1965 MGB Restoration, Front end only!

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Steve Simmons
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1965 MGB Restoration, Front end only!

Post by Steve Simmons »

I decided to do a quick diagnostic head pull on my '65 MGB. It's turned into a complete engine rebuild with supercharger, flowed head and other go-fast (but period correct) goodies. It's also turned into a gearbox rebuild and overdrive conversion, painting the engine bay, replacing the steel bonnet with a correct aluminum one (and paint it), rebuild brake and clutch systems, rebuild steering rack, remove entire front cross member and paint / rebuild entire front suspension, king pins and steering, partial wiring harness replacement and lots of other stuff I can't remember.

Here are a few photos I've taken along the way...
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Pulling the engine from the 1965 MGB
Pulling the engine from the 1965 MGB
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Putting an MGB engine in my wife's car and driving it to Riverside while she's out of town.
Putting an MGB engine in my wife's car and driving it to Riverside while she's out of town.
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MGB engine block machined and ready to build.
MGB engine block machined and ready to build.
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Custom dished MGB pistons
Custom dished MGB pistons
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D-Type Overdrive Transmission
D-Type Overdrive Transmission
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Painting MGB front suspension with POR15
Painting MGB front suspension with POR15
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Reaming MGB king pins
Reaming MGB king pins
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Freshly rebuilt MGB front end
Freshly rebuilt MGB front end
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Flowed and ported cylinder head for supercharged MGB engine
Flowed and ported cylinder head for supercharged MGB engine
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Re: What's Your Latest Project?

Post by Larry Kluss »

Steve, you've done a lot of nice work on your '65 B. Do you have an ETA on it being back on the road?
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1949 MG TC
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1959 Morris Minor 1000
1965 MGB
1967 MGB GT (UK-Spec)
1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8
1969 MGC GTS
Location: Co-Nay-Ho Valley
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Re: What's Your Latest Project?

Post by Steve Simmons »

Thanks. My best estimate is 3 months from the time I started, which puts it on the road about 2 years ago. :wtf:

The engine is done but I still haven't painted the engine bay and all my project funds are tied up in other areas. So... it may be a while yet unless anyone wants to strip and paint an MGB engine bay for free. :D
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