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Re: Magnette Mutilation

To: "Florrie & Allen Bachelder" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Magnette Mutilation
From: "Lawrie Alexander" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 21:39:03 -0800
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

-----Original Message-----
From: Florrie & Allen Bachelder <>
To: <>
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" <>
>>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
>>mile) distances.
>> 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.
>Allen Bachelder
>'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"

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