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Re: Time estimates to complete various MGB tasks

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Subject: Re: Time estimates to complete various MGB tasks
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 12:05:27 -0800
I think you can safely assume that any one of these tasks is going to pretty
much blow your whole day, by the time you get set up, clean things off,
figure out the wrong way to do it, then stumble across the right way to do
it, and get stuff put away and yourself cleaned up.

The carpet may very well take longer than that. If you are going to be fussy
about fit, you will wind up doing several rounds of measuring, cutting long,
trimming, remeasuring, retrimming, etc. The rear springs may require a torch
or a sawzall to get the rusty nuts off. The seat covers are notoriously
fiddly, and the rear brakes are usually quite messy. I have never replaced a
cam without doing other major engine work, so I don't really have a feel for
how long it will take as a quick in-and-out job, but there are certainly a
great many peripheral items to be removed and replaced, and then you have to
go through the cam break-in process.

My advice is to allow plenty of time, don't rush, and think things through
step-by-step. Expect it to take longer than you might think, and don't get
frustrated. If you're lucky, at least one of these jobs will go smoothly and
quickly, but it would unwise to expect all of them to be a "doddle".


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

on 3/7/06 10:51 AM, Steve Shoyer at wrote:

> Can anyone give me an idea of how long it usually takes to do the following
> tasks (1980 MGB, assume typical amounts of rust), by someone who has never
> done them before:
> - Replace rear springs
> - Replace rear brake shoes
> - Replace handbrake cable
> - Replace cam
> - Replace carpets
> - Replace seat foams and covers
> I've got a bunch of parts waiting to go on, and a number of tasks that I
> should do but have been holding off on buying parts until I clear out the ones
> I've got, so I'm hoping to set up a schedule to get things going.  Thanks!
> --Steve (1980 MGB)

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