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RE: Advice for newcomer to the MGB?!

To: "'Mike Hartwig'" <>,
Subject: RE: Advice for newcomer to the MGB?!
From: Christopher Delling <>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 1998 11:14:18 -0400
Rubber vs. chrome again?  For the record, the RBB motor can be put in =
order with relatively little effort, and the costs involved would be =
offset by the savings of buying a RBB vs. a CBB in comparable condition.

I replaced the low compression pistons and weak cam in my RBB with =
earlier pistons, and a Piper cam.  With a Weber DGV it moves pretty damn =
well thanks.  The Weber now has a CARB approval, so the car can be made =
smog legal (not required here in Michigan, but elsewhere it's an issue). =
 The later RBB cars, have front and rear roll bars, and with the =
suspension bushings and shocks in good condition, handling is just fine, =
especially with 70 series rubber, and you won't have to be quite as =
worried about speed bumps.

Don't get me wrong, I like the CBB's a lot, and would dearly love to =
have a 72-73 BGT to compliment my 77B, but there is nothing wrong with a =
well sorted RBB.



-----Original Message-----
From:   Mike Hartwig []
Sent:   Sunday, April 12, 1998 10:36 AM
Cc:     Brian Furgalus;
Subject:        Re: Advice for newcomer to the MGB?!

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 =
>> That's where the fun is.  Oh, rubber bumper cars are no more =
>  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.  =
'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 =
shape. =20

Another thing to consider in the purchase of a B, of course, is the =
power difference between the CBB and the RBB.  Ergo, the Rover V-8 into =
'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 =

I am beginning to wonder if MGs are everything I'm after.  I like power =
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 =
the assholes who drive Porsches. But I like power and handling and a B =
don't cut it in those categories.


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