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Registry: 1968 MG MGB



Manek Dubash's Silver Member 1968 MG MGB – “Odysseus”
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“Odysseus”
Restored in 1999, the car had covered fewer than 5,000 miles between then and when I bought it in May 2012.

Since then, highlights of the work done include:
- fitted inertia-reel seatbelts
- carpeted the boot
- fitted five new tyres & chrome wire wheels (no more clunk!)
- fitted battery kill switch
- replaced front wheel bearings
- replaced front brake calipers/pads
- renewed front suspension components: dampers, bushes, springs, lower suspension arms
- replaced the choke cable
- replaced driver's seat base foam & diaphragm
- refurbished the overheating, fuse-blowing wiper motor
- fitted an eight-way blade-style fuse box
- refurbished and lubricated the heater motor
- replaced all heater box seals
- fixed heater control cables, mechanisms and knobs
- replaced diff thrust washers and propshaft
- re-aligned driver's door
- fitted correct, early style rear lights
- replaced the glove box & rear bracket (wow!)
- installed inline fuse to the fuel pump circuit
- installed wooden 15-inch steering wheel
- replaced failing alternator with 45A 18ACR unit
- replaced leaking heater valve
- replaced OD toggle switch with correct dog-leg switch
- replaced both hood and tonneau - they fit now!
- installed relay to boost heater motor speed
- installed relays and blade fuses & ancillary fusebox for both headlamp circuits
- fabricated & fitted radiator stays
- replaced stripped speedo pinion
- installed fuel filter
- installed electronic flasher, voltage stabilizer, electronic distributor, uprated coil and three-point plugs
- replaced mechanical cooling fan with Kenlowe electric fan
- fabricated new central console from 2mm aluminium, installed voltmeter, clock & oil temp gauges, fan override & fuel pump switches, and 12v power socket
- fitted wire wheel conversion hubs (rear)
- replaced brake light switch
- discovered rust damage in sills and rear wings so the car has been restored, and repainted in GN29 (Dark British Racing Green). Photos can be followed here: http://manekdubash.com/personal/cars/mgb/restoration/
- since body restoration, the interior has been renewed with new carpets and recovered rails, a reconditioned dashboard and gauges
- new clutch slave cylinder
- swapped push-pull lighting switch for a toggle, and moved it to the washer button position
- washer pump installed
- manual washer button swapped for an electrical item in the lighting push-pull switch position.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Manek Dubash Silver Member   [mdubash]
Location: Lewes, East Sussex, UK GBR
Status: Restoration in progress


VIN:GCN11579G
Model Year:1968
Build Date:1968-03-19
Original Colour:Sandglow
Current Colour:British Racing Green
Odometer:12,768 miles
Engine Type:1.8L 4 Cyl 5 Main B-Series
Engine Code:29G-U-H/1446
Transmission:4 Sync 4 Speed Overdrive
Last Updated:2017-05-05 04:54:08
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GCN11579G
Factory: Abingdon, England
Make: MG
Engine: 'C' Unknown!

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Member Comments on Registry: 1968 MG MGB   ↵
Rated 7.5 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
2014-01-31 10:01:18 # 13897
Comment by Gary Kinslow
When you replaced the wheels to eliminate the worn spline-related clunk, did you also replace the hubs? If not, you will experience the same problem much sooner than if you had also replaced the hubs.
2014-01-31 10:35:58 # 13898
Comment by Manek Dubash
Thanks for the comment - and no I didn't replace the hubs as well. Not yet anyway. In part this was a financial decision as five wheels weren't cheap and hubs seem to be almost as expensive!

More importantly, I did take a close look at all the splines and the hub splines were in much better condition than the wheels, with the former showing no sign of sharpness or bent-over tops. So I think they'll be good for a while but I will keep a close eye on them.
2015-08-25 12:28:12 # 28590
Comment by Manek Dubash
Since that comment, I have replaced the rear hubs.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2017-05-05 04:54:08

Changes from 2017-05-05 04:53:08 to previous 2017-05-05 04:52:05
Mileage 12,470 → 12,768
Changes from 2015-10-04 07:10:38 to previous 2015-10-04 07:07:38
Status Running → Restoration in progress
Changes from 2015-04-12 12:33:38 to previous 2014-05-16 14:28:51
Mileage 9,100 → 12,470
Changes from 2014-04-09 03:27:59 to previous 2014-03-11 18:33:46
Mileage 8,900 → 9,100
Changes from 2014-03-11 18:33:46 to previous 2014-02-28 02:51:34
Mileage 8,750 → 8,900
Changes from 2014-02-23 07:07:38 to previous 2014-01-31 10:36:22
Mileage 7,184 → 8,750
Changes from 2013-06-02 08:03:24 to previous 2013-06-02 08:02:35
Mileage 6,550 → 7,184
Changes from 2013-05-16 11:01:07 to previous 2013-05-16 11:00:05
Body Code deleted   (was 18GDRWeH1011446)
Changes from 2013-05-16 11:00:05 to previous 2013-05-16 10:58:34
Engine Code 1446 → 29G-U-H/1446
Nickname added   Odysseus
Changes from 2013-03-16 18:58:19 to previous 2013-03-13 09:45:56
Engine Code added   1446
Changes from 2013-03-13 09:45:56 to previous 2013-03-07 13:25:22
Body Code added   18GDRWeH1011446
Engine Code deleted   (was 1446)
Changes from 2013-03-07 13:25:22 to previous 2013-03-04 08:34:53
Mileage 5,900 → 6,550
Changes from 2013-01-27 13:19:44 to previous 2012-07-10 09:57:54
Status Repairs in progress → Running

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Jun 8, 2012 Manek Dubash  GBRSilver Member Added to Registry (ID 14650)

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