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DragNut
Mark Jurgensen

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Buick215
Posted by: DragNut
Date: April 07, 2015 04:56AM

I purchased a Buick 215 engine and plan on also using a T5 trans. This will be my first V8 swap and I am trying to decide what chassis to use. I am looking at either a rubber bumper MGB that I will covert to a chrome bumper car or the Triumph TR6 or 4. So I am looking for opinions on what chassis is the easiest to do this swap?


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 07, 2015 08:23AM

Considering the RB MGB is already configured for the 215 that would be the easiest. You will have some work in converting to CB specs of course but the path is clearly marked and there are plenty of options.

The TR guys should be able to give you some feedback on what is involved there. Have you reviewed the HIWD files yet?

Jim


DragNut
Mark Jurgensen

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: DragNut
Date: April 07, 2015 10:16AM

Jim...thanks for the info...I have not reviewed the files...I am new to this site...where do I find them?


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
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12/09/2007 12:28PM

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1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: April 07, 2015 12:08PM

Mark, go to photo galleries in the header above, and click on the particular sports car you are interested in converting...there will be many conversions for you to study.



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DragNut
Mark Jurgensen

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: DragNut
Date: April 07, 2015 04:55PM

Thanks....


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 08, 2015 10:58AM

What about the Flying Wedgie? :)


DragNut
Mark Jurgensen

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: DragNut
Date: April 08, 2015 12:16PM

That just doesn't float my boat...



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 09, 2015 06:34PM

Well, certainly not anything remotely stock, but I could certainly find a lot of love for one like this!

http://forum.britishv8.org/file.php?7,file=15985,in_body_attachment=1



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DragNut
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Re: Buick215
Posted by: DragNut
Date: April 10, 2015 06:08PM

Hmmmm...I do like that :)


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: Dan B
Date: April 11, 2015 08:32AM

I was pleasantly surprised after I bought my TR7. Their build quality may have been poor, and they cut some corners to mass produce them cheaper, but I found a lot to like. It handles good in stock form even with the stock 13" tires. Driving position is pretty comfortable. The extra width gives you more elbow room inside, plus more room for a v8. I am really anxious to get mine back on the road.


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Buick215
Posted by: Dan B
Date: April 11, 2015 08:41AM

Plus, you can still get a rust free one pretty cheap. Crappy 2.0 engines typically were only good for about 80,000 miles, so there should be plenty of swap candidates. Tim Nagy has fiberglass kits to dress up the body. I'm not sure what Dave Craddock does for them, I haven't talked to him about TRs.


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