Contributed by: L. Standifer
Years ago I went up to Portland to the agency that imported all of those first models. There was a fellow that had been there when they called them in to replace the engines. I remembered doing it and basically it was a short block replacement. Other than that he didn't know why they did it. I couldn't get him to document it for me, so that part is still a mystery.
I have attached a picture of the engine bay on my car an interior picture and a picture of the boot.
You will notice that I have a red top. When I restored the car I contacted the place in England that made those tops. They had one red one left so I bought it. Lucky. I don't take it down very often as it is a pain to get back up all nice and tight.
This car is unique in that the owner is the original purchaser of the car (October 1962) and very well may be the earliest "original owner" existing today. I found the owner to be exceptionally knowledgeable and for those interested, he and his car will be at MG2013 in Oregon in July 2013. Below are some pics as well as documentation you may also find invaluable. Also included is a nice writeup for the 50th Anniversary of the MGB. Enjoy!