MGB GT 1979 Restoration

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  1. Beefcake

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    So I bought myself an old sports car a couple of months ago, looking to restore it and eventually convert it into the versions that raced in the late 60's.

    Yes, I bought an MGB GT.

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    It's the blue one if you're wondering.

    The goal is to slowly convert it into the Sebring version, meaning a tuned engine, wider wheels and arches, removing the bumpers and replacing the valances with aerodynamic fiberglass replacements, etc etc.

    Once it's done, it should look a little like this.

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    I'll be updating this thread semi regularly with progress reports, etc. I hope there are a couple of pistonheads among you trolls.
     
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    To get it legally imported into my country, I had to get it passed a basic technical inspection.

    My first attempt had me spring a fuel leak while I was waiting in line, so I had to drive home with gasoline pouring out behind me.

    The second attempt saw me overheating the engine while I was again waiting in line. The cooling liquid had come to a boil and the pressure saw it blow out all over my engine bay.

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    Apparently, the temperature sensor that switches on the electronic fan in front of the radiator had failed, so the fan had never actually worked. When you're waiting in line, the inspection guys tell you to keep your engine running so it stays on temperature, but that was what broke it.

    I actually managed to get it started and running well again right there and it passed technical inspection, but then when I tried going home it kept stalling.

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    We managed to get it home with a towbar and started taking apart the engine to see how much damage had been done.

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    Not that much damage apparently, the head gasket was blown and there was a little damage on the inside of the cylinders. But since we were going to tune it rather hard, it would've cost more money to bore out this engine and get it up to stage 2 specs than just getting a new stage 2 engine.​
    So we went with that and started taking out the engine.​
    Now the easiest way to take out the engine on an MGB is from the top and keeping the gearbox attached.​
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    This went comparatively painless but then we noticed something. The enginemount bushings were completely shot. The engine was basically only attached to the car through the gearbox.​
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    So now I'm waiting for my new engine and various other parts to arrive.​
     
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    I see the Lucas logo!!
    Lucas - The man that invented darkness.

    I'm watching this thread now as this interests me.
     
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    Mine is getting Wipac lights and the Lucas distributor is getting replaced by an electronic sporty one so I won't have to worry about contact points and stuff :)
     
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    Sounds like a smart move. My fathers Norton never fucking work because of Lucas and his evil ways.
     
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    So how much does all this cost?
     
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    €2250 for the car
    €1000 for getting it converted to left hand drive
    €1700 for the new engine
    €? for assorted bits and pieces.
     
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    Do you plan to sell for a profit, or is this just a hobby?
     
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    This project: :shit: :shit: :shit: :shit:
     
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    Hobby, we're looking at eventually doing oldtimer races and I'll use it as a daily driver as long as it's possible.
     
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    I'm a pistonhead and (despite driving a trashed-out Dodge Magnum made a year after I was born) like English cars.

    I see a Webasco sunroof, Rostyle wheels, SU carburetors and a British Leland "B Series" engine, I can't remember what the color is called, and the seats are known as the "deck chair" pattern.
     
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    That...

    Is actually pretty awesome. To reiterate my original question; What is your budget?

    Just curious as to what this would cost. And while I'm throwing words around, how do you pay for this?
     
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    All of those things are getting changed apart from the sunroof :)
    • 15x8 Minilite wheels Edit: sorry, 15x9" Minilite wheels, 225mm wide tires
    • Double Weber carb
    • Still checking which bucket seats we're going for, but they need to support racing harnesses
    • Probably going to paint it red with white striping
    Don't have a set budget, but since I'm a university student, I'm pretty poor. I work in a steel construction factory one month a year, but I'm building this thing with the help of my dad, so he helps financially too.
     
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    hahahahahhaah you're spending more money on a shitty car than an Inglewood nigger.
     
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    If you ask me, it looks pretty shot. For one in better condition you might have had to spend 2-3k more but if you run into a gazillion unforeseen problems every step of the way you usually end up spending much more than if you had bought a solid car in the first place.

    My shitty Citroen finally went out in a blaze of glory with an asthmatic cough and I must admit I'm constantly looking at completely unsensible car choices online. Apparently an 80s S-class in decent condition can be bought for as little as 2,5k. The insurance and gas costs as well as any repair bills would likely bankrupt me, but damn do they look fine.
     
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    The body is in good condition, which was the most important thing since we were pretty much going to change everything mechanical anyway. This was basically the perfect conversion car :)
     
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    AHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH FUCKING NIGGER
     
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    Niggers ride the bus like you perpa, you know that.
     
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    No, they take cars like impalas (far nicer than that gt you have) and put 32 inch chrome rims on them.
     
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    Looks pretty sweat, amazed the car only costed 2 grand.
     
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    I think it's a Weathershields actually. Apparently it was a dealer installed option.

    RIMS! 15x9 Minilites, the original sports alloys.

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    Still waiting for the engine, apparently those idiots at Limora lost it somewhere during shipping.
     
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    Thank you for pointing out the fuck we all forgot to give
     
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    lamest bullshit excuse ever

    also i was gonna make some joke about caravans but i'm too lazy to think of one now
     
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    Update! Still no engine, apparently they got way too many orders at the same time.

    On another note, look what I found.

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    Wonder how many anglophile motorheads drank too much best bitter and thought EDF was a car site? In the meantime I replaced my Dodge with a '79 Audi 5000 and want to put the German headlights and small bumpers on it if I can even find any.
     
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    Isn't that just an Audi 100, or did they change over the names when they exported to the US? My dad owned two Audi 100's at various points in his life, what engine do you have in yours?
     
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    They changed the name to 5000 because of the original 100's reputation. Mine is the 2.0 four-cylinder that is best known here as the Porsche 924 engine, with an automatic and California emission controls.

    My car is a dead ringer for this one other than having faded bumpers, headlight trim turned yellow with age, a license plate frame from the used car dealer in Ventura, CA that the previous owner bought it from and some peeling clearcoating:

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    [​IMG]

    It was still called a 100 in Europe. This looks exactly like the one we had in the late 80's - early 90's.
     
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    I know that the 1969-77 100 had numerous issues with the transmission, front brakes and cooling system... nice car.