In a message dated 2/18/02 11:24:20 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< > Andrew, great web-site. I used to own a 69 MGB GT and due to children
> it in 1984. Last Saturday I ran into the guy I sold it to and now he wants
> to sell it back to me for the same amount I sold it to him years ago. He
> did not drive it much and it has been stored, but it needs a lot of work.
> Carb's, front steering, seats, dash board is cracked etc.
> The price that he is asking is $1,000.00 (he did have the engine rebuilt).
> A couple of questions. How much do you think I should budget for the
> restoration based on the little information I have supplied. Would you
> guess 3,000? 5,000?. Then can you point me towards someone who could do
> the work? Thanks Dave from Minnesota. >>
I *think* Andrew meant to say that $1000 isn't bad if it is free from rust.
Steering rebuild can be $500-$1200 or so, depending on condition of the rack,
if you do it yourself--most of it is very doable, I have discovered. Send
the carbs off for rebuild, several hundred there. Seats'll run you $300-400
depending on degree of trouble involved (frame, for example). Cracked dash
can be done for less that $75 if it is just the top and you don't mind that
glue-on cap, which really looks great--hard to distinguish from the real
thing. Otherwise, a full dash replacement is a real process, heavy man-hours.
FWIW, if the body is straight and rust free, and the rebuilt engine--worth
about $2000 right there--seems to run well without burning oil, I'd say its
not a bad deal.
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