A person in Bluffton contacted me to see if there was someone in the club interested in restoring her MGB. She bought the car new. It is a 1980 MGB LE. She was willing to donate the car to that person. I suggested that maybe the club could restore the car, sell it and donate the proceeds (after expenses) to Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary. She was ecstatic about that idea. Lynn and I went down to take a look at the car.
The car needs a lot of work. The club has the option to take on the project and restore and sell it or give it to someone who wants to restore it themselves. For the club to restore it, we would need a commitment from a bunch of members who are willing to help. This is a long term project, like a year. The work would be done in my garage/carport. If there is not enough interest then we will find an individual who would like to take it on for themselves. So please provide feedback.
The body is very solid. There is a hole in the front left fender and a crack in the drivers door. There is surface rust in front of the windshield on the right side. Otherwise, I couldn't find any dent or major rust on the body.
From what I could see of the frame, it had surface rust but looked solid.
The door panels are in good shape. The speakers in the door panels are original.
All the floor boards and trunk floor look solid.
The car needs a complete paint job.
I could not turn over the engine. They dragged the car out from under the carport, where it had been sitting for 20 years. They said the rear wheels did not turn. I tried to fill the tires with air. Four out of five held. The spare could be put on the front right to move the car. It was hard to tell why the rear wheels didn't turn, transmission, rear end or brakes frozen.
The clutch and brake peddles could not be pressed. I would guess all new brake cylinders, lines, master and slave cylinders are needed.
As you can see below, there is a lot of surface rust under the hood.
The wiring under the hood is a nightmare.
The seats could use a new covering but not absolutely necessary.
The car needs all new carpets.
A 1980 MGB LE in good running shape sells for $12,000+. The engine is a big unknown. It is easy to pull the head, that would tell a lot.
What needs to be done.
The engine and transmission needs to be pulled and checked out.
The paint needs to be stripped and the car primed and painted. The LE decals are available for $90. On the good side, there shouldn't be a lot of body work that needs to be done.
The entire brake and clutch system needs to be replaced.
The wiring under the hood needs to be sorted out. All new relays are needed.
The soft top may need replacing, but not necessary.
Other than the engine, there is probably less than $2,000 in new parts needed. Maybe we can find a way to paint the car on the cheap. But there is a ton of work needed.