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1977 MGB Special Edition

This is my British stuff page so the 1977 MGB is the one that I drive around in during the warmer months. It presently may be presently on he market for sale. My 1977 MGB Special Edition fits easily in the very good condition category (NADA guide at WWW.nadaguides.com) so these cars have a solid place in the collector car market. It has had new stuff put on from time to time, such as a new alternator and oft top on the car in 2010.This 1977 MGB was gone over pretty well in 2004 when I replaced the inner and outer rockers from Moss Motors and any metal that needed it and a reasonable paint job was added. This is a MGB Special, so originally it had a MGB decal (silver)running horizontally on each side and a luggage rack. I chose not to put the decal stripe back on, but I do have the new un-installed MGB side decals. There is NO rust on this car. The car looks and runs well. This MGBs has a Missouri Title and there are antique auto plates on the car. The 77 is not required to have regular inspections, but it has been inspected prior to the new tags and all parts are up to safety standards for the year model. It has a new clutch cylinder and I have a new brake cylinder ready to put on. The car is rarely used but I start it up regularly and run it around town. The engine is tight and doesn't burn any oil, although there is small seal leak at valve cover gasket. All systems but the clock work (it just stopped one day years ago) and I installed a new antenna for the radio, so the radio now works fine, but speakers could be upgraded. All of the other systems including the wheels, brakes and other safety systems are in good working order. The car runs and drives well and was used regularly last summer, but I have put very few miles on in the last twenty years. The car has about 103955 miles on it at this time.  There really is nothing quite like driving a real British sports car and the modern copies with all of their government mandated restrictions just don't compare. I do enjoy driving it on spring, summer and fall days and there seems to be more people who also enjoy working on and driving these classic cars. Summer will get here some time, so soon it will be time for putz around on the old car. This 1977 MGB Roadster Special may be back on the market under the right situation.  I have decided to pare down on a lot of "stuff", so I sold my two spitfires, 76  and 72 Triumph Bonneville motorcycles and the 67 MGB.
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My 77 MGB is presently for sale under the right situation. It is one of my summer driving machines. The MGBs are not only fun to own and drive, but they are holding their value very well. The first four pictures below are of my 1977 MGB.

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These four pictures are of my 1977 MGB.

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1967 MGB Roadster Project Car has been sold

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1967 MGB has been sold These are pictures of my 1967 MGB project car. The top two pictures Right and left, third below it (right), the pictures of the floors, trunk and engine bay are as the car looks today (May, 2015). This 1967 MGB had new Moss Motors rockers and floors tacked in about 25 years ago about $900 worth of parts with receipts while the Moss Motors rockers and fender panels were recently finished and welding in. Most of the metal work is done with only minor work remaining. This car is complete and comes with the original and many new parts, including a new windshield (not yet installed and still in its shipping bubble wrap), all of the new rubber for the windshield and side windows, most of the broken or missing metal and plastic parts (like window roll up handles, side curtain hinge tail lights etc.),and many other parts. The car ran when I parked it about 25 years ago, and it has been sitting in my garage or barn ever since (I squirt oil in the plug holes from time to time and the engine turns over easily by hand). I believe the transmission is OK although shifter is stiff but movable through sitting, and I believe both the engine and transmission will require a rebuild. I believe the car is pretty much complete, but it has been moved from New England to Missouri, so some small parts may be missing. The car has both the old style bows for the top that you assemble and a newer style top that can be just pulled up. The vinyl top is the one that I recently took off of my 77 MG and is in fair condition. This is one of the more desirable years for the MGB because it is the latest model year right before emission controls. It has a 1971 high compression engine in it that was supposedly rebuilt before I got the car(I saw it running before I bought it). There is no mileage on it since that time and I never registered the car but rebuilding is required. I bought it to have a ten year difference between my two MGBs and now finally am in the procass of restoring it it. However, my body tells me that it is not interested in doing much more car work. The car has twin SU carburetors and a four speed trans and aluminum hood. It is now mostly prime waiting for fairing and a full primer coat. The car is now mostly disassembled, and the next step would be to remove the wind screen, Paint, install the new window and rubber seals, then perform the complete assembly. This car has paperwork for it's original car number and it's vin number and comes with a Missouri Title. This 1967 MGB roadster project has been sold

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The above picture is of the right rear quarter with the panels welded in. In this shot the primer painting is  not yet complete. Below is the 1967 MGB interior and dash prior to disasembly. Note that there is no radio.

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Above are some of the loose parts that will go back into the 67 MGB.  These are older shots of the car parts so now the side panels and floors are welded in, the engine is removed, and the wnd screen will soon be removed.  The car is mostly complete, but some items such as the the radio are missing. The white stuff to the left of the pile is the new windshield that is still in its original shipping bubble wrap and will go in later.

Below is the left side with seats removed to show the inner rocker panel work. Of course both sides have all inner and outer rocker panels. There are no floor rugs with the car. I will hopefully get some more updated shots of the car shortly.

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Below is the right side floors prior to finish work.

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Below is a view of the trunk interior after finish welding and priming. The trunk had no real damage and only fine surface rust, and it cleaned up for priming quite easily. Only a few small spots required welding.

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Below is a picture of the engine bay with its 1971 engine prior to engine removal this summer. The engine bay has had welding done around the top of the wheel well areas and has been primed and has one coat of red applied at this time. The bay still needs minor finish work in the lower areas.

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The above picture shows the engine bay as it looks today July 10, 2012. The engine and parts are stored in my shop area.

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This 1971 Triumph Bonneville has been sold. It was the bike that I drove when I hit the road on a bike. It looks good and runs excellent. The bike was originally white and gold but was changed before I bought it to silver. I don't know why the change, because the tank and everything else indicate that there has been no damage. I guess the guy just didn't like gold and white. The motorcycle engine has been recently maintained by Independent Cycle in Sedalia MO. This fine fun bike has been sold.