Well she's going up up for sale! Anyone who has followed my blog over the past few years will know - this early MGB is the BEST one out there. She's a concours example, sporting all the original, hard to find early MGB parts and details.
Such early original parts and details like:
-all the original Lucas lighting including the early clear marker lights and headlamps
-her original early riveted grill
-the early style oil cooler with rounded corners
-original style brake and clutch master cylinders which are not available new
-the early 3 main bearing engine
-the early pull type door handles
-all the original early decals and tags like the early Tudor washer bottle lettering and early heater lettering which are not available
-all her original type of carpet which is not available
-all the original interior vinyl has been maintained throughout
-all the original rubber floor mats
-early style door capping rails
-original tonneau and boot covers in their original stowage bags
-original jack, knock-off hammer in the original bag
-original manuals and sales brochures included
The list goes on and on - I was careful to maintain as much original parts as possible because the original quality is so much better than the repro's available today.
She's as original and pristine as they come. Featuring body and paintwork by Coachwerks. She's won awards, she runs and handles beautifully. She even has a full new set of Blockley vintage style tires. She's going to make her next owner very happy!
Check out this video:
I need to get $40K Canadian for her, which is roughly $31K US, you can contact me directly if interested.
Until next time -
It's been a busy month of May for Rightway Heritage Trimming!
To start with, I moved into a new shop in the Highlands area of Victoria BC. Just off of Munn Rd on Rolla place, I'm all set up in my new shop with much more room to finally be able to take in customers cars for "in house" upholstery work.
I also had a table set up at the OECC restoration Fair at Heritage Acres on May 6th. With our sign set up and '64 MGB parked in front as a shining example of what we do, we met lot's of new and familiar faces and handed out plenty of business cards throughout the show.
After the restoration fair I was hard at work on several local clients cars, working feverishly to have their cars finished for the big British car show at Vandusen Gardens in Vancouver on May 19th.
Working along side the guys up at Owen automotive (who did the mechanical and assembly work) and Jetsteam (who did the metal and paint) we finished a beautiful S2 E-type Jaguar, and a Morris Traveller.
I also finished a Healey 100M for Trevor Parker. All of which were finished in time and driven to the show as debut restorations.
On the morning of the show I drove our '64 MGB with my lovely partner Cat Amodeo and we joined the convoy of British classics on the morning ferry run over to Vancouver.
It was a beautiful drive with the top down as we drove in convoy with our other friends and British classics along the highways.
The ABFM show at Vandusen was a brilliant show with a record turnout of cars.
I won best debut restoration under $50k for my MGB!
Trevor Parker won best restoration between $50-$100k for his Healey 100 (that we did the interior on), and Dana won best debut to the show for his E-type Jag (which we also did the interior on) - there was also a Healey BJ8 that we did last year that won best of its class! All in all, it was a glorious feeling for us to have had a hand in so many award winning cars. My name was even mentioned in the Globe and Mail:
I'm very honoured and proud of the results.
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It's that time of year again, the days are getting longer, warmer (some days), spring is in the air!
This week I put a few days of work in on getting the old MGB ready for the season.
Back in November she quit on me one day and I wasn't able to get her running again, being that it was already safe at home, I left it alone for the winter until just recently.
I gave her an oil change, full lube, new plugs, new coil, and new condenser, and topped it off with some fresh gas (I had drained the tank back in November)
Sure enough she started right up and runs as smooth as ever!
So yesterday I went and got her insurance & plates renewed and got all my application forms to apply for some Collector Vehicle license plates.
Today I went about installing and wiring my new Lucas fog lamps that I got for Christmas. When it was all done and working, I took her out for her first drive of the season! It was an amazingly beautiful day to say the least!
When I returned home I parked the car outside and took all the necessary pics I need for the insurance company. She's looking really good so I thought I would share some of them...
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Since my last post about a month ago. I've been happily enjoying driving my freshly restored MGB. I've been working out lots of little kinks and fine tuning to get her running and performing beautifully.
It's been a tremendous help having such an informative online community like 'The MG Experience' and You Tube, and of course my friends and colleagues in the car community, to learn from and help diagnose these common issues myself.
