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Re: MGB vs. TR7 as son's first car( Now in defense of RBBMGs

Subject: Re: MGB vs. TR7 as son's first car( Now in defense of RBBMGs
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 15:57:58 -0600
Not that anyone asked me, but it is a _real_ slow day at work and the
devil finds work for idle hands!

As a member of Bill Easton's Club for Self-Congratulatory MGA Owners
(BECSCMGAO), I have no particular bias with regards to RBB's or CBB's. 
Perhaps, therefore, I can weigh an emotionless opinion (I know you are
all just holding your collective breaths out there ;-)).

The rubber bumper thing itself is obviously a personal decision.  Some
might find it ugly and others think it is cool.  Personally I think they
look strange on a roadster but not bad on the GT.  However, that is a
matter of personal taste, so there is no such thing as one being "better"
than the other.

Pat has some very good reasons for going with a RBB, most of which have
to do with the fact that they are all younger cars.  He does not mention
the drawbacks, however, which are mainly 1) lower horsepower and
increased complexity due to emissions controls, and 2) crappy handling
due to increased ride height (originally done to conform to US bumper
height restrictions).  As long as you can live with the former, the
latter is relatively easily fixed.

Am I missing something, or aren't those really the only issues?

David Littlefield
Houston, TX

On Tue, 30 Dec 1997 08:48:28 -800 (PST) Mike Carter <>
>Thanks for the good words on the rubber bumper "B."  I was getting 
>a bit discouraged with all the bad conversations concerning this 
>I'm leaning toward getting a rubber bumper for the exact reasons you 
>stated.  I'll take a look at that article you mentioned.  Thanks 
>                       Mike
>On Mon, 29 Dec 1997, Customer wrote:
>> Donald Scott wrote...I would not take a TR7or a rubber-bumper MGB 
>unless it was a gift. 
>> What!! I have a 79 Rubber bumper B that has been a great car I have 
>put over 30,000 miles on it since I bought it 3 1/2 years ago all 
>pleasure driving and haven't had half the problems I've been reading 
>about from the "classic" B owners,and it hasn't been restore it is all 
>original. I am getting sick and tired of all this maligning of rubber 
>Bs they are evry bit as good as the older ones if you do a little work 
>to them and they cost a lot less simply because of attitudes like 
>this.You can get a good rubber B for a couple of thousand bucks but 
>will pay twice that for a "classic 71"The stromberg carb isn't as hard 
>to keep in tune as twin SUs,It will be newer and should have less 
>rust,lower milage won't have been "restored"by some idiot.
>> My advice is if you find a good solid example of a rubber B get 
>it!Go get the Jan issue of Thoroughbred and classic cars magazine the 
>lead story is MGB
>> Why the smart money's back on rubber bumpers.So in closing don't shy 
>away from a later B though I would get a 78 or 79 because they have 
>the rear anti roll bar you will get more car for the money.
>> Pat

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