Manek's MGB restoration project

(but rusty no more)


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Welcome to a tale of rust and repair.

This site records the progress of my 1968 British Racing Green MGB Roadster from a good-looking but actually heavily rusted-out vehicle to a pristine car whose underpinnings are now clean and free of corrosion, and whose shiny bits include a brand spanking new interior.

During this 16-month journey, I have progressed from despair and frustration to delight and excitement. To find out why, join me via the links on the left as we follow the state of the car, my realisation of how much it would cost to fix and how long the project would take, to the sunny uplands of a shiny new paint job and the open road ahead.

Warning: graphic pictures of rust follow. Not for the faint-hearted.

The first sign that all was not well was the car's failure of its annual MoT test in February 2015, during which the tester pointed to this hole (above) about 15cm. forward of the front mounting point of the rear suspension on the driver's side of the car. I hadn't spotted it before.

With a hole this big and with clear signs of corrosion inside, you can usually be sure that it's a lot lot worse inside than it looks from the outside. And so it transpired...

All photos by me, Peter Flynn, and Peter Mobbs.

Manek Dubash

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Massive credit is due to Peter Flynn, of Peter Flynn Classic Cars, who performed most of the stripping down, all of the welding and re-construction work, paint preparation, painting and finish, corrosion protection (Waxoyl), door re-fitting, windscreen re-installation, and a whole lot more. My tasks included refurbishing the dashboard and gauges, dismantling the old doors, re-assembling and re-attaching the bumper and grille, re-commissioning the electrics, and then refitting the interior - new carpets, then re-installing seats and belts.

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