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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: July 25, 2008 04:44PM

It sure would be AWESOME if one of you would volunteer to research this car, and turn your research into an article for British V8 Magazine!

(updated) MGA V8 (Buick 215) for sale on Los Angeles Craigs List (32 photos)

http://munitechmotorcars.com/61~MG~C~46/DSCN7571.JPG

very "AC" looking front fender treatment:
http://munitechmotorcars.com/61~MG~C~46/DSCN7572.JPG
(Notice also the nifty "3500" fender badging!)

When was this car really hot-rodded and by whom?
The Panasonic AM/FM/Cassette looks early to mid seventies to me...
http://munitechmotorcars.com/61~MG~C~46/DSCN7582.JPG

I wonder why the boot lid badge has been changed to say "GG". (Cool, huh?)
http://munitechmotorcars.com/61~MG~C~46/DSCN7575.JPG

Please note that we can't add these photos to our photo gallery without copyright permission.
Also, I'd really like to include more photos of mechanical details.
(The ad shows too many "glamour shots", and doesn't provide much technical or historical detail.)
It would be extremely cool if vintage photos could be found to document the history of this car!
We need an "owners name", since that's how we index the photo gallery and HIWD articles.

Hint: the "How It Was Done" template would provide an "executive summary" of the car's features.
Here's the link to that: [www.britishv8.org]

Hint: note that the photos are actually hosted by this car dealer's website: [munitechmotorcars.com]

For reference on what your article might look like, you may like to refer to these two articles:
George Snively's early MGB V8 conversion
Tom Schnerk's very early Healey conversion



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/31/2008 09:04PM by Moderator.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I don't have time to mess with it, but...
Posted by: Moderator
Date: July 31, 2008 08:59PM

Come on now... surely you've always wanted to write (or research) for a car magazine.

Why not volunteer for this fun and easy little assignment? No experience required!


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: August 01, 2008 05:20PM

Rob Ficalora has volunteered to make the phone calls. What a great guy!!!


avbates
Tony Bates
San Jose California
(25 posts)

Registered:
03/22/2008 12:16PM

Main British Car:
74 MGB roadster 4.2 litre Rover

Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: avbates
Date: August 20, 2008 04:59PM

I saw this car, or one exactly like it for sale at the Silver auctions at Hot August Nights in Reno the other weekend.
Regards
Tony


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2636 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 20, 2008 11:57PM

Probably the same car. I called & talked with "Bo" from the company that had it. He didn't have any info on it & either didn't have or wouldn't share the previous owner's name let alone contact info. About the only thing he'd tell me is they'd shipped it off to an auction in Nevada.


kwangtzu
Jerry Keys

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03/29/2011 10:23PM

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: kwangtzu
Date: March 29, 2011 10:31PM

Link to more information on this car: The Gyro Gearloose Special!

[californiaclassix.com]


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2636 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 29, 2011 10:56PM

Great info Jerry & welcome to the board! Is it your car? I tried to get the scoop on it a couple of years ago but hit a dead end pretty quickly. That's a great story/history of the car!



kerbau53
Geoff Morton
Naples, FL
(108 posts)

Registered:
08/09/2010 10:27PM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Ford 5L

Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: kerbau53
Date: March 30, 2011 09:35AM

Drop dead gorgeous!


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: March 30, 2011 11:20AM

Gyro Gearloose is a fictional character, an anthropomorphic chicken created by Carl Barks for The Walt Disney Company. He is part of the Scrooge McDuck universe, appearing in comic book stories as a friend of Donald Duck, Scrooge and anyone who is associated with them. He was also a frequent star of the animated DuckTales. He first appeared in the Carl Barks comic Gladstone's Terrible Secret.Gyro is Duckburg's most famous inventor, even though his inventions don't always work the way he wants them to. His outrageous productivity is presented as a factor in the quality of his inventions; because he always comes up with new ideas, the fact that his inventions often lack an important feature, will often cause trouble for Scrooge or Donald who have bought the invention. He is known as being good-natured towards others. Gyro is often assisted by his Little Helper (or just "Helper"), who is a small anthropomorphic robot with a light bulb for a head. Besides Little Helper, he has also a thinking cap, a combination of a roof-top and a nest, with three black birds living in it.

Some of Gyro's relatives include his father Fulton Gearloose, his grandfather Ratchet Gearloose, and Newton Gearloose, his nephew. Occasionally there have been stories about Gyro's girlfriend Matilda. In some stories, Gyro's primary rival is Emil Eagle, although he is also antagonized by the Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell.[1] With his inventions, he is also a very important ally of Donald Duck's alter ego, Paperinik, in the Italian Disney


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5833 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 30, 2011 11:51AM

More than I ever guessed I wanted to know! Entertaining though.

JB


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(1085 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: March 30, 2011 02:54PM

Methinks Maloney has a gearloose!


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: March 30, 2011 04:29PM

Useless information is what I excell at! It's the improtant details about things that really matter that are my weak link...


kwangtzu
Jerry Keys

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03/29/2011 10:23PM

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: kwangtzu
Date: March 30, 2011 08:53PM

I wish it were my car! There are some really nice mods cleaning up the body. I'd love to see under the hood, though.

I do have a '59 MGA (my first car ever) that will get a V8 at some point. I just ran across this link doing research on this site: [mgaguru.com]. More than you probably ever want to know about an MGA there.

Then I saw this old post while searching for Buick 215 pics.

I've been reading British V8 for some time now, just thought I'd make what contribution I could until I get my own MG8 on the road....My wife has never seen it run.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2636 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 30, 2011 10:08PM

mIne has been off the road for 5 yrs. Would be driving it had I not broken the axle on a test drive. Still, it's been fun during the project too.

Had a friend of my wife & her husband come by to visit and look at the car. They came over in the MG A he'd restored. Knew we were in for an interesting discussion as he shared how he'd worked to ensure it was restored 100% original. I couldn't help but imagine a BOPR under the hood the whole time.


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(932 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: March 31, 2011 08:06AM

No wonder Mr. Maloney NEEDS Curb Service, he'll pour the ice & mixer and omit the main ingredient! "The devil is in the details"
SAFETY FASTER!



deltadave
dave plumley
unionville TN
(69 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2010 08:21PM

Main British Car:
1953 MG TD Chevy 350

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: deltadave
Date: March 31, 2011 10:44AM

WOW! that's a great car. I love MGA's, but I'm not in love with the front end treatment.


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: March 31, 2011 12:02PM

Kelly, we'll have to be cautious lest Mr. Maloney launch into a discourse on the merits of Gyro Gearloose versus Mr. Dickel or my Irish friend. ;-)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/31/2011 12:06PM by Bill Young.


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(932 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: March 31, 2011 02:45PM

The MGA is a beautiful car, but did not notice any detail on powerplant.
Now as far as Mr. Maloney, if he would refresh us all on the orgin of this "Curb Service" debacle. It is not a recent thing and I do not remember when it originated. Maybe it is a figment of my imagination?? :)


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3790 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 31, 2011 05:12PM

Quote:
Link to more information on this car: The Gyro Gearloose Special!
[californiaclassix.com]

Looks like the story's been told, Curtis.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(468 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Tell the story of this early MGA V8 conversion!
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: March 31, 2011 09:14PM

I love looking at swaps that were done back in the 50s and 60s. Here's some more pics of the GG Special: [motoringinvestments.com]

Rick

My Nasty Healey: [forum.britishv8.org]
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