MG Links
On a 'best-efforts' basis, with the best will in the world it simply isn't possible to keep external links up to date

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Tech Links:

Body   Brakes   Clutch   Cooling   Electrics   Engine   Fuel   Gearbox   Heater   Ignition   Propshaft   Rear_Axle   Steering_and_Suspension   Wheels

The following sites carry information on a variety of topics:

So good it deserves a line of its own right at the top - a set of 'How to' videos from John Twist and University Motors
I've had to delete the links to the MGOC articles on things like axle clonk repair etc. as you have to be a member to get access to them now. But even then it isn't easy finding them - you have to go to Members Area, Technical Archive, enter search terms and select 'Within Enjoying MG only'. Looks easy written there, but I had to have several goes to get there the first time.
from Paul Kile Paul Lewis and Norm Nock all of the Sacremento Valley MG Car Club
Barney Gaylord's 'The MGA with an attitude' - mainly MGA but some details and much general information will be applicable to the MGB. MGA and MGB technical information from British Automotive
Scions of Lucas (SOL). Technical info for MG and other marques much of the 'other marques' info will also apply to MG to some extent. Skye Poier's 'The MGB Experience' site
Rich Mason's 'Helpzone' Tech Tips from the NAMGBR
Robert Epstein's 'MGB Tech Tips' John and Elaine Hubbard's 'MGB-GT' pages
Chicagoland MG Club - Tech tips for a variety of marques and MG models from Moss Motors (now only available by logging-in)
Parts sources from (Bob?) Lundgren Automobile Repair manuals Online (not)
Robert Bentley manuals MGB Parts List available online from Moss USA. Other MG models and marques available.
Miscellaneous MGB info from AutoChart Inc. Classic car restoration courses at UK Further Education Colleges from Restored Classics
Maintenance tips, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins from SlickCar by Kris Rinson Fuel Additives Lubricants and Coolant reference information from Stephen Ringlee's Volvo Maintenance FAQ
MOT Manual from GOV.UK UK MOT info from Haynes
Using a vacuum gauge for fault diagnosis. Les Bengtson's Classic MG Sports Car Restoration information
More speedo info from Autochart Yet more speedo info from Paul Tegler
Speedo repairs from Anthony Rhodes or as a downloadable PDF Speedo repairers and suppliers Speedograph Richfield successors to Smiths Industries
Bespoke and replacement instruments from Caerbont Automotive Instruments Another on-line Parts Catalogue from Brown and Gammons in the UK
Handy Reference Information from Pegasus Auto Racing - Decimal inch equivalents copper electrical wire specs and more. Smiths and Jaeger speedo repairs from Tigers United
John Twist's Tech Tips hosted by NAMGBR, on a variety of topics. US Mechanic EDU brings together the best mechanic training information available in one convenient place.

Body Links:

Bodywork from John Elwood. Paint Codes from Paul Tegler's 'Teglerizer' site
British car keys cut in the USA by Pete Groh. Roadster screen from Lee Daniels (updated link)
MGB Chrome Bumper Conversion sites from Google Body Rotisserie from Bob Beaupre
Body Rotator from Skye Poier 'The Instillation (sic) of Sills & Rockers' from Classic Auto Restoration Services. A commercial site but includes 'How to' and FAQs.
Hood/top fitting from Washington DC Centre MG Car Club Remanufactured parts from British Motor Heritage Ltd.
Brief information on fitting a child seat in the back of a GT. The lap and diagonal static belt from Securon can be found here. NOTE: Check the legality of these in the UK following the change in UK law from 18th September 2006, although it seems that systems with an older BS approval marking will remain legal until May 2008. Other than that it is legal to have an unrestrained child (or two) in the back of a GT, but illegal to have them restrained with an unapproved system. Herb Adler on radio speakers, door alignment, door latches, central door locking, alternative seats, fitting an arm-rest cubby, bonnet release, wheel arch liners

Brake Links:

Brake fluid from Veteran Triumph Register Servo overhaul on a TR6 from Buckeye Triumphs.
Low brake fluid level warning - note the remote servo can suffer seal failure which causes all the fluid to be sucked out of the master! Herb Adler on alternative brake light switches

Clutch Links:

Herb Adler on clutch release/throwout bearing

Cooling Links:

