Bought a MGB...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rz350, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Ron R

    Ron R Friend of Leo's

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    Well, I hope you like to tinker. o_O
     
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    Yep, I used to work on AMF Harley Davidsons, so this car doesn't worry me... ;)
     
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    I had a couple of Austins and was probably under the hood as much as behind the wheel.
    Good on the new clutch cylinder, IIRC they use an odd fluid harder to find at the local gas station.
    One with that same engine had something like 12psi in one cylinder so I pulled the pushrods and ran it on three to get through the winter. Wait, winter? What am I thinking it got through the autumn...
    I was foolishly using them for transportation!
     
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    I restored a '73 Bonneville and a '71 Norton back in the day. Prepare to be challenged by the electrics and the stupid bullet connectors.

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    My 1972 MG Midget (back in '75-'79) was the same body as your Austin Healey. Lots of fun.....but I was lots younger then, too. It was a "cursed" car, but maybe not in the way you might think.
    The original owner bought and drove it, but got divorced shortly after. One of my brothers bought it, and he and his wife soon split up. I bought it from him, and my wife and I made it the four years or so, then WE split up. A co-worker MADE me sell it to him......and I have no idea what happened to him and his wife. It was STILL a ball of fun car to have and drive!!!!!
     
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    The John Deere is cool. 425, 445, or 455?
     
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    I have my spare harness smoke if necessary... :)

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    Keep it handy. It will be needed.
     
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    We called it Magic Smoke. You had to replace the smoke to keep Lucas sort of happy. He was, I’ve been told, a pretty miserably so-and-so
     
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    Beautiful car... we belong to a classic car club here on Cape Cod and there are 3 just like that every weekend. They get lots of looks... people walk right by my car to get to the MGBs.

    Just make sure you keep a Lucas three-way switch on hand: Dim-Flicker-Off

    ;)

    I had Lucas in my Rover... dreadful.
     
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    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I’ve loved them since my teens and still do. Congratulations (to your wife, I guess)!
     
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    I had a 75 MG, but mine was a Midget. They didn't look as good as the MGB's, or the MGA's, or the Triumph Spitfire's, or the Triumph TR6's, but they did look better than those TR4's.:twisted::lol:
     
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    I like ALL of 'em! ;)
    (even the "bug-eyed" Sprites!)
     
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    My old boss had a friend who picked up a brand new AMF HD from the York, PA and just driving it home all lights not held on with star washers vibrated off. They had to make numerous stops on I-83, I-695, I-95 and I-495 on the way home to suburban MD.
     
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    Many fond memories of driving Triumphs and MGs with friends. Unfortunately, I had more memories of lying in ditches and lots of bale wire putting parts back on. But, you know that upfront. I hope it's a great weekend car for you and your wife.
     
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    There was nothing worse than opening the hood (bonnet) on an old English car and seeing the dreaded words Positive Earth .I always wanted a Sunbeam Tiger with the ford 221v8
     
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    Don’t forget the trickle charger.

    My first car was a 66 TR4A and if I didn’t keep it on the trickle when home, I’d never have gotten anywhere.
     
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    Cool cars... I've owned three MGB's over the years and they are quite reliable after some minor tinkering. Replaced the Lucas generator setup with a Chrysler alternator with the ballast resistor added. If you don't add the ballast resistor, it will fry the points over time. You have to bend the original alternator arm a bit and add a spacer where the alternator attached to the lower bracket, took a couple hours, works perfectly. I hear now you can buy a kit doing the same thing.

    They were not very good at protecting the wire harness where it passes through the firewall, into the trunk and over brackets under the dash, etc, that's where most of the electrical problems get started. Slip some plastic conduit over the harnesses at those points and/or grommets in the holes. The price of darkness will never visit you again.

    I've driven the MGB's thousands of miles with zero issues after doing what I listed above.
     
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