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MGB`s can corrode..? #666058
07/10/20 07:32 PM
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MGB`s can corrode..?

From the pic, it seems this "B" had rotted somewhat and needed a few panels replaced..
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Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666099
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It‘s a little bit like old MINIs. But you‘re lucky - no roof needed ;-)

But if there is so much to weld, at BMH (not BHM!) there are new bodies available.

René


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Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666106
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Rene, that MGB was a much stronger car when restored, the level of highly polished bodge was scary...!!

A pal bought a BMH Mini shell a number of years back, the panel fit was terrible, he did not even take it of the truck and rejected it, the second one they sent was slightly better, and thus a bit easier to repair...!! I hope they have improved by now..

Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666116
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Original, worn out, tooling I suspect!


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Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666127
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I nearly bought an MGB GT about 8 years ago. My mate knew the seller who was restoring it and it only needed minor finishing off. He was selling it due to a divorce. My mate had first refusal, me second. I lost out! It was going for £500 as he was fed up and wanted to get rid of it. Very good restoration with a brand new stainless exhaust from MGB Parts worth nearly that. It came with paint for a respray, new front wing to bolt on (from MG owners club heritage supplies). It had an MOT. I’d have given a good bit more than £500 if necessary.
The bodywork was excellent, new cills properly welded on etc. I did have a go at my mate about the engine bay he didn’t finish off though. The car ran well but I suggested taking the engine out to do a good engine bay job but he didn’t. It was ok but could so easily have been great. He was a bit too eager to drive it. I’ve seen it several times since. A very nice car.


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Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666189
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You may be correct re the tooling Graham, but the finish was nothing like the original BL fit.... Who would have thought BL would have been looked upon as an example of quality construction...hmm..?

Sospan, MGB`s were great affordable cars as were their little brothers in the shape of Sprites and Midgets especially if you were of the type who was happy wielding spanners, perhaps less so a few years down the line once the tin worm became active if one could not weld or was unable to afford to pay others to do so..

Performance was not their strongest selling point, but as can be seen by the number of panels in the pic I posted there is/was so much available for them and at reasonable prices. At the time that pic was taken many years back... a full set of valve springs for an MGB was circa £14 and for a Porsche 911 was £300... A much wiser man than I determined everything is relative... smile

Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666230
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Originally Posted by Luddite
Rene, that MGB was a much stronger car when restored, the level of highly polished bodge was scary...!!

A pal bought a BMH Mini shell a number of years back, the panel fit was terrible, he did not even take it of the truck and rejected it, the second one they sent was slightly better, and thus a bit easier to repair...!! I hope they have improved by now..


I don't think they have, a couple of years ago they introduced the much sought after Mk1, saw one at the NEC, it needed taking apart and jigging


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Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666617
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The MGB is certainly well served for spares. You can build a whole new one with after market bits! One company did recently (Frontline I think) and fitted it up with Mazda engine/gearbox and RV8 interior. Yours, sir, for the grand sum of £50,000. My MGB is more modest but has a 1996 British Heritage shell but keeping the original aluminium bonnet. The general fit is pretty good despite 1960 tolerances! It's up for sale by the way!

Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666797
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Hope this won't offend but shouldn't title of thread be "MGBs will corrode" laugh2


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Re: MGB`s can corrode..? [Re: Luddite] #666809
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Philippo, Porsches up till 1975, could corrode equally well...Though MGB`s are far less expensive and less complex to repair.. thumbs

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