Took my recently acquired 1977 MGB on a 700 kilometre road trip on June 9th. That coincides, roughly, with the car's 40th anniversary. The car had been driven only occasionally over the past fifteen years, In fact, the tires, which were 12 years old, still had the little mold bits showing and had full tread, but were too old to be safe. A new set of Continentals on 15 inch rims transformed the handling.
The MGB proved surprisingly nimble through the twists of the Duffey Lake road, which crosses the Coast Mountains. The first five hours of the trip were done top down, but heavy rain further north necessitated testing the weatherproofing. Some water did get in, but not bad.
I arrived in Prince George after midnight. The old sealed beam headlights made for a test of night vision, especially in an area where wildlife collisions are common. First improvement to the vehicle will be LED headlights from Victoria British. Purists might object, but avoiding a moose, bear, or deer collision is high on my list of priorities.
It was interesting to note that the car ran better and better as we covered distance. The suspension went from arthritic to much more supple, the motor pulled hills in 4th gear that earlier in the day had required a downshift. Amazingly enough, when I looked underneath the MG this morning, there were no oil leaks. I should note that the car has only 32,000 miles on the clock.
All of this indicates that with decent maintenance and some subtle improvements the MGB can be a reliable travel companion.