I was thinking the other day that even though my 1967 MGB GT restoration has taken longer than I had hoped (in fact it wasn’t even supposed to happen!) it’s going well and will be a very good looking vehicle when it’s finally finished.

It’s fun to look through the images that I’ve shot the past few years and see the progress. Let’s start with the engine. I’m building up a 1972 18V block and this is what it started out like and what it looks like now. What a difference! Even the internal engine parts look a lot better. This all makes you feel good. You must admit, it’s a really great looking engine, bling and all.

Ugly MGB 18V engine
Ugly MGB 18V engine
MGB 18V engine looking better
MGB 18V engine looking better

Then there’s the front suspension. I’m still waiting on a few small pieces so that I can reassemble the unit but all the parts are painted, new bushings are ready and hopefully during the holiday break I’ll be putting the whole shebang back together. The MGB GT will once again have four wheels!

1967 MGB suspension when removed from car
1967 MGB suspension when removed from car
Painted MGB GT front suspension components
Painted MGB GT front suspension components

The underside of the MGB is almost ready for new paint and undercoating but I think this will have to wait until spring. Still, it’s amazing how much better looking the whole affair is after stripping off decades of old oil, tar, and who knows what else. Cleaning this area has been one of the uglier jobs as I’ve had to lie on a creeper and work from underneath. At least it’s almost finished, a few more hours should do it.

Filthy MGB GT undercarriage
Filthy MGB GT undercarriage
Cleaned MGB undercarriage, more work to do
Cleaned MGB undercarriage, more work to do

The engine compartment is looking really good. At this point a little more cleaning is needed near the tunnel and then it’s ready for paint. The original finish was pretty bad but these areas weren’t painted well at the factory and the engine compartment did have 50 years worth of grime and lots of surface rust. I’ve sanded down all the paint runs (the factory was very messy!) and with paint and a clear coat this area will shine. Yeah, way better than original but that’s OK.

MGB GT engine compartment before cleaning
MGB GT engine compartment before cleaning
MGB GT engine compartment ready for paint
MGB GT engine compartment ready for paint

The interior? This is one area that I haven’t touched at all other than putting in 3 point harnesses and Mazda Miata seats… gasp! The interior does need refreshing but I’ll be finishing the rest of the MGB first before I tackle that. It has character anyway, I like the patina.

1967 MGB GT interior with Mazda Miata seats
1967 MGB GT interior with Mazda Miata seats

I’m hoping to have the MGB back on the road before summer comes around as it’s time to enjoy what I’ve been working for. There’s still lots of work left to finish but I’m on the home stretch. What’s funny about this exercise is that my sandy beige MGB GT will look exactly the same as it used to from a distance. It really didn’t look that bad before I took it apart.

In many ways I underestimated how much work it would require to refurbish the MGB but I’m certainly learning a huge amount. Of course it will run better, last longer and on close inspection will look almost like new if not better in some areas.

Sandy Beige 1967 MGB GT
Sandy Beige 1967 MGB GT before I took it apart

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