Category Archives: Members’ Cars and Photos

’77 B of Don Boudwin from Clayton, Delaware

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’77 B of Don Boudwin from Clayton, Delaware. Here is his story:

My interest first started in MG’s in 1979 when a friend of mine showed me his 1976 MGB, after driving his for a few weeks I needed to get my own. I saw a 1977 MGB in the newspaper for sale at Maple Shade Mazda in New Jersey in November 1980, I went to see it, test drove it and bought it on site for $2,350.00. It had 21,400 miles on it.

In the first few years, I had a few what turned out to be common issues, the car would shut off without warning which was the Lucas ignition module mounted on the distributor,

I installed a dual point distributor to end that issue. In 1987 the clutch went out, I planned to fix it myself until I read the first step “REMOVE ENGINE”. I had the clutch replaced at Christopher’s MG shop in Ocean City NJ. The car slowly developed rusty areas and had a few minor operational issues,

In 2012, I decided to bring it back and had extensive body work done. That was about a two year process. I then had engine work suspension work and most recently had the clutch hydraulic’s completely replaced along with some other maintenance issues.

I have been attending car shows for many years and when Don Henderson of the British Car Club of Delaware invited me to the Delaware City show, much to my surprise my B won 1st place. My car was finally, after many years, presentable.

’74 MGB of Brian Childs of Savannah, Georgia

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’74 MGB of Brian H. Childs of Savannah, Georgia. Here is his story:

My name is Brian H. Childs and my wife completely surprised me this past Christmas with a 1974 totally restored MGB with Sabrina bumpers. It was restored from a junk over four years by a retired Navy mechanic in Atlanta, GA. I am attaching a composite of pictures chronicling the process of restoration and a couple of the finish car including one of the engine compartment. Yes, he installed air conditioning!

I now have this jewel in my garage here in Savannah and my wife and I have enjoyed road trips around the coast and in the countryside. I had one as a young Marine officer and pilot in the late sixties and early seventies and this one brings back fond memories.

I would love to see what my story and photos in the Octagon.

Editor’s Note: You got your wish

’67 B of Timothy Sullivan

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’67 B of Timothy Sullivan of Laguna Hills, California. Here is his story:

My Life with MG’s

I saw and fell in love with my first MGB back in 1966. I was in the ninth grade and had a paper route. My paper route ran through an apartment complex and one of the tenant’s there had a new, black MGB roadster with a black interior. I was mesmerized by it. I would stop and look at it everyday it was parked there while I was on my paper route. I dreamed about owning an MGB someday when I grew up and got my driver’s license – but that was a very long time off for a 13 year old.

I wrote a letter to the British Motor Corporation U.S. MG distributor and requested a brochure on the new MGB and sure enough they mailed one back to me along with a Retail Price listing dated June 1966. I studied that beautiful, full color brochure for hours and hours. In fact I still have that brochure and price list.

A few years later on, in 1970 when I was old enough to drive, my older brother Pat purchased a well used 1964 MGB painted a beautiful Iris Blue color. I remember one weekend when he was away I took his MGB out for a ride. It had a “glasspack” muffler on it that made it particularly loud and I loved blipping the throttle to hear that lovely engine run. What an incredible car! When I got our of the Service in 1974 I purchased a used 1971 MG Midget and drove it from Detroit, Michigan to Tucson, Arizona on a trip to see my older brother and his new wife. The car ran great because I always kept it well maintained and tuned up. I still have the factory Bentley Service Manual that I purchased for it back then and still consult that manual to this very day.

A few years more down the line, in 1977, when I was a starving college student I purchased a well used 1970 burnt orange MGB roadster. At the time I didn’t have two nickels to rub together but I was able to scrape up the dough because it didn’t cost me too much in light of the heavy body damage to the driver’s door and rear quarter panel. The door was bashed in pretty badly but I was able to fashion a driver’s door window out of clear plastic and good ‘ole duck tape that lasted awhile until I could afford to buy a used driver’s side door. That MGB got me through a couple of very cold and snowy winter’s back in Michigan and it ran great, never letting me down once.

Jumping forward more recently, during 2011 I purchased another MGB, a white 1962 roadster. It was a very early model MGB and was in relatively solid condition but I was reluctant to invest any money in it because I discovered that the manufacturer’s metal ID tag was missing and the Body Number tag was used as the VIN registration number on the title. Something just didn’t feel right even though I had a clear State issued title and current registration, so I sold it on in short order.

