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’73 B-GT of Peter Hallett from Chester, New Hampshire

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’73 MGB-GT of Peter Hallett from Chester, New Hampshire. Here is the story:

In 1975, when I was 36 years old. I did all my own maintenance. My wife called it my $80 fix-up car since it seemed that just about any fix cost $80.

Now I am 81 years old and have trouble getting in and out of my lovely toy so I may have to part with it.

Kind regards,

Peter Hallett
Chester, NH

'73 B-GT of Peter Hallet from Chester, New Hampshire
'73 B-GT of Peter Hallet from Chester, New Hampshire

’75 B of Steve Lea from Madison, Wisconsin

I bought this MGB in October 2019. I was not in the market for an MGB, so I knew nothing about them. That is not my style for buying. I normally do a great deal of research.

The gentleman selling the car was in very poor health. He had the car partially restored, and my main concern was rust. He said there was none. I have since found a small amount in the floor pans, and repaired that. I didn’t know much about Lucas electric systems when we bought it, but I have learned a lot in the last year. He had the engine rebuilt with 38K original miles and new paint and did some front suspension work. He pulled the engine to rebuild, but did not redo anything else under hood. The car was white and he repainted red, so engine bay and rear trunk are still white.

Some of my projects in the last year include:

Electrical:
1. Got original radio working and replaced the antenna. (While we don’t listen to it (use iPhone with Bluetooth to a portable BOSE speaker), it is nice that it works.
2. Replaced courtesy light and door switches.
3. Replaced cigar lighter.
4. Replaced several gauges.
5. Replaced turn signal and High Beam headlight dimmer.
6. Installed relays for high beams, low beams, electric fan, all running tail lights, running lights, horn.

Mechanical:
1. Rebuilt rear suspension (new shocks, leaf springs, bushings).
2. Replaced exhaust hanger
3. Pulled heater and rebuilt and repainted it. I haven’t reinstalled it, but as hard as it was to remove, I read that it is harder to install.

Interior:
1. Sealed floor pans.
2. New carpeting.
3. New door cards and front and rear panels
4. New leather cover for steering wheel.
5. New wind blocker

Projects in the future:
1. Repaint engine bay.
2. Repair vinyl seats.
3. Install a new front anti-sway bar.
4. Rebuild the Weber Carburetor that came on the car. (I think jets are incorrect).
5. Refurbish master cylinder.
6. Reinstall heater.

Steve Lea
Madison, WI

'75 B of Steve Lea from Madison, Wisconsin

’73 B and ’67 GT of Thomas Miller

The ’73 roadster is my 6th MG (TD, 2 MGAs, 2 MGBs). The ’67 GT is a restoration/resurrection project, starting with 2 67s, the GT and a roadster used as an organ donor (engine, transmission, various useful bits and pieces (steel dash, seats, all missing from the GT, which was essentially a shell). The GT body has been away at the welder’s for about a year and is due back around Christmas. Panel straightening will be followed by sandblasting and primer and paint, and finally reassembly. Engine is being done gradually and am doing the transmission now. As you might expect, am tithing to Moss…

Thomas Miller
Bellows Falls, VT

'73 B roadster of Thomas Miller of Belllows Falls, Vermont
'67 B-GT of Thomas Miller of Belllows Falls, Vermont

’68 B of Ron Raymond from Munnsville, New York

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’68 B of Ron Raymond from Munnsville, New York. Here is the story:

My MG Story

My first car was a Sunbeam Alpine that my father bought from a guy he worked with for fifty bucks so I could learn more about car mechanics. Learn I did; about hydraulic clutches, valve adjusting, synchronizing carburetors and Truck repair was in charge of the wiring.

With that experience I definitely learned about mechanics but I also learned to love British sport cars and spent the next seven years driving only two seat British roadsters. That was in 1970.

During that time I used to always search the classifieds for suitable cars. Sometime around 1974 or 5 I noticed an ad for a ’68 MGB with only 19,000 miles for a very reasonable price.

When I called the gentleman that owned it he explained that he was in the Navy and only drove the car when he was home, resulting in the low mileage. Needless to say I was excited. His house was only about 25 miles away so some friends and I rode out to have a look.

Angus lived with his wife in a new log cabin house that he had just built. The MG was in the garage and when he opened the door I was a bit shocked. While the car was totally rust free (something I insist upon even in the northeast) it appeared to have been painted with a brush! When I questioned Angus he explained that he had put some dents in the front and rear and decided to try his hand at bodywork. Hopefully Angus was a much better sailor. Other than the horrible paint job the MG was fairly unmolested, ran well and really had only 19K miles.

The deal was made and I drove my latest acquisition home. After licensing and insuring the B I began to enjoy top down motoring around our central New York home. That was in the spring. After putting a few thousand miles on the car, sometime during the summer my girlfriend and her close friend took the MG to do some errands. Less than three miles from home, on the main street of our small town a pickup failed to notice the girls slowing, smashing into the back of the poor car.

The unfortunate mishap left the MG with a crumpled quarter panel, trunk lid and the area housing reverse lights and license plate. Fortunately the pickup’s bumper was high enough to leave the trunk floor unblemished.

