|Posted on July 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM|
I'm forever writing that cars didn't make it to the website, seems a shame to let them slip by unnoticed. For those of you who are interested here are a few cars that have come and gone this year before making it to the sales page in earnest.
We bought the TA below from the widow of it's former long term owner. The gentleman who owned her before us had done a lovely job of restoring the car but it was, sadly, beginning to show signs of age. We promptly set about removing and repainting panels, bolted some new wheels and tyres on and patted ourselves on the back...a job well done!.. but only until we decided to go for a drive, whereupon we discovered a water leak from the block. We knew it would never repair satisfactarily. The engine had to come out. After some deliberation, and a bit of encouragement from a prospective buyer we decided to install fit an XPAG engine (MG TC) and MG TC speed gearbox in to the car. It now drives as well as it looks, I'll let you be the judge:
It's rare to see a TC sporting Clipper Blue but it is very much a factory original colour and turns heads like few others. My wife in particular absolutely loved the blue/cream combination and keeping the car was discussed. Given that I always seem to dismantle my cars, fill them with non-standard components and then abuse them on a race track I think a quiet life in sunny London town is a much kinder fate for this car. The new owner has had an MG before and always regretted selling it, a familiar story I'm sure - let's hope he keeps and enjoys this one for years to come:
Another TC that has been and gone is this red one below. This car was right up my street (figuratively! it was a bit of a drive to fetch her) and sold very quickly indeed. The previous owner had fitted a Volkswagen steering box to the car (shameless plug: I am now manufacturing these!) and also swapped the gearbox for a Ford 5 speed. It drove absolutely beautifully and I was seriously looking forward to driving this one around for the summer but it wasn't to be. A gentleman from Cornwall is now the proud owner - I must concede that it was the perfect setting for a such a lovely car and I enjoyed my brief trip to the seaside too.
Nevermind not finding it's way to the website, the J2 below didn't even make it as far as my garage. I had no sooner bought the car than been told, in no uncertain terms, by a close friend of mine that he was having it. Thankfully there was rather more there than the photograph suggests, a real barn-find complete with dilapidated shed. The gentleman who owned the car told me that he had, all told, spent less than £400 on the car and parts for it. Suffice to say he made a healthy profit!
|Posted on December 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM|
|Posted on October 21, 2015 at 8:35 AM|
As you'll know only a fraction of what I get up to makes it's way to the blog, I prefer to spend my time in the garage than infront of the computer but I'm really pleased a car we've just had in the workshop and thought I ought to share it. Another car that was spoken for before we could even put it near the website, this fine MG TC arrived to us from long term ownership by a true enthusiast.
She was in lovely condition and wanted for nothing... although the new owner had other ideas; he wanted more power and a higher cruising speed. There are no prizes for guessing how we decided to do that! Cue the arrival of a supercharger and five speed gearbox conversion and voila! the car is now ready for continental touring. She now has the performance to match her looks:
|Posted on May 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM|
|Posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:25 AM|
Currently going through the workshop, this North American MG TF which we are converting to right-hand drive.
Few blemishes in the paint but very solid overall. She's no trailer queen but a sorted and very usable car which drives extremely well. I decided against taking the trailer and drove it home and I'd recommend whoever buys her does the same.
This would be an ideal car for someone who wants a car to drive this summer that also has scope to improve over time.
|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 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 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 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 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..