Contributed by: Kevin Sanders
I’ve just finished the restoration of my ’62 mgb. I’ve tried to keep it as original as possible, and thought you might like it included on the website which, by the way was of great help to me during the restoration.
I bought NME 517 from a chap called Brian in Lincoln, UK who had bought it unseen and by ‘phone at an auction of builders’ salvage. It was a total wreck and very rusty but crucially, it was complete, with it’s original engine, gearbox, carbs, back axle and perhaps most unusual of all, glass. Brian bought the car for spares, not knowing it was a ’62, but once he realised it’s age he decided to restore the car. By his own admission, he cut a few corners – mainly on the bodywork where the panel gaps and welding were not really of a standard such a car deserved. I bought the car from Brian in June 2012 and immediately set about a total nut and bolt strip down and ground up restoration. The metal work and lead loading were done by a local company ‘Panelcraft’ who had done such a superb job on my Etype Jaguar the previous year. Apart from this, I’ve done most of the work myself including fitting a new interior (to original spec) and all the mechanical work. Since the photo’s were taken I’ve managed to find the last few parts that the car still needed including the Lockheed master cylinders and blue/green throttle cable. Also, researching the history of the car I’ve discovered that it was shipped to Australia with it’s owner in ’64 then back to the UK when he returned two years later.
Contributed by: I. Smith
Here is my MGB 1962 with Vin GHN3L2138. I bought it in 1984 and I did not know that it was special in any way. We drove it for two years and then we were going to have our first child so the car was placed in the garage. By 2009 our second child graduated from high school so I decided to fix the car. After 2 years i got it back ( I did not do the work myself) and I could drive my daughter home from school. So for 23 years I had it in my garage and I was going to sell it many times but every time my wife said “no you will regret it”. I m lucky to have such a wife.
Contributed by: L. LaGardette
I do have a nice MGB. But I did not restore the car. I bought the car in 2000. My first MGB was one of 1968 with the Abington-pillow dash. I did’t like it so I was looking fot a car with the original dashboard. I found this car. The car is not very original. He was fenders of later type and wire wheels. It is an californian car with numberplate IMR 349. I have no history of the car.
We have a holidayfarm in the middle of France that’s about 850 km from our house in Holland. If you want to see the farm look at www.fermette.nl . I drive the car to France every year and back. In France I have a lot of fun with the car. But the car gets older and older and I decided to restorate the car at the end of this year and I will made the car original as he left the factory in 1962.
Contributed by: M. Hallworth
It’s all as original as it could be, save where the rust worms damage needed to be repaired, but the engine, body, VIN and other components are as they were when it was built. I have changed the interior to black from the as built red, but I always found the way the red seats and black dash clashed a little confusing. It has an old British Motors radio in it and not the usual blanking plate, so I suspect that this was added mid 60’s once here as it is not listed as a build option – although the ashtray is… The paint is poor, as I did it, so it is a 10 footer, but I do hope to remedy this some day. I drive it every spring-autumn, not far, but driven; we live in Superior CO (near Boulder) so it does get a little asthmatic in the mountains, making long drives a long day – which is great on occasion.
Contributed by: A. Worms
It all started in 1980 when I bought the car at an auction from a towing company.
I was in the USAF at LasVegas,Nv when I decided to take up a hobby. I did not
have a garage on base housing so everything had to be cleaned up every time I
finished a project. The car was in excellent shape and only needed the lower rt
bottom of the front fender replaced;no other damage. The unibody was almost
rust free. The bumpers and uprights were rechromed , the grill was excellent and
so was all the original glass. I did install a new wiring harness,all new interior and
had the car repainted RD9/Tartan Red.
In 1985 I took it to a show at Moss MOtors at Goleta,CA and got First Place in my
class. In 1995 I took it to an AMGA show at Peachtree,GA and gao First Place again!
A couple of years ago I gave the car a cact lift and painted it myself. It turned out ok,
but not show quality. There is a pic from the car in my car port in Nevada.
Contributed by: M. Benbrook
The previous owner had the car since 1973, having rescued it from a patch of ivory in San Francisco. The car draws a crowd at MG events and won the Best MGB Fairbrook Farms , 2011,2012, Best MGB at San Diego British Car Day 2011,2012 Best of Show at the Southern California MG Show. It is a fun car to drive.