With the start of a new year there has been some new progress on my MGB.
I gave my gearbox to Richard & Micheal Owen of Owen Automotive to have them properly inspect and rebuild it. Replacing anything that was needed.
Because these early box's had only 3 synchro's (none on 1st or reverse) they were notorious for having damaged/worn laygears. This was because if you're not completely stopped before shifting into 1st, the gears would grind because there's no synchro to prevent it.
To my delight they found that all that the gears including the laygear were in immaculate shape! The car had been driven carefully and well cared for. I only had to replace a few bearings and seals. Now the gearbox is fully rebuilt and ready to go! Thank you Richard and Micheal Owen for your expertise!
In other news, the chassis which is now on a rolling cart, has been returned to Coachwerks from the sandblasters all cleaned to bare metal.
The body panels are all removed and ready for repairs followed by primer/paint by Coachwerks.
In the meantime I've cleaned up all the hardware for the body panels and re-plated everything using my Eastwood zinc plating system.
I also stripped and repainted my folding top frame. I'm still in debate over what colour of top I'm going to have. My car originally was ordered with a black top. However, in 1964 grey was also an option on OEWhite cars. I think the grey top would really look nice against the creamy white body and red interior - but I'm still torn - any opinons on this would be greatly appreciated.
Until next time -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.