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All of the work Auto-Mann does is customizable. Auto Mann can work on the inside or the outside of your vintage car, providing mechanical repairs, exterior body finish and MGB V8 conversions. We work collaboratively with clients to understand their specific needs, ensuring that our services are customized to match your mechanical and aesthetic goals. For car restorations, Calgary’s classic vehicle owners have trusted Auto-Mann for decades. Collective, the Auto-Mann team has been working on British, European and Japanese sports cars for over 100 years.

We service brakes, hoses, belts, and other items on many vehicle models not be listed on our website. Please inquire to see how we can help with your particular vehicle. On this page, you will find details about some of the work we do and can do for your vehicle. 


For over 29 years, Auto-Mann has been Calgary’s best British car specialist.


Now that most minivans come from the factory with 200-plus horsepower, we had to come up with a solution to keep MGs fun in today's driving environment. V8 power provides for the ultimate MGB in today's driving environment! Auto-Mann offers professional MGB V8 conversions. The quality of these conversions exceeds original factory requirements. Your MGB will look like a production vehicle—no corners will be cut or quality spared. Benefits include:

  • Professional quality

  • Outstanding fit and finish

  • Straight-out-of-the-factory original appearance


If your MGB is in good condition, it may not require any body restoration work before the V8 conversion. Bare body restoration includes:

  • Body shell/bead blasted to bare metal

  • Front and rear indicator light

  • Bumper mount body modifications for chrome bumper conversion

  • Hood louvered for aggressive look and additional cooling

  • Tunnel raised to fit Rover V8 5-Speed Transmission

  • Fuel tank relocated for true dual exhaust

  • Rear spring chassis mounts reinforced and extended by addition of frame rails connecting to the chassis jacking point (like the factor MG RV8 of the ‘90s)


Your custom body finish and trim may include the following:

  • Finished in your choice of colour

  • MGB LE decals

  • Stainless steel splash shields

  • New chrome bumpers for the front and rear

  • Mud flaps in the front and rear

  • New stainless mesh grill

  • Gas-charged telescopic hood and trunk props

  • New deluxe carpets including trunk

  • New interior body and door panels

  • Center console lid with choice of trim

  • Dual roll bar with cover and wind stop

  • New seals and rubber on all body seams

  • New door handle trim

  • New walnut or graphite dash, centre console, shifter knob, door caps, armrests and window winders

  • Rover V8 tachometer and matching speedometer

  • Mohair top

  • Frame serviced and painted black

  • New header catches

  • Satin finish

  • Front air dam

  • Custom sound system as specified

  • Retracting antenna

  • Miata, Sparco or König bucket seats as specified

  • MGB seatbelt pads


Your engine specifications may include the following:

  • Rover 3.5 aluminum V8

  • Bored .020” over

  • 9.6:1 compression pistons

  • Performance Typhoon cam

  • Rebuilt with new rings, bearings, all seals, and gaskets, zero miles

  • Rover fuel injection system

  • High-pressure fuel pump

  • Ceramic-coated headers

  • Dual exhaust

  • Return pipe system for fuel injection

  • K&N intake

  • Remote oil filter

  • Stainless oil lines

  • 13-row oil cooler

  • Twin electric fans

  • Thermostatic fan control

  • MGB V8 GT radiator

  • Kevlar top and bottom radiator hoses

  • Electronic ignition


Your driveline work may include the following:

  • Rover, Toyota, or T-5 Five speed transmission with heavy-duty clutch

  • Rear end rebuilt with new thrust washers and bearings

  • 3.9:1, 3.08:1, or other ratio as specified

  • New custom heavy-duty driveshaft


Your brake specifications may include the following:

  • New springs lowering ride height (1” drop) to chrome bumper specifications

  • Aluminum block used to drop rear 0.5” further

  • V8 bushings

  • Rebuilt kingpins

  • Rebuilt steering rack
    (new bearings and boots)

  • Koni shocks in the front and rear

  • Anti-tramp bars at rear

  • 1” sway bar at front

  • Stock bar at rear

  • Poly bushings

  • Adjustable front coil over and independent rear suspension available for the serious enthusiast


Your wheel-and-tire combination may include the following:

  • 5.5” x 15 Minilite alloy wheels with 196-60-15 continental CP90 radials

Do you have questions about the work Auto-Mann does on classic vintage cars? Contact Bill today.

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