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Well what can I say what an amazing little sports car, this was my first car and really want to get another sometime in my life. They maybe old but then just keep running and when they don't they are so simple to get under the bonnet and fix. My car was only the 1.8l rather than the V8, but to be honest I don't car as it was still very quick due to the lack of weight. As it is old it doesnt come with much, I installed a CD player and speakers as mine had a tape player, it was a very easy job to do and made a big difference to driving in it as you could enjoy music as well. For the period I had it the only thing that went was the fan belt which took about 2 hours to replace and cost about £40 for the part. In my opinion you cant go wrong at that. I would also say that the efficiency is amazing for motorway driving as me and my friend drove down to London at last minute. We filled up about 2 times each way which when we worked it out was £90 to get to London which was split between the two of us (so 90 in total to get there and back). For the drive there it was very comfy and wasnt to bad for noise a bit loud but you cant complain too much as I dont think sound deadening was invented when the car was in production. Overall a great little car (so small when sat at a traffic light and if a boy racer in a Clio pulls up you know for a fact you will be of the line faster as it is so light and nibble). I look forward to the day that I can own another! Thats what happens when you have kids you need to get a car that seaets 4/5 which this is a 2/3 at a push, the back seat is pretty much useless.
We all regret things that we have done in the past. One of my biggest mistakes was selling my 1967 MGB Roadster. I bought this car in 1976. For those of you old enough you will remember the hot summer of 1976. Previous to this my car had been a mark 2 Ford Cortina, the B was a revelation. Hood down windows down wind through your hair at 90mph (sorry should have said 70mph). This wonderful two seater sports car with its gleaming chrome bumpers and grille made you feel like a king. Under the bonnet was a gleaming red 1778cc engine with twin carburettors. None of the flash electronics and fuel injection of today, you could actually work on these. In those days many sports car owners would carry out their own repairs, no chance today. This car was produced to supercede the MGA (Another classic) and sporned the production of the biggest mistake in MG history the MGC whose handling characteristics with the straight six 3 litre Austin Healey engine were atrocious. The MGB was and still is a collectors dream as most parts are still readily available. If you are considering buying a B try for a pre 1975 with chrome bumpers. After this significant changes for the American market ruined the marque. Higher suspension and rubber bumpers really effected the handling and was bought in because in the states bumpers have to be at a set height. Also changes were made to the engine so it would run on lead free. This really effected the performance. After this the only real contender was the MGB V8. IF YOU HAVE EVER WONDERED HOW MG GOT ITS NAME IT STANDS FOR MORRIS GARAGES
My wife Purchased our 1967 MGB Roadster 6 years ago as an every day car(and our only car at the time).We went everyware in it from North Wales to the west coast of scotland,as well as her commuting 20 miles a day in sun,rain and snow for 4 years. The car replaced a 3 year old comfy,dry & warm'euro box' My wifes dad thought we were potty, as did many of our frends, but you don't get admireing glances like this in a modern car. After 4 years of every day use it did take its toll and I decided to take the car off the road and restore it.This included a full bare metal respray,some welding,all suspension rebuilt,naw brakes which included fitment of a remote servo,s\steel braded flexi hoses and uprated pads.The car also has a reconditioned unleaded engine I have uprated the engine with a 3 branch exhaust manifold and K&N air filters,after a rolling road tune up it now produces 83 BHP at the wheels (good for a 1967 car). The car is now very usable which was proved when we went to This years Le Mans 24 hour race without any problems. Classic cars need a lot of looking after to keep them reliable but the rewards more than make up for it.MGB's are one of the easiest cars to keep on the road,all parts are avalable from specialists incuding the smallest nuts and bolts to full body shells,and most parts are cheap. I am always spending money on this car but mostly now it is on inproving overall reliability and comfort as the restoration is complete. The next improvements will be done this winter which include swapping the dynamo/positive earth charging system for an alternator/negative earth,electronic ignition and fuel pump,better seats. After owning this car for 6 years I cannot see us selling it.I just love driving it on a sunny day with the hood down.
