Dirk Lewis' 1980 MGB with Buick 215 V8

(originally published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume 8 Issue 2)

By: Dirk Lewis
City: Ocala FL
Model: 1980 MG MGB
Engine: Chevrolet Buick 215 V8

How It Is Being Done

Engine: 1963 Buick 215 from a Skylark.
Transmission: Rover 5-speed manual from a Triumph TR-7.
Bellhousing: Rover.
Exhaust: steel tube headers.
Wheels/Tires: Rostyle wheels with 185/70x14 tires.
Suspension: 1" lowered coil and leaf springs with stock lever shocks.
Rear End: Ford unit narrowed 3".
Conversion by: owner.
Comments: I am doing a complete restoration of a car which was close to being a basket case. I am well into my third year on the project and figure I have two more years to go. I'm working toward perfection with no re-do work, while raising two fine children at the same time. (Wife and kids are great, but they can cut into the old car hobby!) Thanks to subscriber Lou Irwin and son Max for selling me the car and the V-8 idea.

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