American MGB Association

North America's oldest, largest and best club for all year MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets!!  Established in 1975.

 


American MGB Association

Club Blog

Subscribe Blog

Message Board

 Subscribe Message Board   

Photo Gallery

 Subscribe Photo Gallery

What We Offer

Join the AMGBA! 

   WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN MGB ASSOCIATION   
for all year MGBs, MGB-GTs and Midgets
Established in 1975


Phone/Text: 773-769-7084
email:
info@mgclub.org


American MGB Association on Facebook American MGB Association on Twitter American MGB Assoczaiation on Instagram

                     

 

Home

 

Member Benefits

Join the Club!


 History of the AMGBA

Meet Info
 

  Credit Card/PayPal Form

 Secured Order Form

   Join/Renew-Application

Membership Benefits
   

 Classified Ads

Advertisers/Links/Sponsors 


Tech Tips   Club Store

Submit Classified Ad
   



Events Calendar

 Member Stories/Articles

 Member Car Photos

Past Shows/Photos

 

Contacts

 Email 
Social Networks

News/Editor

Ad Rates    Officers
 


 
Members Login    Membership Updates

  Submit Classified Ad     Parts Exchange


 Renewal of Membership  Tech Services   Parts Suppliers   Tech Staff

 Online Octagon Magazines    Repair and Body Shop Recommendations  Local Chapters

fff


ARTICLES AND STORIES
this is an excerpt from the articles appearing in the Octagon

American MGB Association Blog

 

'74 B roadster of Robert Millen from Martinsburg, West Virginia

An Ameican MGB Association Queen B is the '74 B roadster of Robert Mullen from Martinsburg, West Virginia. Here is the story:

My MGB Story

I am a retired foreign car specialist. After working full-time, easing down slowly into retirement was recommended and I took the advice. So I cashed a C.D. and bought 19 MGBs and MGB-GTs in various states of disrepair. In October 2019, I was able to construct 10 cars. This is my story about the last one, number 10.

Car #10 was a 1974 MGB roadster which I found at a body shop liquidation sale. All of the body work had been completed using metal replacement panels and only minimal bondo skim coating. It had been sanded using 400# grit and was in yellow primer. All bright work was removed and the interior stripped to bare metal. There was little interest from other bidders because all the items removed from the car had been stolen. My ace-in-the-hole here was that I had everything needed to put this car back together. Sometimes you just get lucky!

I began by painting the car in a nice burgundy single-stage enamel just as it was done at the factory. I installed all new interior parts and a new deluxe top. The best of my collection of bright work was used to complete the cosmetic restoration. I powder coated the wheels and installed new period correct radial tires.

I rebuilt the brake system, clutch hydraulics, both SU carburetors, tuned up the engine and adjusted the valve clearances. With new fluids in everything, I was ready to put this one on the road.

I was soon to discover that my good luck had run out. On the road, the car was sad. It smoked like a cheap cigar, had little power on hills and dripped copious amounts of oil out of the rear main seal. Also, it seems that previous owners had succeeded in tearing out 2nd and 3rd gear synchronizers out of the transmission which made shifting gears exciting to say the least. There were also disturbingly high pitched whining noises coming out of the gearbox at speed. I parked the car.

I knew that I could not quit now. Fortunately, I had some options. At the time, I has a 1971 B roadster with a very nice engine and transmission for sale. Buyers seemed uninterested because the car was rusty. Even thought it ran well, it seemed to be too much of a project for others to handle. I decided to cannibalize it.

So I did the old "take two and make one" story. After many hours and some more new parts, the 1971 drivetrain had a new home. Finally my car ran as good as it looked.'

74 B roadster of Robert Mullen from Martinsburg, West Virginia 74 B roadster of Robert Mullen from Martinsburg, West Virginia 74 B roadster of Robert Mullen from Martinsburg, West Virginia 74 B roadster of Robert Mullen from Martinsburg, West Virginia



   HOME      Contact Us
 

  AMGBA Privacy Policy | AMGBA Website Terms of Use

1997-2021 All Rights Reserved - American MGB Association.