|Posted on January 3, 2014 at 5:00 AM|
Happy new year from Steve Baker MG, much of 2013 continued to be swallowed by my never ending house build but we are now finally starting to break it's back and I hope to spend more of this year doing what I love - playing with MGs! I intend to find myself back at Angouleme and, having enjoyed 2013s event hope I might also make it down to Jersey once more.
Despite the stress of the house we had a good year in 2013, our new aluminium radiators and stainless steel exhaust manifolds were a great success and we also built a lovely special, "Ruby", of which I posted a picture previously. We were also lucky enough to find a few great cars, projects and meet some lovely people. I am sure to have some photographs of the project cars we have sold and will keep you posted as they progress. It's so nice to see them being put back on the road.
We will continue to develop performance parts for T-Types but hope to spend more time buying & selling cars this year and we are starting as we mean to go on. We will soon have a couple of new arrivals. I've gone back to the darkside (read: MMM side) by purchasing an MG PA in need of a full restoration and also have a lovely MG TC which will be available later in the month.
|Posted on November 1, 2013 at 12:50 AM|
It's halloween and what could be spookier than the prospect of overheating.. ok maybe not, it's bloody freezing here. All the same we're very happy to announce that we finally have aluminium radiators in stock for MG TB TC TD. We've had the tops pressed to mimmick the originals and once they're painted it's very hard to tell. Early reports are good, we've a small batch in stock with plans to manufacture more in January. Priced at £675.00 inc VAT.
We've also been lucky enough to find a lovely MG TA which has been fitted with a rare and elusive MG TB engine - without the timing chain tensioner and relocated drain plug. This makes the car an interesting proposition for someone to build. A pre-war car with one of MGs best pre-war engines.
In other news I am very much looking forward to the upcoming classic car show at the NEC
Always a good day out and it'd be great to see some of you there. I'll be going for the Saturday, let me know if you're around and we can meet up for a drink.
|Posted on September 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM|
September already, time flies. It seems strange to say but we're not going to Angouleme this year, with a hectic building schedule we just couldn't spare the time. I will make up for it next year when I enter my new TA special "Sacre Bleu".
You may have noticed that we have been a bit quiet on the car sales front this year, I have been focussing my attentions on a couple of large kit orders and building cars. That said we have had a couple of TAs go through the garage and still have a very genuine MG TC project in stock. The part finished car I offered for sale recently was snapped up by a gentleman who intends to build a very interesting special. I hope to be able to share more details with you once he's underway.
With regards to our own builds; our latest special, which we are calling Ruby, is nearly finished and will be strolling around the Lincolnshire countryside shortly. We make sure all of our cars are properly run in and shaken down. As is often the case she is already under offer, we have had a lot of interest in these cars lately and I am delighted to be able to continue building them.
As you can see from the photographs we've moved the design on a little bit, altering the cone to be more sharply pointed and altering the profile of the tub to give a more authentic pre-war design.
We have also had the first batch of aluminium radiators arrive, one is fitted to Ruby and I expect to have more details available shortly. The pressings for TABC radiator shells are also now in stock and production should begin in the next month or so.
Please be aware that we stock a lot more parts than are listed on our website, including Volkswagen steering conversions and XPAG engine parts. Feel free to give me a call if you're looking for something in particular.
|Posted on June 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM|
I was very kindly invited by the new owners of the "Big Red" TA special which I built last year to watch them at the Jersey International Motoring Festival. They had also previously purchased my white TC racer and both entered the event with Graham in "Big Red" and Lynn in the TC.
I am fortunate enough to keep in touch with the majority of my clients and always enjoy receiving photographs and stories but this was a lovely opportunity for me to see cars I'd built being used in anger as intended.
I knew both cars would be quick but all eyes were on the lightweight XPAG engined TA special. Neither the car nor the driver disappointed, putting in sprint times quicker than several 1960s racers - MGBs included. Even some of the Healey boys were looking over their shoulders as the TA crept within seconds of their times in Grahams first outing in the car. I think the commentator was having a hard time believing his eyes.
Lynn also did very well in the TC,despite being a relative novice she put in some very respectable times - beating her personal best time and again. She seems to enjoy the sport and I'm delighted to see that my TC has found a happy home.
I would certainly recommend the event to spectators and entrants alike, there was a lot to see and do, plenty of opportunities to run the cars and a nice relaxed atmosphere which you dont' always find at race meetings. I hope I'll have a chance to enter myself in the next couple of years and must now find the time to put my TB back on the
|Posted on March 8, 2013 at 5:40 AM|
Many of you may already know that the annual MG "T-Register" rebuild seminar is fast approaching and I'm pleased to be able to tell you that I'll be there speaking on the subject of supercharging the XPAG engine.
The event is on the 23rd of March at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, it's a full day out with a number of speakers, lunch and "bring & buy" spares & regalia tables. Anyone interested in attending should contact Alan Wakefield either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01932 873170.
Very much on the subject of rebuilds I am looking forward to the arrival of a new MG TA project in the next week or so, nice to see one with the correct MPJG engine fitted. More details to follow.
Finally, the red MG TA which I alluded to at the end of my previous post has now been brought back from sunny France (I bet it hates me, the weather here has been awful) and can now be found on the cars for sale page via the link above.
|Posted on January 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM|
Happy new year everyone. It's been a cold start to 2013 but we've still been busy!
