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Rebodied MG Project

I'd posted this on the Solstice forum but thought some here might be interested in another car project I'd completed, though not Kappa related.

If anyone is interested in old British cars (my main automotive focus) they might want to take a look at the 1956 MGA with after market Jamaican body I restored and fitted with a 3.4 GM V6 and T5.

It goes pretty well, having a slightly better power to weight ratio than a stock GXP (2100 lbs., 200 BHP), though you'll never beat a good IRS with a beam axle on take off, not to mention traction control etc. Probably a lot more aerodynamic than the Kappa shape though!

The car was just featured in a British magazine, MG Enthusiast, July 2013. The article has pretty much all the details (most of them correct) on the engine conversion and restoration.

http://www.rhodo.citymax.com/f/Jamaican_Article.pdf








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1962 MGA Coupe
1971 Jensen Interceptor
2007 BMW Z4M coupe
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1969 MGC roadster,
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Love the wire wheels.
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I figured if I'd stuck a set of mags on it, it would have looked like any other sort of kit car. What I was after is for the car to look like it was a period piece (chassis = 1956, body = 1969), and wire wheels was the best way to preserve that. They are Dayton 15x6" with 215x60 - 15 Yokos.

I pondered having a chin spoiler - even modified an existing one I had to suit the nose profile, but the first time I trial fitted it, it looked like a damned Datsun 240Z, so I left it off. The car looks pretty aerodynamic but I was concerned about lift at higher speeds. Not that I drive fast all the time (it is dead solid to slightly over 100 mph and I'll probably be good and not run it out to 140 any time soon).

I often take my old Lamborghini down to a Father's Day show locally. One year I took the Jamaican and parked it beside all the exotica and said nothing. It fit right in and several owners thought it was an Italian car.

Pretty crafty designers - Corvette windshield, Karmann Ghia side windows, Porsche 911 rear window (anyone know if they were available heated - would be nice in rainy weather).

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1958 MGA Twincam
1962 MGA Coupe
1971 Jensen Interceptor
2007 BMW Z4M coupe
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe
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1969 MGC roadster,
1969 Lamborghini Islero S
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

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That is a really cool build, Bill. Well done!
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that thing looks gorgeous. Well done!

The lines remind me of the late 70s corvette.
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Having no idea of what the aerodynamics were (looking good doesn't always equate to low front end lift at higher speeds) I mocked up a chin spoiler for it. Then I stepped back and looked at it and it screamed Datsun 240Z, so I left it hanging on the garage wall!

Thanks for the comments, guys, it was an interesting combination between restoring an old car and building a race car, both of which I've done many times, but never before on the same car.

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1958 MGA Twincam
1962 MGA Coupe
1971 Jensen Interceptor
2007 BMW Z4M coupe
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe
departed
1965 Jensen CV8
1969 MGC roadster,
1969 Lamborghini Islero S
1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

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Very sharp, nice job.

Went to an Independence Day parade last week and there was a nice looking MG involved. Unfortunately for its owner, it was being pushed by four guys in the heat... heckuva time for a breakdown.
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