> A couple questions from a long-time fan of B's and a newly addicted restorer:
There are plenty of restorable MG's out there. Hemmings Motor News is
an excellent source for finding them. Otherwise, just keep an eye on
the classified section of your paper. Obviously it helps if you live
within close proximity to a large city, as the number of vehicles will
As far as the actual work, most is well within the scope of the typical
shade-tree mechanic with a decent set of tools. I started my B with
next to no experience with cars, and have completed most of the major
tasks myself, or with the help of a friend for the really big jobs. I
have rebuilt the front suspension, removed, refurbished, and replaced
the motor and transmission, updated the car with an electronic ignition
and new carb, recovered and re-carpeted the interior, along with a lot
of other little jobs. All were well within my ability - after reviewing
the methods in the shop manual, or restoration guides.
The big jobs - sectioning and welding in new sheet metal, and paint, I
left to those with the tools and experience to handle the job.
Best recommendation I can give is to buy a good book on buying and
restoring MGs, and learn what to avoid. There is a lot of crap out
there waiting for an unsuspecting buyer. Join a local club, and you
will have a wealth of information, and potential cars waiting for you!
And remember, the hobby, like sex, is more fun with a companion!
Best Regards, and Good Luck,