Certainly equal to the very best MGBs we have ever had. A really thorough rebuild and restoration.
Beautiful body and chassis/floors (in fact, the floors are all new). Passed the magnet test searching for plastic filler. Interior is all new, seats in deep red leather, dash is immaculate, beautiful detail work.
Rebuilt five main bearing engine with rebuilt SU carbs, just installed a rebuilt Ford T9 five speed transmission, rebuilt suspension and brakes, we even added a new dual master cylinder for safety. Wire wheels, all new chrome, new top, lovely red tonneau cover, spotless painted trunk, ready for shows.
AND.........converted to negative ground, a modern stereo/CD with USB input, a nice after market steering wheel, new 3 pt belts, Aeroquip lines with new oil cooler, electric radiator fan, new shocks, new exhaust, what's left? As beautifully restored an early MGB as we have ever had with the added options of the 5 speed and wire wheels.
Five speed.......closer ratios than a stock gearbox, all synchromesh, very sturdy (was designed for a 170hp turbocharged sedan), and (of course) the fifth gear which magically converts the rather low geared 3.91 diff into a relaxed highway cruising 3.20. Fabulous. "Wouldn't leave home without it."
Just in, ready to be driven anywhere (and note in the photos, we also installed a powerful auxiliary heater under the passenger's side dashboard which, as fitted in both of my own MGBs, gives effective heat roughly comparable to a contemporary car). In hot weather, cold, rainy, geez, just like a 'real car.'
Which is why I drive my own 5 speed, two heater MGBGT and MGB in all seasons. Yes. Just like a real car.
During this time spent indoors during shelter in place, I have been able to continue work on the MGB GT restoration. The latest project has been tackling the gearbox. For a bit of history: The 3-syncro overdrive-equipped gearbox in this car is the one in it when the car was delivered. The gearbox was rebuilt […]
While many people are feeling frustrated about the number of event cancellations, I’m looking at this change in scheduling another way: I have much more time to work on the MGB GT restoration at The Paddock. My next task for the MG is to reseal the engine. Since I already knew that John Twist, the […]
Editor’s note: The first sports car driven by our East Coast editor, Andy Reid, was an MGB, back when he was just 14 years old. But it wasn’t until 2019 that he actually owned such a car, a 1967 MGB GT. He began to restore the car, hoping to be done in time to drive […]
The Pick of the Day is a proper entry into British sports car madness
But he’s learned a lot more about the car and plans to drive it this fall to Hilton Head
Getting the crud off the drivetrain and peering into the gearbox
The Pick of the Day could be a collector’s daily driver
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The Pick of the Day is a nice example of the British sports car that was once an overwhelming favorite but never gained traction as a collector car