With the Dodge gone, there was a big empty spot in our shop. I mean really big! Well, it didn’t take long for us to fill it back up. Projects seem to come in pairs around here at Barn Finds hq. We bought the TVR and brought home a Spitfire the same day. This time we had just started working on the MGA when I found this MGB. I know, it’s a much maligned rubber bumper car, but I think it was a very good buy.
The seller bought the car in 2007 off eBay. He had it shipped from California to Idaho and drove it home from the shipping facility. He had big plans, but life got in the way and the car just sat. A few interested parties had already looked at the car when I got there, but they were afraid to buy a non-runner. I wasn’t afraid though. The body was rust free and still wearing its original Teal Blue paint. Not having to worry about rust or paint is a major plus when dealing with any classic. So, after making sure the engine wasn’t seized, I handed over the cash.
While under the hood, I was surprised to find SU carbs! I assumed that someone had swapped them in place of the single Stromberg, but apparently there were some Bs built at the end of 1974 with the new rubber bumpers and old SUs. MG sold them as 1974 1/2s because they complied with the new safety regulations, but not all the 1975 emissions requirements. That makes this car a little better and I have been wanting to pickup a cheap rubber bumper to see if I could get it up to chrome bumper performance standards, so this should be a good start!