
>back-issue before you cut! If he hasn't got one and if it's OK with him I
>can make a copy of mine and send it to you.
>Speaking of mutilation, has anybody put the Rover-Buick 215 in a Magnette.
>Now we're talking pure MG street rod. :^)
>>From: "Dodd, Kelvin" <email@example.com>
>>Ok list members.
>> I am looking for votes.
>> Should I mutilate a perfectly nice 1958 MG Magnette to install an
>>1800cc engine and late model overdrive transmission.
>> Your views count. The cutting torch is at the ready.
>> I want to be able to drive this car on the highway for long (300
>> Speaking of cutting torches, I found a neat way of removing very
>>badly frozen brake drums a couple of nights ago. I had an early MGB rear
>>axle assembly that had been sitting outside for years. One drum came off
>>with no problem as the brake lining had seperated. The other was rusted
>>solidly to the brake lining. I removed the two nuts holding the adjuster
>>and the circlip locating the wheel cylinder. Then I cut off the heads of
>>the two retaining pins. Unfortunately I also had to cut the handbrake
>>so this is a last resort only. Once these items were cut, the brake drum
>>with attached shoes, springs, adjuster and cylinder came right off.
>>Destroying the e-brake arm was a minor cost compared to amount of time I
>>spent trying to get the drum to budge.
>'73 B - "done"
>'76 B - daily driver
>'73 GT - awaiting front wings
>'65 B shell - awaiting paint
>'67 GT - awaiting everthing
>'57 ZB - parts car or resto-candidate? - awaiting decision
>'49 YT - in "progress"