|Posted on May 17, 2018 at 6:20 AM|
I've had the pleasure of owning a great many MG TCs and I can count on one hand the number that had a working clock. It's perhaps not the most important feature of the car but it does, of course, sit right in front of you as you drive. It was that frustration, paired with the decreasing availability of good reproduction and original gauges that lead me to set about trying to make my own rev counters.
It's been several years but I am delighted to finally be able to say that I've cracked it. It's not exactly as per original but I think it's bloody close! I have limited stock available at £525 including VAT. Here's a photograph of the first prototype with the clock still ticking away perfectly 2 weeks after it arrived:
I am also working on a batch of new Speedometers, a project predominantly born of the frustration of trying to recalibrate old gauges for different axle, gearbox and wheel configurations. These will be configured by GPS and much more accurate than an original gauge. I expect to have the first unit in stock within a month and will post details in due course.
|Posted on October 2, 2015 at 9:25 AM|
|Posted on May 5, 2015 at 7:30 AM|
Happy to have a new product for your perusal, I've always found cast iron brake drums to offer the best performance for our T-Type MGs, I have used them on several of my race cars over the years (and have a set on my own car currently). The problem has always been that, let's face it, they're not much to look at, especially when compared to the Alfin brake drums (which use a liner) that are readily available.
I was lucky enough to come across a period i.e. 1930s Alfin brake drum last year as part of a job lot of parts from a notable MG collector. What struck me about it was that it wasn't a linered Aluminium casting as I'd suspect but that it was infact a steel drum with a finned aluminium casting sweated onto it. It became obvious that by mimmicking this approach it would be possible to make a good looking drum but based upon a modern factory made component with a decent lining and without the inherant problems of using a liner.
Certainly not a task I'd be willing to undertake on my own and I had, as it turns out already been beaten to it. A friend of mine had been working on a project to make a drum exactly as described. I think they look absolutely spot on, I'll be fitting a set to my own car shortly and will be able to give you a full assessment.
|Posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM|
Happy new year to you all. 2014 was a busy year for me, 2015 looks to be too. My son Luke will be getting married and I've promised to lend him my TB to drive to the venue in. Better build it then! More of that anon.
The blue TC mentioned on my previous post has found a new owner, as an airline pilot I'm sure he won't find it intimidating to drive - by chance it will be living only a few miles from where I grew up in Kent. A nice coincidence. The white TC has also found a new home, although there were one or two things I wanted to look at before it went (see below).
The paint finish on the bulkhead was very poor and so I decided to strip it and have it professionally sprayed. We also identified an oil leak from the bottom end and decided it would be easier to take the engine out than mess around attempting a repair in situe. I always check cars over whilst they're here and weigh up what they need, that's why I MOT all roadworthy cars - it's just not worth skimping.
You may recall that I sold a Q-Type bodied special in pieces to a chap in America recently, I previously posted a photograph of his front-mounted Wade supercharger which caused a bit of a stir. He has now finished building the car and is very happy with the result. So he should be, it looks absolutely fantastic and I was delighted to be involved with the project. If you fancy a go at building one I can supply all necessary parts.
Speaking of parts, I have a new product to announce. I am now able to sell UK made steel billet crankshafts made to the original factory specification. They are balanced and nitrided, sold ready to fit at £1,550 including VAT.
|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 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 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 December 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM|
I've had these seats made for a kit I'm piecing together for a client and thought they were worth sharing. I've tried to come up with a design similar to those found in the K3 racer, with the removable laced rear padding. They are in fact slightly wider, a "wide boy" style if you will, I'm of the opinion that drivers of the period were racing snakes by comparison to me, because I never seem to fit in the original seats (or many of the original cars for that matter). These will be available shortly in the online shop, made to order in any colour you fancy (providing we can find the cow) with a circa 2 week lead time to make them.
|Posted on May 17, 2010 at 6:09 AM|
I now have two supercharger kits available, as per those described in the online shop. One polished and one not. Frankly they both look awesome.
I believe supercharging is the way to go if you're looking for power from your XPAG. A 1350 engine with a standard head can produce serious horse power when blown and saves the expense of a Leystall head and boring the engine. I'd also wager it's less likely to go wrong.
The kits are extremely simple to fit, having been factory designed for XPAG and come with all the relevant belts, fittings and pulley for 6 lbs boost (suited to fast road use). Higher boost set-ups will be available shortly. I will also have full technical specifications and be able to advise re: power-output. All technical data is being collated at the factory and under great scrutiny.
These will be +VAT in the future, imported to meet demand. It's a niche product but offers a straight forward and economical solution to building a race engine or a reliable fast road setup.
|Posted on February 26, 2010 at 5:57 PM|
I’ve been advised that the supercharger kits will be available from mid April onwards. I am therefore taking firm enquiries from anyone who’s interested.
I will also offer a full polishing service for the superchargers. Please see pictures below of both polished and unpolished models. The online shop (above) has more information.
I will be taking kits to MG Silverstone in June and Beaulieu later in the year, so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to take a proper look.