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OWNER :– Keith Hill

MAKE & MODEL :– MG B Roadster

COLOUR :– White

YEAR:– 1973

WHEN BOUGHT 1993

WHY AN MG?
Because of the sensible prices, still modern looking, all parts available and potential for modifying. Also capable of keeping up with modern traffic .

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
Bought via an advertisement in the local evening newspaper. Paid £2700, came with lots of history (and jobs to be done) But it was white and chrome bumper, two of my criteria. It also turned out to qualify for tax exemption, registered 3rd January 1973 when exemption came into force in the mid 90s.

ORIGINAL CONDITION ? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Interior in need of refurbishing. Outside, required new soft top, rear window yellow and difficult to see through. Bumpers no chrome

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
I have fitted new soft top, (don’t recommend it) new bright work eg bumpers, over-riders, radiator grill, door and boot catches, driver quarter light, (broken catch). Outer sills, front and rear quarter panels fitted by body repairer. Interior ? carpets, door casings seat covers, all foam and webbing etc. Other work done includes, engine out for clutch replacement, engine and gearbox mounts, prop-shaft universal joints twice, steering rack, front shock absorbers, rear springs and shockers, new petrol tank, Minilite pattern wheels replaced Rostyle originals.

MODIFICATIONS
Solid state mod to distributer, solid state fuel pump.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Complete spray job required.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
Three trips to Normandy, France. Long distance in the UK, have driven as far as Middlesborough while staying in Whitby, also Cornwall, Swanage, Torquay, North and South Wales.

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Brakes pulling hard left or right, intermittent, flexible hoses to back of discs. Gunge in rear drums, suspect wheel cylinders, expect difficulty getting the circlip back on to rear of new cylinder, behind the back plate. Make a diagram ? or take a picture ? of brake shoe spring arrangement, (unless you have a good memory or done it before) There are three springs.

OWNER :- Rod Downs

MAKE & MODEL:- MG B GT

YEAR :- 1972

COLOUR :- Glacier White

WHEN BOUGHT HISTORY
August 2006 Car is named Jonny Morris ? read on.

WHY AN MG?
Having built a Quantum kit car I wanted another car project. I’ve never owned an MG BGT but always liked them, they are instantly recognisable, easy to acquire, basic to repair/maintain with spares readily available. My wife and I have two dogs that go most places with us so the added bonus of luggage/dog space in the back is very convenient. The car also enjoys tax exemption which is another added bonus.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
My two brothers are car enthusiasts; one living in Suffolk is a Triumph enthusiast (a spot of family rivalry?). He heard of an MGB GT restorable car for sale via his local connections so on a visit to him we met Joy, Jonny’s owner. Jonny was originally owned by Joy’s son who used it until it failed the MOT. It was then passed on to his father John who intended to restore Jonny as a retirement project. Unfortunately John died suddenly before work began so Jonny sat in a garage for five years untouched until Joy was ready to move him on. On meeting Joy and the family it was obvious that the car still meant much to her, so the car carries John’s name and the logical choice of the surname was Morris (MG Garages) hence Jonny Morris as he is now known. Joy became a family friend and was kept updated with the restoration.

ORIGINAL CONDITION ? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Although garaged Jonny was in a sad and sorry state when first seen, it was obviously going to be a total restoration project. The interior trim wasn’t too bad but the exterior was in poor condition.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
All work welding, engine/differential rebuild, lead loading, re-spraying was done by myself. Everything was removed down to bare metal. New floor panels, castle rails, spring hangers, sills, wings, doors, total engine rebuild (gearbox and overdrive reconditioned by specialists) all then soaked in Waxoyl. Anything original and restorable was re-used otherwise replacements found. Except for a minor area of mouse damage the interior just needed a clean and tidy, the seats being refurbished.

MODIFICATIONS
Electronic ignition added, unleaded cylinder head, silencer removed from middle of exhaust to improve umff. Stainless steel rear exhaust box fitted. De-seamed the rear wings to reduce rust and rot.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Have tried to retain originality but will change the castor angle for lighter steering and improved handling. Have kept period radio/cassette now need upgraded speakers as over 50 mph you can’t hear much other than the car itself.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
After about 2 years work Jonny Morris was fit & up & running again. His first real outing was to see his original owners in Felixstowe and take part in the Ipswich-Felixstowe Classic Car Run, Joy enjoying the ride as passenger. 2010 Events include two adults and two dogs going to Northern Holland via France & Belgium and a weekend camping at the Le Mans Classic 24 Hour event.

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Remove lead from right foot to aid fuel and finance

OWNER :- Gordon Dursley

MAKE & MODEL :- MG BGT

YEAR :- 1971

COLOUR :- Mid Night Blue

WHEN BOUGHT 1991

WHY AN MG?
From a small boy I always liked the shape of the MGB GT (and my initials are G.T.)

