Words and picture by Terry Jackson:-
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE 1979
COLOUR SNOWBERRY WHITE
OWNERS TERRY & HILDA JACKSON
The ownership of an MG crept up on us. It all started admiring two nice MGB`s which were restored by Andy Cappy, a fellow club member, and at one time borrowing one of his cars in exchange for free garaging - WE WERE HOOKED
MGB Roadsters are much sought after, this was when I found out that other people’s idea of first class condition was very different to mine.
One day Andy and myself went to Stoneleigh spares day and there we looked at a car returned from California. It was in a very sorry state except for the body which was in excellent condition (no sign of the tin moth). We moved on.
The next day Andy phoned and said he had bought the car for restoration, come and help he said, I think he wanted his own car back and this was a way of achieving it.
Don’t let anybody tell you it is easy to convert a LH to RH drive, a donor car helps which Andy had, and you need to be on first name terms with most of the spares suppliers.
1. The American engine is low compression, different head and camshaft and covered in emission control valves and pipework (Rebuild donor engine).
2. The scuttle behind the windscreen is short (Cut area from donor car and weld in place).
3. After rebuilding the front suspension we found the RH steering rack would not pick up the brackets on the cross member (Cut and weld brackets in correct position).
4. Car had side flashers front and rear (not standard so removed and weld up holes).
5. Car had three wiper blades (Holes repositioned for two wipers) Sometimes in the rain I wished I had left them.
With me spending most of my time on the mechanics and under the car, and with Andy on body, interior and electrics we finally had a great looking car with the engine running like a bird.
By this time the car had become `Terry`s` car and all it needed was how to break it to my other half, this was done without to much difficulty as she already had her suspicions when the garage was cleared out
Finally I must give credit to our wives Hider and Audrey, in particular Andy`s for supplying endless drinks and goodies and both for putting up with our considerable absences, oily hands in the sink and sometimes use of the kitchen equipment (you need an oven when drying crackle paint)
We now look forward to many years of happy motoring with our come back home `MGB`.