I have had my MGB BT for some 4 years now. and I havent regretted it, and it's been reasonably trouble free (a broken connector under the bonnet meant that it didnt start, and a stone broke the radiator). They are fantastic cars, but look out for: Dodgy repairs and filler. The sills are the places to look for, lift up the mats in the footwells and see if you can see daylight! Lift the rubber around the door frame at the bottom, how many thicknesses of metal can you see? more than 3 means a dodgy repair. Any structural rust means costly repairs, but if there is some bubbling at the seams that join the wings to the scuttle, dont worry. they all go there a bit as the cars flex...it will happen eventaully and expect to pay a garage £100 per side to get them re-done every couple of years Rust on the doors isnt a problem as you can get second hand spares really easily and the rust is contained. Check the oil pressure...it should be about 20psi at tickover (once the engine is warm) and about 50-60 when driving. Do all lights work? any electrical things are not an expensive repair, but can be time consuming and fiddly Check for regular stuff like smoke from the exhaust and oil levels. take off the oil cap and look to see if there is any white residue. if there is then water is getting into the oill and that is a problem. Most spares are very cheap so brake pads etc are not a problem. take the car on a run, use the overdrive, does it cut in and out ok? lift off the gas when in 3rd gear...is there a clunk from the back axle? these cars are old, so expect som enoise. It could be worn UJ's which are cheap, or the axle. Again, not serious, just noisy. Well, thats all i can think of for now, but i will add to it when I think of any more points. My main advice is if you dont know, read the excellent haynes book by Linsey Porter on buying and restoring mg' s. you will find it in most good book stores and halfords. Or even better, get someone in the know to have a look at it...and get it up on some ramps if you can. And when you get it, waxoil it. Remember, you dont need one with an unleadded head as LRP is available everywhere, and there will be more than enough lead covering the valves etc anyway (this is called lead memory). Before the engine gets extra wear from the lack of lead, it's probably time for an overhaul anyway. Buy one and enjoy...and even enjoy tinkering with it at weekends. One last opoint, some guest houses and holiday chalets will give discounts to MG drivers...so join the MG owners club and check out their magazine! Good luck and enjoy! I am selling mine as i am buying a flat so I will miss it. :-(
I am lucky or should I say was and now I am not so lucky. After a write-off in my previous car I decided not to buy a modern car and found a restored MGBGT for the same price. 1973 Chrome bumper model and I was hooked. They may be old, noisy, cold, expensive to run, prone to breaking down but there is little on the road with as much poise, grace, out and out damn good lucks, fun to drive, fairly reliable if kept serviced and individual. 'Meggy' as we called her ran me to work day in day out with very few hiccups. In sun and snow, started first time every time, except when returning from holiday. For some reaon she never wanted to come home. I can't remember how many times I have been stopped in car parks to talk about her by interested joe public. The friendship from fellow owners is excellent. The cars are easy to work on for the DIYer, with simple components, plenty of room under the bonnet and easy replacements. Almost all of the car is available brand new and cheap spares. Of course there are elite cars that are concourse condition, only get driven in fine weather to and from shows, but I believe these were 'cars to be driven' and daily use is the best thing for them. The engines are excellent, with bags of torque to spare, fabulous at motorway speeds and can only be damaged by a direct bomb blast and then will only konk out when you are finally at your destination. I would however recommend that anyone takes my advice regarding fitting modern upgrades such as electric fans and electronic ignition just to be on the safe side. Uprated heater boxes help too. All in all an excellent vehicle, I only wish I was able to keep her. She was in need of further restoration off the road and my company offered me a car allowance which effectively meant I had to have a car less than 4 years old. Oh how I cried knowing that she had to be sold. We couldn't afford to run t wo cars so she was put up for sale. Sold at the asking price, no hassle to a fellow workmate that is currently restoring her. So I know she's being looked after, I can still visit and when complete have been promised another drive. He's so hooked on MG's now he's bought an MGF for when the MGB is in for restoration. Not everyone is so lucky, and many people often pine after the little MG they had to part with and long to get back. I also have first refusal if she ever goes on the market again so you never know. I would definately recommend a classic car to anyone and especially the grand old MGB.
I have been the proud and happy owner of an MG V8 roadster now for 3 years.Prior to this I owned 2 standard MG's. The V8 is based on the 3500cc rover SD1 engine that has been around for many years. developing around 140 bhp in its basic form the car is capable of 0-60 in around 7 seconds. Mine has a profiled camshaft and has been "tweaked" a little and generates over 175bhp which is enough to see off most modern sports cars. They also do not offer the loverly rumble and roar that a V8 can generate when you put your foot down. If open top motoring is not for you then the GT version( officially produced by MG) will provide fast,comfey motoring with ample room for the wife and a child. Easy to maintain with cheap, plentiful spares the V8 offers you a chance to own a sports car without denting your bank balance too much. Fuel consumption ranges from 21 to 35 mpg depending on your right foot. Good second hand examples can be had for around £ 6000, most of the cars having been owned by MG club members means they usually have ben well looked after. "After sales service" is provided by fellow club members, meets and varoius events throughout the year.
