I hadn’t planned on removing the MGB headlight assemblies this year but with the delays in getting the GT back on the road I finally gave in. Once again I’m glad that I’m not taking shortcuts as the headlight area is a lot uglier than I thought.

This is what the area looked like from inside the fender when I started. At this point I’ve cleaned years worth of dirt and oil from inside the fenders.

Original MGB GT headlight installation
Original MGB GT headlight installation

The headlight buckets once removed looked quite good but at this point it was very clear that lots of small parts would be needed. What else is new?

MGB GT headlight removed
MGB GT headlight removed

The headlight to body seals look terrible but they are of course 50 years old. Fortunately they are inexpensive at about $2.00 each, very reasonable.

Ugly MGB headlight rubber sealer
Ugly MGB headlight rubber sealer

I will have to deal with minor body rust where the headlight assembly came out. I guess the body seals leaking for so long caused a little damage. Fortunately this rust is all on the surface and not a big deal.

Rust repair required in MGB headlight area
Rust repair required in MGB headlight area

Overall the buckets look good. For less than $3.00 I can replace the spring, adjusters and other small parts so that will happen. Refurbishing both headlights will end up costing around $10.00.

MGB headlight bucket looks OK
MGB headlight bucket looks OK

There is rust pitting on both headlight buckets but being an area that nobody sees I’m not going to spend time filling the pits. Primer and a good paint job and they will look good.

Rust pitting in MGB headlight bucket
Rust pitting in MGB headlight bucket

The MGB headlight bucket primed with lots of other MG pieces.

Primed MGB headlight bucket
Primed MGB headlight bucket

The parts cleaned up and painted, ready to be reinstalled once the bodywork is finished. These parts will live in my office for the winter, a true conversation piece!

Cleaned and painted MGB headlight parts
Cleaned and painted MGB headlight parts

The pretty new rubber headlight bucket to body seals.

Painted MGB headlight bucket with new seal
Painted MGB headlight bucket with new seal

 

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