Early Seat Frame Backs

Contributors: R. White/A. Henderson
Early MGBs used staples and wood to secure the upholstery to the seat frames backs.  This was a carryover from MGA production and although unsure of the change over date to half inch clips, car # 8273 still had use of the staples and wood. 

This first picture shows how the wood was secured to the frame:

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Here is another view:

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This pic illustates how the upholstery was secured to the wood via staples:
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Perhaps this is a better pic to show the staples securing the upholstery:
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Contrasted with a seat back from a later MKI seat frame back.  Notice the use of the 1/2 round clips:

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Lastly is a photo that illustates the style of upholstery used on MKI seat frames be they the early wood and stapled secured type or via the black clips:

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Early MGB Footwell and Toeboard Coverings-to CAR# 2600 approx.

Author: A. Henderson

These photos are of what the first of the Bs had in their footwells as far as carpet (none), rubber and vinyl covered hardboards go. 

These apply to the earliest of pull handle cars. This one is an unrestored, scrupulously maintained as original #1105. 

Please note that these apply with respect to the hardboard up to approx. car 2600 or so dependent on interior colour. After that they change to carpeting on the front toeboard and sides of the tunnel.

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Accessory Consoles for the Early MGB

Author: A. Henderson
Interior consoles were a popular item added by some owners to their cars.  They provided a centre armrest, a hidden cubbyhole for items best kept out of sight, and some would say they finished off the interior of the car.
The only 2 correct consoles for early MGBs to the best of my research and knowledge were marketed by AMCO, based in California, makers of accessories for numerous sports cars of the time.  These were available by mail order, and often sold through the parts departments of local MG dealerships as well.
Unfortunately the full length console for the early MGB was a rather fragile affair of injection molded plastic, often cracking in various places likely due to owner abuse.  As well, strong sun tended to bleach the original black colour from them.  Finding a usable one can be quite a quest.  Very occasionally used ones show up on Ebay, and over the past 10 years I have seen perhaps 5 NOS ones sold, usually for a significant price.
The Full Length Console provided: (Photos 1 and 2)  From the rear:  A speaker housing with a chrome bright work grille which could include the speaker if ordered.  Next, an armrest upholstered in black vinyl which opened to a shallow bin suitable for change, keys and other necessities.  A plugged hole suitable for installing a Tasco cigar lighter, and again the lighter unit could be supplied with the console.
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Next a cutout suitable for installing the early factory ash receiver with the 4 exposed screw holes.

This console fitted flush to the front speaker housing and butted up to the rear heel board.  It required drilling several small holes and fastening it through the carpeting with self tapping screws.
The second console was a much shorter and simpler affair which fastened to the centre tunnel with 4 screws.  It provided an armrest, a storage area under the armrest and a small recessed bin to the front of the armrest suitable for change.
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It left the front portion of the tunnel as per the factory.  This short console is seldom seen, perhaps because the full length one was more popular.
 Clark and Clark has manufactured one which serves the same general purpose but is different in appearance.  These are sold today through Moss Motors.
The early accessory catalogue I have does not list these consoles as factory accessories  It is however interesting to note that the sales literature for the next generation of MGB, the 68-71 actually shows the AMCO console installed in a 1971 MGB GT.

Very early MGB Gear Shift Gaiter

Author: A. Henderson

Early gaiters were simple with the large flat portion at carpet level and the bellows portion extending down the gearshift rather than up as became common on later 1963 cars.  I don’t know the change point, but from what I have read only perhaps a thousand cars used this gaiter.  It is not stocked by usual sources to my knowledge.
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Ignition System Vacuum Pipe

Author: M. Feig w/Assistance from A. Henderson
In the past, a lot of questions have been asked relative to how this vapour seperator should be mounted.  It is difficult to see from the Carburator side as it bolts to the 2nd from the back manifold bolt, and then it has a clamp at the rear head bolt, and then down and around to the distributor.  Another reason for this article is to point ot that many of the engine components were not painted seperately prior to being assembled.  In fact, this is a prime example of a component that was assembled and then painted at the same time the engine was painted.

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Note how engineside was not painted:

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and then pipe attaches to vacuum portion of the 25D distributor (hard to see here)

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Early MGB Identification Tag Appearance and Location

Author: A. Henderson

The early B up until mid-1966? used a body tag and a VIN tag.  The rectangular aluminum alloy serial tag is fastened with 2 posidrive self tapping screws to the right inner fender in front of the radiator and will have a series of digits beginning, on roadsters with GHN3, followed by a series of numbers which are the actual car ID number.  North American left hand drive cars will have a “L” after the 3 and preceding the actual number.  .
The body number tag is screwed to the right inner fender parallel with the carburetors and is held by 2 small slot headed screws.  It begins with MGB….followed by a series of numerals.
Reputedly some cars for some markets may have the VIN number stamped on a tab near the right motor mount on the right frame rail.   This stamped VIN may or may not be present, and when present is often stamped very lightly, making locating and/or reading it quite difficult.
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