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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:20 PM
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I need an intervention

Because I cant pass up a forlorn car on the side of the road with a for sale sign and I may wind up owning this one...


Never had a rubber bumper B, funny because those (and the late TR6) were the cars of my childhood that really got me into the Brit car habit. The B at this point though was a slightly portly and under appreciated product of the 70's...but so am I!


This one looks like a good driver that needs a little bit of everything, but is low mileage, runs strong and looks like it hasn't been 'improved' by its prior owners...key.


Someone help me...


So, any other late B owners here?
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:28 PM
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:32 PM
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Do it!
Gee, thanks Supposed to talk me out of this! Then again, if I really wanted to be talked out of this, I'd be posting somewhere else.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:32 PM
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I totally would.... but three Rovers is enough for my wife... and the garage... and the side parking area......

Actually, I really want an MGB GT Hardtop.

------ Follow up post added May 8th, 2016 08:34 PM ------

http://silodrome.com/mgc-gts-sebring/
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Old May 8th, 2016, 11:40 PM
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I totally would.... but three Rovers is enough for my wife... and the garage... and the side parking area......

Actually, I really want an MGB GT Hardtop.

------ Follow up post added May 8th, 2016 08:34 PM ------

http://silodrome.com/mgc-gts-sebring/
That's awesome. I always liked the MGB GT and, especially the late GT6. This one actually has an OE hardtop which is calling me, but I'd never use it...
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Old May 9th, 2016, 12:05 AM
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Have always driven my RRC's and also have had 2 MGB's over a period of 16yrs. Sold my last one about 8 years ago and bought the 71 IIA...and have never looked back. I take the roof and doors off a Series Truck for the summer and it provides me with more smiles then the B's ever did. That's just me. If you have never owned a B then go for it.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 12:43 AM
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Nah do it. If I had the money and the space I would have it bad too!

I've also always loved the mgb gt...

Did anyone see this version recently posted on uncrate?

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Old May 9th, 2016, 12:54 AM
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I feel your pain bubba!! Just do it since you only go around once! We're now up to 8 vehicles and 3 motorcycles Insurance is killing me!!
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Because I cant pass up a forlorn car on the side of the road with a for sale sign and I may wind up owning this one...
I only drove MGs until reaching the young age of 31 when I bought a 109.
They are lots of fun, although I prefer the chrome bumper variety of the MGB.
We have one left and I have several of the MG Maestro 2.0 TDs with 5 speed LT77.
Was thinking of, well you know...
You can hardly go wrong if it is not rusted and have a place to keep it inside.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 08:43 AM
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That's a clown car and you'll look like a doofus driving it.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 08:51 AM
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I can see Robert Davis riding and profiling after some of his modifications.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 09:32 AM
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Old May 9th, 2016, 10:10 AM
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I had a 1980 B, I still remember the electrical nightmares, and of course having to lube the diaphragm up after fill ups. KInd of like sex.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 11:40 AM
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Fill the bath tub 3/4 full of comfortable temperature water.
Get in the tub.
Have a friend drop a plugged in toaster.
You may come to your senses.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 12:00 PM
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It's the size of refrigerator. Slink it over into a corner of the garage. She'll never notice. If she does, throw some dust on it and tell her it's been there for years.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 12:45 PM
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It's the size of refrigerator. Slink it over into a corner of the garage. She'll never notice. If she does, throw some dust on it and tell her it's been there for years.

My wife does the same thing with a newly seen pair of shoes or a dress.
"Where did you get that? Oh this old thing??
I've had this thing a long time, you never pay attention to me."
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Old May 9th, 2016, 01:21 PM
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One of my coworkers has a midget I am stalking. I always wanted an MGB GT with a rover V8.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 02:01 PM
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I would do it, depending upon price. The later "rubber" (plastic really) bumper Bs are the ones that everyone loves to hate. Problem with that is that they are the more comfortable of the Bs. The increased ride height gave a better ride and the collapsible steering column moved the steering wheel off your lap making it easier to get to the pedals and egress/ ingress.
- See how much smog equipment is still there.
- Check for rust (doglegs, rockers and sills, wheel arches, trunk floor, and there is a little shelf where the bulkhead is that can catch debris inside the front fenders)
- Check to see how the lever arms are doing and see if anyone did a tube shock conversion (the latter as there are quite a few kits out there that are crap and crack the lower a arms)
- Look for crappy radio installs and hack wiring jobs
- Do a general look around the engine bay at things like filters and fuse boxes for corrosion
- Check the dashpot (general check to see how well it was taken care of)
- It should shift like a bolt action rifle, if not, it needs bushings (but they are cheap and easy)
- Listen for a clunk from the rear axle (thrustwashers regularly worn out)

There is more but this is a start. Far more comfortable than any Triumph and a much stronger aftermarket. Improvements are good but there are more bad ones than good.
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Old May 9th, 2016, 11:14 PM
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I would do it, depending upon price. The later "rubber" (plastic really) bumper Bs are the ones that everyone loves to hate. Problem with that is that they are the more comfortable of the Bs. The increased ride height gave a better ride and the collapsible steering column moved the steering wheel off your lap making it easier to get to the pedals and egress/ ingress.

There is more but this is a start. Far more comfortable than any Triumph and a much stronger aftermarket. Improvements are good but there are more bad ones than good.
Thanks for the tips. This one has some dogleg rust, but not bad at all. The interior and dash are really decent and she drives well. Did I mention that this is a sub $4k B? Even has a Snugtop. This will be a driver and a several year, spare time project....just always had a soft spot for these.

Great point on comfort, always amazed at how much better these ride than my coil sprung, independently suspended TR6.
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