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Re: factory hard top

To: "Dodd, Kelvin" <>, "MG list"
Subject: Re: factory hard top
From: "MonteMorris" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 18:29:55 -0500
Kelvin et al,
This 1/2" gap above both windows would provide significant ventilation as
well as periodic face moisturization:-). The next time I have the top off
the 67B, I'll put the hardtop on it to see if it fits there.
Thanks to all who replied,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dodd, Kelvin" <>
To: "MonteMorris" <>; "MG list" <mgs@Autox.Team.Net>
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 5:09 PM
Subject: RE: factory hard top


There are major differences in construction between the rubber and
chrome bumper cars.  The whole assembly process was changed and there
may have been enough tolerance shifts to cause the problems you are
having, but I've not seen any documentation.

The factory hardtops were still being supplied on later rubber bumper
cars and I'm not aware of any changes to design.  Probably there was
less concern about fit and tightness of seal.  I had similar sealing
difficulties with my 1970 MGB, but assumed it was a ventilation feature.
It was still a vast improvement over the soft top during the Colorado


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-mgs@Autox.Team.Net [mailto:owner-mgs@Autox.Team.Net] On
Behalf Of MonteMorris
Sent: Sunday, October 17, 2004 7:30 PM
To: MG list
Subject: factory hard top

I just finished putting new windows and seals all round in a factory
top that came with our 67B. This hardtop was purchased with the 67 and I
drove it back to Missouri from Seattle. On the way back from Seattle,
hardtop leaked a little and lacked the side locating brackets, but
everything else seemed to be fine.  I fitted new parts to it so I could
it on the 79B for the Missouri winters. It does not fit the 79. The
have at least a half inch gap at the top before they would touch the
I turned the header seal around and still had the same problem. I even
pulled the new header seal clear off and clamped the hardtop to the
windshield, and it still has a huge gap at the window tops.
Were the factory hardtops designed to fit the early B's but not the
bumpers? I didn't think there was any difference between the bodies of
two cars.

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