Addendum, February 2003: Paul Urquhart - email@example.com
1. I used the total Nissan clutch, throw out bearing , release arm, and flywheel. Did use the MG slave cylinder had to make a new rod to get the right movement.
2. The Starter is a Toyota gear reduction. (STARLET).
3. The prop shaft is the Nissan modified to use a standard MG type flange. The Drive shaft is custom made 29" solid shaft no expansion joint.
4. As for the speedometer, the Nissan has an electric signal generator with a two wire output. The electronic speedometer will work with the out put and has a calibration feature so any gear changes in the rear end or tire size can be changed with no problem. I could have worked on a cable drive but I needed a new speedometer any way. I can send you more pictures and give you a more detailed write up.
Yes I would like to see if I could sell some of the parts that you need to do this. I have the CAD drawing for the engine plate and can get them lasered for about $50 each and then machined for about $100 each, if I do 4 at a time. I have over $900 invested in parts, no estimate on the time that I have spent, and most of the machining has been free to get the set up in my car.
Will be doing another one on Steve's car soon. We still need a clutch and fly wheel to get started on his. Right now I am trying to get some miles on it all to see if any problems show up. Working on a small oil leak now but it not a problem. I put in a tranny out of a junker with 140,000 miles on it I think and so far it shifts fine and is quit and all sychronizers (5) work great. The ratios seam to work out great.
Addendum, December 2003: Cheers, - Steve - '58 MGA - '62 Mk2
On 01 December 2006 at 19:00:46 UK time Steve Merical wrote:
Went digging through some old files to confirm the cost. I did this a couple years back and at that time it cost me $1,150 US$. I pulled all the bits I needed from a 240sx in a salvage yard. It had 100K on the ODO but from my understanding these trannies are very hardy. Nissan was originally going to be mating a larger HP engine than they ended up using for the 240sx. Anyway, I haven't had a problem with the used unit.
Some of the more expensive bits were:
Nissan Clutch pack
Drive shaft mod. (about $300)
VDO speedometer ($120)
Engine Plate ??
This is NOT a kit that comes where everything comes in a nice box. The guy that designed it (Paul U.) figured out how to do it. He made a special engine back plate to mate the Nissan tranny to the MGA engine. You need to get that item from him. He gave me a parts list of what else I needed. All the other stuff you can pick up at the scrap yard yourself or buy on-line/auto store. If you enjoy pulling your engine or at least aren't intimidated by that, this shouldn't be a problem for you to install. If you've never pulled an engine before this wouldn't be a good time to start.