|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.
|Posted on January 28, 2014 at 4:55 AM|
You may have spotted on the "Cars for Sale" page that I have a TC in the workshop at the moment. It's a cracking car that had been sadly neglected for a number of years. Rebuilt by an elderly gentleman, the car arrived with us having hardly been used. Sadly the paint, particularly the chassis had started to show it's age.
With a quiet garage over Christmas I decided the car deserved some attention, you'll see from the photograph below that I've been busy.
My son Luke & I have entirely dismantled the car, inspecting, restoring and replacing components as necessary. It's been a while since I've done this to a TC , a good reminder for me and a great lesson for Luke. In order to achieve the best finish we have had several components, including the entire chassis, axles, backplates and drums powder coated. You can see yourself in the reflection. As you'll see we've also fitted all new brake lines and will be replacing the fuel lines as well as rewiring the car.
Our painter has been busy too, giving attention to every panel and we have had the radiator shell and headlamps fully rechromed. I'll be fitting a new hood too. Having worked so hard to restore the rolling chassis, we really want this car to be spot on. It will be one of the best TCs we've sold in a long time, everything checked over wanting for nothing.
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM|
An example of my "can-do" (read: over-enthusiastic) attitude. If you look closely you can see an MG SA in the background, not a car I'd usually take on but I enjoyed it none-the-less. This photo is from around 1995, when my business was at it's peak.
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 7:56 AM|
A photograph of my old workshop and loads of blue sheets hiding Ts in every form of condition. It's the only shot I have of a TF that I rebuilt. I believe it's my old TF 1500, an ex USA car which I converted to RHD. It came to me via Terry Andrews around about 1989. There would have been another 4 cars inside and several chassis being used as racking! Times, and methods, have changed! Lean and mean.
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 7:26 AM|
Here's a photo of one of my twin-leading shoe conversion kits, using Datsun drums. John Bibby designed these originally and fitted them to Dave Clewley's TB. I used to perform conversions when operating my spares / restorations business which was later sold on to Andy King.
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 7:12 AM|
Another blast from the past, the Octagon car club's 1987 "Wings" run. I'm pictured below in the red TC alongside Bud Parnam. Sadly this is the only photograph I have of the car. The picture is of broadway hill and brings back some fond memories.
|Posted on March 29, 2010 at 6:59 AM|
Here I am in around 1982 with the first T-series car I ever restored. It's a 1938 MG TA, all matching numbers and the FT27 fog light, 30 mph warning light etc to go with them. It took me around 6 months to do this car, saving up and learning I went. I was so careful not to mark anything, I was even sure to preserve the 50s stickers on the windscreen. I believe the car is now in the USA, my son Luke believes the moustache is best left in the 80s.
|Posted on February 18, 2010 at 1:06 PM|
Well there's one photo of this car on my "about me" section already, the present owner was nice enough to forward more photographs and information. I rebuilt this car from the ground up for Harry Crutchley, founder of the Octagon car club, around 20 years ago. . My Cosworth must have been all but new at the time, mind you we're both showing our age. I'd love to hear from anyone who's car I've worked on, I must have done half a dozen TF's - including two 1500s but sadly don't have any photographs of them.
|Posted on November 18, 2009 at 11:49 AM|
I must apologise for the delay in posts but it's been absolutely manic here! There will be plenty of information on my current builds up soon. In the mean time I happened upon an old photograph of the late Jacques Potherat's MG QT that I built. This is how I intend to build them, the way it should be. 12" hydraulic brakes, crossflow cylinder head (I'll let you know if I find one!) 3 stud tyres, full race engine and a TC gearbox (no Ford copouts!). The QT I'm working on now (just a chassis at last glance) will also include a pre-selector gearbox. I've managed to work out how it fits the XPAG and it certainly adds to the pre-war look. I've always wanted to drive a pre-selector car but the MMMs are not my cup of tea, they look the part but who'd want a pre-selector on a 900cc engine? Sorry guys!