'Advanced Cooling System Basics' (sic) from Stewart Components Herb Adler on cooling system enhancements

Electrics Links:

Smartscreen intermittent wiper control. So good I have them on both my MGBs. Lamp/bulb and fuse info from 'Automotive Lite Bulbs'
More lamp/bulb info from Daniel Stern Lighting including FAQs, Tech info and 'How To'. Note that headlamp aiming shows LHD, reverse the images for RHD. Lots of electrics info on the 'The T*****h TR6 Web' much of which is also relevant to MGs.
Alternator conversions from Bob Muenchausen. Converting 4-cylinder tachs to V8 from the British V8 Forum.
Tach calibration and repair from Mark Olsen's Sunbeam Tiger pages. Includes the circuit diagram of the inductive circuit. Rebuilding a tach with modern electronics from Theo Smit's Tiger pages includes a link to a description of how to modify the inductive tach to work with electronic ignition.
Tip from Crane (may work with other manufacturers products) if your inductive tach (64 to 72) doesn't work with your new electronic ignition. Enlargeable coloured wiring diagrams in PDF format from Advance Auto-wire. These differ from the Workshop Manual Haynes Bentley in that associated components are placed together so reducing the amount of wiring snaking about and hence making them easier to follow.
Lucas relay info on CRC's TVR site. Lucas Technical catalogues for bulbs, switches etc.
Racemettle geared starters, contains useful info on the number of pinion teeth used by each model. Herb Adler on column switches, radio speakers, instrument voltage stabiliser, central locking, alternative brake light switches, LED instrument lighting

Engine Links:

V8 power for the MGB from Dan Masters MG V8 conversions from Mike Barnes
V8 conversion from Glenn somebody or other More V8 conversion from commercial site V8 Developments
'MGB V8 Conversions by Roger Parker' - a noted authority A Buick V8 conversion by Leon Zak
MG Engines from the TA to the MGF by Neil Cairns BMC engine numbers from 1952 to 1990 also by Neil Cairns. However the section on Gold Seal numbers doesn't include those for the MGB, for which see here.
More info from Neil Cairns, this time on the differences between the 18V engine as used in the MGB and that used in the Marina. Got an 18V engine with a funny number? These were used in the Sherpa van. (Note March 2007: Not currently available but I'll leave this link here for a while in case it comes back.)
Rover V8 engine number ranges from Capri Racing. Doesn't actually include the factory V8 MGB (or the RV8 as far as I know) but may be helpful if you get hold of an engine for a conversion. Oil filter study from Russ W. Knize.
Engine oil bible from 'The Speed-Trap Bible' by Chris Longhurst. Also see the sections on Snakeoils and Additives. 'More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Motor Oil ' from The Vintage Triumph Register. Biased towards the makes and grades available in the USA.
Another oil filter study from SHOClub More oil info, this time from a British biker, but mostly applicable to cars. Explanations of viscosity, detergency, relationship between gear and engine oil viscosity ratings, synthetics and additives ("Don't!" in this last case).
Another oil filter study. Two words of warning though - this relates to very high output close-tolerance Ford engines, and to me at least the detailed data conflicts with the conclusions. Compression Tests - from Puma Racing
Engine weights for many marques by Dave Williams, passed to me by Bob Howard. MG 4-cylinders under 'BL', V8 and V6 under 'Rover'. Some engine dimensions, only for the V8 in the case of MG, also some gearbox weights. See here for Workshop manual info. Cylinder-head casting numbers - a frequent source of questions - from British Automotive
MGB cylinder head identification from Sean Brown's, mainly for North American spec engines. A little more MGB cylinder head identification info this time from Paul Walbran Motors in New Zealand.
Herb Adler on oil leaks, head removal, running-on, exhaust

Fuel Links:

