This 1962-1981 MGB, MGB GT restoration manual by Haynes, covers all models.
With more than 1200 illustrations and text aimed at the DIY enthusiast, this book shows you:
Book Excerpt: 1962-1981 MGB Restoration Manual
- How to renovate bodywork and chassis, including repainting.
- Complete and detailed info on building a Heritage MGB using a Rover Group/Heriatge bodyshell.
- How to renovate the interior, including reupholstering seats, replacing carpets and more.
- How to revitalize electrical components.
- How to purchase an MGB, MGC, or MGB V8, and what to avoid.
- And much more!
BODYWORK | PART 1 | RESTORATION
BODYSHELL | RESTORE OR REPLACE?
Most people believe that the restoration of an MGB around a new Heritage bodyshell reduces the time required to restore the car. We have not found this to be the case. Certainly, the business of cutting out rot and replacing it with sound metal is a time consuming one if it is done properly, but just think about this.
With a new Heritage shell you take delivery of a complete bodyshell ? complete in terms of sheet metal certainly, but sans everything else. The time you save in not having to carry out bodywork repairs will probably be spent twice over in having to fit a new wiring loom, having to ensure that every captive nut is in place and in fitting the screen, the dashboard and every single one of the hundreds of clips, grommets, catches and screws to be found in a shell.
We started with one of the early Heritage shells and the fit of components has undoubtedly improved since that time. It is now impossible to start, as we did, with a shell bare of front wings, bonnet, doors and boot lid. These will all have been fitted for you at the factory, and that represents a very considerable saving in time.
On the other hand, you will have to remove all the panels for thorough painting and you will still have to drill every hole for the chrome trim and for the hood fixings; you will have to work out where the handbrake cable, the bonnet pull, and many other minor items will have to go ? but at the end of the day you will have a brand new bodyshell and in my view, there is nothing that compares to that!.
You won?t have a body shell that is exactly original to any particular age of MGB, however. The Heritage shell is an amalgam of several different era of MGBs and, although the differences are only slight, they may matter if you are looking for pure originality.
In the end, the decision may come down to the condition of the donor car or the car being restored. Only you can make the decision as to whether your car is restorable, whether you want to retain its original bodyshell or whether you would rather go down the Heritage route.
INTERIOR AND TRIM
SOFT-TOP REPLACEMENT AND TONNEAUX
You can fit a new soft-top yourself and avoid a nightmare of sags, drafts and flapping vinyl by working carefully and methodically, as shown in the following step-by-step instructions.
The first job, and probably the most important one, is to buy the best soft-top that you can afford. If you can get an original factory soft-top, the advantages are that it is very likely to fit much better than those made by outside concerns, it may be better made and it will be constructed of the correct material.
The only disadvantage of a factory fresh soft-top is that it is likely to cost a little more. If you have to buy one from one of the soft-top specialists try, if you can, to avoid buying without seeing first (there are some horribly mis-shapen offerings), and get yourself a soft-top with the clips and stud fastenings already fitted, if possible.
The small extra cost saves a lot of work ? not to mention the risk of getting it wrong!
Do ensure that the soft-top is:
The fit can be checked by the simple expedient of draping and smoothing it over the old, erected soft-top, and checking for shape and size.
- The right one for your car
- That it fits, before removing the old one or attempting to alter the new one
There will be some useful sized overlaps where the manufacturer has allowed for adjustment during fitting,
Subject: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 MGB Restoration Manual, Specs, Bodywork, Mechanics, Interior, Electrics. ISBN-10: 1859606075 | ISBN-13: 9781859606070 | Haynes H607