I can see clearly now
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.