Essentially this is the completion of a partial restoration of an MGB-GT. I have identified three separate parts to the restoration and a rough sequence to the work.
1. Mechanical – apparently the car is a ‘runner’ but I don’t have any way to verify that. Hence, all the major systems are going to have to be checked and where I discover problems, they will need to be fixed. The clutch goes to the floor and does not return suggesting a major hydraulic problem. Brakes were seized on delivery.
2. Bodywork – the car has already received some significant body work including new sills, rear wings and repairs to the front wings around the lights. Further repairs are required to the doors which have rust to the bottom front corners and bottom edge. The body has been partly stripped and windscreen removed. The car needs a full re-spray as the repaired areas are currently in primer and the existing paint is in poor condition with extensive pitting. Hence, all the exterior fittings, glass and interior needs to be removed for the respray.
3. Interior – The interior is partly stripped, mainly complete. The trim colour for this MGB is Autumn leaf (a tan colour). Much of the trim is in poor condition and needs either replacement of recovering. The drivers seat fabric is worn through and the seat foam is very poor. The passenger seat frame only is present and removed from the car. The car effectively needs a whole new interior. The fascia is complete, except for the centre console which is partly removed. All gauges are present – there is some pitting to the chrome surround, but they all appear in reasonable condition. The steering wheel appears to be original (large diameter), but the stainless-steel spokes are badly pitted.
This is where it started.