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rich
So my wife had an accident and the little Chevy Cobalt suffered so much damage that it was totaled. She's fine (the wife). Really a minor indecent, just veered to far right on a spot of road that happened to not have any shoulder and a very steep embankment.    

Here's where she left the road, you can see the trail the car left in the weeds:


And, here's the car:


She's been driving my truck ever since leaving me without a car. Once I got the check from the insurance I started shopping for a used car. Well it seems there are no cars in the Midwest that run or have less than 180,000 miles on them for less than $4,000. The crap that's out there is just amazing. I don't really mind a high-mileage car, but things are going to brake and I want to be able to fix them myself and not have to damn near pull an engine to just change a timing belt (most of the cars I looked at had timing belts that should have been changed at 100,000 miles, most were pushing over a 150,00 and not been changed).

So I started looking a "classics" and I found this 1976 MG B with less than 25,000 miles on it. The guy had listed for $4500 but after about a week, he had dropped the asking price to $3700. I got it for $3400 and you'd have to hit me with a 2X4 to get the grin off my face .




It's not the most practical car, I'll admit that. It does have some "Lucas" electrical gremlins with the temp and fuel gauge and it's a bit buzzy at 75MPH (4 speed, no overdrive). But damn, is it fun. I've always admired the Triumph Spitfire, GT6+, and TR6, but haven seen one for sale. So I think, this MGB is as close as I'll get.
89 VN 750A
79 CB 750K
78 CB 750K
77 CB 750K
77 GL 1000 x 2
77 CB 550F
Holton, KS, US
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Those Brit cars are mechanical and electrical nightmares, undersized, under powered but god they are cool!!! Nice find!
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ What he said.
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1976 CB 750-A X 2
1977 CB 750-A X 4
1977 CB 750-K
1976 CB 750 F
1981 CB 750
1966 Kawasaki SG 250
1981 KZ 750 LTD
1973 CB 350
1979 CM 185 Twinstar
1982 Honda XL 80
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Hey Rich
If I remember right, you have a DOHC CB 750, could you help this guy out? http://honda-cb750-s.456789.n3.nabble.com/1981-cb750-custom-td4059206.html
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Life is not about the number of breaths, you take, but the moments that take your breath away.
I don't have an anger problem. I have an idiot problem. Hank Hill
Never confuse education for intelligence.
Happiness is a belt fed weapon.
I just can't imagine what could go wrong.
No fire? No explosions? So whats the point of your story?
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato
It couldn't be done, but the darn fool didn't know it, and did it anyway.
We all got problems. Ksharp
I like vintage bikes because they take me away from the clutter of technology that I work with everyday and back to a simpler time of mechanical elegance and simplicity.. "ninadm"
Darkwing Duck: The worst part of public transportation is the Public.
"That is awesome shit there" Re-Run
"Fear nothing, attack everything" Eric Berry
" Oh, you read that on the internet? Clearly it IS a massive problem. Of course it CAN’t be normal operation."

1976 CB 750-A X 2
1977 CB 750-A X 4
1977 CB 750-K
1976 CB 750 F
1981 CB 750
1966 Kawasaki SG 250
1981 KZ 750 LTD
1973 CB 350
1979 CM 185 Twinstar
1982 Honda XL 80
South of Eden (Kansas City MO)
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That is really cool, Rich!

Like most Murican's, I always thought the lil Brit cars were weaklings, too. Early this past summer I was doing a job for a guy that had a nice looking little Triumph. He had fiddled around with the topend of the engine a little, the exhaust, and had fitted some better parts to the suspension. I don't recall the details now, but it was nothing drastic or one-off. He took me for a very spirited ride on some backroads and impressed the heck outta me. It wasn't a 450+hp muscle car, but it definitely wasn't what I would consider underpowered. Just a different kind of power. We were absolutely flying around those corners.

I dig your style of ''classics you can work on''. Great philosophy.  Great find for the money,Rich. Happy for ya!
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Yup, I wouldn't call it powerful, but yes, definitely spirited. It's been de-smogged and retrofitted with dual carbs.

So I think it's up a little from the 67HP that it started with, probably closer to the 100HP of the pre-smog versions.

Love the cockpit and the way the shifter clicks into gear.


I too wondered about reliability, but this thing is very agricultural (e.g. "Tractor parts"). It's stupid simple to work on. It has a modern coil and iridium plugs so it sputters to life easily.
89 VN 750A
79 CB 750K
78 CB 750K
77 CB 750K
77 GL 1000 x 2
77 CB 550F
Holton, KS, US
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That looks so cool!

Ever since the "cash for clunkers" crap, used cars are WAY overpriced. It'll come back around though, it'll just take a few years. Meanwhile, pizza delivery will really depend on tips!
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jealous!
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rich
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My carbs were actually way older than the car itself and due for a rebuild. I ended up with a shiny set of "re manufactured"  SUs I found on ebay. Looks the business now. LOL.
89 VN 750A
79 CB 750K
78 CB 750K
77 CB 750K
77 GL 1000 x 2
77 CB 550F
Holton, KS, US