This Midget needs a clutch and isn’t currently running. We’ll give it the once over and see if we can bring it back to life and return it to the road for more miles. It’s still around after all these years, so we don’t think it’s right to just let it stay idle.
That’s how stories ended when I was a kid, and it’s the world Uk Motorsports inhabits in my dreams. Dreams that come true make my day.
So, there’s this MGB that shows up sounding like the flu. It impersonated that car the teacher messed up on purpose in High School Shop class so you could practice diagnosing problems. Turns out that its Pertronix Ignitor had broken and was allowed to “wiggle”, for lack of a better term. Result: wildly inconsistent timing. There was a riveted rotor on the scene (more on that here), and the spark plugs weren’t screwed all the way in. Chip replaced the broken Ignitor with points and remedied the other maladies. He got an A for the semester. The customer was happy. And they all lived happily ever after.
What happened to the adjective swell? Does anyone say it anymore, or was that just the Beav? This swell looking MGB was in the shop because everything has problems eventually, even the good looking stuff. A new starter was in order. We installed one and it went back to acting just like your run of the mill handsome old faithful British car.
A while ago we witnessed Chip snipping and cutting and grinding his way through some swiss-cheese floorboards in this MGB. They’re welded in and painted now, see below.
This late model MGB came in for an exhaust leak and minor carb work. Chip worked on getting a good seal between the downpipe and the catalytic converter. There is also a rubber doughnut in there that wasn’t sealing all that well, which led to a sound that wasn’t appropriately British. Chip also installed new throttle shafts in the carbs. The owner is toying with the idea of a respray, and we hope to see it when it’s complete.
MGCs, for those who don’t know, had a 3.0 liter straight six under the hood for a bit more oomph than an MGB. They were panned when new for being nose heavy with slovenly handling, but a good bit of that can be adjusted away.