Redneck MGB GT car lift

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I don’t expect many rednecks own MGB’s (well maybe!) but this project looks like something a redneck MGB owner might do. Does this make me a redneck? Anyway, I’ve been wanting better access to the underside of my MGB GT to finish scraping off 50 years of grunge and deal with some minor surface rust from around 50,000 miles of road sand.

As I don’t have a car lift and the MGB doesn’t have any front suspension I needed to come up with something to use without moving the car. Here’s what I did.

I first bolted a beam to the suspension locating holes in the engine bay. Using a combination of an engine crane and a power winch I raised the front of the car about 48 inches off the ground.

Beam bolted to MGB GT suspension locating holes
Beam bolted to MGB GT suspension locating holes

I built this wood support to slide under the MG. It’s 45 inches high which I figure will be enough to easily work in the areas I want to access. At this point the MG is supported from above with the winch and from below with the cradle.

Plywood and 2x4 support structure
Plywood and 2×4 support structure

I’ve now bolted to towing straps to the ceiling. These are supporting both the wood cradle and the suspension beam. Three supports from above give me confidence that the car isn’t going anywhere and the support below creates a very rigid platform.

Winch and support straps
Winch and support straps
Towing straps supporting the beams
Towing straps supporting the beams
A far easier way to access the MGB GT undercarriage
A far easier way to access the MGB GT undercarriage

Now it’s time to get to work. Here’s what the surface rust looks like. I expect it will come off easily with a wire brush and can then be primed and painted.

Surface rust on the MGB GT undercarriage
Surface rust on the MGB GT undercarriage

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