The girls and pickup driver exchanged insurance information and called the police. Thankfully no one was injured. I don’t remember if the driver of the pickup received a traffic ticket but he was clearly at fault.

Sometime shortly thereafter I called his insurance company and made arrangements to bring the injured car in for an appraisal. Because MGs were probably a bit foreign (no pun intended) to the insurance adjuster I brought plenty of documentation of the car’s value and the cost of parts needed. The day of the “adjustment” he looked at the car for maybe thirty seconds and said to me “The car’s totaled. We’ll give you $1,000 and take the car.” He really rubbed me the wrong way! I quietly explained to him that my car was not a common vehicle and he was probably unfamiliar with the value. I was trying my best to not tell him what I really thought. I showed him the price of parts, explained the value of the car and told him that I was keeping the car and he was going to give me some money towards fixing it. He must have seen how serious I was because without much discussion he agreed.

At the time of the accident MGs were still in production so I was able to buy new sheet metal from British Leyland. With the money from the settlement I had a body shop replace the crumpled panels and at that point ran out of money. I had another MG to drive so I found dry storage and figured I would fix it as funds allowed.

As is so often the case with projects such as that something always took precedence over the funds.

As time passed I would start and warm the car and even take it up and down the road occasionally. Months turned into years and the MG sat. At least it was always inside, under cover and dry.

Fast forward to 2014 and I’m confined to a wheelchair and fighting a horrible disease. Thankfully I have a wonderful wife and friends who have made this experience bearable, and my love of all things mechanical. As my condition worsened I wasn’t able to care for the MG like I had been so it sat in the barn. Unfortunately some critter decided that the interior would make a good retreat for the winter and took up residence, destroying the seats. I figured that having a car restored was out of the question so I placed an ad online. I had one gentleman and his friend look at my car but he wasn’t interested. During a conversation with a friend from high school she mentioned that her husband worked with a guy that was once the president of the local MG club and restored cars as a hobby. When I called Dave he said that he was the guy who came to look at my car and explained that he liked to have a project for the winter and would do my car.

So in the fall of 2014 I hired a rollback to drop my car at Dave’s. After forty years my MG was going to get the attention it deserved! I was beside myself with excitement.

I believe it was the spring of 2016 when our driveway filled with the unmistakable sound of a British roadster. The pictures didn’t do it justice. The MG was absolutely beautiful, better than anything I could have imagined. It only took forty years! Right after I got the car back there was a car show in Syracuse and my brother took the MG. It won Best of Show Foreign.

One hot summer day, with the help of a Hoyer lift I was able to get my only ride to date. Maybe someday I’ll attempt another ride. In the meantime the MG sits in the garage, covered and trickle charged. When the weather’s nice I peel back the cover and think back.

'68 B of Ron Raymond from Munnsville, New York
'68 B of Ron Raymond from Munnsville, New York
'68 B of Ron Raymond from Munnsville, New York
'68 B of Ron Raymond from Munnsville, New York

’69 B-GT of Bob and Anita Dortenzo

An American MGB Assocation Queen B is the ’69 Primrose yellow B-GT of Bob and Anita Dortenzo from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Here is the story:

Looking for the Next Valuable Classic

I have been buying, fixing and selling classic imports as a hobby for many years. A ’67 Volvo 122S, ’67 Volvo 1800S, ’74 Triumph TR-6, ’80 Fiat Spider, ’80 Mercedes 450SL just to name a few. The TR6 was an anniversary gift to my wife and remains in our possession. The others, especially the 1800S, sadly to say were all sold. After the Mercedes went at auction, I began looking for the next up and coming classic import and my attention soon went to the MGB-GT. This unique little GT with its flowing design and very useful configuration was designated as our next project. If something unexpected just happened on the road and you need emergency car assistance, you’ll want to use services from towingless.com.

After looking on Craigslist, Hemmings, and other classic car sites I was fortunate to find one listed on the MG Experience website. This 1969 Primrose yellow MGB-GT looked interesting and the price was in our budget so I started conversations with the owner. The car was in New Jersey and had a documented history which the owner was very willing to share. He also kindly listed all the things that the car may need. I live in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and the drive to Jersey was worth the traffic and the tolls once I saw and drove this car. It didn’t take long for me to make an offer that the owner accepted and the shipping arrangements were made before I departed for home.

In a few days the GT was delivered and the work started with the intention of entering it in to the Spring Carlisle Auction. This car has many interesting options: wire wheels, overdrive, wood steering wheel and air conditioning. The AC was removed long ago but the switch and vents still exist as installed by the dealer in 1969. Cleaning, polishing, new tires, fuel pump, heater valve, water pump, minor paint refinishing, window repair from Autoglassguru, and a few other odds and ends brought this sports car classic to local show quality and ready for auction.

Well as we all know the Coronavirus hit and the shows and auctions were postponed. All I could do was drive the GT and enjoy the ride. My wife kept saying that she really loved the car and was happy it didn’t go to auction. I also became more attached to it as time went by and decided to keep it from the auctioneer’s gavel. More improvements are made each day as the GT shares the garage with its cousin the TR6.

I believe that the MGB-GT will continue to increase in value and become a valuable classic import in the future. Its style, function, dependability, and fun to drive spirit will all contribute to future collector desirability.

This one is not for sale.