Name That MG
by Dennis Trowbridge
For the first time since I was sick I have my
own MGB back on the road. This '76 MGB comes to me by a rather
circuitous route. My wife Joanne bought the rolling bodyshell
from John Mageria before we were married, and later gave it to
her brother John. Just before I got sick we restored the car and
John used it as his daily driver. Three years on the city streets
of Chicago everyday took a rather hard toll on the car. The left
front fender was bashed one night by an unknown party, and last
year John smashed the right side of the car avoiding a kid who
ran out into the street. The right side was a mess and some damage
was done to the steering as well. After a winter of sitting out
in an open parking lot all manner of problems presented themselves.
The lights didn't work, but the engine would start when you hit
the light switch.
Joanne, and I got the MG running and we took it over to Dave Bralich's
to work on it in his garage. Beside Dave's '76 we started stripping
off parts and repairing things. One of the jobs I wanted to do
was lower the car back to chrome bumper height. I decided to change
the front crossmember to do this rather than use the lowering
kits on the market. After all I like getting a Jack under the
car without having to jack it up first! We got the car back together
for the Utica driving school.
Now here is the problem. We need a name for my
Pageant blue MGB. When we put the car back together we used parts
from about twenty different MG's to do it. That is right, twenty
different cars! I need a name or a license plate that bears witness
to this recycling of parts. Who said the Car hobby couldn't be
green? (Editoršs note: The name "Frankenstien" comes to mind.)
Please call me with your suggestions or write
1210 McCameron Ave.
Lockport, IL 60441.
I promise to come up with some kind of totally
worthless prize for the winner to clutter up their home or garage