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#52 of 101 Re: MGA [texases]
Aug 23, 2007 (11:10 am)
I'd go for an earlier model if you can, say a later 60's. The most important thing to consider is rust. Check underneath real good. MGB's are unibody, once rust starts around the rear spring mounts your in for trouble.
I have always been partial to the 1970, I like the split rear bumper, only available that year.
#53 of 101 Re: MGA [texases]
Aug 23, 2007 (5:04 pm)
Personally, I like the early to mid 60's models.
There are kits now to convert them from positive ground to negative ground and they really aren't that expensive.
The early 70 models started to see the emissions garbage of the 70s and have several problems.
One thing to keep in mind when looking, the dual carb set ups of the mid 60s were a bear to get set up correctly without the proper tools.
Aug 23, 2007 (5:42 pm)
To set the carbs, you'll need a "Uni-Syn" tool and a small wrench. Most MGs don't run right because the carbs are all worn out by the time you get them...the throttle shafts are loose and suck air into the mixture and screw it up. But SUs, once rebuilt, are very simple inside. I think there are 3 parts total in there. You can buy a book on how to take care of them.
#55 of 101 Re: MGA [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 23, 2007 (5:52 pm)
Those SUs sound like older motorcycle carbs - any similarities?
Aug 23, 2007 (7:34 pm)
Almost all MG parts are easily available. I'm rebuilding the SUs in my MG right now...Moss Motors and Victoria British offered everything I needed.
I like the 1971-1974 MGs...lower ride height and fewer emission controls. And in the case of the Midget (my MG), it has the better engine than in later or earlier years.
Aug 23, 2007 (8:45 pm)
Yeah, slide type with a tapered needle jet...
That's right, you can get just about any part imaginable for an MGB. There's a fabulous aftermarket parts network. No waiting! Aside from a VW, I can't think of any other foreign car where so much is available so easily. You can even order an entire new body for the car!!
#58 of 101 Re: MGA [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 24, 2007 (10:12 pm)
You can even order an entire new body for the car!!
It's true...even the body. Except for the 1970-1974 Midget, which has a prettier, albeit less crash friendly, rear fender design. But if you have an early or late Midget or any (I believe it's the same for all years) B, the rear unibody is available brand new!
#59 of 101 Re: MGA [hudsonthedog]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 25, 2007 (7:07 am)
I think on the B you can order (perhaps in pieces) the entire body shell and doors, hood and fenders, complete. That's pretty amazing.
And to think, they killed MG for the TR7. No wonder they almost lost World War II.
#60 of 101 Re: MGA [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 25, 2007 (11:18 am)
And they did lose their auto industry
Aug 25, 2007 (11:23 am)
And their motorcycle industry