Let there be light!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - DAVID SIMIS­TER ED­I­TOR

1972 MGB GT

It’s funny – I’ve spent most of my life peer­ing out at the world through two tiny wind­screens (spec­ta­cles, to you and me) and barely give them a sec­ond thought. But if ei­ther one of them ends up mucky, smeared or scratched, sud­denly they’re the most an­noy­ing things in the world.

Which is why I’m glad the ’B GT’s new wind­screen has fi­nally set­tled into its new home. The old one was still keep­ing the MoT testers happy, but there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween view­ing the world through a tired wind­screen and a brand new one. It’s long over­due! There’s been plenty of other work go­ing where CKE 303K is con­cerned, in­clud­ing rem­e­dy­ing the lack of light em­a­nat­ing from be­hind the Smiths di­als on dark win­ter nights. It turned out that the prob­lem was caused by a com­bi­na­tion of cor­roded ter­mi­nals be­hind the dash­board and two blown bulbs. It’s a bit of a fid­dly job to sort out, but there’s now a warm glow where be­fore there was only black­ness.

The loose over­rider on the front bumper was eas­ily reme­died with a fresh bolt, but the real work has been fo­cused on the driver’s door – specif­i­cally the years of scratches that had ac­cu­mu­lated on the win­dow. Wrex­ham-based Welsh MG Cen­tre came to the res­cue on this one, sup­ply­ing a sec­ond­hand re­place­ment – com­plete with rub­ber seal – for just £50, which looks a lot clearer than the in­creas­ingly scruffy orig­i­nal item.

Simis­ter Sr has also been giv­ing the driver’s door some love and at­ten­tion, pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to some of the dodgier paint­work. Hap­pily it no longer looks like it was painted by a short-sighted drunk in a weld­ing mask.

The up­shot of all this is that the Bum­ble­bee is look­ing a lot bet­ter than it was be­fore the fes­tive pe­riod. But the real test will come when it heads back to the MoT test­ing sta­tion for its an­nual check-up in a cou­ple of weeks.

I just might leave my glasses off for the re­sults of that one!

David is clearly de­lighted with the MG’s sparkling new wind­screen and neatly fet­tled sur­round­ing body­work – the ‘B is look­ing much bet­ter than it did be­fore Christ­mas.

Sort­ing the scratched driver’s door win­dow is an­other job to sort.

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