VotW – How a Heritage MGB Door is Made

In this video we go behind the scenes at British Motor Heritage Limited, to show you the processes of manufacturing an MGB door. I knew that there were multiple layers of an MGB door but never realized how much actually goes into it.

The way these reproduction doors are made in the video is exactly the same way they were made by the factory back in the day.

British Motor Heritage Limited not only makes doors for the MGB, as you see here, they also make other quality reproduction body parts all the way up to complete bodyshells.

To make their shells, BMH uses …

Original press dies 
– produce the majority of the components – over 3000 press tools weighing in excess of 2500 tonnes have been found, identified and recommissioned. Where press tools have been lost or irrevocably modified, British Motor Heritage Limited has invested heavily in new press tools to enable production of the many body variants.

Original assembly jigs 
– crucial to the build of any assembly or bodyshell are the manufacturing assembly jigs. Again, these have been found and recommissioned. They ensure the dimensional integrity of the bodyshell.

Original facilities
– a purpose built and dedicated assembly area is used for the manufacture of all bodyshells. To ensure the quality of weld is to the required standard, welding equipment identical to that used by major motor manufacturers is used.

Original technical data and specifications 
– for all parts and assemblies produced have been used to check detail, process and quality.

These parts are available for the MGB, MGBGT, Mini, and MG Midget.

Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British
Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car fan, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, a 1977 MGB, a 1978 Triumph Spitfire, and a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.

3 Comments

  1. Now, that was cool! Amazing that they’ve been able to put many of the original stamping machines back in to service.

  2. Amazing foresight to have preserved these dies!

    Only wish there were some for the Sunbeam Alpines! Wonder if anyone knows of the whereabouts of them? What Chrysler may have done with them?

    Many thanks Michael!!

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