My father wrote an account of how the fuel pump problem first came to be…

It was a beautiful, sunny Southern California day in the San Gabriel Mountains in the late 1970s. I was on a local Audubon Society field trip, enjoying the mountain scenery along Angeles Crest Highway as we caravaned from one birding spot to another when the MGB suddenly died. As I stood at the roadside trying to figure out what to check, one of the other club members pulled up. This older gentleman suggested that his early experience with a Ford Model T was relevant.

It seems sediment would gather at the bottom of the gas tank in the Model T, and when the fuel level would drop the gunk would move into the fuel pump, clogging it. He suggested applying the time-honored remedy — building up the pressure in the gas tank until the solids were pushed through the pump. I doubted the diagnosis but I didn’t have any other ideas. And I was amazed but delighted when it actually worked. I had occasion to use this technique many times after that, and I was happy to pass this bit of wisdom on to Steve when the MGB passed into his hands (just as my father had passed the very same car to me years before).

The Miata that replaced the MGB in my garage has never needed this kind of resuscitation. But then, if it did a computerized monitor of some sort would probably be required to diagnose and fix this modern car instead of the straight-forward technique that kept cars running from the Model T to the MGB.