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Paul Pless
05-05-2008, 04:12 PM
Its gonna be primo MG driving weather up there soon. How's how your son's project coming along?

Keith Wilson
05-05-2008, 04:22 PM
Not running yet. The damned thing is taking up half my gar . . um. . shop. (Grumble, grumble) His severe lack of money has been the problem, compounded by gas prices, although that will change now that he's started his summer job at Linder's garden center. He's thrilled silly that can drive the fork truck and the Bobcat now that he's 18. And now that spring has finally arrived, he's going to sell his motorcycle to finance the MG repairs. It needs a fair amount of work, I think. I'm leaving it to him, although I'll help if he asks.

05-05-2008, 04:44 PM
"he's going to sell his motorcycle to finance the MG repairs."

Sounds ominous, I've been there too. Old British sports cars can absorb amazing amounts of money and time and still not run, let alone be reliable. What model Keith?

Keith Wilson
05-05-2008, 06:23 PM
'72 MGB-GT, British racing green, no less. He's in love. It was free, though, from the father of a good friend, a good guy who tends to take on way too many projects. It was running when he parked it. Problems look like mainly just age (deterioration of rubber and plastic), and cosmetics, although I'm sure there will be some surprises along the way. There was a mouse nest in the trunk.

05-05-2008, 07:50 PM
Sounds like it's in better shape then Paul's MG.:D For as long as I've known Paul, I've never seen his run.:rolleyes:

05-05-2008, 08:12 PM
Maybe thats the point Katherine, he likes to tinker with it so much that he'd be lost if he, or you, could actually drive it?

C. Ross
05-05-2008, 08:42 PM
I'll keep my eyes peeled for a love-struck 18 year old on the streets of St. Paul driving his Brit sports car like a forklift.

What's not to love about this car?


Keith Wilson
05-05-2008, 10:08 PM
Ah, there you go - that's exactly what it will look like eventually if he has enough persistence.

John B
05-05-2008, 10:18 PM
When he gets around to motor time and if the carbs dump fuel out of the base , I can help with that.;)
I'm taking the old jag to work tomorrow. Needs its warrant of fitness( Its a 'roadworthy' inspection.Every 6 months here)

05-05-2008, 10:19 PM
"What's not to love about this car?"
the alleged electrics for a start!

C. Ross
05-05-2008, 10:22 PM
I've never owned one. Like Keith's son, I lusted after these in my teens. High maintenance cars and women are exactly what every kid should experience...early in life when the scars won't go too deep and recovery is possible.

My first *ahem* was a 1972 Chevy Nova. Big block engine, accelerated like a bat out of hell. I won't say who I was dating at the time...

John B
05-05-2008, 10:24 PM
"What's not to love about this car?"
the alleged electrics for a start!

Not entirely deserved on that vintage of car I think. Funny, but exaggerated.
I like MGBs, they're pretty undervalued here I believe. There's been a MGC and a genuine MGBv8 come up recently and they caught my attention. Ain't gonna happen though.

Keith Wilson
05-05-2008, 10:28 PM
I've had three British Cars (before kids) - A Spitfire, a TR6 and a late Midget, desmogged with Webers (no inspections needed here). I've told him about the Prince of Darkness, warm British beer, Letting the Smoke Out and all that. He knows more or less what he's getting into, and isn't expecting to use it to get around reliably.

John B
05-05-2008, 10:33 PM
My best mate had a TR6 when we were about 20. He kept on spinning it out and backing into things so I have this ingrained impression of them being a bit heavy on the oversteer. His best effort though , was punting it into the front wheel of a kerb crawler escort that turned in front of him with no indication. It bunted that car right around straight and plowed on through. The thing that impressed us was that the fuel supply automatically shut off on impact. Tore the wheel and front off that other car but we were able to pull the guard off the wheel and drive home.Kind of ball bearing effect thing going on there.

05-05-2008, 10:44 PM
I had a TC, OK but for the SU's and the spoked wheels which always needed attention. Cousin had a TD and then a Y type which I owned later too. I think it was the best of them. Leather, sun roof, self-jacking, flamethrower spots, but not fast.
('Course TC's were never comfortable, or dry, or warm, or......well, you pick it.)

John B
05-05-2008, 10:50 PM
Wots a Y type Jeff?

( I've been hanging out for a nice old car thread)

I've still got my sisters old Ford Y here at the workshop. barn find( sorta), I stored it 15 years ago and I 'found it ' again last year. I don't know what to do with the thing. I think I have to borrow a forklift and stick it up on some racking or something.

05-05-2008, 10:53 PM
TD saloon, '48 I think

John B
05-05-2008, 11:04 PM
Don't recognise it to tell the truth.
I just scanned this today.
Me and the TR6 smasher in about 1983

05-06-2008, 06:50 AM
My dad had an MGB ragtop in Iowa 35 years ago. If you haven't been, there really is something great about a summer's day on the hilly roads around Minnesota and Iowa. Plenty of water, too.

John B
05-06-2008, 04:03 PM
Its a sunny cool day here today , and I did end up dragging the old 2 plus 2 out to take to the garage for its WOF. Should be OK . I do enjoy driving that car.
'course, I'm sitting here reeking of eau de oil fumes now , but thats Old British for you.;)