An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’78 B of Barry Barnes. Here is his story with photos:
Someone recently asked me about my “journey” on my 1978 MGB. I answered: Long. Slow. Perfectionistic. Expensive. LOTS of fun! I love working on my MG daily drivers as much as driving them… and I’ve been doing both for 50 years.
Then I added that a more serious reply would be:
▪ Design your project for your car to be DRIVEN – these are tough little cars that are way too much fun to be trailered around
▪ Set a budget… realizing you’ll go 2x or 3x over it before you’re done
▪ Do it in phases, getting it drivable between each sub-project so you can reward yourself
▪ Match your project to your style – if you’re easily bored or impatient, do a simple project; if you’re perfectionistic and love form equally as function, take on something more like mine
▪ Focus on benefits to YOU – I like driving hard, tight handling on steep & winding mountain roads, loud music while I drive, a feeling of automotive excellence, and reliability
▪ Be a member of lots of groups on Facebook and the internet (I’m a member of about 20); ask lots of questions on them and on MG Experience (MGExp.com)
▪ You’ll learn by how others answer whether they know what they’re talking about
▪ When people say “I think” or “I would think” or “it makes sense that” ignore the post
▪ When people write “IMHO” (webspeak for “in my humble opinion), you’re about to read a highly opinionated post that’s anything but humble
▪ Most importantly, don’t listen to anybody else’s opinions about what you’re planning on doing – there are way too many people who will tell you what you should and shouldn’t do with YOUR car!