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Rusty Mayes
Vacaville, California, USA   usa

After owning and driving my 67GT for eight months and some 500 miles, Mostly country road and town in town driving, I am averaging about 15 miles per gallon fuel burn. Is this typical or should I be looking for a carb or ignition problem? I recently found the timing advanced some ten degrees. The engine seems to run fine and have pleny of power. I am planning on an overhaul shortly because of age and low oil pressure. I will do the carbs as well. Just wondering what you guys generally get for mileage.

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Jon Appleby
Lake Wylie, SC, USA   usa
1971 MG MGB

30+ mpg here - re-manufactured engine, 0.020" over, with twin SU's and overdrive...

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gerard boulanger
Hercules, CA, USA   usa

22-26 MPG with a Weber 32/36 and overdive.



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Owen Frankland
Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, UK   gbr
1937 MG TA "Numbum"
1971 MG MGB GT "The Bruise"

I'm avaraging about 25mpg (UK gallon) in mixed driving, and I don't drive it gently. On a run using mostly overdrive top I get around 30mpg.

This seems to be the norm from the people I've spoken to about it.



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phil wilkins
staffordshire, Stafford, UK   gbr

25 to 30 I reckon

Delbert Golightly
Spanaway Wash, USA   usa

dang it Rusty.........DON'T EVER rebuild yer engine 'cuz of low gas mileage until you do the dreaded "compression" test. Yer 1.8L engine should consistently gitt about 25-mpg US. Yer carbs are way outta adjustment. While ignition timing and sparkies will effect yer engine economy, ittza yer carbs. Gitt'em ADJUSTED correctly and then complain about mileage .........Dell, yer self-appointed sparkie-meister

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Petri Nieminen
Oulu, N/A, Finland   fin

My '65 Roadster gives me roughly 9 l/100 km or 26 mpg (US) on long haul (when doing more than 300 km w/o breaks) at an average speed of 95 kph (60 mph). 3 synch, non-od, will wear ear protectors ...

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Steve J
SHEFFIELD, UK   gbr

My '74 BGT with OD gives me 22mpg in town driving and 35mpg on a long run at 50/60mph.
I reckon that equates to around 18mpg and 29 mpg in US gallons.

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Larry Baygents
Dayton, Ohio, USA   usa
1963 MG MGB

Bone stock 63.

22-28 depending on the operator. No overdrive.

Always step one. Verify 100% the correct operation and model number of the dizzy.

Step two. Retest the dizzy.

Fill in the form, takes 10 minutes.

Initial idle advance___
Advance at 3000rpm___
Advance when applying a vacuum to the advance___
Vacuum advance holds with tongue over the hose, yes/no
Dizzy I'd number___
Is advance steady at idle, yes/no

What carb set up?

If everything is as it should be, the carb may be an issue.



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63B
77 Spit

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Wayne Sanders
Outside Otis, OR - in the woods!, USA   usa
1965 MG MGB V6 Conversion "Carmine"
1977 MG MGB "Ole Yeller"
1979 MG MGB "Kermit"
1984 Chevrolet Corvette "The Green Weenie"
1994 Chevrolet S10 "Lil Red"

Looking at the OP, I have a couple of questions -

Driven 500 miles in eight months. Sixty miles per month. Unless the car is gassed up at each run, the gas is old.

Low oil pressure. How low?

Was the car previously driven in a similar fashion? Has it been parked more than driven?

I'm thinking a can of Seafoam and a long spirited drive might be the first step, right after going through Larry's check sheet, and checking the valves.

This may be one gummed up car. IMHO.



Wayne Sanders
Rose Lodge, OR

"I don't care to belong to any club that accepts people like me"-joined Willamette Valley Club in 2011

77 MGB - Four tone paint - some kind of electronic ignition - hood props - cheap tires - new springs all around - mixture of poly and rubber bushings - original exhaust - fuzzy seatcovers - stereo out of old F150 pickup - virtually no rust - right front wrecked and semi well repaired - just about right for me!