I've rebuilt and fine tuned the carburetors, chased down the odd oil leak, and tightened such things as the e-brake, or hose clamps.
As little things have been addressed and maintained, the car has been getting better with each drive.
I've put almost 600miles on her in the past month since she's been on the road, and my confidence in driving her has been getting better all the time.
I've added some finishing details like the top, as well as some home made decals for the heater, and windscreen. These are decals that are different on the early cars and unavailable. So I found or made the correct artwork on my computer and simply printed my decals on some glossy sticker paper.
Last week, I drove the B up to Cowichan to attend the Vancouver Island Motor Gathering. It was a great day and the car drove well all the the way there and back.
It's a wonderful feeling to be finally driving and enjoying this car the way it was meant to be. The sounds and smells of the car mixed with the sounds and smells of the ocean breeze as she effortlessly hugs the curves... It's a beautiful romance, and I'm totally in love! Haha!
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Well it's been a very busy month to say the least! I've been super busy with work in the classic car upholstery world, and filling many evenings and weekends with work on the MGB. But she's come a long way!
As you can see, she's just about done! I've finished off hooking up the engine, fuel, electrical, oil and cooling systems in the engine bay,
Here's some before and after shots:
Underneath, I hooked up the new emergency brake cable, bled all the brakes and clutch with fresh fluid, and installed the manifolds and exhaust...
I got a new SU fuel pump and installed it with a new 'Smiths Petro-flex' hose and finished hooking up the fuel system with the carburetors, throttle cable and choke cable..
I also finished the interior with all the window mechanisms, door panels, top frame and 'seat belts,..
before and after of the seats:
Then this past weekend, I had friend/co-worker Eric Cherniff come by for an afternoon and help me with setting the timing, bleeding the brakes, and getting the car started.
After some ignition and choke/mixture adjustments, she fired right up! Needless to say, It was an exciting and gratifying day!
Of course there's still lots of bugs and issues to tune and fix before she's ready for the road.
She has a few oil leaks that need addressing, and the radiator has a pinhole leak in the upper tank, so I'll have to remove and send that out for repair.
My new convertible top has yet to be installed too, and of course alignment, fine tuning the carburetors etc.
But, she's almost there!
It's been a wonderfully educational and gratifying experience to say the least.
I can't wait to get her out in this beautiful top-down weather and stretch her legs driving some of the amazing roads that Vancouver Island has to offer!
Until next time -
Another weekend of major progress on the B!
I came home from work Friday evening with a cherry picker that I was able to borrow for the weekend. I had already made plans with my neighbor John to help me install the engine Friday evening, so that's exactly what we did!
It took a few attempts to get the angle of the engine & gearbox right as we maneuvered it in place. I also had to remove the oil filter for clearance, and used a rolling jack under the gearbox to help lift it clear of the frame cross-member and level the engine as we guided her in place.
All in all, it went very smoothly! we got her all in and all bolted up without any real issues or damage.
With the weight of the engine now in place, I was able to use a jack to install the front coil springs and then the front wheels after cleaning and re-greasing the wheels and splined hubs.
The following days Saturday and Sunday, I continued rolling with the progress!
I had friends Richard Owen and Norman Thomas come by on Saturday to help me install my newly restored windshield. It was another tricky job that required lots of eyes and hands, but we got her in place with great success!
I then installed the Radiator, oil cooler, generator and all their respective hoses in the engine compartment,
I installed the gas tank with new rubber buffers in the straps and between the boot floor,
Then I finished off the boot space with the spare wheel, jack and hammer, tonneau bars, tonneau cover and boot covers - all original pieces in their original stowage bags.
There's not much else going on in the trunk of an MGB,
While I was at it, I test fit the tonneau bars, and then the boot cover and my NOS tonneau cover. They all fit, though the NOS tonneau cover will need some hot days in the sun to help smooth out some of the wrinkles it has after being folded in a bag for 50yrs,
There's more to come as the B gets closer to completion, stay tuned!
-I know I will be!
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It's only been a few weeks since my last post on the B, but a lot of great progress has happened since then!