Carburettor Models by Year from Paul Tegler's 'Teglerizer' site
Polishing SU dashpot covers by Paul Tegler 'Living with Unleaded' from Rick Astley
SU Carburettors by Scott Fisher and Roger Garnett Tech info from ZTherapy
THE S.U. VARIABLE CHOKE CARBURETTOR by Malcolm Land - what it is and how it works. SU Carburettor Tips by Jim Taylor from the Jaguar Clubs of North America, including piston 'drop test' specs
Unleaded Fuel - a technical guide from Puma Racing. Detailed pictures of the HIF6 carb linkage pieces on the factory V8 from British Auto.
Several SU fuel pump articles by Dave Dubois. RON MON and PON (American) octane ratings explained from Wikipedia and compared by Mad Mole.
Zenith/Stromberg water choke by Rick Jaskowiak. And for a picture of a manual choke conversion click here. SU/Butec carb data from Peter & Rita Forbes' Engine Webpages.
SU carb and fuel pump parts from SU Burlen. Includes spec data on things like piston springs. 'Minty Lamb SU Needle Compare-o-rama'. Shades of Wallace and Gromit, but it is an on-line SU needle comparison and selection program.
Alternatively a downloadable comparison and selection program from Scott A. Beavis. Herb Adler on fuel pumps, carbs, using a Colortune, fuel tank sender, fuel leaks

Gearbox Links:

A gearbox testing tool from Kai Radicke Adding overdrive to a non-overdrive gearbox by Octarine Services
Theoretical Top Speed calculator from mySportsCar. Modifying the rear crossmember to give improved access to the gearbox mount bolts. NB: Not sure if this is strictly necessary if you attach the crossmember to the gearbox before you raise the cross-member up to the chassis rails.
Herb Adler on gearbox problems, alternative gearbox

Heater Links:

Heater Valve Improvements for BMC B-Series Engines from Bob Muenchausen's 'Muenchausen's Garage' MGB Heater Rebuild and Upgrade from Chicagoland MG Club
Herb Adler on an alternative heater tap

Ignition Links:

Distributor curves from Paul Tegler's 'Teglerizer' site Electronic Ignition Systems from Autocar Electrical Equipment Co Ltd
More distributor info from Doug Jackson's 'British Automotive'. Even more distributor info from TDC Engineering many Lucas serial numbers not just MG.
Yet more distributor info from AutoChart Inc. Tuning (as opposed to 'setting-up') Lucas distributors also from TDC Engineering.
A problem and solution when installing electronic ignition systems. Product information for the 123 electronic distributor. For installation and technical data see here.
Transpo supply the electronic module for the 45DM4 distributor. Select 'Ignition Modules', 'Delco', and it is the DM1906. Original-spec advance springs, yes advance springs, from Distributor Doctor, although unfortunately only for 25D and not 45D. Other springs available if you can quote dimensions, also all other distributor parts and a rebuilding service.
Points, condensers, rotors and caps reputedly of better quality than those from the usual suspects, as well as electronic ignition conversions. Herb Adler on the distributor

Propshaft Links:

Driveline alignment - problems and solutions from Drivetrain Specialists of Las Vegas

Rear Axle Links:

Wheel hub and rotor/disc measurement points from Wheel Vintiques See just how much a live axle like on the MGB can move about when pushed
Herb Adler on banjo diff, octagonal nuts

Steering and Suspension Links:

Tube shock conversion from Paul Tegler's 'Teglerizer' site Suspension bible from 'The Speed-Trap Bible' by Chris Longhurst
Make your own steering column/rack shaft alignment tool. Original link replaced by a section in 'Spanners' as more information has come to light, click on the globe then 'Column/Rack Alignment'. Herb Adler on steering, rear bump stops, spring breakage

Wheel and Tyre Links:

Tyre sizes and axle ratios from Skye Poier's 'The MGB Experience' site Tyre sizes and axle ratios from Scott Galaba's BMW M Coupe and Z3 Coupe site.
Wheels and tyres bible from 'The Speed-Trap Bible' by Chris Longhurst Tyre sizing sidewall info construction etc from Dunlop
Tyre Size Comparisons from Club DSM Wheel and Tyre Sizing from AGP Motorsports
Tire/Wheel Combination Calculator from Rick Tolan Lots of stuff on wheels and tyres from the All Morgan site
Solent Wheels, who apparently make a good job of refurbing V8 wheels where the chrome is peeling. They powder-coat the whole wheel silver, then top-coat the alloy with satin black, and polish the areas round the cut-outs, all for £50. They do not split the centre from the rim in the process as re-riveting is an extremely safety-critical process. My local wire-wheel rebuilder - Phillips & Son, Unit 3, Seven Stars Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, 0121 544 9060, just a couple of minutes from J2 of the M5. The map (click the globe) has the green arrow close to where they actually are between the canal bridge and the A457, even though that is shown as Park Lane and not Seven Stars Road.
Central Wheel Components. They can make stainless spokes to fit MGB wheels for you to fit but do not work on the wheels themselves, only motorbike wheels. Highly polished they are close to chrome, but are said to resist breakage better. Weights of many wheels, probably all after-market.
British Wire Wheel - based in the USA despite the name. Sell both Dunlop and Dayton so a useful price comparison.

