Do you prefer a car to that’s totally stock or one that rocks because a few things that didn’t work well in the first place were upgraded? That’s the debate that Shane Hanke and I were having at Gunner’s Great Garage on Monday past. While I like my early ’50s MG T Series cars totally stock, Shane is an expert on the newer MGB’s and he has no problems putting twin carbs on a ’76 model or swapping out the failure-prone early electronic ignition for something more reliable. “Shane,” I said. “Collectors want ORIGINAL stuff on their cars.” he shot back, “MG B owners want their cars to have the things that work the best.” He and I are about 180 degrees apart on these things and I’m sure some of you will understand my view and others will agree with him. But I’m wondering which approach has the most fans. If you read this and have an opinion, please tell me wht you think. — Gunner
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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