In filling station today and a chap came over to congratulate me on the condition of the crab. Those of you who know the paint finish on my car must realise this chap clearly has a severe case of myopia! Returning from lunch I passed a classic Rolls and was surprised when the driver waved and flashed his headlights. All I need now is one day for an MGB driver to actually acknowledge a non MG classic!
Know what you mean - I still get compliments about Eugenie regularly and the paint is awful. I suppose that it's the initial reaction to the shape that stirs a memory from the past which sets people off.
Oddly enough, I did a job for a landlord up near York on Friday - he's local to me at Guiseley, so I picked him up from home and we drove up there and back. He loved it! I think he has a couple of middle aged Jags, so knew a bit about what it's all about.
Chris - late last year I gave a lift home to a guy who had been helping me repair a motor on my wheelchair. He couldn't believe I was going to use such an old car, but once inside he was impressed by the amount of room and the ride quality
Nick - once a year an MG club have lunch at the pub I go to every Sunday. My car is always parked just outside the front door (can't walk any further) and year after year it is ignored by the lot of them. Few years ago I was parked in Galashields when pre war MG club came through. All pensioners, they showed great interest
My friend in the South West sold his Landcrab (to me) when he purchased his MGB back in 1976. He still has the MGB but still remembers the excellent handling and brakes of the crab as well as the comfort. I think the MGB owners fail to recognise that their cars are really just pretty Austin A60s as Chris would point out and in many respects inferior to the crab, but then I'm biased
Didn't the MGB get the 5 bearing crank in 1964, the same year the crab was launched? When I had mine, a guy used the family owned garage and he had a 63 roadster with the 3 bearing crank and proudly proclaimed his car was 'better' than mine. Mind you, when I first met him he was using the garage to rebuild his engine! Family and friends could go to the garage on a Sunday and use the equipment. Elfin safety wouldn't allow such things now At least the floor didn't fall out of his!
Yes! But as Chris noted the 5 bearing engine was designed for the smooth saloon car not the rough old sports saloon. Some B owners claim the 3 bearing is faster, which it may well be, but not for long!
I know brothers (one in Seattle WA, one in Surrey) who own MGBs. An MGB V8 rubber-bumpers and and an MGB respectively. Their surname is Chater-Lea. This may mean something to some forum participants.
I've had lots of advice from them about the B series and the SU carbs, and how to make both work with E85. So not all MG owners are arrogant bastards.
I have long hair and after open-top motoring, it stinks of unspent or partially-burned diesel, so I'm not keen on MGBs. They refer to my 18/85 as a mobile greenhouse (well, it does have a lot of glass).
Our respective wives and kiddies are used to the fact that the bonnet is going to go up, the carb or carbs are probably going to get disassembled. Wives swim, kids play (despite not having a language in common) and they return when food seems likely. The MGB owners' wives and kiddies seem to consider it normal that parts of their return home are scattered around the beach.