If you know of any sites containing technical information that you would like to see listed here (including your own of course) please mail me with the URL.

Club/info Links:

Updated November 2008: Get a Birth Certificate for your B (and other MG models and marques). Direct from The British Motor Museum, price (at last time of checking) is £40 and should be with you in less than 28 days. There are extra charges for searches on engine/body number if the chassis number is not available. There is also an expanded version with technical specification for £68, and if you just want a dating letter e.g. to change its taxation class to Historic and be eligible for free UK Road Tax that is £21. Note dating letters are longer accepted by the DVLA.
Also see British Motor Heritage Ltd. for OE shells, panels and other parts. MGs mail list Learn all about the role and Frank Zappa play in owning an MG. Two versions are available - 'real time' and the digest. The last time I used the digest it arrived a day or two later than the 'real-time' messages would have, and the messages were in date/time order making it awkward to follow and contribute to threads. However the digest means that if you only access your mailbox once a week, you only get five messages instead of five hundred! (Those were the days, probably only get about 70 per month now. (Did I say 70 per month? More like one per month now)). The Yahoo MG-MGB list seems to have replaced it, but even that doesn't generate anywhere near as much as in its heyday.
The Team.Net MG Mail List and MGB V8 Mail List archives - Retrieve past pronouncements on all MG topics under the sun, rather than asking "Why don't my indicators work?" or "What does mean?"

The most important MG site on the Internet

The original MG club ...

... and its V8 Register

The MGB Register of the Car Club

The largest one-make car club in the world

The square-riggers club

Marc Feig's site specialising in early MGBs

Klaus Scheuer's site

for his roadster Emma

MGs in the Movies and TV. Hate the term 'movies' when British people in Britain are talking about films (and particularly when it's a British film), but it does alliterate quite well. 3340 entries including 736 MGB, 173 MGB GT and 4 V8. Also a few here.
Steve Baker MG

A true enthusiast, even though he is now trading commercially, so well worth including here.

The North American MGB Register

British Car Cottage Industries

Devoted to enthusiasts who have developed items for British cars not normally available from commercial sources, by Barrie Robinson of Canada.

Scions Of Lucas

Rendez-vous des Anglaises is the British car club located on the east coast of Canada in the Province of Québec.

The Victoria (British Columbia Canada) MG Club purveyors of that fine 1999 MG calendar that is now a valued part of my archive. The calendar came to me via Larry Unger in Woodbridge, Virginia as a barter for a water pump pulley I had located for him in the UK.

Kentucky club site with newsletter, events, discussion board ...

Skye Poier's Historic MGB Race Results

Erm, an automotive web site for geeks?

Paul Tegler's MGB colours - codes and examples


Neil Cairns' Parts Suppliers list, mainly UK

'British V8' online magazine

Not MG but not a million miles away either. Just a friendly link-swap.


Austin Memories

Commemorating Longbridge and the cars made there. Primarily Austin, with some MG

Car Acronyms, surprisingly 'Mostly Garaged' isn't in this or any of the other sites I looked at.

Tidewater MG Classics of Norfolk, Virginia, including the award-winning 'Dipstick' newsletter.

By special request from Rachel Martin of Learning Haven in Upstate New York, for Jack who loves motorcycles. Best wishes - there is no upper or lower age limit for enthusiasm.


Commercial links:

Parts finder for MG and others Motorcycle, ATV, UTV parts
Dealers for MG Motor and new MGs

Car Guy Garage - Garage Cabinets, Storage, Flooring, Accessories, Lighting and Decor

Services and advice for the young car driver

Trailer and garage cabinets and accessories

Vintage, veteran and classic electrics components

Lancaster Classic Car Insurance

Hopefully not needed for your MG
But in any event there are a number of rules that need to be followed to protect yourself and the environment, and can help others.