I worked a few evenings through the weeks, but most of the big progress happened this weekend in which I put 2 solid days of work in.
With the car rolled outside in the beautiful hot sunshine, great music, food and drinks at hand - it was absolutely glorious!
The biggest - and slightly tricky next step forward was getting the car off of the rolling cart that the body shop made for it.
While the cart has been a very convenient tool for work height, and ease of rolling around etc. I have assembled as much as I can before getting the car back on her own wheels.
With the help of a neighbour, we jacked the car high enough to remove the cart, and then lowered it onto some axle stands where I installed the rear axle & suspension.
I also installed the front suspension cross member, but still without the coil springs.
As I don't have the correct type of spring compressor, I'll need the weight of the engine installed first to be able to install the coil springs with a jack.
Until then, I made a rolling cart out of wood to support the front end while the back end can now roll on her own wheels.
I made sure to use Anti- seize on all of the hardware threads to protect them from corrosion etc.
I've also been using a product called Fluid Film that is an oily rust inhibitor containing wool wax. It can be sprayed and wiped onto virtually everything except rubber & upholstery. It finds it's way into all the nooks and cranny's and prevents any moisture or corrosion from getting in. It's even recommended as an undercoating for vehicles that will stop rust and prevent anymore for forming. It even gives everything a nice shine when it's applied, water just beads off of it.
In the interior I installed all the original 1/4" jute underlay on the floors and then the original rubber floor mats and seat tracks.
I also finished the rear cockpit area by installing the battery box lid with it's new rubber seal, and then installing all the original carpets, snap hardware, rear 1/4 panels, back board, and the rear cockpit rail.
Interestingly my interior panels were all fit with black screws and washers rather than chrome.
The carpets I spruced up by actually cutting and splicing in small worn areas with bits of matching carpet I salvaged from my second original tunnel carpet. It was crazy tedious to hide the small repairs, but I'm quite pleased with the results:
I installed the door handles, and much of the inner door mechanisms for the latch/lock and wind up window assemblies, including the 1/4 vents. I replaced the fuzzy window guide strips too.
With a battery hooked up, I proved out all of the electrical auxillary functions like lights, horns and I even got the old AM radio working!
The MGB is starting to come to life! I have been absolutely loving the satisfying process of restoration too. Next week I hope to be installing the engine and drive train, so stay tuned.
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I've continued plugging away on reassembling the MGB. I put a few hrs in most evenings this week and then one full day on the weekend.
Needless to say I've made a lot of great progress!
I installed the grill, which I had previously cleaned up and re-chromed the surround. This is the original early style grill that has the riveted stainless steel teeth.
I fit the MG logo's on the boot lid, and fit a new boot lid seal too.
I still need to adjust the hinges to get a better fit of the boot lid now that the seal is in place.
I also installed the heater which I had previously rebuilt with new seals and fresh paint. I made sure to get a good seal around all the gaskets and remembered to thread the brass oil pressure line through the firewall with it's grommet before installing the heater.
I still need to make the new screen printed lettering on the heater box face - these earlier cars had screen printed lettering instead of the stickers that are readily available. I'm thinking I may try making dry transfers.
With the heater installed I could hook up the air duct hoses, control cable and heat vents in the cockpit,
With the under dash area coming together I proceeded to install the windshield wiper motor and mechanisms. I made sure to first re-grease the gear mechanisms and line first, and then hooked up the wiring correctly with the flasher unit,
Today I put in a full day and installed the dash with all the gauges, switches, wiring and control cables.
It was a tedious job installing some parts like the heater vent control cables and the radio, but a headlamp for light and a couple of pillows to save my back helped a lot,
I made sure to double check every electrical connection and referenced my wiring diagrams and pics to make sure I hooked everything up again correctly.
I then glued in the vinyl dash top cover and installed the demister vents and chrome finishers on the corners for finishing the door seal ends. These chrome finishers need to go on before the padded dash edge crash rail can be installed,
On the opposite side of the firewall, you can see the black grommets and cables coming through for the oil & temperature gauges.
