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Re: rebuild or part out?

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Subject: Re: rebuild or part out?
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:20:44 -0800
Sounds a lot like my 66. The difference is mine is running, and so long as
it continues to do so I can avoid facing your dilemma.

Installing a 4-synchro gearbox on the original 18GB motor would have
required a new engine rear plate, flywheel, and starter, and mods to the
tunnel for the shifter. With a GH motor I would assume you already have the
first three items (but maybe not). If you are going that far I wouldn't
bother with positive ground -- just put in a single battery and go negative.

I think we can assume that restoring this car would not be cost-effective.
The question is whether it would be enjoyable as a process, and would the
result be satisfactory as a driving/owning experience?


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

on 3/15/06 3:40 AM, Peter Ryner at wrote:

> All,
> I've tried to send this twice with no luck.  Maybe too long so I'll send a
> digest version.  I have a '66 B that I'm starting after sitting around a few
> years.  Needs a lot of work.
> Body:  Need to replace rear valance, RR fender, patch LR fender, replace
> floorboards, sills, rockers, rear spring mounts under floorboard, patch
> several places in left side of engine compartment due to rust, repair rust
> in scuttle.
> Engine:  Only have a 18GH - wrong one for the car, can it be made to work in
> pos ground?
> Trans:  Have two early and one late gearbox's.  One early has large input
> shaft which should mate to engine - I think
> Front wings are excellent, but the front frame extension has been repaired.
> Don't really want to change out the whole front end, but it will always be a
> little "waivey" as the PO couldn't get all of the damage smoothed out.
> Alignment looks good.
> Will need the normal soft stuff and other component rebuilding.
> I'm really having a problem deciding if it is worth rebuilding.  I don't
> have a lot invested and could easily recover some of the costs by selling
> parts, but I hate to see the car lost.  On the other side, unless I find
> another engine (not really in the budget) it will never be a correct car.
> It does have the early type doors, although the SN about 2000 units after
> the change was made.  So I don't know if they are original to the car.
> Any experience in mating different engines/transmissions?  What about
> thoughts on the best way to proceed if at all?
> Pete

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