Bentley's 'The Complete Official MGB 1962 - 1964'
has a section on checking the body/chassis alignment.
There is a page for vertical and another for horizontal
alignment useing a series of measurements from the
floor and another series a diagonals from positions
dropped from critical points on the chassis. The
looks like it would be a sure indication as to the
status of your car. If you don't have a copy of Bentleys or can't get on,
maybe I could e-mail you
a scanned image of the diagrams and instructions.
(If needed it would have to be sometime next week
because I don't have a scanner available this
From: Mike Lishego <MIKESL@tartan.sapc.edu>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, July 03, 1998 9:10 AM
Subject: My MGB got bent?
> This recent thread about rusted and sagging MGB's has gotten me
>thinking...My doors have never aligned well, even when all the bolts
>are loosened and the door pushed to the uppermost of it's travels -
>with new hinges, I might add. The PO replaced the rusty sills and
>floors by welding in some new metal. I wonder if he didn't weld them
>in place without taking the proper precautions and the car
>subsequently began to fold. After the welding was done, the car
>would be structurally sound once again, just slightly 'bent' in the
> How can I determine if this happened to my car? If my car is
>bent by the DPO's ignorance, what would be the best road to take?
>My guess is to hammer the sill area flat so the doors don't scrape
>when opened and live with misaligned chrome trim stips. I know,
>beyond the shadow of a doubt that the sills are metal, not bondo. I
>have had door fitting problems since I bought the car, and I wonder
>if this has anything to do with it?