I'm quite keen on purchasing an MGB but how practical are they? would i be able to tootle to work everyday in the traffic - or would it break down every 5 mins! Also is it possible to squeeze more power out of the engine? How would you go about it other than replacing the air filters? Has anybody on the forum replaced an MGB engine for a relatively modern one? Any help appreciated....
First answer, yes, they can be very practical, the GT especially so. The beauty of them is the simplicity, no fancy electronics or computers to break!
I owned a GT for many years as my everyday transport, never let me down through rain and shine. I still own a 1974 MGB roadster, rarely used nowadays unfortunately because of various reasons, but it still starts everytime and still has that certain sparkle, and after owning for over 20years find it hard to part!
The modifications I have made over the years include a new fuel pump, easy diy job, halogen headlight conversion so I could see where I was going,
a new radio/ cd player and an alarm system, otherwise a standard car.
There are numerous ways of upgrading the performance, there are various big bore kits/ options, up to a 2 litre "fast road" spec. I have played with the idea of converting mine into a 3.5 litre using the rover v8 engine, but part of the charm of the MGB is the olde worlde character so I have left mine mainly original. Maybe I am getting old but I enjoy the performance of the mg as it is without the need to chase the hot hatches. It might take a bit longer getting there, but its more fun!
Think the easiest performance upgrades would be air filters, new jets/ needles or possibly new carbs and a free flow exhaust. If you want more then its camshafts and then re-bore and cylinder head.
I agree with the comments about the suspension, can be improved quite easily, again a relatively simple diy job,and would be wise if you are increasing the performance. Best look at the brakes too!
Have a look at the various mg owners clubs / groups, there is a lot of info out there, and usually lots of very helpful people.