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    Question If I were shopping for an MG

    I posed a ?? about bumper is another thread. But in general, if one were looking for an MGB what other features are desirable? Ex: Overdrive, or not? 4 Speed (is there a 5 speed?) Any other options or features that are considered preferred features?

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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    My preference would be a 1967 B with OD. I love the early dash and cranked shift lever of that model. But I'm not sure the OD trans had the cranked lever.

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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    There was no 5 speed, but as Bill said, OD is a definite plus. Especially if you're planning on any long distance driving.

    The early steel dash models have more character, and the '67 is generally considered, if not the best, one of the best years.

    I have a '73 Tourer (convertible) with overdrive and love it. Also am building a '69 GT conversion to a GM 3.4 V6 with 5 speed, air conditioning, and steel dash. Not sure which one I'm going to like the most!
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Quote Originally Posted by billspit View Post
    My preference would be a 1967 B with OD. I love the early dash and cranked shift lever of that model. But I'm not sure the OD trans had the cranked lever.
    OD did not have the cranked lever from the factory, as far as I can remember this early in the morning.

    Wingtip -- there are a couple of things that seem to be popular with MGB folks.

    Overdrive
    Metal dash (up to '67 for USA cars)
    Chrome bumpers (up to early '74)

    The later chrome bumper cars (late '67 - '74) had a stronger all-syncro gearbox compared to the earlier 3-syncro box. Many parts exchange from year to year so you will find that quite a few cars are a mix of parts. My '70 (UK home market RHD car, so it's a bit different than the USA cars) has an earlier style grille and an early style aluminum bonnet that were both swapped in at some point. Some early cars have had the later gear boxes added (requires a bit of hammering in the tunnel for clearance). Few USA market cars had overdrive as standard, but many now have had it added in.

    The earliest MGBs had a 3-main engine, which changed to a somewhat more robust 5-main engine in '65.

    Some argue that the late '67 MGB was the best in the USA as they were the only ones with the steel dash and 4-syncro gearbox. Others prefer the shift feel of the earlier transmission.

    You'll also have a choice between wire wheels and steel wheels. Get a car with the one you want, as it's a bit complicated to switch from one to the other.

    A good reference to pick up is the Original MGB by Anders Ditlev Clausager -- it lists all the various changes that happened through the years.

    When I was searching for my car, I made my list of necessary features and held out for all of them (RHD, disc wheels, overdrive). They made a half million MGBs all told, so there are plenty out there. Were I looking for a LHD car, I'd pick a '65 - '67 car with disc wheels and an overdrive.
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Good stuff, Drew.

    Also, be sure to post questions like these here. We'll confuse you no end!
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Richaud View Post
    Good stuff, Drew.
    I'm a fountain of pointless information, Mickey.
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Quote Originally Posted by drooartz View Post
    I'm a fountain of pointless information, Mickey.
    Then you must be familiar with this place:

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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    I would get the one with the best original rust free body I could find. My least favorite is the 77 and newer. Too many extra wires. Early cars are nice, O/D is a good option. Test drive a couple and see what floats your boat. Any MGB done well will be a sweet ride. The entry fee for a rubber bumper car is also less $$.
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Bob makes a very good point -- rust is the biggest undesirable feature! Almost everything else can be swapped car-to-car with varying degrees of complexity, but rust will be the big deal breaker.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Richaud View Post
    Then you must be familiar with this place:
    And yes, Mickey, I'm familiar with that place though only from a historical perspective -- came out before I was born after all.
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Quote Originally Posted by drooartz View Post
    And yes, Mickey, I'm familiar with that place though only from a historical perspective -- came out before I was born after all.
    Keep it up, Bucko - just remember paybacks are...
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    hmmm... just realizing (again) I'm a dinosaur.

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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    I like em all, have em from 1967 through to 1980, MGB's and GT's.
    Like the early ones best, ave 2 74's, one chrome bumper, one rubber bumper.
    your choice
    1967 MGB Coastal Find
    1971 Craigslist Find
    1974 1/2 MGB owned 25 yrs+
    1974 MGB Barn Find
    1977 MGB
    1980 MGB
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    Quote Originally Posted by CZ_Dave View Post
    I like em all, have em from 1967 through to 1980, MGB's and GT's.
    Like the early ones best, ave 2 74's, one chrome bumper, one rubber bumper.
    your choice
    You sound like Tony Barnhill (R.I.P)

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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    I'd go for 1963-65 early 3 main engined car.

    The engines run a bit more freely and rumours of any lack of durability are untrue. The first version of a model is often the purest and most interesting. Harder to find today, though.
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    Re: If I were shopping for an MG

    We have, as said before, a 72 and a 55. That said, if I were to redo another, it would be on of these, a RB model! Engine upgraded with duel SUs, non smog etc, reworked suspension and painted as such. The RB models have beautiful lines, enhanced by painting the bumpers body color. And, you can pick them up for half or less of what an early model would go for. OD is a must! JMHO. PJ

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