Awhile back a customer came in and said he had a chrome bumper MGB he wanted restored. The car had been his Dad’s, and he had bought in new off the lot. As the common story goes, it had been driven a lot in the early years, but as life caught up with Dad, the car got less and less attention. My first impression was that our customer had gotten the car from his Dad and wanted to get it up and running. After a long and detailed estimate of what it was going to take, we started on the car.
This was a complete restoration. The body was actually in pretty good shape, it had been in a garage the entire time, and it was mainly the dust, dirt and cobwebs we had to deal with.
The biggest task was that he wanted to change the color to black. This is by far the most difficult color to paint and not show imperfections in the finish. However difficult that painting might have been, the final look was awesome. Then, to make the car look even better, it was decided to have the interior be tan leather with a black canvas top and tonneau.
The great part about this story is that when the car was finished, our customer had always intended to give the car back to his Dad so he could enjoy the car even more now. We were surprised to find out that our customer had only ridden in the car a few times as a small boy, and that when he got in it to deliver it to Dad, it was the first time he had ever driven the car. It’s our opinion, and it is a little biased, that the car is far better today than it was when it rolled off the dealer’s lot the first time.
So if you are driving around Salem and see this great looking MGB, be sure to honk and wave. Know that the driver is reliving some of the great times from years gone by, and that he has a really nice and loving son that helps keep the dream alive and continues to enjoy the ride!!!