An MG is Born - Episodes 6 to 10

Ready for painting
Ready for painting
Episode 6
The MGB rebuild starts in earnest. The rear axle is fitted to the shell withe new parabolic front springs. The front cross member is fitted and the car is finally back on its wheels. The engine, gearbox and overdrive units are fitted.

Episode 7
Mark fits a new heater, but it's not without its problems. The pedal box is fitted and the clutch master cylinder is overhauled.

Whilst Pete prepares the wheels for spraying Mark and Les continue to fit the braking system. The handbrake causes a few head scratching moments and Les gets to use the new lathe to skim the brake drums.

Finally some paint is applied to the wheels.

Upholstery in glorious red
Upholstery in glorious red
Episode 8
Mark strips down his seats, door panels and centre console and takes their bare bones to the seat surgeons, Yvonne, Sandra and Ellen for re-covering in luxurious red leather.

Mark fits the quarter lights and winding windows to the doors - an easy job turns into a nightmare. It only gets worse when he tries to fit the new windscreen.

Then it's on to the hood frame and the new mohair hood amazingly fitting uses the same principles as a face lift.

Episode 9
We find Mark glass bead blasting the engine inlet manifold - gorgeous. He goes on to fit it together with the new custom-made, ceramic coated,stainless steel, tubular exhaust headers. But there's a problem with the rest of the exhaust. After some head scratching a solution is found. A quick tip on how to make your own gaskets is followed by the complete rebuild of the fuel pump. Mark converts it to electronic operation.

Three hours are wasted when Mark accidentally trashes the gleaming radiator that he has just finished refurbishing. But another is substituted and the race is on to get the engine plumbed, fuelled and wired for its first fire up before the end of the show.

An absolute beauty (the MGB that is)
An absolute beauty (the MGB that is)
Episode 10
Mark is behind schedule so it's a frantic sprint for the finish - he has all the lights and shiny bits to fit as well as the boot, bonnet and badges.

Finally the MGB sees the light of day - and it's a beauty!