Took my MG to its first car show since the restoration was completed last month. The show was the 36th Annual British Cars Day sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Austin Healey Club. The weather turned out to be perfect with clear skies and temperatures in the low 70s. There was an excellent turn out of all British makes, even a cool Bond Bug and Mini Moke.
I was so happy my 1976 won 1st Place in the Rubber Bumper class. I got to catch up with allot of old friends and made some new ones too.
My MG had to take an unfortunate return to the workshop this week. With any new restoration, there are some minor gremlins that popped up, but nothing serious.
The transmission was very notchy, but with a little more transmission fluid, it is running good as new. Also had to replace my British Leyland radio since it was not working. Fortunately, I found an excellent working replacement on eBay. Finally a broken wire fix solved my now working headlights.
In choosing my radio for my MG B, I decided I wanted to use the original dealer set up for the radio. The car came with an aftermarket Koss CD player in the radio console and speakers cut into the door panels.
I purchased and original British Leyland (Bendix) radio from eBay and mounted it in the radio console. Instead of cutting up my new door card, I decided to mount the speakers in the map pocket on the passenger inner well. Since the radio is AM/FM mono, the one speaker works fine. I purchased JVC 4" 2 way speakers from Crutchfield. The depth is only 1 3'4" inch so they fit perfect.
This is my final entry in the restoration photo journey for my 1976 MG B project. I started my journal back in 2009 capturing the arrival on the truck from California after my purchase on Ebay back in 2009.
The project had allot of start and stops and ups and downs, but today is the happiest car hobby day for me. The MG is done and back home in my garage. Right now it is sharing the home garage with my first restoration project, an Australian built Mercury Capri convertible. It is only a temporary reunion, since the Capri will be moved back to its storage facility to make room for my wife's daily driver.
The maintenance period officially begins and the fun of the ongoing projects to keep my MG running as best as possible.
The long 4 year journey is at the end of the road. My MGB is going through its final inspection and preparing to be driven home to my garage tomorrow. The alignment was complete on Friday, which was the last task to be done on the car. There will always be ongoing maintenance and fixing periodic failures, but the long awaited completion of the restoration has arrived. If the rain ever stops in Northeast Ohio, than my MG will be safely parked in my own garage by tomorrow evening.