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lelandmccann Leland McCann
Livonia, MI, USA   USA
Hello all!

My dad and I have been looking for a project and just purchased a 1979 MGB Roadster! The car is very good cosmetic shape and more importantly runs very well. The previous owners had it for 11 years and said it has always started right up every year. They used it as an occasional summer cruiser and performed little to no maintenance over the time they owned the car.

We're looking to give it some TLC both functionally and cosmetically and have a list of things we want to do already. But I wanted to ask the group what would be the FIRST things you would do with an MGB that was new to you? What would you check and service immediately before starting on optional repairs? We're new to these cars but bought it because we'd like to take great care of it and enjoy it!

If you have any information for a couple of new owners, please pass it on!


Cheers!

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HiPowerShooter Gold Member James Booker
Lake Winneconne, WI, USA   USA
1973 MG MGB
First, welcome!

The "Advanced search" function here will be your best friend. You can find info on any and all things with a couple of clicks.

Go to the "Library" and you'll find all sorts of tips, tricks, and advice on your new ride!

Even searching on something like "new owner" will probably net you more sound advice than you'll get at midnight right now.

Enjoy the ride!



"One test is worth a thousand expert opinions"--Alvin "Tex" Johnston...Boeing test pilot.

73 MGB. Tires: Round, black, hold air. Oil: Sometimes old, sometimes new...always slippery. Oil filter: Yellow, usually full of oil. Carbs: 2 SU HIF. Distributor: Yes. Headlights: Not that bright but bright enough. A bunch of other stuff most cars have but not really important enough to itemize. Oh, wait...it has a cool sounding exhaust with stickers on the chrome tips. Really slays the ladies...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-06-13 11:48 PM by HiPowerShooter.

Basil Adams Avatar
About 12 miles from Sears Point, CA, USA   USA
Do safety items first: brakes, steering, tires... Do reliability issues second: Carbs, Distributor/ignition, fuel system, Engine . Do cosmetics last: Upholstery, carpet, paint, brightwork... Call or email if I can help. THanks. basil 707.762.0974 basiladams@yahoo.com



Basil C. Adams
1956 MGA Coupe (Show Car)
1957 MGA Roadster (Driver)
1958 MGA Coupe (Racecar)
1959 MGA Coupe (unrestored)
1960 MGA Coupe (unrestored)
1960 MGA Roadster (Driver)
MKIII Elva Courier (E1056)
1967 427 Cobra
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
A coupla late MGBs
1960 Austin Healy BN7
More Cars than Brains

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BFC Ben Clark
Allegan, MI, USA   USA
1980 MG MGB "Kilr B"
1980 MG MGB MkIV
Basil is absolutely correct. Even on a car that has been maintained, its quite likely that the rubber in the brake lines, front and rear brake pistons, brake master cylinder, brake servo, clutch master and slave, tires, suspension bushings, vacuum and coolant hoses, fuel lines, etc., will have deteriorated over time. (I'm sure there's other stuff I had to replace when I woke up my long sleeping 80 B, but this list should get you started. LOL)

Oh, and when you change out the coolant, make sure to read up on how to "burp" the system. There can be no air at all in the cooling system or your car will overheat. (And since the awesome design of the system doesn't have you filling coolant at the high point in the system, this can be a fun process...)

In reply to # 3755339 by Basil Adams Do safety items first: brakes, steering, tires... Do reliability issues second: Carbs, Distributor/ignition, fuel system, Engine . Do cosmetics last: Upholstery, carpet, paint, brightwork... Call or email if I can help. THanks. basil 707.762.0974 basiladams@yahoo.com



I don't know. It's always smoked like that/made that sound/done that.

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