Sussex MG Car Parts

Sussex Classic Car Parts sells parts for MGs, Midgets, MGBs, MGFs, Austin Healeys and Sprites.

John Twist's University Motors site

Lawrie Alexander's British Sportscar Center in Sacremento, Northern Fornicalia

Tends to be more 'techy' than the MGOC mag (Enjoying MG), which tends to be more 'clubby'

MG Motor, successor to MG Rover

The British Motor Museum Gaydon - the No. 1 LBC museum by far.

Beaulieu, pronounced "BEWly" i.e. with the emphasis on the first syllable only

Haynes - the author of all those auto manuals

Unipart Parts Direct. "Thousands of parts for millions of cars" - service and repair. From the Magnette to the MGF

The Automotive and Motorcycle restorers first shop for specialist tools and equipment. With over a thousand items, products can be purchased securely online or by telephone or fax.

SU fuel systems - Australia

SU and Zenith fuel systems - UK

Parts Suppliers Prices

K&N Filters - Filter Facts, cleaning etc.

K&N Europe - includes worldwide dealer list

Hundreds of 'MG' collectibles on eBay, and most of them are Octagonal

Swattons Sports Cars
MG Specialists in Swindon, UK

R&S Coachbuilts of London supply and fit complete kits or replacement parts for the original (that is, aftermarket) Webasto folding roof.


Moss Motors - Europe at the top and USA at the bottom, with free snail-mail and on-line (USA only) catalogues. Also their Moss Motoring on-line magazine.

Fancy having a stained glass window of your MG?


Some sources of classic car hire in the UK and elsewhere:

The Getaway Driver Choose from MG, Jaguar, Aston Martin and many others in various parts of the UK
Porsche and RV8 hire in Devon
UK-wide Guild of classic car hirers
Bespokes, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire
Tunbridge Wells, on the Kent/Sussex border
Cornwall Classic Car Hire incorporating Devon Classic Car Hire, Bude, Cornwall
Clackmannanshire, Scotland (between Edinburgh and Glasgow!)
Self Drive Classics 01889 504040 MGB, Midget, Healey etc. in the Lichfield, Staffordshire area
Historic motoring relived, Scottish Borders.
Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.
Vintage Classics, Wiltshire.
Classic Motoring, Cotswolds.
And finally ... ... a link to an MG Enthusiasts news item on MG hire.


Start them young, get them a classic pedal or electric car:

Premier Pedal Cars Generic classics including a hot-rod, fire engine and pick-up
'Brum' the children's favourite, Comet racer, Chevy 55, tow truck, fire engine, police car, Ferrari 50s F2 racer
Links to UK pedal car sites


And last but not least my favourite parts suppliers:

 Clive Wheatley. Clive specialises in V8s both factory and conversions, but can also supply parts and services for all MGBs. He has an agent in Washington DC who can deal with the transport and currency issues for North American customers, or he will deal direct. Although Clive has a web site and email I would advise you to contact him by telephone. Clive can now be contacted at:
Clive Wheatley
High Grosvenor Workshops
WV15 5PN
Phone +44 (0)1746 710810
(Fax +44 (0)1746 710999)

Leacy as was, quite local to me in Brum and a huge stock as well as a good online store with many items photographed.

Solved a long-standing wheel wobble problem on the V8 with their highly specialised 'Road Force Measurement' machine which uses precision stud hole adapters rather than the centre hole.

Good rates (only 5% increase for 2011 whereas the AA indicates many providers are increasing rates by 20% or more) for both classic and modern, efficient courteous service, a months notice of renewal rate to give you plenty of time to look around, and finally a sensible approach to agreed value revaluations. In this last aspect I had had the roadster with another broker for very many years, and they always insisted on a 'professional' valuation every couple of years. This wasn't too bad when I could get it done locally by a classic repairer for a bung to his tea-club, but he eventually closed down. The broker wouldn't accept my photos and valuation, but they would accept a valuation from another insurance company if I sent my photos to them - ridiculous! By contrast for cars like the MGB Footman James will accept the owners photos and valuation, and what's more have just extended the interval from 2 years to 4.