How To Care For Your MG CarMG stands for Morris Garages who were the Oxford distributor for Morris cars. MG was also owned by William Morris, later Lord Nuffield.
Mg manufactures the following range of cars: MG 1100, MG EX E, MG Magnett, MG MGA, MG MGB, MG MGC, MG Midget, MG TD and the MG YB.
If you want the best for your money you should pay more attention to the condition of the body.
Nothing kills a car than an idle car . If the car has been parked or lying idle for more than a couple of years, be wary. An idle car can take its toll on seals, gaskets, rubber, all sorts of fun stuff. You will have to replace brake hoses and also have to rebuild the brake master cylinder, clutch master and/or slave cylinder, coolant/heater hoses, replace the tires, possibly rebuild the engine, and many other parts. You can do your fellow motorists a favor by not driving your car unless you are sure that the car is safe to do so; that is, lights work and the brakes aren't going to fail! A brand new MGB with a spotless body might be worth it.
The first area of the car to check is the sills. It is a box shaped sections that runs front to back underneath the doors. As the MGB uses a uni-body or monocoque design, the strength of the chassis is in the sills. As the sills are box shaped, they tend to trap moisture, and rust from the inside out. You should not be afraid to get your back under the car and poke at them with a small screwdriver. Look out for things such as fresh rubberized undercoating which may have been recently added to hide rust. You should also check for door gaps, if the sills are rusted making the car sag. The gaps are smaller at the top. Another common area is the floor-pans under the carpet, and the boot (trunk) floor.
If you are able to do a thorough check on the rings and valves do so. You should also check the spark plug electrodes for deposits and color which should be tan for correct mixture and carb problems.
It is possible that at a very early stage the transmissions have an unsynchronized 1st gear, hence you may want to have a 4-sync if you plan on commuting or can't remember not to grind gears. A good option is the Laycock overdrive, which can add a 4 and a half gear which is perfect for highway cruising, and personally I couldn't live without OD on my B.
It is also possible to fix the electrical gremlins by replacing the fuse box. You can also get to clean all the ground connections. If the loom is found in pieces by the previous owner you will have to get o complete new looms fitted at reasonable costs.
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