78 MGB - Done right by a good PO, and I only bought it. Tell Jim how nice it is. But I did put in a Datsun 5 speed.

79/65 MGB - Carmine- V-6 - T-5
95% Done. V-6 is a treat, and the five speed is great.
More to do, but isn't there always?

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Michael Austin
Odessa, TX, USA   usa
1974 MG MGB MkIII "Maggy"

A while back, someone posted up the EPA estimated mileage from an original window sticker from a 1980 model and it was 16mpg! Mine seems to do around 20 in town, and probably upper 20's on the road - maybe a bit more (been a while since I had it on a long highway drive).



74 MGB: APT VP11 cam, lifters, valve springs; 9:1; ported head; TT exhaust; vernier timing gear; wizard aluminum radiator; dizzy by Jeff S.; stock HIF4's; it goes on and on.....

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Rusty Mayes
Vacaville, California, USA   usa

A little back ground on the 500 miles in 8 months. I bought the car last summer and tnen life got in the way of getting it in shape to be a daily driver. It had sat for a while before I bought it. I sent it to the upholstery shop as a back burner project which took three months and then after driving it for a week I got into the front end rebuild which took another month to. Driving in between and since then has been sporatic but "spirited" so I am not surprised that the mileage is a tad low. I will do the analysis and tune the carbs and do some more conservative driving and post any improvement, assuming life stays out of the way!
I really appreciate the response guys. This website really makes playing with the LBC a ton of fun. Funny when I was a kid and the car gave me crap I was annoyed. Now I laugh and have a blast correcting what ever comes up.

Attached is a pic of my shop with the spring's projects.


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Owen Frankland
Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, UK   gbr
1937 MG TA "Numbum"
1971 MG MGB GT "The Bruise"

I never noticed the 500 miles. That's nowhere near enough miles to calculate mpg.

You need to fill up and drive, note the mileage and fuel used at next fill up, then repeat at least twice more. That should give you a more accurate figure. You might not be doing as badly as you think.



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Chris McMillin
Los Angeles, USA   usa

In reply to # 2305530 by n56545 After owning and driving my 67GT for eight months and some 500 miles, Mostly country road and town in town driving, I am averaging about 15 miles per gallon fuel burn. Is this typical or should I be looking for a carb or ignition problem? I recently found the timing advanced some ten degrees. The engine seems to run fine and have pleny of power. I am planning on an overhaul shortly because of age and low oil pressure. I will do the carbs as well. Just wondering what you guys generally get for mileage.

I figure 25 MPG.
"Seems to run fine and have plenty of power", means to me; Drive it more, 300 miles out of a tank is normal once one starts driving more than two tanks a year!
Overhaul for low oil pressure? Below 50 at warm cruise? What kind of oil? What weight?
I'd be driving the heck out of it, going on trips to 150-300 mile distant places and record those performance figures before thinking of making any overhaul decisions. Your choke on and idle periods compared to your total gallons burned could throw your mileage comps way out. You aren't driving it enough to be able to tell.
(Go to the airport and buy 5 gallons of 100LL in a can "for your homebuilt airplane's fuel system calibration" and see how it acts after driving that tank through it! Or just add a gallon to each tank, you'll see an improvement. Cali gas alcohol and additives penalties to performance really change when TEL is added to the old GB series engine. Also ask where there are any no alcohol MoGas pumps, airplanes are allowed to use auto gas with no ethanol or additives if they have the approved paperwork and this is good gas for the MGB too. You can lean the SU's out, if you're over say 2500 feet a lot, by a flat and get some better mileage too, but if it "fine" and "powerful" I wouldn't mess with success.)
Chris...

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Robert Emge
Red Bluff Ca., USA   usa

My '71 GT gets about 26mpg on regular(87 octane), and about 28mpg on "premium"(92 octane) goes over 30mpg on Nevada premium, if I keep it around 70mph cruising. Stock motor with 90K with OD.

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