1972 MGB GT
Having owned several MGs since I was discharged from the Navy in 1968, I recently decided, why not add a
1972 MGB GT to the collection?
For approximately six years, a fellow cruiser repeatedly approached me to ask me if I would help him get
started on a project car he bought from a pilot in Florida. When he asked me the same question in the spring
of 2012, I responded with, “You will never start this project. Why don’t you just sell it to me?” The following
week he agreed to do just that and we agreed on a price.
I came home and excitedly told my wife the great news! That is when she said “How many MGs do you need?
Since my 1963 Chevy Impala convertible was sold, I’ve always wanted a muscle car.” End of discussion.
About two weeks went by with no conversation regarding the GT. One day out of nowhere my wife says,
“What are you doing about the GT?” I responded with “I thought that deal was done and gone”. She
responded, “I want to buy the car and have you restore it for me. I will buy everything it needs and pay you $.
50 an hour to restore it.” I kept telling her that it was a complete car and no parts would have to be
purchased. That didn’t turn out to be very accurate – what a surprise.
Well she purchased the car and we towed it home. I like to do body off restorations so I can check every part
for originality, but primarily, I do it for safety. The first few photos indicate what she purchased and the
condition of the car. I started the usual way by dismantling the entire car and taking inventory of what I had
and what was needed. This vehicle was purchased new in Florida and had sat outside for a number of years.
When I first saw the care I noticed what I thought were mothballs in the thermostat housing. Once I got the car
home I determined they weren’t mothballs at all but were dried up snake eggs. The eggs were also inside the
door panels. There was no major rust on the monocoque body, but, the front right side had been hit and the
rear end had been smashed in repeatedly.
During night classes for over two years at my local VoTech resulted in a complete body off restoration.
Welding, straightening, grinding, priming, sanding, painting and oh yeah more sanding.
A complete teardown of the engine and total rebuilding was accomplished with the help of two friends, Gary
Fitzgerald and Jim Frankiewicz.
This was my third total rebuild on various MGs and probably the most difficult. There doesn’t seem to be a lot
of forum information on GTs in general. Not much in the manuals and very little information on the internet.
Trial and error was the method I had to resort to for assembling the interior. I also used photographs that I
found on the internet. John Twist (University Motors) was invaluable in providing advice for getting the engine
running correctly and smoothly. He truly is an asset to any MG owner.
Now, I am retired and I spend most of my time working on our MGs. Somehow they always need some
tinkering here and there. However, what a sense of accomplishment and pride I feel when we drive them down
the highway (and no tow truck is needed to get us home)!!!
I bet you are wondering what my wife had to pay me to restore her MGB GT. I haven’t seen a payment yet on