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Sciroccosprinter Brian Telfer
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, UK   GBR
1977 MG MGB GT "The Old Girl"
I took the interior mirror off as it was too small for me plus I wanted a proper interior light . This one is the same as the one at the tailgate ,also the same as a Mini and looks original. The new mirror is glued to the screen like modern cars and gives me a proper view.

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Gerry Gold Member Gerry Masterman
Prairieville, LA, USA   USA
That is a lot better than having a small light low on the console!

In reply to # 3908818 by Sciroccosprinter I took the interior mirror off as it was too small for me plus I wanted a proper interior light . This one is the same as the one at the tailgate ,also the same as a Mini and looks original. The new mirror is glued to the screen like modern cars and gives me a proper view.

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stiffarm67 Gold Member Joe Herz
Ridgefield, WA, USA   USA
1969 MG MGB GT "The GT"
I'm in love with that grille. Wow.

In reply to # 3890327 by ex-tyke A one-off egg crate grille amongst other things.....

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GlennMGB Silver Member Glenn G
Fort Worth, TX, USA   USA
1965 Triumph TR4A
1967 MG MGB GT "Rose"
Air conditioning. Built my own system from old parts found at a swap meet and some from Ebay. Got a new hose kit and cut hoses to length, had the ends put on at a hydraulic shop. Had a problem with the compressor belt slipping, so designed new compressor brackets and welded them up myself. Soon I will be replacing the radiator (another story), and will take pictures then.

Next best: rear tube shocks.

https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mgb-and-gt-forum.1/rear-tube-shocks-installed.3521197/

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NOHOME P P
O, ON, Canada   CAN
1967 MG MGB GT "Maggie (GT From Hell)"
From a home-mad DIY point of view, it would be the seats. They are full custom with a laminated foam core and custom carved bolsters. The idea was to make them look stock at a glance but more supportive than stock. The upholstery was a flat piece of cow. Even the piping is made for the job from leather.

Not ever doing that again.



Pete

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Chalky David White
Coventry, Warwickshire, UK   GBR
I made electric front windows for mine. The motors off a P38a Range Rover 2 have pinions that mesh perfectly with the B window lift mechanism. I cut off the manual wonder assembly and welded on a bracket to allow the 2 to mesh correctly. The motors sit vertically with the tail end just under the quarter light. The assemblies are handed. I didn’t use the quadrature encoders on the motors so there’s no anti trap function (retirement project?)

I used Range Rover 1 / Discovery 1 window switches to control them and fitted them to a plate that replaces the ash tray in the centre console. I have a couple of inline fuses and a relay to switch the power off the ignition switch.
I built it about 25 years ago and it works well.

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Paul Austin Avatar
Durham, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB
1967 MG-B

Not exactly an upgrade, but I did make a set of speaker boxes. Used Spanish Cedar - a wood commonly used in making humidors, because the color (if not the wood itself) matched the Nardi steering wheel a previous owner installed, when he rebuilt it 1998-1999. Did the box joints on the corners on the table saw.



Happy Motoring!!!

Paul A.


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tvrgeek Scott S
Hillsborough, North Carolinia, USA   USA
1965 MG MGB
My new tunnel cover to relocate the shifter boot for the 5 speed.



Cogito ergo sum periculoso


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davcar Silver Member David Carter
HERVEY BAY, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1969 MG MGB "Peggy-Sue"
1998 MG MGF "Lucy"
Fitted DRLs (daytime running lights) so as to be seen and made my own seat belt brackets so the belts didn't twist and were more comfortable to wear.



“Stupid is a condition. Ignorance is a choice.”
Wiley Miller

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kimmie Kim Rae
Warburton, VIC, Australia   AUS
1970 MG MGB MkIII "The G"
Panhard rod, I think. It was the only way I could stop the tyre rubbing. It PO ground out the lip of the guard, but that didn't work.
The new heater valve is good too.



It's not a car...It's an Adventure! (apologies to Casey Ryback)

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Ivygreen65 Stacy Moore
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA   USA
My walnut rimmed banjo wheel and the original shift knob I modified with my 5 speed shift pattern.


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Paul Austin Avatar
Durham, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB
Wow!!!

That walnut steering wheel is beautiful.

I know you're proud of it.

How did you do it?



Happy Motoring!!!

Paul A.

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little G Charlie T
queensland, QLD, Australia   AUS
1964 MG MGB "Little G"
That is a true classic look wheel...very nice !..thumbs up

In reply to # 3910635 by Ivygreen65 My walnut rimmed banjo wheel and the original shift knob I modified with my 5 speed shift pattern.


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Donthuis Don van Riet
Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands   NLD
Adding my partly own designed intermittent wiper facility, using a cheap Thai unit bought via the Web and an extra ISO relay more resistant to switching DC motors repeatedly off and on.

PS The relay got me an emergency solution for activating the low speed wiping action when the connector on the wiper assembly suddenly decided to develop a failing contact on one of its spades
Those failures always crop up just before vacation time or even during them sad smiley

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Ivygreen65 Stacy Moore
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA   USA
In reply to # 3910643 by Paul Austin Wow!!!

That walnut steering wheel is beautiful.

I know you're proud of it.

How did you do it?

The Reader's Digest version - Started with an old wheel I found in a junk yard and the rim material was totally gone. Cut 2 circles out of walnut, routed a groove on the inside to fit around the banjo wheels rim, and then glued them together. Profiled the walnut, applied finish, and voila - what you see here. There was a lot more work and planning that what I've noted here, but it was a fun exercise and the finished product was well worth the effort.

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