John Mangles's 1958 MGA with Buick 215 V8 Engine
as published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume XIV Issue 2, August 2006
Owner: John Mangles
City: St. Charles, MO
Model: 1958 MGA
Engine: Buick 215
Conversion performed by: John Mangles ("The MG Doc")
|Intake:||stock Buick manifold, Edelbrock 500cfm carburetor, custom ductwork to K&N filter.
|Engine Electrical:||Delco-Remy alternator (from a GMC Astro van), stock Buick ignition and starter systems.
|Cooling:||MGB radiator, with replaced (high efficiency) core, over-sized ports, etc.
|Exhaust:||block hugger headers and custom exhaust.
|Transmission:||Borg Warner T5 5-speed, with GM hydraulic slave cylinder.
|Rear axle:||Volvo 240 (narrowed about 5 inches), and limited slip differential.
(Editor's note: the Volvo 240 rear axle is a Dana 30.)
|Driveshaft:||custom (1/2 Volvo / 1/2 GM).
|Front suspension:||stock MGB.
|Rear suspension:||stock MGA.
|Brakes:||MGB brake/clutch master cylinder assembly, MGB disc brakes (front), Volvo disc brakes (rear).
|Wheels/Tires:||Minilite (15" x5.5") with Toyo 300 Ultra tires.
|Other:||custom made wire harness, MGB gauges, MGB windshield wipers (with two speed motor, cleverly controlled by an MGA headlamp switch and a relay!), louvered hood, stainless steel mesh grille, heated seats, lumbar supports, cruise control, Offenhauser aluminum valve covers.
|Miles Since Conversion:||approximately 10K (as of the British V8 2006 meet)
|John's Comments:||"This car was built with mostly stock/shelf components, so if it breaks on the road I can get parts at AutoZone!"
Custom Hood Louvers and Stainless Steel Mesh Grille
Rigid Copper Pipe in lieu of Radiator Hoses -
Bleeder in Upper Pipe for Purging Air from Cooling System
John Hammer-Formed this Intake Duct out of Thin Steel
John Shows how an MG Badge Hides the Air Cleaner Removal Nut
Wrinkle-Finish Paint Provides a Finished Appearance
John Worked with a Local Paint Supplier to Formulate this Mysterious Deep Aubergine (Eggplant) Color
Volvo Disc Brakes can be Spotted Behind John's Minilite 8-spoke Wheels