New MGB GT

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Re: New MGB GT

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Skull wrote:
27 May 2020, 13:15
Haven't we all become used to our comforts :oops:

I hadn't realised there was bodywork modifications on the chrome bumper conversion so maybe I would live it #-o
Yes. And the front wings require modification as well where the bumper mounting irons go through so that the indicator lamps can be fitted. generally speaking, conversion is usually undertaken when a body restoration is being done and new front wings are needed anyway.

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mickthemaverick wrote:
27 May 2020, 13:26
Paul-R wrote:
27 May 2020, 13:09

Could it be that I've become soft with modern cars?
Are you using the new spelling of "soft" there Paul............'O' 'L' 'D' :?: :-D
What? Pfah! I'm still 35 inside my head.

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Skull wrote:
27 May 2020, 13:28
My old Triumph TR7 (Sprint conversion :wink: ) suffered the same overdeveloped bumpers for USA regulations of height for pedestrian safety and also impact crash protection at 25mph or something like that - the front plastic covered bumper must have weighed close to 60 Ibs from memory :roll:
I remember chatting to Tony Pond's pit crew at Keele Services on the M6 during an RAC Rally and the conversation got round to body damage regulations and they told us that both the cars were fitted with lightweight "noses" incorporating bumper, spoiler and light bars so they could be swapped quickly if necessary, as the original bumpers were "lead lined"!!

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mickthemaverick wrote:
27 May 2020, 13:37
as the original bumpers were "lead lined"!!
Lead lined :shock: If I'd known that I'd have weighed them in :rofl2: be worth a fortune

Nice to hear the Triumph teams were approachable back in the day 8-)

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mickthemaverick wrote:
27 May 2020, 12:15
ekjdm14 wrote:
27 May 2020, 12:08
I don't know if it's an age thing edited but i actually prefer the rubber bumper 'B's (and the big bumper CX etc)
Never mind you'll grow out of it! :-D :-D :-D
But I don't wanna grow out of it! :rofl2: Don't get me wrong, chrome/metal bumpers are good looking too & wouldn't hesitate to own something that requires as much Autosol as it does Turtlewax, it's just what was more commonly around when I was a kid so when I dip into my nostalgia banks the rubber, erm... does it for me? :shock: [-X more than the chrome...

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Respecting your [-X but its difficult :dom: :-D

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:lol:

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That looks very nice! When I was about 20 years old I wanted an MGB roadster and got a bank loan of £2k in order to get one. I never got one and ended up keeping my first car (a Mini 1000) for years and frittering away the £2k haha!

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Took quite some time before regularly using a car with power steering. Quite a few heavy lumps before that, including a 1960 P5 and three P6's. All seemed tolerable, because of the larger diameter steering wheels.

Citroen powered steering came as a delightful surprise, with the arrival of our 1989 BX. It put work-car offerings (Sierra, Cavalier, Vectra) completely in the shade.

For P6, 'export' models (mainly those for US and Switzerland) got PAS and air-con, but such goodies (along with a good few others like heated seats, choice of head restraints, huge rear headrests, electric windows, an Icelert...) were rarely offered in the UK, even if dealers knew about them.

US "federalised" models got revised lighting, thickened bumpers and over-riders, and well as a few anti-pollution widgets. The 3.5 V8 got down-rated for them, as it did for MG and Morgan.

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Re: New MGB GT

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If anyone fancies joining the FCF MG Club there's always this one owner item (Ware Garages Ltd) 5,794 miles from new, and the most garish seats I have seen on an MGB GT.

https://angliacarauctions.co.uk/classic ... 0-mg-b-gt/



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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
27 May 2020, 20:54
If anyone fancies joining the FCF MG Club there's always this one owner item (Ware Garages Ltd) 5,794 miles from new, and the most garish seats I have seen on an MGB GT.

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I should report you for this, as you forgot to append on the standard health warning. If it wasn't for my Reactions glasses I could have been blinded! :D
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Could that be Mango? :knackered:

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Those are the standard pattern seat covers fitted from September 1976 on. They were available in either silver/grey or orange/brown depending on what body paint colour was chosen.

You didn't say how much the car was up for sale at. Do you know?

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Followed the link and I can see that it's estimated to fetch £9,000 - £12,000.

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My first car was a '39 Ford Prefect, cable brakes, transverse suspension a three speed box and probably about 30 hp. My second car was a 1950 Hillman Minx, hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension still a side valve engine but infinitely better than the Ford - and it had a heater! It was like driving a Rolls after the Ford.

I used to run Morris Minor vans which I quite liked at the time, I drove a 1000 car belonging to a friend a few years ago and it was dreadful, I was so pleased to get back into my 406 I had at the time.

Cars are definitely improving - in some ways.

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Hey all I forgot to subscribe to my own thread lol.

The car cost me £6500.

The car has had a few upgrades when the old owner was getting it restored 20 years ago (he sadly had a stroke and passed away befor he could get proper use, but his wife did for a few years). It has a jag power steering rack fitted, so no heavy steering. Also had a type 9 gearbox, Fords first 5 speed and its a pleasure to use. The cream interior is beautiful along with the walnut dash. I'm not sure if its MGF or MX5 seats but they are comfy. The old chap also swapped out the twin SU carbs for a weber 32/36 with a water choke (WTF). The weber needs a tune up so I have ordered a refurb kit and as soon as that comes the carb will be off. Ive been told that the weber was more of a tune and leave and thats why he probable swapped the carbs. Ive looked and a new set is just under a grand (could get old ones cheaper), but a new fuel injection system for the B engine comes in at £1500, something to think about. Its also got electronic ignition so starts first time. SS fuel tank and SS exhaust. He did spend over 12 grand doing it up. Its only done about 1000 miles in 15 years, id beat that in a month in the good weather.

I also prefer the RB models. Might have something to do with falling in love with my first one 27 years ago.

Gary.