Well, after 2 weeks of ownership, I must say that I'm loving ownership of the MGB GT and thought I'd document some of my thoughts and experiences so far. Equally, Jennie loves it too which is important for the joint ownership. She finds it more comfortable than her last MX5 too although in no hurry to actually drive it because of the heavy steering at low speeds and the brakes requiring a bit of effort compared with modern vehicles.
Although the 49 year old car has been restored to close to "as new" condition, ownership of a classic car does require quite a degree of commitment to maintain it in top condition. A lot of my time so far has been spent building up a knowledge base through reading the service/repair manual, watching YouTube videos and joining the MG Experience website and NZ MG Owners Club. There's a massive amount of experience to draw on. Here's a good example.....
For the life of me, I can't remember what the oil pressure was when we first looked at the car but on the delivery run home, it showed 35 psi. This wasn't disastrously low but a good engine should show 50 psi or more at open highway speeds. As it still showed 35 psi at tickover, I suspected that the gauge might be faulty. Closer inspection showed that a small piece of translucent plastic (an illumination diffuser) had partially dislodged and was stopping the needle from going full range. I had visions of removing the entire dash to dismantle the gauge but posting a query on the MG Experience website revealed a fix which only took a couple of hours to do - outstanding! The gauge then showed 55 psi.
I also wanted to do an oil change as the previous owner flagged that it was getting close to time. More reading and watching YouTube! Who'd have thought that changing the oil would have presented any issues? In this case, the oil filter points vertically upwards at the side of the engine. The worrying thing was that the moment I started to unscrew it - where was the filter oil going to go? Trouble is, there was conflicting info about what sort of filter should be used. Some had non-return valves to stop engines being restarted with an empty filter and other sources said it didn't matter as long as you turned the engine over a few times without starting it after the oil change to refill the filter. I chose to buy one with a non-return valve (a Ryco Z38) and fill it before fitting. Unfortunately, the old filter appeared not to have a non-return valve by the amount of black engine oil dumped on the concrete, sigh..... Message to self: make sure that the drain pan is directly under the filter next time! Half an hour spent cleaning up the mess. The rest of the oil change went smoothly and access to the underside of the car was easy with a scissor jack and proper stands.
Despite spending a bit of time coming to grips with a new toy, motorcycling hasn't been abandoned. With lockdown still in force in much of the Waikato province and also Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula is a joy to ride. Last Sunday, a bunch of us did both the northern and southern parts of the loop in very light traffic and warm, sunny conditions. Great company, no dickheads to spoil the ride and minimal traffic - what's not to like?