Unless you are wanting to do a restoration, I would keep looking. If
you have someone fix the rust for you and paint it, I would expect that
you are will exceed $5000 easy. That doesn't take into account the
fact that the car has been setting for many years not running. I would
expect that getting the car running would cost you quite a bit less
than the body work, but to make it pretty, like you will want to after
a few more years of being on this list, there will be some $ spent
I bought a '70 GT with rust that had rearended someone last year for
$500. The hood was trashed and a fender was damaged, but it ran. It
had been sitting for a few years. It was running and had an OD in it.
I drove the car for 45 days, (max you can here in CO without passing
emissions tests) and then parted it out.
You might want to go check out the MG exclusive ads as well as a few
others. I have been poking around www.collectorcartraderonline.com or
www.hemmings.com, while there are people on there who think there cars
are worth far more than they should be, there are some good deals in
It still might not be a bad parts car though even if you decide to go
with another. If it has been sitting 15 years, chances are it isn't
going anywhere unless they are disposing of it.
Got pictures? I'd love to see 'em.
On Sun, 29 Apr 2001 14:07:04 -0700, ronking wrote:
>I found an MGB for sale and wanted to get opinions from the list as to
>whether the group thought it was a "good buy" or not.
>First off, I've been a lurker on this list for over a year now, and have
>been trying to keep up with all the tips, tricks, and suggestions people
>have posted. I used to own a 1965 MGB quite a long time ago (read +20
>years), and was recently "born again".
>Anyway, get to the fact sheet:
> * 1970 MGB, not running but mostly complete including engine, trans,
> and rear axle; basically a rolling chassis. No, it doesn't have
> * Wire wheels in good shape including spare; don't have a clue as to
> * Body exceptionally straight, however front sheet metal (i.e. area
> around the radiator support) and front pan pretty bent up. Car was
> definitely in some kind of front end accident but doesn't appear
> too totaled
> * Some minor outer body rust, however floorpans definitely gone, and
> looks like some serious rust in the bulkhead area around the master
> * No title
> * Car sat out for over 15 years, but supposedly was tarped.
> * Car has spent all its life in California
>That's pretty much the basics. I've got digital pictures and can
>forward to anyone who wants more information. They pretty much tell the
>Now, the most important part, I can probably get the car for less than
>$500. I know, you folks are probably thinking "What a dope. Get back
>there, write the guy a check, and never look back". I guess I'd just
>feel better if I got a group consensus.
>TIA to all who take the time to respond.
>Hopefully, soon to be an MGB Owner (Again)
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