|Posted on May 25, 2016 at 5:40 AM|
With the rush of summer and the small matter of Steve's car still being in pieces with only a few months to Angouleme (more on that later) I'm afraid we've been neglecting the blog a bit of late. I thought, perhaps, whilst we're locked away in the garage without much to show you that it might be interesting to write an article about a few of the cars we've sold over the last couple of years. We've met some lovely people through our little MG business and enjoy hearing about their progress - I hope you'll find it interesting too.
A few years ago we offered this green MG TC restoration project for sale on behalf of a friend of ours. Sadly Mike had realised that he was no longer able to drive the car and had stressed to us the importance of finding it a good home. It could so easily have become the subject of a TV show being made at the time.. as we had the representatives round to view the car. After much consideration and wanting a clear conscience we really didn't think it would be right to let them undertake an 8 week wonderbuild on such an original car. We needed someone who was going to do a proper job.
It was no sooner than had we decided that they couldn't have it, that Steven arrived looking for a project. It was at difficult time for him as he had been suffering with his health. He wanted a distraction from it all, something to motivate him to push on with his treatments. I must admit we had our concerns that he was taking on a bit much but my God were we proven wrong!
He quickly set about restoring the car, regularly updating us with a number of photographs of his progress and making us smile with lines like "Novice reporting in!". Now that "Nancy" is back on the road she certainly doesn't look like she's been restored by a Novice - the result of months of love car and attention to detail:
Here's another car we sold a couple of years ago:
When Paul bought this TC off us, it had been restored mechanically with the previous owner even fitting a new set of Alfin drums to the car but was starting to look a little bit tired. Paul of course did would any sensible man would do when presented with a car in need of cosmetic restoration.. he fitted a blower! Then he set about making her tip-top once more.
We had originally been told he would paint it green but I think, like Clarkson with his Ferraris, there was only one real option. I'm so glad he opted to go with the red too as I think it looks absolutely brilliant. A truely sorted jem which will give years of pleasure. I just hope he and his lovely wife Heather continue to invite me round to see them enjoying it.
So there you are, two lucky TCs which found loving homes both looking resplendant in red. Now I'm finally starting to think of my own car I will be updating the blog a lot more regularly over the next few months. I've entered Angouleme but at the moment, my rather ambitious K3 Mille Miglia bodied MG TB project is a long way from track ready. September is starting to seem awfully soon - let's see how I get on!
|Posted on February 29, 2016 at 11:05 AM|
I thought you might be interested to see this one, we've fitted one of our supercharger kits to an MG TB and are very pleased with the results. We've made a number of changes to our kits over the last few years, always trying to find little improvements and it's been very worthwhile doing so. As you'll see (hear) she's running well and looking great too (although I can't take too much credit for that).
- before you keel over from shock I should point out that the rev counter was reading about 1000 RPM out at top end, as I've alluded to in the past I don't really trust chronometric gauges for important readings.
Our client decided to drive the car home from us to Gloucester (100 miles or so) and despite a broken windscreen he had a blast and made good time too. It was a bit too cold for our liking whilst testing the car but don't feel I can complain too much about making a living driving around in such a fantastic machine. Great fun, even if I did need to wear a helmet to stop my ears from freezing:
|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 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 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 January 6, 2012 at 7:40 AM|
A very happy new year to you all, my thanks for all of the support over the previous year and I am truely looking forward to a busy 2012. Purists beware, you're in for a scare with a few TA / Q-Type builds to be completed this year and I am also working upon a new special for Angouleme.
There will be several new items appearing in my web store this year, including pressed, brass, T-Series radiator shells, headlamp stone guards and several more. The first new item to announce, available this month are these lovely speedo and rev counter jauges. They are 5" jauges, the speedo is driven by a smiths square drive and the rev counter is electronic and available for 4, 6 and 8 cylinder engines. Photos below;
£275 for the Rev Counter and £305 for the Speedometer, both including VAT. Other designs are possible so please ask if there is something you have in mind.
|Posted on December 2, 2011 at 11:15 PM|
With Christmas fast approaching it seems like 2011 has flown by. As many of you will know I have spent the majority of the year focussing upon building a new house. It was something I'd always wanted to do and as the saying goes, if you want something done right - do it yourself. With the project now coming to an end I will be able to once again devote my full attention to MGs and next year should be off to a great start with details of two new Q-Type builds, a lovely MG TB for sale and the prospect of a couple of Cecil Kimber's first creations in my garage.
|Posted on May 7, 2011 at 8:26 AM|
It's been a hectic month or so, for those that don't know I am currently in the process of building a house and it seems to be all I do at the moment. Time in the garage is a rare luxury but I am evidently still making my presence known to the local council who installed these handy speedo calibrators right outside my front door. Fantastic news!
The build is at least going well, now we're over head height I'm starting to feel like it may all happen after all. I've also been lucky to have had a run of good weather thus far, topless builders are no sight for sore eyes but are getting the job done.
And finally, back to MG matters you may have noticed that the J2 I had for sale has found a new owner and as such I've sourced another project car. This time a TC which will be for sale next week, so if you know anyone who's looking please point them my way! I've also happened upon some triple M panels which are surplus to requirements and have been put up on eBay, link below.
|Posted on March 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM|
The blue QT you may have seen on the for sale page is now in our garage having returned from France and as such I'm checking her over and making improvements. The car has had an easy life since it was rebuilt 4 years ago, living in the south of France and never braving bad weather. A bit of a culture shock then for her to arrive at my garage in the UK winter.
The car has a non-standard setup with a crossflow cylinder head, outside exhaust and front mounted supercharger and this brings difficulties in a colder climate. The carburretor is always likely to be prone to freezing in this position and the manifold needs to ensure the mixture (which travels some distance) is distributed evenly across the cylinders. I have therefore decided to fit a 2" SU carburretor and to make some modifications of my own to the inlet manifold (pictures to come, this photo should give you some idea):
The video below shows us in Peter Burgess' workshop testing the new formula. I've known Peter a long time and he's always a great help when tinkering with engines.. If I had to criticise I'd say he tends to trick me into leaving my mechanical sympathy at the door. That said, it sounds like it might have worked!
Don't worry, all will be revealed. There will also be a few more improvements made to the vehicle, if you watch the web site over the next couple of months you will see her with new foot plates, aero screen supports and a new polished stainless steel spare wheel carrier.
|Posted on January 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM|
Well maybe it's not spring yet, but a clear day afforded a rare chance for a blat in the TC. I know it may be sad but I think I've the best job in the world, still enjoy driving these cars even after 30 years. Doesn't she sound lovely too?