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MGB Electrical Systems​

By Rick Astley
ISBN 1-84584-057-7 / ISBN 13: 978-1-84584-057-0
UPC 636847-04057-4
£29.99 UK / $54.95 USA
Published September 2006 UK & USA

MGB owners, banish the Prince of Darkness!

Original information never previously published
Based on real MGB repair and modification experience
A ‘why’ as well as a ‘how to’ book
Colour-coded circuit diagrams for individual circuits
Hundreds of original photographs
Scores of original diagrams
Each system treated separately
Lots of suggested alterations for improved electrical performance
Suggested alternatives for unavailable or very expensive spares
Easy to understand basic electrical theory


This book is essential reading for every MGB enthusiast. The mechanical aspects and the restoration of the vehicle have been written about in numerous publications, but the so often maligned electrical systems have never before been comprehensively covered. For those new to vehicle electrical systems the book provides a simple primer using mechanical analogies. Each system in the car has its own chapter, with simple and uncluttered circuit diagrams in which each wire can be seen in its real colours. More than a how-to-do guide, the book also explains the “why” of each system and procedure, aiding diagnostics when things don’t go quite as they should. The many fault-finding guides help pin down those elusive problems down. A must for those wishing to improve their cars for reliability and safety.


Rick Astley is a dual British-Canadian citizen living in the USA. An electrical engineer, he was educated in Britain. He currently works as the Automotive Applications Manager for a Silicon Valley company. This work has entailed close liaison with the electrical architecture group of one of the 'Big 3' car makers, where he was able to observe first hand the process behind the design of a vehicle’s electrical system.

He lives with his wife Anne, a 1970 MGB roadster, and a 1970 MGB-GT V8 conversion, all of whom were raised in Abingdon, England. He has two grown sons.


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