Again, out I went looking for a car that would provide a good basis for a restoration project. My luck came in in June 1998 when I phoned up a dealer advertising for restoration cars and asked him if he had any he wanted to sell himself. To my good fortune he had one MGB chrome bumper sitting in his yard he hadn't done anything with for a few months as he'd lost the spirit of restoring the cars after a long time doing so (he'd been wooed by the glamour of second hand VWs!). I arranged to visit it and check it out. As the yard door swung open my eyes cast upon a rather sorry, but endearing sight. A rather delapidated orange (either 'Blaze' or a very faded 'Flame Red') chrome bumpered roadster sat amongst rusty doors and rear axles. As soon as I saw the car, I knew then that it this was the car for me. I checked it over, rather unconvincingly (I don't remember kicking the tyres though) - after all I didn't really know where to look for dodgy areas, being new to the game; although I had picked up a few tips from Lindsay Porter's book.
We agreed a price and I went back to university to finish my term. The seller arranged for the car to be towed into our garage where it stayed for a week before I returned.
With the body stripped down to a shell, panel repairs could commence.