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RE: Buying a "B"

To: Matt Pringle <>, MG List <>
Subject: RE: Buying a "B"
From: Larry Hoy <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 16:31:46 -0600
Matt, Mkris (who ever that is), responded to your question well.  What
he/she did wrong was not going to an LBC mechanic *first*.  As I recall
Mkris went to a mechanic to have the car "pre-purchase inspected".  Later,
only after the undetected problems cropped up he/she went to a recommended
LBC mechanic.

Find your local MG club, attend a meeting, find a recommended LBC mechanic,
look at a half dozen cars.  Have the LBC mechanic look at the car you think
you want to purchase, and listen to the mechanic.

Chances are someone at the club, or the mechanic will have a purchase
suggestion for you.

Good luck.

Larry Hoy, Denver, CO USA
1970 MGB Daily Driver ~ 1967 MGB Vintage Racer ~ 1969 MGB Undergoing V8

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of Matt Pringle
> Sent: Monday, May 10, 1999 12:23 PM
> To:
> Subject: Buying a "B"
> Hi there.
> I'm trying to buy my first classic car and I'm looking for a B.  I
> really like the chrome bumpered ones and I especially like the better
> horsepower in the pre-emmission years.  I've read a few sources on
> looking the car over and I went and looked at my first one on the
> weekend.  I wanted to buy it right there for the following reasons.
> 72B
> Body and sills seemed solid (fresh paint though, I gave it a yellow
> flag)
> Oil pressure was 65 at 3000.
> No blue smoke.
> No clunking from the suspension.
> Top, tonneu, hardtop all in great shape.
> 2 owners, repair records kept from day 1.  An appraisal was made by an
> "expert" that details the car.  Original engine.  103 000 original
> miles.
> $3000 US.
> I'm looking at another this week but I'm really tempted to go for this
> one.  Is it too early?  Should I look at a dozen?  Is it too good to be
> true?
> Thanks,
> Matt

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