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
An advertisement in a newspaper

ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
A complete rust bucket but everything was there so I could strip, record and restore as a hobby. I paid £800.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
A complete nut and bolt restoration. The body was rebuilt using Heritage panels, all part of the hobby. The only thing I didn’t do was the re-spray, so whilst the body was away all the mechanical parts were completely restored

MODIFICATIONS
As original (concourse)

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
Used on club runs and shows

OWNER :- Martin Jones

MAKE & MODEL :- MGB 1800cc

YEAR :- 1971

COLOUR :- British Racing Green

WHEN BOUGHT : – 2008 First registered in Pool Dorset. Spent most of its life in South Devon.

WHY AN MG?
My second MG, I have always wanted a Roadster, Couldn’t part with my GT

WHERE FIRST SEEN
This was my mate’s car. I drove this car along the coast road of Torbay in 2007 and again in 2008 I just had to have it,

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Most of the panels have been replaced including the sills and floor and a Gold seal engine, my friend continued with the restoration for 2 years. Replacing both doors the near side rear wing, and detailing the engine bay along with a new front wiring loom. The interior was brown, it is now black. New dash, New wiring looms. Receipts for 16K. The suspension has since been rebuilt by me and my son Daniel.

MODIFICATIONS
SS Exhaust and manifold. Drilled and slotted brake discs, copper brake pipes. Stainless brake hose’s, Brake servo. Knock on chrome wire wheels. Polly bushes on front.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
My friend drove the car 190 miles up from Devon to Tipton. The last 10 miles from Frankly service station on the M5, was done on the back of an AA wagon due to it snowing most of the way and the window screen wipers kept blowing the fuse. Only driven with the roof up once in the last 4 years

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
6 Volt batteries are a pain

OWNER :- Martin Jones

MAKE & MODEL :- MGB 1800cc

WHEN BOUGHT : – 1983 I was the third owner

WHY AN MG?
I joined the MG owners club before I brought the car to take advantage of their then cheap insurance scheme. Being only 21 at that time and had just written off an Austin 1800, the car club insured me fully comp, cheaper than anyone else would insure me third party.

WHERE FIRST SEEN
After looking at 25 Black MGs for sale I could not find a nice one. This car had been well looked after. Purchased in June 1983 the car had done 40,000 miles had a full service history, I intended it to last me a couple of years. 30 years later I still have it.

ORIGINAL CONDITION ? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
No new panels. No new paint (only the front valance) original interior (new driver’s seat foam) Original engine. Pop top sun roof was already fitted when purchased.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Fully wax-oiled with the box sections drilled and filled with a mixture of anti-rust oil and wax-oil every year,(it would run out of the drain holes for months) All servicing has been done by myself and my son Daniel. New clutch in 1984. The suspension has been rebuilt twice in 30years

MODIFICATIONS
SS Exhaust has been on the car for 28 years. Stainless steel petrol tank has also been on for 28years. Drilled and slotted brake discs, Spax adjustable shocks on the rear, copper brake pipes. Stainless brake hose’s, Minator wheels purchased 2009. V8 wish bone bushes,

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
The car was used every day for the first 8 years and included holidays and week end breaks in the UK. It was kept outside for 6 years,

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Change oil / filters regular and grease the king pins.

OWNER :- Barry Goring

MAKE & MODEL :- MGB MK2 Roadster

YEAR :- 1971

COLOUR :- Tartan Red

HISTORY
Built on 18/19th May 1971 and sold by Appleyard’s Bradford. Registered in Halifax on 12th August 1971.Original Colour Teal Blue with Autumn Leaf interior.
I am owner number 14.

WHEN BROUGHT
August 2012

WHY AN MG?
When working as a paperboy in my early teens I also helped out in the Newsagents shop(s) and this often involved some fetching and carrying. The owner’s had an MGB Roadster and MG Midget that were often pressed into use. It was amazing how many newspapers could be loaded into these cars with the hoods down! When traffic conditions allowed there was often a chance of a trip out in one of these cars involving a run along a fast road with the hood down and the overdrive flicked on – magic!
I was a young passenger and was hooked by the experience.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
My quest to own an MGB Roadster began about 2 years ago. The family having grown up and left home meant I had some space in my garage. Finding my dream car however proved very much more difficult than I ever imagined. I had set myself the goal of finding a “Concours” example on a budget. I soon realised you only get what you pay for and my price limit began to grow ever higher. After viewing and driving many cars (I lost count when I reached double figures), I eventually spotted my car for sale on the Car and Classic web site. The car was for sale in Leatherhead, Surrey and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.
I knew I would become the new owner even before I took it out on a test-drive.

ORIGINAL CONDITION INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
The car has been restored to a typical MGB specification for a car of that era.
The interior is black PVC with red piping. Carpets and door cards are black with red detailing.
The car is fitted with an overdrive and has chrome wire wheels.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
The car has had a complete nut and bolt restoration by a previous owner over many years (I have invoices going back to 1998) and was returned back to the road in January 2005.
The work included a new Heritage body shell, and involved the reconditioning of the original engine, running gear and all mechanicals.

