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Highvoltage2 Robert T
Sterling, Connecticut, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB "Martha Grace Bailey"
Just brought the new car home tonight and the first thing I did was join this forum.
Now where do I start. The car is a 1978 MGB and was garage kept its entire life. That being said the lady I bought it from said the fuel pump made a pop the last time she tried to start it about a month ago. The slave cylinder was bone dry so the clutch goes to the floor. Needs a battery and from what I read a form 26 is correct? Should I siphon the gas from the tank add new and try to start it? This is all new to me. Thank you in advance. Robert

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stuntflyr Chris McMillin
Catalina, Foothills, USA   USA
Top off the hydraulic fluid, drain the gas, give it a try. Looks in good shape, it'll need the "Waking the MGB" list that helps so many in the archives files. Have fun.
Chris...

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Tulsa, OK, USA   USA
1972 Lotus Elan
1972 MG MGB

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Ex-Calif Gold Member Dan D
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA   USA
1968 MG MGB GT "Bart - Yellow And Naughty"
1977 MG MGB "Red Betty"
2012 Jeep Liberty "Tank"
2014 Hyundai Accent "Skate"
Welcome aboard Robert and congrats on the car. You have come to the right place!

If the car sat less than 6-months I would not sweat the gas. You could pull the fuel line form the carb (btw shoot a picture of the engine bay as the carb may have been modded), put the fuel line in a mason jar, and with a charged battery turn the key on. If the pump is working it will fill the jar pretty quick. If it doesn't you may have to troubleshoot the fuel pump.

Look at the fuel if it looks OK go for a start.

Your year should be able to take a G26R battery.

Clutch may just need bleeding but... Look under the car on the pax side about even with the front wheel. The slave cylinder is located there. If there is wet fluid you likely have a failed slave cylinder. If dry, move the rubber boot and look, wetness could be contained by the boot and if sat for a while an external leak may have dried up.

Also - go to your personal page on the forum and set up your car to appear in your post IDs. You can add a tagline to you signature describing anything you want like, 1978 MGB converted to twin SU carbs or Weber carb or whatever. That will help guys help you quickly.

PS - the most common swap on your car is a Weber downdraft on the stock manifold.



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Highvoltage2 Robert T
Sterling, Connecticut, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB "Martha Grace Bailey"
Here are pictures of the engine bay. The old man that had it was very meticulous. Thanks for the responses. So happy to be part of the family.


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naturbar Buz Natur
Asheville, N.C., USA   USA
1977 MG MGB
Welcome to the group and congrats on a very nice MGB. How many miles show on the odo?



Buz

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Highvoltage2 Robert T
Sterling, Connecticut, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB "Martha Grace Bailey"
Showing 89000 on odometer. Well taken care of for sure.

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
Group 26r Wal-Mart $45 quality battery
Rebuild clutch and brake hydraulics they are shot and no amount of new fluid or bleeding is going to revive the dead units.
Steve has complete kits for both on sale
Get new flex lines too.
Replace the old dry diaphragm in the ZS single carburetor

Check the age code date on the tires, over 8 years even if they look good toss them out.
Read the article linked to
Awakening a,sleeping MGB

Watch John Twists videos on YouTube
University Motors Ltd
Join your local MG car club it's an hour away but tell have local events and local members
http://www.ctmgclub.com/index.html
Have fun



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J Baz Silver Member Jerard Basmagy
Middletown, New Jersey, USA   USA
Welcome
Lots of great info and help here.
Nice looking car but lose the hub caps IMO



jb

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Carlosii Charles Roche
Indiana, USA, USA   USA
1973 MG MGB
Looks like the pollution air pump has been removed...I think.

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Highvoltage2 Robert T
Sterling, Connecticut, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB "Martha Grace Bailey"
Do I need that? Does that go on the right side of the engine bay over the opening in the canister?

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Highvoltage2 Robert T
Sterling, Connecticut, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB "Martha Grace Bailey"
Who is Steve and how do I get in touch with him? I would like to buy new clutch slave cylinder locally if possible

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Mpgmusic Silver Member Mike G.
Dallas, Texas, USA   USA
1965 MG MGB "Sebastian"
Robert,
Congratulations on your new member of the family. Looks great! I've had my MG for about 6 months and just like you, I joined this forum immediately. You will find the great members of this group to be invaluable resources of information! Have fun with your great little car.

Mike



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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
The air pump is there , no it's not needed
Ways to properly delete it and plug the air injection ports are in the forum
Steve at https://www.northwestimportparts.com/Default.aspx
Call him tell him you are a proud new owner of an MGB and see if the sale is still on.



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It's gonna take me where I'm bound
It's a long way around"



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Vietnam 1969-1972

EAST GRINSTEAD, West Sussex, UK   GBR
A pretty impressive and exhaustive wake-up list! I feel quite remiss in my monthly checks. 93 octane? Can only get 95 or 97 over here.

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