MGB Electrical Systems

Updated & Revised New Edition

Even those MGB owners with no previous electrical knowledge or skills will find this book invaluable. Its step by step introduction to basic car electrical theory and its explanation of how each MGB system works, the clear and simple colour diagrams and easy fault finding guides will make everyone and expert.


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 has 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 those elusive problems down. For those wishing to improve the car for reliability and safety.


  • More than a how-to-do guide, this book also explains the ‘why’ of each system and procedure
  • Based on real MGB repair and modification experience
  • Hundreds of original illustrations and colour-coded circuit diagrams
  • Each electrical system treated separately
  • Lots of suggested modifications for improved electrical performance
  • Suggested alternatives for unavailable or expensive spares
  • Easy to understand basic electrical theory
  • Fault-finding and repair

About the author

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 his being embedded with the electrical architecture group of one of the Big 3 car makers where he was able observe first hand the process behind the design of a vehicle 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

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845846-38-1 • eV number: eV4638 • Published: August 2013 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £27.99 / $36.99 / €29.99 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4229 • Paperback • 27x20.7cm • £40 • 192 pages • 324 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845842-29-1 • UPC: 6-36847-04229-5. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

MGB Electrical Systems

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