More recently I found a 1967 Primrose yellow MGB roadster that spent its entire life in California. I have the original black plates issued by the State of California for it and was able to get it re-registered with those original black plates. I have done a complete restoration of the interior including the dashboard, dashboard instruments, dashboard top, carpets, side card panels and seat upholstery. I replaced both the windshield and the windshield rubber seals because the windshield was deeply scratched. I polished the windshield chrome trim with special polishing compound and it came out great. Replacing the lower windshield frame rubber seal was a real pain taking many hours of painstaking labor sliding it ever so slowly into that tiny groove that runs the length of the windshield base.

I installed a new convertible top on a used top frame assembly that I purchased off eBay and took the engine and trans out so I could install a new clutch, pressure plate and flywheel and several new trans seals and engine gaskets. I had to replace the flywheel because the ring gear was bad and the old starter kept jamming on it. I replaced the old starter with a modern and conventional Hi-Torque starter and all of my starting problems were eliminated.

The car sat for many years and thus I had to go through the entire fuel system and replaced both the fuel tank and fuel pump, cleaned out the fuel lines and rebuilt the two carbs. In addition, I fabricated a new driver side battery compartment frame as I wanted to continue to use both of the existing 6 volt batteries.

One thing I haven’t changed or restored is the exterior body

or body color. The Primrose body paint is very rough and worn with numerous nicks, scratches and imperfections. But the body itself is virtually rust free having been in California its whole life and thus I’m reluctant to paint or otherwise refinish the body. Its looks old and worn but I just don’t give a darn. I like it just the way it is, warts and all.

With new tires and freshly painted wire wheels it runs great and is a true joy to drive and enjoy. I ended up having to get the wheels balanced at three different shops until I could find a shop that truly knew how to balance the wire wheels properly. Two different shops ended up sticking just a ton of lead weights on the wheels to no avail. Finally number three shop got it right with a proper support flange on the wheel balancing machine and ended up using a couple of very small weights on each wheel. What a difference it made to in getting the wheels properly balanced too, a vibration at higher speeds mysteriously disappeared!

And as you may know, I own a couple of other hobby cars that are much faster than my slow moving old MG but that doesn’t matter to me, I still enjoy the heck out of driving it as no other car comes close in the overall old school feel and touch of the car.

This MG I just might hold on to for a while, perhaps a long while.

’72 B of Allison Pettis from Medina, Minnesota

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’72 B of Allison Pettis from Medina, Minnesota. Here is the story:

Happy 16th birthday to my daughter Allie! Sweetie, I’m so proud of you and the person you’ve become. You’re confident, funny, strong, beautiful, and you have a soul for Jesus that shines outwardly! You have such a passion for life and love, it’s a beautiful thing. I love that you have a love and appreciation for old cars, and that you want to be a part of that with me. Enjoy your LBC (Little British Car), and enjoy the experience of being the caretaker of something that’s almost three times your age! Happy birthday sweetie! I love you, and I love being your dad!
Guy & Jenny Pettis to Allison Pettis

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’69 B-GT of John Briggs from Fayetteville, North Carolina

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’69 B-GT of John Briggs from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here is his story:

When I graduated from medical school in 1969, I wanted a sports car. My first choice was an XKE, but alas I could not afford it so I bought an MGB instead. I picked the GT because I needed the cargo space. The car was black with wire wheels. I drove that car as a daily driver for next five years until it was damaged beyond repair in a wreck. After losing the MG, I had a series of Z cars, vintage Mustangs and Corvettes over the years. In February 2014 while looking at classic cars online, I found a MGB-GT exactly like the one I bought in 1969 with only 34,500 miles on the odometer. The photos of the car were fantastic.

The car was located only 150 miles away so I hopped in my Corvette for a trip. When I first saw the car, I thought it looked as if it had just rolled off the assembly line in Abingdon. I had not driven an MGB since I lost my first one but it did not take me long to get back in the groove. A few hours later, I had my new old MGB.

In addition to the excellent condition of the car, one of the things that attracted me to the car was the extensive historical record that came with it. The car was manufactured in Abingdon between April 17th and April 22nd in 1969 and exported to San Francisco, California on May 7, 1969. The first owner bought the car on June11, 1969 in San Francisco for $3731.00. He kept the car for the next 36 years, He kept all sales documents, titles, registrations for 36 years. He even kept the business card of the salesman. The second owner acquired the car in 2006 in California. The third owner bought the car in 2011 and transported it to Virginia where I purchased it in March of 2015.

The car is in amazing condition. Every owner has taken extraordinary good care of it. It has been protected from both rain and sun its entire life. Over its life span of 47 years, the past three owners have put only on an average of 750 miles per year on the car. The car numbers and equipment all match the BMIHT factory records. I am exceedingly happy to have an MG back in the garage. It is great fun to cruise around town in my new old MGB-GT. I plan to attend many MG events. My first was be the American MGB Association Meet 2015 in Myrtle Beach which is 90 miles from home, but I was unable to make it.

