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Re: MG Numbers

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Subject: Re: MG Numbers
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2001 11:10:47 -0700
Right, your car looks like it was built in January or February 1970. The
engine # looks to be late 1966 or early 1967, in that the 18GB series ran
from October 64 to November 67, with numbers 101 through 91175, and
extrapolating from my early 66 car with engine # 28604. There are 2
different body numbers, only one of which may be visible. The Moss list
shows body # 27359 as the first 1970 model, but that might be the "other"
body number, so the fact yours is a few hundred off shouldn't matter (and
there seems to be a gap in the preserved data at that point, anyway). For
instance my 2 body numbers are 072900 (visible) and 72616 (from BHM).

>From a practical standpoint, you pretty much have the best engine going --
the last version before smog controls -- so count yourself lucky, unless
you're in a state that requires inspection and testing of older cars. You
are spared the air pump and air injection head, and the annoying pipe atop
the rocker cover, among other things. Compare the drawings under Emission
Controls in the Moss catalog. Originally you would have had an 18GH series

on 6/7/01 11:53 PM, Chris Chandler at wrote:

> I finally got around to scratching down all the various numbers off of my
> car and it has become apparent that it's had a transplant.
> VIN: GHN5UA197659G      (1970)
> ENGINE:  18GBUH53541    (196?)
> BODY: MGBU026175        (????)
> The body number makes NO sense to me (at least going by the Moss catalog).
> What are the differences between the engine I have and the one that should
> be in there, if any?
> Thanks,
> Chris


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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