|Posted on November 26, 2014 at 8:20 AM|
You may have noticed that I've been busy on eBay of late. I purchased a job lot of items from down under and it's been a bit of an undertaking to sort through them all. I had only intended to purchase 2 cars..
The photograph below shows the carnage as we spilled out from the garage and into the yard along with one disappointed hound wondering why no one wanted to throw the ball. I will be offering the first of the cars I purchased for sale in the new year, a partially restored MG TA special which will be fitted with one of my pointed tale bodies. Watch this space.
You may have seen that I have an MG TC for sale currently. I couldn't pass up the chance to buy this car which has been owned by a true enthusiast, driven and maintained regardless of cost. The invoice folder is scary! The upgrades make it a great driver's car, I went down the road the other day and quickly found myself overtaking a terrified old dear in a little Peugeot - I'd love to know what she thought to that.
Another car I will have for sale shortly is this white MG TC with red trim, it has been fully restored from the ground up and will be offered for sale with a fresh coat of paint, new trim and weather gear and a freshly rebuilt George Edney engine. Should be with me in early December. An ideal Christmas present for someone? More fun than watching the tele - that's for sure.
I will also be offering this MGA, which has been fitted with a 1900 cc MGB engine and Five speed gearbox. These upgrades paired with disc brakes make the car an extremely capable tourer. Ideal if you're looking for a bit more comfort. The car has been fitted with a heater - a fact that seems extremely relevant as I glance outside my window.
|Posted on October 13, 2014 at 5:30 AM|
We're having a clearout on eBay, click here to open our page. More items will be added on Thursday.
|Posted on October 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM|
1951 MG TD - £12,000
A rare opportunity to acquire an English, RHD, MG TD (TD2) for restoration. The car has a factory replacement XPAG engine fitted, which runs well with good oil pressure.
The car is extremely original and very complete. Doesn't look like anyone's got to it! It has the correct, original, chronometric gauges, the proper shock absorbers (and the extra front shockers from TD mark II), lots of lovely parts - even some tools and the jack.
Will require new woodwork and the tub needs work but the wings, running boards, bonnet and scuttle are in great condition. The chassis is in excellent condition. An easy restoration with very little to find. Side screens and hood are present.
Car is sold with a UK V5 document and old buff log book with history back to 1965. There's a lovely plaque on the dashboard which seems to be from the original dealership.
|Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:10 AM|
For a long time now I've been trying to find a 6" electronic rev counter, I love the period look of the larger gauge but on a race car, frankly, it's more important that it's accurate. I ran a 5" Stack gauge on my old white TC racer because the difference between 7500RPM and 8000RPM can be about £8,000! I am therefore very happy to announce the availability of these 6" gauges, though not cheap at £525 they're worth every penny to me:
As I'm sure you're aware superchargers are one of my favourite items for the cars and we have been making some big changes to our kit over the last few months. I have been trying to make a more period looking kit, incorporating a vintage blow-off valve and testing a new manifold to fit inside the bonnet of the TF. We're making good progress and I'll have full details soon. I have also been tasked with supercharging an MG SA using a modern blower - no prizes for guessing which one I have in mind:
|Posted on August 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM|
It seems like a long time since I've written a blog entry, I've been so busy in the garage that I've simply not found the time. My latest TA special, another "Mean Greenie" is nearing completion and I'm very pleased with the outcome. Especially the exhaust which has turned out better than expected. There is a link to a video of the car at the bottom of this post.
You may have seen that the red TC has now found a new home, she will be well looked after in sunny Wales and by coincidence the new owner's initials matched the number plate. Some things are meant to be! Our two TC projects both also came and went very quickly, there seems to be a lot of interest in our humble MGs at the moment - long may it continue. The channel 4 production "For the love of cars" seems to have garnered a lot of attention, for all that's been said about the car they rebuilt it was good to see MGs in the limelight. My film making skills aren't quite up to scratch but I love driving the cars:
In the next couple of weeks I will be offering a burgundy MG TA special for sale, I have also purchased three vehicles from overseas - a TA, TB and TC in various states of disrepair which will keep me off the streets come October. I'm now thinking about letting my TB special go and building a VSCC car, it's a tease with the relatively recent acceptance of the XPAG engine but the idea of the Mille Miglia in a supercharged TB special is always playing on my mind!
