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Old 10-04-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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Talking New Addition to my Driveway!

Hi guys,

Just wanted to share with you the newest addition that will share the driveway with my Subarus. She just arrived yesterday off a car transport from Maine.
There is a lot of first for me with this car. First car I ever bought sight unseen (found it on eBay), first carbureted car I've ever owned. First car without power steering, or power brakes, first convertible and first car I've ever owned that is older than me.
I've always wanted to own one of these ever since I was a little kid. For most people their dream cars usually are expensive or exotic cars such as Ferraris or Lambos. But for me my dream car has always been a small little two seater built by socialists in the west midlands of England, I guess I'm funny like that.
Anyway say hello to my new (to me) 1972 MGB! In the proper colour for a British sportscar of course, British Racing Green



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Old 10-04-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Nice a Classic! Let's hope it will work and not fall apart in the near future like most old British cars :P
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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Im jealous! I have always wanted an old MG
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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Great find man. That's a sweet ride. What type of HP is it putting down?
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:47 AM   #5
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Great find man. That's a sweet ride. What type of HP is it putting down?
probably in the 50s-60s

Nice car though. They don't make good DD's but the are lots of fun to drive when they want to work. Looks like the PO did care for it though. Reliability is not something that those are known for though. I always thought it would be fun to do a 4 cyl swap in one to something more reliable with some power though. Maybe a sr20 motor with a 5 speed?

Anyways, congrats and have fun driving it (and working on it).
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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How did you find the e-bay process? I am thinking of listing a car for sale there.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:09 PM   #7
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Hey I am from Maine, lol. What town/city did you buy it from?
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:14 PM   #8
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An MG from the northeast that isn't just a spec of rust? Can't be.

I'd be curious about the history. I bought my first car (69 MGB) in 1974 in Massachusetts and already the rocker panels were rusted into huge holes and the car's structural integrity was depending on the doors being shut. Good luck with it. They are fun cars and relatively reliable.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #9
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Nice a Classic! Let's hope it will work and not fall apart in the near future like most old British cars :P
She's actually in really great shape, it was a well done restoration, and since then has been well maintained. Plus the restored cars tend to fair a little better than they did from the factory because you get to fix all the poor build quality issues that plagued them when they were nee.

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Thanks. I've always loved these cars too. The only thing that would make it better would be if it were RHD, then she would be a true British roadster.

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Great find man. That's a sweet ride. What type of HP is it putting down?
They had 95bhp from the factory. The top speed was rated at only 105mph but it's 0-60 time of 11 sec was actually pretty impressive for the time. TIhe enine has been rebuilt so I imagine the managed to gain a few ponies from that. If I had to guess I'd say about 100bhp.

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probably in the 50s-60s

Nice car though. They don't make good DD's but the are lots of fun to drive when they want to work. Looks like the PO did care for it though. Reliability is not something that those are known for though. I always thought it would be fun to do a 4 cyl swap in one to something more reliable with some power though. Maybe a sr20 motor with a 5 speed?

Anyways, congrats and have fun driving it (and working on it).
Thanks. It's actually not so bad as a DD, but ill probably be back to DDing my 99 Impreza most of the time when the novelty of this wears off. I would like to do a overdrive transmission swap or even a 5speed to make it more freeway friendly (I live in LA). As for motor swaps a 4 cylinder ford is the most popular swap but over the years they have figured out how to put in just about every 4 cylinder ever made. They are a lot if v6 and v8 swaps too. I think a turboed volvo 5 cylinder would be cool, but I have no plans to swap the motor, I'm going to leave that original.

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How did you find the e-bay process? I am thinking of listing a car for sale there.
The eBay experience was very easy. Shipping the car, that was a different experience entirely. That was a nightmare, but if you are the seller you won't have to deal with that it would be the buyer's responsibility.
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Old 10-04-2012, 03:41 PM   #10
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Hey I am from Maine, lol. What town/city did you buy it from?
Port Elizabeth

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An MG from the northeast that isn't just a spec of rust? Can't be.

I'd be curious about the history. I bought my first car (69 MGB) in 1974 in Massachusetts and already the rocker panels were rusted into huge holes and the car's structural integrity was depending on the doors being shut. Good luck with it. They are fun cars and relatively reliable.
The car is very clean. Some surface rust on some of the suspension parts, but that's it. The car was a body off restoration so the chassis and the floor pans are clean.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #11
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Very nice! MGB has always been one of my favorites, too - especially before the BIG, BLACK bumpers...

Enjoy,
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #12
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