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    Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    Monday, I'm trekking to Elyria to pick up a Jaguar IRS for $200. It's coming from a '92 XJS. Has anyone here installed one in an MGB?

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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    What's an IRS? Sounds like something federal.

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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    Independent Rear Suspension. [img]<<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif[/img]

    ~Here~ is an example.

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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    I've an acquaintenance in England who did the conversion - Nick Smallwood - he used to have a great site on how he did it, but apparently he's pulled it.
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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    Jim Blackwood has a Jag IRS in his MGB V8.

    See http://www.britishv8.org/MG/JimBlackwood.htm

    We put a Jag IRS into the Buick Roadmaster project car. (MGB/GT with a 455cid big block Buick, T5 transmission, IRS, etc)

    See http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?2,166,page=44

    (There are some really good shots of the unit and its install on this sticky..probably begins about page 30 or so.)

    Pete Mantell has an MGB in his shop right now with a Jag IRS. It will be receiving a Corvette LS3 crate engine.

    See http://www.mgexperience.net/phorum/read.php?40,1302586

    Yes...it is possible.
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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    Quote Originally Posted by rick_ingram
    Jim Blackwood has a Jag IRS in his MGB V8.

    See http://www.britishv8.org/MG/JimBlackwood.htm

    We put a Jag IRS into the Buick Roadmaster project car. (MGB/GT with a 455cid big block Buick, T5 transmission, IRS, etc)

    See http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?2,166,page=44

    (There are some really good shots of the unit and its install on this sticky..probably begins about page 30 or so.)

    Pete Mantell has an MGB in his shop right now with a Jag IRS. It will be receiving a Corvette LS3 crate engine.

    See http://forum.britishv8.org/read.php?2,166,page=44

    Yes...it is possible.
    Thanks for the link.

    Given the overall build quality of Blackwood's car, I'm not too inclined to follow his advice...just sayin'!

    1974 MGB / 1978 MG Midget / 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham

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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    Quote Originally Posted by Camshaft
    &lt;snip&gt; Given the overall build quality of Blackwood's car, I'm not too inclined to follow his advice...just sayin'!
    That would be a mistake, in my opinion.

    Jim is a very good engineer. (In fact, it is one of his true professions) His car may not be to the likings many enthusiasts, but it is well thought out. For example, that rear spoiler adjusts with acceleration (ala the Chapparel of the mid 60's). He is a wiz at fuel injection, and understands most eveything mechanical and electrical. Take a look at the pictures in the Buick Roadmaster link that I provided...you'll see his work on the Jag IRS, which became a true bolt-in for the MGB and MGB/GT.

    I'll betcha if you e-mailed him, he would be MORE than willing to answer your questions/concerns over an IRS install into your own MGB.
    Rick Ingram
    1978 MGB - 1969 MGC - 1974.5 MGB/GT V8 conversion - 1968 MGC - 1972 MGB

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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    When I see something like that I have to ask...why?
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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    Quote Originally Posted by davester
    When I see something like that I have to ask...why?

    Because it can be done.....and it's his MG.

    Rick Ingram
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    Re: Jaguar IRS in an MGB

    True, Jim's work isn't always pretty....but, take a ride in it &amp; you'll change your mind!
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