I have since stopped the spare wheel from rattling, I always make sure my cars have a decent number of miles on the clock before they leave. It's the attention to detail that takes the time but makes all the difference to the finished build.
|Posted on May 14, 2014 at 4:20 AM|
It is with mixed feelings that I can report that I have finished the red MG TC I've been rebuilding over the last few months, mixed because I've rather enjoyed doing it! I think the results speak for themselves, naturally a couple of things still to tinker with (yes, I will be sorting out the tonneau!) but the car is looking spot on and I'm sure it won't be with us for long:
Those of you who were surprised to see me lavishing so much time and attention on an original car will be pleased to here that I am also currently building another of my "Q-Type" specials on an MG TA. Mean Greenie, as I like to call her can be seen below sporting a polished external exhaust system and 12" brakes. We've fitted a Moss supercharger kit, which sits slightly higher than our own and allows the exhaust system to clear nicely. That's the official reason, in truth I also wanted to have a play with one!
I love making modifications to these cars, the brakes especially have been an enjoyable challenge for me - I first modified a set for a client in America. He had asked me to source parts for his own Q-Type build using one of our bodies. We modified an ENV pre-selector, a Wade supercharger and numerous other parts as well as supplying nearly everything for the build. I had high hopes for the completed car but must say he has exceeded my expectations, the quality is stunning - judge for yourself!
|Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:10 AM|
Its with sadness I have to say that my father, who doubled as our chief race mechanic and Brandy taster passed away (failed scrutineering seems more apt) on the 25th of March, his birthday no less, at the age of 81.
He was a committed petrol head from a young age and I'm sure he'll have already found his place in the great MG garage in the sky. He was the reason I first stepped foot in an MG and convinced me to go racing. He has a lot to answer for! It's amazing to think that that was now over 40 years ago.
The photograph below was taken in a cafe in France, we were talking tactics before a race meeting. James Hunt famously wore a badge saying sex was the breakfast of champions, I think my father would have made a good case for a double espresso, a brandy and a cigar being better. Maybe that's why we seldom won! We have some great memories and he will be sorely missed.
|Posted on March 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM|
Well, no surprise to see our 1934 MG PA sold to the first gentleman to see her. We knew it was a great car, a rare opportunity to buy a complete MMM project and there was a lot of interest. We tried the engine by hand and it was free as a bird.. the chap who bought it tried the engine in earnest and we're happy to report it's running beautifully by all accounts. I'm sure the car will be back on the road in no time and I'll be very happy to see it.
In other news our TC rebuild is continuing, although I'm probably taking longer than I ought to some jobs just take time. I've rewired the car entirely, replacing the rear D-lamps, fitting new indicators and was lucky to find a SFT462 fog lamp at Stoneleigh which sets the front end of the car off nicely. We didn't realise but the V5 document shows the car to have only had one previous owner. They were obviously in the Octagon car club at some point as two nice old badges came with the car. Having known Harry when he started the Octagon car club I was keen that these stayed on, they've polished up well and I'm very happy with the effect. Photo below shows the front end (bonnet not fitted), the wheels will be replaced soon.
|Posted on February 17, 2014 at 6:05 AM|
What a difference a week makes. As you'll see the body has arrived back from the paintshop and I have begun fitting it to the chassis and refitting the wings. The bulkhead has come up really well, you simply can't get that finish without taking the car to a blank chassis. I will be replacing the spark plug holder with a period correct oil can to complete the look.
I'm still waiting on the arrival of the new rocker cover and haven't tackled the carburettors yet, plenty of jobs left to do but it's certainly starting to look something now. The photograph below does no justice to the bright MG red which really makes the car stand out. The fresh paint finish and little touches make it easy to imagine the car rolling off the production line. I'm sure I won't look that good at 65!
|Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM|
The restoration of our MG TC is continuing with pace and I thought I'd share some photographs so you can see how we're getting on. The rolling chassis has gone back together nicely and the fresh powder coating really sets it apart from most TCs on the market. It's good looking and durable finish that'll protect the chassis for a long time.
Marking up the brake drums made reassembling the braking system easy, although there is always some adjustment required. The system was bled and each drum adjusted to get the pedal absolutely right. Each shoe and cylinder were checked with seals being replaced as required and then the handbrake adjusted. The original unions cleaned up well but I of course fitted new pipes throughout and with the correct protection coil.
Attention now turns to the body, having the radiator shell rechromed was a great idea and it's come up really well. I couldn't be happier with it. I lifted it on mostly just to admire the finish. I had the wing stays powder coated at first but then painted them to match the wings as I think it looks better.
You'll see that the engine and gearbox are back in place, although the engine is awaiting a new rocker cover. I have had both the inlet and exhaust manifolds coated with a powder finish used in furnaces - looks really good and should certainly withstand the punishment. The wiring harness has been pulled through the chassis in anticipation of the body tub being lifted back on later today. The car is really starting to look something now and I'm looking forward to the satisfaction of seeing her complete.