MG Sports Cars

engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" and Costello V8s

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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Finally IS red
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: March 15, 2018 08:18PM

Turned out pretty well for a driveway paint job.

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Will finish buffing in a month or so and give it a good waxing.


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(524 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: March 15, 2018 08:44PM

Gorgeous! You have to be really pleased to be passing this phase of your build. How many years since you pulled out your saw?


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(1024 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: March 15, 2018 08:59PM

I'm impressed!.....love to see it driven out to the Midwest for one of our annual gatherings.
I know that it never rains in Southern California, but do you have a solution/plans for those rare days of inclement weather?


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: March 15, 2018 11:22PM

Scott - The point of no return occurred during Christmas vacation of 2000. You are right - glad to be past the painting phase, not my favorite thing to do.

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Graham - The car has been a true roadster since about 1974. I was much younger then and I drove it regardless of the weather. Being much older and slightly wiser now (and having alternate enclosed transportation), it only goes out to play in sunny weather.

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/16/2018 09:50AM by Jim Stabe.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2529 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 16, 2018 01:26AM

Looks great Jim. Absolutely gorgeous!


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(461 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: March 16, 2018 11:34AM

it looks fantastic.

And what a hoot to ride in the Wide MG

How many speeding citations do you expect this summer now that it'd racer red?


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(493 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
MGB Sebring GT, Arkley Spriget, Lotus 7 Stalker 3.9 Rover, 1275cc, 3.4 V6

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: March 16, 2018 12:21PM

Gives a whole new definition for "Wide Track" Jim!



mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1899 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: mgb260
Date: March 16, 2018 04:44PM

Wow! Very Nice!


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
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Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: March 16, 2018 07:06PM

BEAUTIFUL! The proportions are perfect.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: March 16, 2018 07:55PM

After 17 years of staring at it, building many variations of cardboard patterns, re-doing several parts that made it into metal but needed to be changed and parading my friends past it with instructions to point out everything no matter how pick, I think I'm happy with the final form. Is it perfect? No it is not. This has been a learning experience and I tried to make everything as well as I could at the time. If I were starting over I could produce a much finer vehicle but I have already done this car. If I ever do another, I would expect that the finished product would be better than this one. I should sit down soon and write out a list of all the modifications I made to the car. Might be interesting to see everything that was "touched" in the process.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5602 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 16, 2018 11:07PM

Might be easier to list the things that were not touched. Leastways that's what I've discovered.
Sure wish I could see it in person.

Jim


IaTR6
Dennis Costello
Central Iowa
(130 posts)

Registered:
12/29/2007 02:53PM

Main British Car:
'73 TR 6 '97 Explorer 5.0

Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: IaTR6
Date: March 17, 2018 12:56PM

Jim Stabe's comment "I think I'm happy with the final form. Is it perfect? No it is not. This has been a learning experience and I tried to make everything as well as I could at the time. If I were starting over I could produce a much finer vehicle but I have already done this car. If I ever do another, I would expect that the finished product would be better than this one. I should sit down soon and write out a list of all the modifications I made to the car. Might be interesting to see everything that was "touched" in the process." is exactly how I feel. I took 10 years, and am currently in the process of redoing some things I felt had to be done. I believe now, that when someone finds fault (especially someone who hasn't done the same), I'll just go deaf and ignore what I've heard rather than be offended.
Dennis


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Rick Neville

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12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: March 25, 2018 12:54PM

Came out great, Jim. Beautiful work! Congrats.


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Bill Knapp

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Re: Finally IS red
Posted by: billgknapp
Date: May 06, 2018 09:16AM

Jim, you are clearly mad, but a mad genius! That is an amazing work of art. Thank you for showing us some of the upper limit of what can be accomplished!


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