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Eastern Iowa MGB help
« on: March 15, 2021, 09:02:56 AM »
Hello, I just inherited a nicely restored '64 MGB that has been in the family since 1966. I pay with old jeeps but the MGB is a new learning curve. I would like to meet owners and find some help and a body shop with MGB experience in the Eastern Iowa area. Suggestions? Thank you, John


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Re: Eastern Iowa MGB help
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2021, 09:49:50 AM »
I would suggest you post your question on our Facebook Group at: .  A lot more members are active on that.   Also not sure what you mean by "I pay with Jeeps" ?

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Re: Eastern Iowa MGB help
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 09:00:28 AM »
Hi John,

Welcome to the club!  You can ask questions here as well, though I'm sure more members now use Facebook these days.  I (and maybe some others) are still "old school" and don't have Facebook accounts.

To Frank's question, I'll assume when you said 'pay with Jeeps' you meant 'play', right? 

Well, in terms of the engine, they are pretty similar.  Older Jeeps and MGBs both have these agricultural type OHV pushrod type Inline engines of similar configurations.  The MG has a 1.8L I4; the Jeep CJ series 2.2L Hurricane or 2.5L Iron Duke I4 are very similar.  The 4.0L inline 6 cylinder is also a similar configuration, just 2 more cylinders in the middle.  Older Jeeps (pre-EFI) have single downdraft carbs where your 64 B has twin side-draft SU's.  A different experience, but not completely daunting.       

Both also have similar rust issues, but the B is a monocoque body construction, so does not have a full chassis as the Jeeps do.  Watch for structural issues, particularly at the sills under the doors.  If there's heavy rust there, that's a specialist job to repair and costly to do properly.  Before doing anything, make sure the shop knows these cars!  Ask about recommended local shops and about a club near you on the Facebook page, as Frank had suggested. 

You'll find MGBs about as well-supported with parts and upgrades as Jeeps.  Get yourself a whole bunch of MGB parts catalogs.  Moss Motors, The Roadster Factory, Little British Car Company and others have great diagrams, assembly views and descriptions that can help you identify what you have and/or need.  Though just bought and absorbed by Moss Motors, The old Victoria British catalogs have great sketches and views that are a help with this (most of us still have several old copies of that, so just ask if you want one).  All the catalogs are also available on-line.  Some parts are no longer available, but there are usually alternatives offered on mainly mechanical parts, but also for body and trims as well.

Hope that helps you getting started.  Write anytime.

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