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    Rubber Bumper MGB I have questions

    I want to add to the collection and buy an MGB. Obviously a MK2 seems like the best bet.

    It seems that the Rubber Bumper late moddel is decidely lower priced than the earlier MK2's.

    Can you kind folk tell me if there are any inherent problem with them or is it just down to the looks?

    What would be the parts list to convert it to look like the chrome bumper version and lower it to origional specs.

    Thank you all in advance for these answers.

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    Re: Rubber Bumper MGB I have questions

    Moss sells the bumper conversion kit. They also have lowering blocks for the rear and earlier coil springs for the front. The main complaint I've noticed about the late model MGBs, is the single Zenith carburetor verses twin SUs. A lot of the late cars have been converted to the twin SUs. Before encountering the cost of a chrome conversion, look at some rubber bumper cars where the bumpers have been painted to match the car. Makes the car look very different, don't know why the factory didn't do it! I think they look sharp! Now if your set on a chrome bumper, buy a chrome bumper and be ahead of the game, in cost and originality. JMHO. PJ

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    Re: Rubber Bumper MGB I have questions

    If you're really going for the chrome-bumper look, I'd recommend staying away from doing a conversion. There's some reasonably complicated metal work involved, and the cost is not cheap ($1225 USD) from Moss for parts alone. Generally speaking the '68 - '73 MGBs will be cheaper than the earlier cars and are very nice drivers (I have a RHD '70). Not sure about the Australian market cars, but other non-USA models were not strapped with the padded dashes or other emissions issues (lower compression, single carbs).

    Nothing wrong with the rubber bumper cars if you like the look. I've a couple friends with later LE cars (black) and they look pretty nice, really.
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    Re: Rubber Bumper MGB I have questions

    As the others have indicated, it's mostly cosmetic. There are handling differences, due to the raised ride height (not that serious unless you're into "spirited" driving, and performance issues, as Paul alluded to. And if those are issues for you, then you'd have the expense of lowering the suspension and swapping out carbs.

    But it's really all about what's available and what moves you.


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    Re: Rubber Bumper MGB I have questions

    Thank you very much Guys for the sound advice

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