I've been driving around in an MGB BT for the last few weeks, and although I've warmed to it slightly (makes for more interesting driving than a Primera), I can't understand why people like this car so much. My first impression was that I was in the cockpit of some Second World War bomber - a Lancaster maybe. The I wondered what happened in the moment between changing from second to third - the engine nearly stalled, and that was after taking the revs very high. There seems to be a lot of space in the car, particularly in the rear, that is very poorly used. The ride is unpredictable, the engine unpleasantly noisy, and the engine does that awful thing when you accelerate, when it sometimes feels like there's a two second delay built in. I know love affairs with sports cars are not brief flings, and they can take time to grow on you, but I can't imagine discovering the virtues of this one.
Three years ago I was driving around in a company Vectra. It was nice and warm, easy enough to drive, no trouble to look after, and it was indistinguishable from any other car on the road at all. I decided to make up for this by going to the other end of the scale and buying myself an MG BGT. There are several choices of what type of classic MG to get. The first one is Chrome Bumper or Rubber Bumper. The rubber bumper cars were altered for the American market to make them safer. Unfortunately in the process they ruined the handling and the appearance. The only advantage is that they are newer and so may have less faults. The chrome bumper cars are all pre 1974. They have the advantage of looking better, handling better, but of course they cost more. The next choice is Roadster or GT. The advantage of a Roadster (convertible) is that it is great in the sunny weather, cruising round with the top down, and is arguably what owning a classic car is all about. The disadvantages is that it is noisy, cold in winter and wet whenever it rains, and costs a bit more. The advantage of a GT is that you have a car that is a bit more bearable in winter, and looks more like an old Porsche. The disadvantage is that it is not as classic, and can be harder to sell again. The next choice that you have to make is do you want to buy a restoration project, or a car that is in good condition. A restoration project is a car that is in far from good condition. People typically spend all of their evenings and weekends in the garage for years, scouring scrapheaps for the part that they need, and spending a fortune on welding equipment and so on. It's a labour of love that results in a car that you will never forget. It can be great fun, but don't underestimate how much of your time it can take up. If you do not have the time/skill/desire to give up all of your spare time for the car then you can quite easily buy an MG in perfect running order. The outlay will almost certainly be far less than it cost the previous owner to get it and keep it in that condition, and you will have a car to use straight away. Other things to look out for when buying an MG are; Overdrive is best for motorway driving An unleaded head in the car is very common - don't buy a car without one. A sunroof can be nice in a GT - the webasto ones are meant to leak less than the glass ones. Look underneath for rust. A well cared for car will be well waxoil'd Join the MG owners club - you get access to cheap spares, and plenty of advice. A pre-1973 car will not have any road tax to pay - all after that do. Ask what has had to be fixed. If it hasn't been fixed it is probably about to go. On that last point, bear in mind that old cars that do not have problems, are just old cars with problems waiting to happen. Don't kid yourself that the car you have your eye on will not go wrong. They all do. Also bear in mind that when you drive an MGB, there is no-one on the road who can look down to you because they have a better car. You have chosen to spurn the company rep-mobile and are driving in style. Despite the stupid amount of money that I have spent on mine over the years, I have no regrets in buying one. I now have an alpine white 1973 MG BGT that is in superb mechanical condition, runs throughout the year, and if my work hadn't moved office to really close to my house, I would drive it every day.
It's 1990, perhaps the anticipation of growing old disgracefully is looking attractive, so I bought a red S reg MGBGT. From that moment on my hand was always in my pocket. She was pretty, nippy, sexy, and an absolute disaster, but I couldn't give her up. I was single at the time and just used it for popping around town, never for long journeys and all was well. Then I met this bloke and we decided to go on holiday together to Scotland. We were just outside Birmingham on the M5. Black smoke started to fill the cockpit, my bloke said, to open the window it'll be fine!!!! A flame flickered, I screamed and slammed on the brakes. We called the AA and waited. He fiddles about in the engine and said if we took it slow we should get to Aviemore. Two miles up the motorway we ignite!!!!! Another AA man, and this time we choose to use The Get You to your Destination option. 500 miles on the back of a big thing and an overnight stay on route......the result, a new reconditioned engine for £1000! The garage in Inverness tells me their's a lot of piano wire making things work... you can see I'm a mechanic can't you? After that, the AA and I are mates, several breakdowns in the New Forest, fans, starter motors, radiators,no hooter to the point where one day I added up how much I'd spent on the car in the four years I had it.....I'm not telling you! New bloke and I bonded in that flaming inferno on the M5, we're still together....the car MGBGT and I parted company.