The choke and heater cables for some reason, originally had brownish/red coloured grommets! I've noticed this detail on just about every original car I've found pics of - for some reason just those 2 grommets were redish/brown, but all the other grommets were black. Curious...
There's lots more to come,
Until next time -
After months of being away at Coachwerks for all the metal and paint work, the body shell has finally come home and looks absolutely stunning!
I first had the entire body shell sandblasted to bare metal at Quickstrip.
Then the guys at Coachwerks got to work replacing any metal that needed repairs.
It needed the front and rear inner and outer sill sections to be repaired on both sides as you can see here:
During the metal repairs, they even found this neat little magnetic tin with a new/original set of keys for the car! It was hidden in a frame section underneath...
After the metal had been sorted, the body was primed, seam sealed and sanded perfectly smooth. The underside was sprayed with a textured "rock guard" coating just like the factory did. Finally the body was painted completely with all the fenders, doors, and panels being sprayed inside and out...
As you can see, Coachwerks did an outstanding job!
I'm brimming with excitement and gratitude as I'm now entering the most rewarding part of any restoration: putting it all back together again with all the freshly restored components!
I started the first evening by opening box after box of all my freshly restored parts and setting the parts and bags of hardware out in the general areas they'd be getting installed.
The first thing I decided to tackle was installing the wiring harness...
With the harness routed correctly through the car, I began installing and hooking up the rest of the electrical components one by one.
I made sure to clean and use a light smear of dielectric grease on every electrical connection as I put things together...
Some before and after shots:
Of course as I go along, I have to re-tap each and every threaded hole on the body to clear the threads of excess paint from the body shop...
Here are the front headlamps and signal lights going in...
And the rear tail lights,..
Here are the new/OE horns with their wiring correctly routed under the front rail:
With each component I install, I study and review my original photo's and research to make sure I'm using the correct hardware and orienting them to be exactly like the original was.
Today I installed the brake and clutch master cylinders and pedals.
I started by installing the rubber gasket to the body and then fitting the brake and clutch feed lines to the backs of the master cylinders as I positioned the pedal box assembly in place on the firewall.
Then the pedals are installed with a smear of grease on the pivot bushings and some new clevis cotter pins...
then the cover panel is screwed in place to finish it off..
Some more before & after pics:
As you can see, the car is coming along nicely!
It's been somewhat of a life long dream to finally be restoring a classic car of my own, and besides finally driving it, this has been the most satisfying & rewarding part!
It has been a joy to be meticulous in the final detailing of each piece I assemble to make sure that it's going to be protected against corrosion and looks/fits & works correctly.
There's lots more to come on this project as the car comes together so stay tuned!
Until next time -
Well I finally found a new tonneau cover for my MGB. Unfortunately the original one mine came with was quite badly shrunken and would barely fit over the steering wheel much less reach to the front corner snaps. So I've had my sights on e-bay for a long while and was considering buying a brand new tonneau from Prestige. But low and behold I struck gold again! I found a new old stock tonneau in red, complete with it's factory stowage bag!! Amazing!
I just got the tonneau in the mail yesterday and it's beautiful! Of course after being folded up in it's bag for 40-50yrs it will have to be installed and left in the hot sun for a few days to get rid of all the creases.
I've actually been very successful in finding NOS items for this car on e-bay. In fact I'm proud to say there will be hardly any non factory/repro parts when the car is finished.
In the past year I've also found such notable NOS items like my red tunnel carpet; found still in it's original BMC cardboard box! sitting on a shelf for 50yrs!
I also found a NOS starter motor with a date stamp of Dec '63 to replace the non standard repro starter someone had previously installed:
Same thing goes for the oil filter casing, someone had installed an aftermarket "spin on" oil filter attachment so I had to remove it and find a correct NOS one:
I also found a pair of correct original horns with a Jan '64 date stamp on them, and a NOS clutch master cylinder:
Of course the best part about NOS parts is that they're original, factory correct and you know that they're going to fit, be good quality and add value to the car.
In my experience the majority of repro parts available often have glaring visual differences, poor fit and often really bad manufacturer quality.
Original or NOS, though often hard to find, are usually a much better choice in the end.
Until next time...
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.