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I became a MGB owner after finding an abandoned leaf and dust covered example of neglect, parked on four flat tires, in an alley behind my apartment in North Austin back in 1996. Like many British roadsters with DPO's who choose to defer proper maintenance, this one had been parked for years. Some primordial instinct lead me to find its owner and make a low starting offer, which was quickly accepted.
Buying a British roaster that needed numerous repairs, is like buying
an old historic house that has partially collapsed into disrepair. Even if you
bought it cheap, you'll invest a good sum time and effort to make it liveable.
Consequently, my MGB underwent a year long ongoing reconditioning before it
served as my daily driver. Here is to another MG resurrected from the grave.
Click Here to View a Classic Image
of a MGB resurrection in process.
While my'79 B will never be a pristine show queen at classic car events, such as our local TABCD, it's still a great car for the do-it-yourselfer. An MGB in good condition is both reliable and economical. Unlike modern sports cars, most components on a B are rebuildable. Parts availability is by far superior to most other foreign makes. The MGB is a practical classic that definitely puts a smile on your face just getting to and fro to the store for a loaf of bread. By today's standards, it's raw and primitive to the point that isn't an automatic feature anywhere on this car, but there is a certain timeless charm factor that these roadsters seem to possess. Half the time I'm at the gas station, someone wanders over to strike up a conversation about the MG. Folks, under twenty something usually have to ask what kind of car is it.
Using a twenty year old British roadster as a daily driver and on long trips requires regular preventive maintenance. To help keep the old roadster on the road I have found various web sites listed below to be extremely valuable resources in performing many of these tasks. Most sites were written by MG owners. Also listed below, you'll find some of my own images of local British car shows.
MGOC Enthusiasts Website a must visit site for MG owners and enthusiasts. The bulletin board is a gold mine of technical information and the classifieds give you an idea of what you should expect to pay for your LBC.
North American MGB Register, click here to see a different version of John Twist's Tech tips. A variety support information is available on the NAMGBR web-site. John Twist's Tech Tips are definitely worth a reading. Also worth a look, see Misc Twist's Tech Tips from the Scions of Lucas web site.
Capitol City MG Club : If you live in Austin, TX and own an MG, then joining a club will enhance the experience. The club sponsor weekend drives, rallies and participates in the Texas All British Car Day in September.
Texas MG Register : Texans, the Texas MG Register, which meets in the Dallas area, sponsors the Fall and Spring Gathering of the Faithful. Some Capitol MG Club members have recommended joining just to receive their newsletter.
Houston MG Car Club : Website for the Houston MG Club. Has the usual calendar of events, photos of recent gatherings and a classified ad section. If you live near Houston, visit their web page.
Links To MGB Technical Personal and Vendor WebSites
Paul Hunt's MG Web Site: If you need useful techinical data, including vacuum advance curves or available SU needle sizes, his site is both a convenient and accurate source of important specs. Several articles, to include the one on ignition systems better developed than any textbook on the subject. Check out his index: site map
Sky Poier's MG Experience, is a personal website that covers all of this MG owner's nitty gritty ups and downs of owning a MGB. The bonus is at the bottom of his web page where there are numerous how to links, reference links, DIY links and links to other owners which are essential reading to MG enthusiasts. Check it out. I haven't really done the site justice in describing it.
Andrew Lundgren's Parts Page : If you need a part to repair your MG, check this link out. His list has most every vendor source for British parts.
British Automotive Web Page , a very high end performance shop in California. Doug Jackson also can provide reliable advice on what works and what doesn't in regards to performance mods. Great Tech Pages.
Joe Curto Inc. , is a venerable source of parts for SU carbs. If Joe Curto doesn't have it then they'll know where to find it.
MGB Electrical Systems: A pretty good series of articles by Rick Astley on the main enthusiasts web site in UK. Provides useful wiring diagrams, along with useful tutorials on theory on ignitions systems to role of relays.
Images of Carburetor Upgrades for Rubber Bumper MGB's. After twenty years the original Z/S carb on my B was toast. The Z/S was quite literally cooked by the adjacent catalytic converter. I opted for a Weber DGV in 1996, which brought a smooth idle and good reliable operation, but lacked low end grunt. Last year, I installed a pair of SU HS-4's and all I can say is I'm alot happier.
Weber Sidedraft Carburetors by Paul Tegler: contains how to pages with photos regarding Weber DCOE carburetors. This a huge web site. If you are considering a Weber conversion check out his Weber Spec Page among others on the web site.
Redline Weber : West Coast Distributor of Weber kits and products. Excellent DGV parts diagram and set-up instructions can be found on this site.
Weber DGV : Performance Parts Warehouse was my source for Weber DGV parts on my 79 "B" until I switched to dual SU carbs. They were the least expensive DGV conversion that I've found.
Weber Carbs Info : Top-End Performance Inc has an informational web page for Weber carbs and sells them via the web with performance jetting upgrades.
Advanced Performance Technology : is a source for Maniflow Exhaust and Intake headers, as well as SU and Weber components. APT is good source for the conical K & N air filters needed for a SU conversion on rubber bumper MGB's.
MG Engine Tech Pages by Barney Gaylor: contains great engine assembly tips with photos regarding your cylinder head, valve train problems and more. Great for DIY rebuilders, if you are setting your cam timing it's all shown here with a micrometer, along with a degree wheel.
Bosch Alternator Conversion: by Bob Munch up in Idaho shows a direct bolt in replacement for the stock Lucas unit. I did mine in 15 minutes.
Waterloo Drivetrains: John Black is a Brit trying make an honest living in America. His drivetrain shop has a modern 5 speed conversion available for the MGB that is worth checking out.
Scions of Lucas British Car Site, all encompassing web site for your Little British Car regardless of its brand. - The site has a great collection of tech tips for British makes and links to other club web sites.
Carl Musson at the University of South Florida and his TR-3A. I found this site while web-surfing one day. I'm originally from Miami, so this Tampa/St. Pete site caught my interest. There has always been a place in my heart for TR-3s.
The Triumph Maintenance Handbook a must read for all enthusiasts. From carb adjustments to help with alternators this site covers it all.
Have a VW bus to restore? Check out Type2.com for tech tips galore and various VW list servers with online service help.
- The Type2.com Technical Library An unreal compilation of individually written technical solutions. Check it out.
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