This is the reason my car choices were limited - the narrowest part of the drive is under 6'wide, not that I'm unhappy with my purchase, just need to decide what needs doing first on it. Plan is it will be a 'rolling resto' as I don't want to have it off the road and in the garage unused for months on end.
I either need to clear some junk from the garage or maybe extend it a bit - neither of my 'British Leyland's Finest' like the winter weather!!
Well, I haven't actually done much to the old MG lately due to a combination of too much work on and it being too cold / wet, but I had been conscious that leaving a 43 year old British Leyland car outside in winter is never a good idea.
So I did get this car port built this week, so no more excuses. It's dry, has lighting, is conveniently close to the garage so I really ought to get on with the list of jobs the MG needs. Hopefully I've also reduced the chances of having nothing more than a rust shell left by summer now that it's under some kind of cover!
The MGB GT came with literally a boxful of history. There seems to be every MOT, service bill and receipt for everything the car has ever had since the first owner picked it up from the dealer in 1974. You just don’t find history like this with many cars. It took hours to read through it all when I first bought the car. I quick tot up shows that the previous owners have spent over £14,000 on the car over the years, including 2 restorations.
Best of all is a Journal the original owner started the day he bought the car which every owner since has carried on. It lists all the work done, how the car was driving, memorable trips and changes of owner. It looks like every MOT it’s ever had is also stuck in, along with dozens of receipts.
Never been that keen on MGB's, they get every where, they seem to breed instead of rusting away!
That said, its good to see a loved classic getting the care it deserves, great history file to-boot
Car port looks great as well, what i would say is, from experience of a similar car port, get some vertical cover on the fence side, as strong winds and wet weather will sprinkle wetness onto the car as it drips off the guttering! So that the bottom sits about 6 inches below the top of the fence, so any drips/spray end up falling to the floor or bouncing back on to the fence.
That is a fantastic find. That is a car with a proper full service hisrory. Not just stamps in a book with rhe odd scribble of work done. Good luck with the B. Can't beat a chrome bumper car in Teal Blue.
Those journal entries are great. You can almost get to know the prevous owners personality through them. I had a Beetle with a similar history file once, everything from 1966 to 1991 when a previous owner bought it and although they kept all the receipts the stopped writing the journal. I bought in in 1998 or 1999 to turn into a race car but didn't have the heart to cut it up and actually made it more standard. OFK 60D, where are you now?
'68 Cal Look Beetle - project! '70 Drag Beetle - sold. '94 Audi A6 - for sale!
It's nice to see I'm not the only one that keeps a written diary of what's done to my cars! Alright I've never owned one for that length of time but it's nice and means I don't have to keep the unnecessary info in my head. Great stuff! Might almost be a shame to sell such an extensively documented vehicle.
When I bought the MGB I noticed a couple of plates on the door steps both sides - looks like they were a somewhat flashier version of the dealer stickers you normally get in the rear window of cars. They show this old girl was supplied by The Automobile Palace Ltd., Llandrindod Wells, Radnorshire.
I don't think Radnorshire exists any more - now part of Powys I think?
Quick bit of Googling and it seems this place was the cutting edge of motoring and Motorsport in Wales for many years. The building is still there and is now home to the National Cycling Museum, which is kind of cool. Might have to take a trip there in the MG when the weather gets better