Bruce Cunha's 1967 MGB-GT
Back in 2005, I had been looking for an MGB GT that I could install a rover V8 in . Found a 1967 GT on E-bay that did not seem all that bad body wise and was a no reserve with very low bidding going on. Was able to get the car for $800. Car was a state away, so not too bad to go and pick up.
What I found when I got there was a 1967 MGB GT with 73,000 on the odometer. Paint was flat and interior was showing wear. A few minor body dents, slight rust in the floorboard, but otherwise a solid car.
Owner had got the car at a police auction as part of a lot of cars he bought. He was really not interested in the GT. He did not know if the car ran as it did not come with a key. I found the original engine under the hood and a full box of spare parts and new chrome pieces in the back.
Trailered the car home and found in the spare parts a new ignition key and cylinder. Put it in, added a battery and the car came to life.
It was clear that this was a car to keep as it is. So, the V8 project is on hold.
Car got a paint job, a new interior, new chrome wire rims, an OD transmission , and new suspension rubbers. It now has over 100,000 miles and is my daily driver.
First picture is what it was like when I got it. Second is the car now.
Here is some additional details on my 1967 MGB GT. When I got the car, it was not in bad shape. No rust in the body. A small hole in the floorboard. Car was/is pale primrose yellow. We resprayed the car the same color. The interior was worn, so it also got a new interior. Some parts were still in very good condition such as the headliner. I had the original dash done in a wrinkle powdercoat that looks very close to the original.
We added a period correct D type overdrive unit. The car had previously been converted to negative ground and an alternator was put in to replace the generator.
You will note that my 67 has headrests. This was a safety addition at the insistence of my wife. We used to own a 68 MGB that was rear-ended by a drunk driver at about 40 miles per hour. Both myself and my wife sustained injury to our necks due to the lack of headrests in the 68.
The headrests were installed by putting the headrest bracket out of a 70 MGB into the seats of the 67. We then had the headrests reupholstered to match the interior of the GT. There is a black plug that I can put in the headrest bracket hole when the car is shown so it retains its original seat look.
Other modifications include:
Relay system on the headlights and brake light switch.
A modern radio (face comes off and I have an MG logo blanking plate that I can install when showing the car.) Dual speakers in the original speaker housing and two speakers in the side wells in the hatch.
Brighter tail light and headlight bulbs
LED instrument light bulbs to allow better light on the gauges at night.
Wire wheels were upgraded to 70 spoke chrome wire wheels.
Moto Lito steering wheel was added
Nice thing on all the modifications is that they can all be reversed very easily. I have all the correct items to fully bring it back to what it would have had in 1967.
The car was originally purchased in 2005 to have a V8 conversion. When I found that it had 73,000 original miles and ran beautifully, it was decided to restore/refresh the car and drive it instead of modifying it to a V8. The car was just too nice to modify.
This GT is 137553, just a about 242 from the last MK1 produced. The car has some unique items that are not normally found on a MK1. It has backup lights and a day/night rear view mirror.
The antenna was placed on the right windshield pillar. Not factory, I would think, but a good place for it.
I drove the GT across the US from Wisconsin to California last July. The car ran beautifully, cruising at 73 mph without an issue (80 mph highways). During this drive, the car went over 100,000 miles. This winter, the motor received its first overhaul. I drive the car as much as I can.