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Steve's Race for Angouleme - MG TB K3 Special

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 6:25 AM

Angouleme is 5 weeks away now and my focus is well and truely on having my MG TB special built in time for the race. I've alluded to it before but now I've found the confidence to book the race, ferry and accomodation it seems a lot more real and pressing. A few weeks ago my car was little more than a pile of parts in the corner of the garage:

Thankfully, the body work was sorted last year - it's been hanging up in the shed waiting for the rest of the car to catch up. I've been to-ing and fro-ing on which colour to go for, it had to be a classic colour and when I saw a picture of a K3 in blue (I think it was one of the Mille Miglia cars) I knew what I had to do. Here's the tub below, freshly back from the painters:

I've spent the last few weeks frantically wiring, made quite difficult by my reluctance to remove the scuttle and disturb the paintwork (oops, probably should've thought of that before I rushed to the painter's). I've found a set of Andre Hartford Telecontrol shock absorbers for the car, they're responsible for the two great adjusters on the left hand site. Otherwise it's similar to one of my Q-Type TA builds, black on white gauges - big boost gauge and soon, a 6" rev counter to go in the hole. 

As you can see, I've still got some way to go but it is starting to take shape. I have a set of Blockley tyres and 18" wheels which I think will sit very nicely, although I may be getting ahead of myself - I'll need to put the brake drums on first. I'm quietly confident it'll be ready in time, although the fact that my engine is still in pieces is a source of some consternation. Wish me luck!

Categories: Angouleme