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’74 B of Edmund Schultz

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’74 B of Edmund Schultz. Here is his story:

Here are photos of my recently acquired 1974 MGB. This is my third B. My wife’s brother clued me into this car a few weeks ago and it looks and runs well considering it has been garaged for two years prior to my acquiring it. As an aside my brother-in -law told me that his other brother painted this car. He passed away 5 years ago so my wife was glad to see that we have something in the family that he worked on. I am getting ready to store it for the winter. Fortunately I have a garage large enough to accommodate this car and the two other family cars. Winter can be tough up here in Maine. I already have a list of projects for the spring so I can spend the winter looking through the Moss and Victoria British catalogs and copies of the “Octagon”.

Regards,
Edmund Schultz
Newcastle, ME

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’71 B of Marshall Moore from Roanoke, Virginia

An Ameican MGB Associaton Queen B is the ’71 B of Marshall Moore of Roanoke, Virginia. Here is his story:

In early October, much of the Middle Atlantic and Southeast United States were hit by almost a week of heavy rains, resulting in some car shows getting cancelled and others being rescheduled. That also meant that my 1971 MGB spent a lot of time in the garage, looking outside whenever I opened the garage door, wishing the rain would stop so it could be taken out and exercised.

Finally, late this past week, nice weather returned in the form of a pleasant Indian Summer so it was time to bring the B out for some “road work”. A couple of weeks ago, I had taken it in for servicing in preparation for the drive to Myrtle Beach, SC for the AMGBA Meet 2015/Britfest gathering, but had gotten very little seat time since to drive the car.

On Sunday, I drove to the monthly meeting of the British Automobile Club of Southwest Virginia where a couple of other Bs were on hand. Then, Monday brought beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the seventies so I fired up the B and headed from the Roanoke Valley of Virginia up onto the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway and then up to the top of Roanoke Mountain which gives some excellent views of the valley.

The early morning fog had since burned off leaving a beautiful fall day with views for miles from up on the mountain. The view from atop Roanoke Mountain provided a nice backdrop for the MGB, as proof that days like this are what having such a car is all about. I’ll continue to take advantage of weather like this to take the ‘B’ out for drives on some of the back roads around western Virginia until Winter decides to move in. Hopefully, that will not be too soon.

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’72 B of Glen Maxwell

An American MGB Association Queen B is the ’72 B roadster of Glen Maxwell from Athens, Illinois. Here is his story:

I purchased this car in March 2014 from Country Classic Cars in Staunton, Illinois after looking at several others, all of which were either priced too high (for my budget) or in immediate need of major mechanical repair and/or body work. This on looked decent, ran well and was moderately priced.

The major mechanicals seemed to be in good order and he engine externals and all of the hydraulics looked to be in either new or recently rebuilt. There was some bondo on one front corner (fender bender repair) but the body was straight and rust free. The paint was an old respray from the original dark green to the current red. It was reasonably well done and still looked presentable. The interior was original show some wear and fading., but still serviceable with no cuts, tears, or broken seams. The top was an old replacement in pretty good condition. The only things needing immediate attention were some spotty lighting and the tires, which looked nearly new but had major flat spots. In the glove box were several old repair receipts from shops in Columbus, Ohio. The most recent was dated June 2001 at 105,707 miles and the current odometer reading was 05,875.

I managed to contact the car dealer who had found it and several other old cars sitting in a barn some miles north of Columbus. They had done all of the recent work to get the car running, cosigned it to auction and it ended up in Staunton. I have been addressing the remaining bits and pieces in need of TLC, all relatively minor in nature.

Over the year I have owned it, the car has accumulated a total of 5000 miles with only two on the road problems: one flat tire and a failure of the ignition switch start position. It has earned several trophies at local car shows: two first and two thirds in class and one top twenty overall. Not bad for an unrestored barn find/daily driver.

Now with much help from my brother-in-law, a retired body man, the car is getting its restoration. The bondo from a couple of old fender benders and rust repairs is being replaced with new metal. Aside from the lower edges of the skin, the only rust damage has been to the inner rocker panels. The rest of the monocoque body has turned out to be straight and rust free. The paint was originally Green Mallard, long ago resprayed to red, and the new paint will be Flame Red. The original interior was faded and starting to come apart in a few places, so it will be replaces with a tan interior. Everything should be completed and the car back on the road by the end of April.

Some of the photos shown are from local show last summer (I am the older guy in the ball cap) except for one from a Halloween night show. It went as a Ferrari 250 and was the only car in costume. The kids there loved it.

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