I can see clearly now

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LIVING WITH CLASSICS -

I had planned to take CKE 303K to the New Year clas­sic gath­er­ing in Wright­ing­ton, Lan­cashire, be­fore work started on its rolling restora­tion. So I dug it out of its hidey-hole not far from CCW’s Peter­bor­ough of­fices, ready for the now-pre­dictable rou­tine of it not start­ing, break­ing out the jump leads and hav­ing to go pothol­ing through the ‘B GT’s tail­gate to reach the bat­tery.

But not this time. Even on a bit­terly cold morn­ing the ‘B fired up first time and was soon head­ing north up the A1. The 44-year-old MG didn’t miss a beat over 190 miles of mostly mo­tor­way work – re­gard­less of the cos­metic work it needs, the old girl runs bril­liantly once you give her a long stretch of road to play with.

The plan was to take it back to the Simister res­i­dences in the north-west with a stash of spares in the boot, leave it there for a few days and then ven­ture over to Wright­ing­ton in it to join 100 other clas­sics. Then dad phoned to say that he’d re­moved the MGB’s wind­screen and started do­ing some prep work on it. ‘I’ll be able to put the re­place­ment you’ve bought in soon,’ he added.

In the end I headed over to the New Year meet in some­thing shock­ingly dull and mod­ern and hid it

away some­where so it – and I – wouldn’t feel em­bar­rassed. You can see what ev­ery­one else brought along in last week’s is­sue.

But it’s been worth it. All the tatty body­work around the wind­screen frame has been ti­died up and re­painted, and the re­place­ment screen and fresh rub­ber sur­rounds are worlds away from the tired items they’re replacing. Next job is to re­place the side win­dows and then tidy up the rear body­work.

It’s go­ing to be a long road ahead, but the ‘B clearly still has plenty of life left in it yet.

Ti­died-up body and fresh paint around the wind­screen has im­proved the ‘B’s looks con­sid­er­ably. 1972 MGB GT ED­I­TOR DAVID SIMISTER

Early MG air­con leaves a lot to be de­sired.

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