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Re: New lister

To: "mgs" <>
Subject: Re: New lister
From: "Dave Wood" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002 11:56:40 -0800
Welcome Wendell,

I'm the original owner of a 1972 MGB so I know everything will be fine
(tongue in cheek).  The only problem really is that the 72 is in the middle
of some change years and has some kind of unique parts so not everything is
interchangeable with the older or newer years.

Dave 72 B

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Sent: Friday, November 01, 2002 9:48 PM
Subject: New lister

Hi, my name's Wendell and I've committed to buying a '72 B.  I've been
lurking here and on such other lists as will have me for the last month or
two.  My automotive experience consists of the last seven years with an '87
Jeep (new to me in '95 at 82000, now with 283000 miles) and a couple of
completely forgettable cars before it like an '81 Corolla and a '76 New
Yorker (140 HP, 4200 lbs).

I don't have a question yet.  Well, maybe I do.  What are the things that
will be most insidious on a car I've not yet gotten to know?  Or, Where are
the gotchas in an MGB owned by someone who's loved the car for the last
twenty years and who decided that I might be the one to have it?

What do I have to fix first, and what should it cost me to do it?  I've
already taken the plunge, so don't talk me out of it.  I and the soon-to-be
DPO have already laughed about the parallels between MGs and boats (boats
being 'a hole in the water into which one throws money').

Yes, I know about the sills.  No, I don't know what condition they're in.
I have to fix them, fine.  I needed to learn to weld anyway.  The car drives
fine right now.

For my part I have made contact with Motorhead Ltd in Fairfax, VA (near
and am happy with the people I've met there.  Their 25th anniversary party
last Friday was fun.  I like MG people.

Anyway, by way of introduction, that's me.  Thanks for reading.

-Wendell Hall
'72 MGB

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