I have recently inherited my first classic car from my dearest father, a 1971 MGB Roadster, it was the first car I drove back in the days and I always had a special feeling about it. However, the car has not been on the road for a long time now and needs a lot of TLC. Nonetheless, I am up for the challenge and I would like to give this baby a makeover and have it back on the road again, purely for sentimental reasons, even if it takes me couple of years or more. Let’s call it “My TLC project”. It needs the lot: paint job, polishing, engine rebuild, interior makeover, new tyres, etc and loads of other bits and bobs. As this is my first classic car project, I need some advice. What do you think is the best platform to browse for Workshop services? The workshop section in Classic & Sports Car magazine maybe, would that be enough? (They recently had a great article “MGB at 50”). What about any websites?
You're in the right place mate. The MGB is probably the best catered for classic as regards parts availability, advice and specialists. They are also the easiest to work on, no weird secrets here, and whatever you can't do for yourself, there is someone who can. Yes, C&SC will have all the specialists and suppliers you need listed in the back pages, and anything else you want to know you will find at one of the MG clubs, always a good idea to join up, free advice and help on tap. Bs have everything off the shelf, ok so it's not an E-Type but it is affordable and you won't be afraid to leave it unattended in the pub car park. Also, your motives for restoring it for personal reasons rather than just for profit will serve you well. As long as there is no serious structural rot, you should be able to work on it and keep it on the road for now, so enjoying the fun in spring and summer as well as improving details. If it needs a bare shell respray, try to schedule that for a winter strip-down. Good luck.
Brilliant stuff, however, there is only so much you can get from the C&SC workshop section. Don't get me wrong, i love the section and the layout of it, but i was wondering if you guys, (the longtime enthusiasts) have anywhere else that you go to?