So what does $250 buy you in a pull-handle MGB these days?
This one is not really salvageable, alas. That’s pretty tough, as early pull-handle MGBs aren’t easy to find…but look at the rust. Not to mention where a tree fell across the boot.
However, this car does still have its 3-main motor, aluminum bonnet in surprisingly decent shape (no bondo and no structural problems), and some Jaeger gauges, not to mention a set of early seat frames and a straight rear bumper, all items I need. And a guy can’t have too many crappy wire wheels stacked up.
The MG also has a title. It’s car # 39056, my other cars are around # 10500 and # 19000.
It’s tempting to re-shell this car–in my mind that’s not really a restoration, though obviously a good bit of work, and another MGB would be back on the road. On the other hand, thats a bunch of money and another chunk of time, neither of which I have to spare at the moment. I’ll think about it…this car still needs to be disassembled no matter what I do. This shell simply doesn’t have enough sheet metal left to start anywhere, so to the scrappy it goes.
I’m sure it gave much pleasure (and probably a little heartache) over the years. This car was last licensed in 1989, incidentally.