An MG is Born - Episodes 1 to 5
Mark Evans embarks on a brand new project, aiming to transform a 1973 Chrome-bumpered MGB Roadster from an unloved rust-bucket into a pristine classic car.
In the first programme Mark tracks down a suitable car for restoration in an old chicken shed in Surrey. The deal done, it's back to his workshop to start the strip down.
In the second episode of An MG is Born, Mark strips the engine down step by step, starts work on the body-work and takes a trip to the Heritage factory where, 20 years after production stopped, new body shells are still being made.
Programme 3 sees Mark continuing to restore his 1973 MGB. While the body is away being bead blasted, it's the turn of the sills and rear axle as Mark replaces the 3-part sill structure, strips and refurbishes the rear axle and dismantles the differential.
With the body of Mark's MGB back from the bead blasters, it's easy to see how much restoration work is now needed. New wings are fitted and a new steering rack fitted to the body. Mark also visits a specialist engineering company who are refurbishing the over-drive unit to find out just how it works.
More metalwork as Mark repairs the shell and fits new panels. It's a long hard slog. Meanwhile the engine is being overhauled with a rebore. By the end of the programme the engine is rebuilt and the shell has had its first coat of paint. Phew!
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