MODIFICATIONS
In my ownership I have added headrest’s (I like the look) and door mirrors. The mirrors I felt were a must when driving on our very busy roads but took a little bit of courage from me in drilling the necessary 7mm holes in the doors of my ‘new’ car. I made sure I measured and checked (several times) the exact position before doing the deed. Thanks to the BCMGOC members who offered me some advice in this task.
I have also added a 12v aux socket hidden out of site so the Sat-Nav can take the strain when we get lost and not the wife!

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED/WISH LIST
I have a small dent in my cars bonnet that is in the driver’s line of sight so this will need to be rectified in the near future.
I would also like to research the history of my car and make contact with some of the previous owners and in particular the person who restored the car.

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Don’t wait as long as I did before taking the plunge and buying your own dream car, whatever it may be.

OWNER : Andrew Knox

MAKE MODEL : MGB Roadster

YEAR : 1972

COLOUR : Harvest Gold

WHEN BOUGHT : – 2009 Owned by friend who bought it off one of his friends so 12 years of history known well. Very large history file. Car lived in Portugal for a couple of years.

WHY AN MG?
My friend, Tony from Lower Gornal (now lives in Sedgely) offered it to me at a good price just at the time I was thinking of buying a classic car. I have had mainly Triumph classics in the past, TR6, Spitfire, 2 Heralds, Vitesse, 2000, 2.5 PI, although I did own an almost new MG1300 in the early 1970’s and in 1967 another friend had a new MGB Roadster, in which he, I and a couple of girls used to go out as a foursome. (How did we fit in?)

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
I was trying to give Tony some old furniture which he wanted but was slow to pick up. He said “I haven’t got room for it as the garage has an old MG stuck in it. I wish someone would buy it off me.” I asked him about it, and bought it off him over the phone, sight unseen, with no MOT or tax.

ORIGINAL CONDITION ? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Good, although it needed a little welding to pass MOT.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Welding to chassis rail under offside front wing, surface rust treated and door cracks cut out and repaired, partial respray , Waxoiled

MODIFICATIONS
When I bought it, it had a stainless steel exhaust 3 branch manifold and exhaust, 15” Minilite alloy wheels. Since then I have added K&N Filters and AAA needles, ¾” front antiroll bar, , hazard warning lights and rear fog lights fitted, 123 ignition, mohair hood and hood cover, single 12 volt battery, MX5 seats

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Improved suspension front and rear, more power, Type 9 gearbox,

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
To Leicester where I was working when I bought it in 2009. To MG live at Silverstone and to Stoneleigh every year, to Oulton Park in Cheshire where I grew up

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Cars are for driving. Spend any money you have on making it driveable and driving it. Looks are secondary.

OWNER: Steve Morriss

MAKE/MODEL: MG B GT

YEAR: 1972

COLOUR: Damask Red

WHEN BOUGHT: 2013

WHY AN MG? I wanted a "toy" and I remember seeing the MGB as a youngster and always liking the look of them. As most of the other cars I liked were either a lot more expensive or maybe a bit modern to be easily worked on it kind of chose itself

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC): EBay and Autotrader. Having decided that I was getting an MGB I started looking on various sites and bookmarked this one fairly early on and kept coming back to it. It was in a dealers in Peterborough so one Sunday I called them up to make sure they still had it, drove over with my partner Rachel to look at it and an hour later was putting the PIN for my debit card into their machine...

ORIGINAL CONDITION? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR: Interior wasn't bad apart from the dashboard but has since declined (e.g. seats need re-upholstering) but the exterior looked good and the car came with a massive folder of receipts for new parts etc. which gave me hope that is was indeed a good car. It didn't take long for me to discover that the previous owner had been good at buying parts but not that great at putting them together. I spent quite some time over the first few months of my ownership checking and tightening nuts and bolts and checking the timing and valve clearances etc.

MODIFICATIONS:
Engine: bored out by 0.060 (ending up with 1860cc engine), K&N air filters, fast road camshaft, electronic ignition module replacing the original points.
Suspension: parabolic rear springs, tubular shock conversion all round (Gaz shocks), Panhard rod, 15" Minilite replica wheels.
Other: Stainless steel exhaust, halogen headlight upgrade with relays in the circuit, driving lights (bolted direct to front bumper a the previous owner). Hazard light kit fitted (after being stranded in rush hour without them I didn't fancy that again)

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED/WISH LIST: The seams on the front wings are bubbling now so planning to get that sorted over the winter. I also need to re-upholster/replace the front seats and a new headlining wouldn't go amiss but the sunroof on the car makes that job more interesting :-)

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE: The journey home was an adventure, it started snowing and I was attempting to feel round in the dark for the windscreen wipers and finding out that the heater output wasn't exactly brilliant. Since that eventful first journey I've been on various organised runs (Kimber Run, Yorkshire Pudding run, Pendle Run etc.) and used to regularly drive the car to work at least once a week until I changed jobs in 2017 and no longer commute to an office with a car park.