Since I last posted here we were lucky enough to find a lovely old, numbers matching, English MG TC which had just returned from a 40 year holiday in Europe. She was sold before we had time to update the website and it seems there is still a strong interest in our humble MGs.
Big Red has been delivered to it's new home, complete with wings and headlamps fitted. I'm really pleased with how the car turned out. I'll let the photographs speak for themselves:
The stainless steel exhaust manifolds I mentioned previously are now in stock for TCs, TDs and TFs and fit with both the standard and Volkswagen steering boxes. They have been designed to fit with the standard MG inlet manifold. TC, TD and TF manifolds as shown middle and left below are priced at £625 including VAT.
We manufacture these manifolds and can also incorporate a stainless steel inlet manifold in to the design, as shown on the far right above (more photos available). Price for this version is £865. Furthermore we can make external exhaust systems for Q-bodied T-Type cars, please enquire for details and availability.
We should also soon be able to show you the finished alloy radiators we have had made for MG TB, TC and TD cars. We will be investigating the possibility of a TA (MPJG) radiator in the next few months.
Speaking of MG TAs, we have a car coming up for sale shortly. A red MG TA with the correct MPJG engine, rebuilt less than 2000 miles ago. Rare to see a TA with an MPJG nowadays and the car is of course VSCC eligible. The car is finished to a very high standard. More details soon, so you will be able to judge for yourself. We have already had interest in the car and as always we invite you to let us know if you're in the hunt for a new MG - many of our cars don't make it to the website before being sold!
|Posted on September 21, 2012 at 5:20 AM|
We've just returned from another manic weekend at the circuit-des-Remparts in Angouleme and I must say I enjoyed every minute of it. The weather was glorious and there were two really strong grids of interesting pre-war cars. It was a real struggle for me to be ready in time but "Big Red" as she's become known was worth the wait and looked every bit the part in the pitlane:
As it transpired it was a weekend of highs and lows for several people with only 4 of the circa 20 pre-war cars making it all the way to the end and sadly my car wasn't amongst them - she decided to split an oil pipe in the first session. Luckily no damage was done and she'll be stronger for it, her new owner is looking forward to using her for hill climbs and sprints and I'm sure he won't be disappointed - she goes very well indeed.
It was also nice to see one of our Q-Type kits on the track in the form of Josh Longbottom's blue MG TA / Q-Type car. Josh did well in his first outing in a pre-war car (talk about in at the deep end!) and looked good value for 3rd until a fueling issue halted his race (although it was also the car's first use in anger). One thing I quickly learned was that racing can be as frustrating as it can be good but the highs justify the lows! I'm sure he'll be a force in years to come one both he and the car have had time to settle in to the idea. Here they are pictured with my son Luke before leaving the pits.
With "Big Red" completed I will be turning my focus back to car sales in the coming months and am looking forward to another busy year. I hope to be taking my own TB to Angouleme 2013, now there's just the small issue of putting it back together..
|Posted on July 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
It's depressing outside and so I've found myself locked in the garage. There's a lot going on at the moment as I am assembling two kits for clients and have mean greenie nearing completion (although it may not be green!) and big red hoping to make it's first outing at Angouleme in September.
With regard to the kits, I often feel that people don't know the full extend of what we get up to. We often supply parts to complete a build and have access to a bewildering number of parts from all manner of suppliers - from Pork Pie lights to stoneguards, wing clamps to footplates so if you are in the midst of building yourself a special please feel free to get in touch. Here's a kit we're just finishing for a client in America before it went to the paintshop.
You'll see we've made a custom front manifold and fitted a Wade blower for the client underneath. This car has an XPAG engine to which we have attached a pre-selector gearbox with the MMM style slow running knobs present and correct. I am looking forward to seeing it built.
|Posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:20 PM|
By the time I managed to put this car up for sale there was already a gentleman waiting outside my front door wanting to buy it, must be worthy of a mention on the blog then! So nice to see a fully restored MG TC done to such a high standard and I am pleased that it has gone to a gentleman with an engineering background who can keep her on song. I must also say that it is nice to sell a car to a local gent, as I have been spending a lot of time on the road recently.
The new owner was able to confirm to me that the car was, as suspected, another University Motors supplied example - that's two in a row now! Actually, in a strange coincidence it transpired that he knew one of the former keepers listed on the Buff log book, another local man. Quite strange given that I had fetched the car from Northern Ireland. Maybe it is a small world after all. The cars for sale page is looking a bit lean at the moment with all attention being focused on "Mean Greenie" and "Big Red", I will post some photographs of the progress on "Mean Greenie" shortly. It's been quite a transformation with the engine and gearbox now sitting neatly in the car. That said "Big Red" has been the real change and I can now unveil the new body design for the first time. Love to hear your thoughts.
|Posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM|
Now sold, this 1948 MG TC which had been subject to a lengthy and expensive bare chassis rebuild. Required paint, trim & wiring to complete. A beautiful project for someone to take on, with much of the hard work already done. All panels had been repaired and fitted and the car also benefitted from a new body tub and chrome work. The gauges and,engine had been rebuilt, the car had new tyres..the list went on and on. Well over £10,000 must have been spent by the time it reached us meaning all that was left to do was to choose the colour & trim (well, almost!). A lovely genuine UK car, sold with V5 and original registration. I hope we can find more like her.