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Re: Advice for newcomer to the MGB?!

To: mgs@Autox.Team.Net
Subject: Re: Advice for newcomer to the MGB?!
From: Mike Hartwig <>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 09:35:56 -0500
At 02:23 AM 4/12/98 -0400, Trevor Boicey wrote:
>Susan and John Roper wrote:
>> Brian, buy the chrome bumper car and learn to do the repairs yourself.
>> That's where the fun is.  Oh, rubber bumper cars are no more reliable,
>  Well, they often are simply because they are quite a few years

It depends on the PO and what the level of maintenance was performed.  My
'78 took countless hours and a lot of money to get into shape.  On the
other hand, my '70 took minimal hours and much less money to get into great

Another thing to consider in the purchase of a B, of course, is the massive
power difference between the CBB and the RBB.  Ergo, the Rover V-8 into the
'78 B will at least make it more acceptable.

Brian, the RBB and CBB are both good vehicles. But the Chrome will cost
more, have less in the engine bay, and may have more problems with rust.
This is not a hard rule, but is true of most cars.  The rubber bumper
shares more conveniences, like retractable seatbelts, reverse lamps,
parking lamps, negative ground, etc.

On a sidenote, I am thinking of selling my pristine '65 as well as the '70.

I am beginning to wonder if MGs are everything I'm after.  I like power and
handling.  I am thinking of buying a Porsche.  Can anyone talk me out of
this.  I like most of the MG drivers out there, and I shudder to think of
the assholes who drive Porsches. But I like power and handling and a B just
don't cut it in those categories.


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