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NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
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Body Style survey
Posted by: NCtim
Date: March 31, 2013 08:49PM

Hey All,

A question of experience and preference to the experienced conversion folks:
Right now I can buy a rust free SC '79 MGB rolling chassis for $500 or a complete '73 MGB with good interior, good body, drivetrain, etc. for $2800. Both local. I'll be putting a Rover 4.0L V8 in it. What would you do?

My first inclination was to get both and use the best of both worlds, my wife said I'd be doing the work twice. She makes a lot of sense so I tend to listen to her. Get the '73 and not have to deal with lowering and CB conversion? Both time consuming and costly . . .

Cheers,
Tim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Body Style survey
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 31, 2013 09:42PM

IMO, buy the best condition MGB you can, then just stick a bigger engine in it.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Body Style survey
Posted by: Moderator
Date: March 31, 2013 09:54PM

+1 on buying based on condition.

If condition really is the same, I'd prefer the '73.

They both sound like bargains.


WedgeWorks1
Mike Perkins
Ellicott City, Maryland
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07/06/2008 08:07AM

Main British Car:
1980 Triumph TR8 3.5 Litre Rover V8

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Re: Body Style survey
Posted by: WedgeWorks1
Date: March 31, 2013 10:37PM

Rust free = priceless! Even good is a plus!


NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
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Re: Body Style survey
Posted by: NCtim
Date: April 01, 2013 12:18PM

Thanks! I'm leaning towards the '73. I know it'll be a little more work but that's half the fun.

Tim


NCtim
Tim Shumbera
Western North Carolina
(238 posts)

Registered:
01/19/2012 04:35PM

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Re: Body Style survey
Posted by: NCtim
Date: April 11, 2013 06:53PM

Thanks guys! I bought the '73, it runs, I could drive it home but I won't. No rust, aluminum hood, interior is not as good as I thought but okay. Top and rubber window trim is shot. I think this car spent a good part of its life in a garage because the top is original but, it has some tears in it from sitting outside in the seller's driveway for 5 years and the overhanging tree dropped branches and dead wood on it. It did start and run but the gauges don't work so I'll trailer it.

I appreciate your input. You all are great.

Tim


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