It was a short hop, up my driveway and back a number of times. What is cool is that this is the first time my MGB GT has moved under its’ own power since May 2016. That’s over 4 years ago.

MGB GT May 2016
MGB GT May 2016

Much has happened since my car died 4 years ago. A basic and fairly simple engine rebuild has turned into an almost complete full restoration. There are a few items at the rear of the car that still need to be worked on and at some point I’ll redo the interior. The Lotus Europa interior comes first and is presently underway. Here’s what the engine and engine bay look like now. What an improvement!

Restored MGB GT engine and engine bay
Restored MGB GT engine and engine bay

It’s raining like crazy today so a proper test drive will be tomorrow. Yesterdays short drive required a lot of brake pumping to bring the pressure up so I’ll need to bleed the system again. I expected that as I had a leak at the banjo bolt on the master brake cylinder. The clutch is working beautifully and the transmission works, all a bit of a relief as it’s not the original transmission but a 4 synch unit from a later car.

MGB Brake and Clutch Master Cylinders
MGB Brake and Clutch Master Cylinders

Today I’ll be installing the seat belts and bleeding the brakes again. The next big decision is whether to paint the wire wheels or just purchase new tires and hit the road. The original Perrelis on the MGB look great but are 25 years old and likely not very safe. I have license plates and insurance so my sports car driving days will be back soon.

 

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