- Series: Restoration Manuals
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK; 2nd edition (January 14, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1859606075
- ISBN-13: 978-1859606070
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lindsay Porter has written more than 50 how-to books and well over 1000 practical articles for magazines on motoring, caravanning and other subjects. His first piece of professional writing was in 1979, for DIY (Do It Yourself) Magazine, explaining how he and wife Shan built and extended their own country cottage - the cottage they still live in today. Even then, their house was designed (by Lindsay) and built to the highest standards of insulation and sustainability.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book, however, is a really superb rendition of modern guidance, with superb photographic essays of complex operations. Although it has a color cover, all of the photographs are in black and white. The book is a real build on top of a normal repair manual, with sections on history, buying (BUY THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU BUY AN MGB), and then bodywork, interior trim, mechanical, electrical, and so on.
The third book that I recommend is Anders Ditlev Clausager's "Original MGB With MGC and MGB GT V8." This is a coffee table book, a "this is what perfect looks like," and it is both inspirational and just plain delightful. I drove my 1964 MGB across the country in the four days after I bought it (at 2500 RPM most of the way, 65 mph, but on special stretches of Iowa, doing 4000 RPM for sustained periods) because I love this car as a sports drive, not a driveway show car. Still, it is really great to see what perfection without regard to long haul rallying looks like, and I could not do without all three books.
I was disappointed overall....It was almost "generic" in nature, and just wasn't the book I thought it would be....
Most folks that are taking on a project like this, are already pretty decent mechanics, but have not necessarily worked on British sports cars....Otherwise, they wouldn't need a book to help....
I read through it once, and never picked it up for help again....
Much better off with Internet forums, Chilton publications, and factory workshop manual.
While the book is good for those who are just starting with their MGB, I would recommend getting the first edition to see how one really restores an MGB back to its original condition. I have owned my MGB for over twenty years, and I can tell you that the original book is much more in depth for those that like to get their hands dirty.