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  • #26509
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    Hello all, well I have to say very very excited to be given my Dads 1950 MGTD and be able to bring it home today.  He started the restoration about 10 years ago but unfortunately his health means he cant finish it, so he has passed it onto me.  I would say its maybe 75% done, just really needs all the mechanicals sorted and bits and pieces fitted etc.  He rebuilt the engine and it purrs like a kitten, but its brakes etc.  Not going to be a concourse resto, just really want to get up and driving and enjoy it.  And most importantly take him for some drives in it.  In my eyes anyway just a beautiful, usable classic.

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    Your old man has great taste in cars Gary.

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    Yea I agree, a few years back he owned two E Type Jags, one was a series one hardtop that was mostly finished, I did the wiring conversion for him, he did all the machining etc to make it RHD.  But he also had a series 1 convertible that was a total basket case.  I could have bought them both from him for $20k but at the time had no money :negative:

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    Yea I agree, a few years back he owned two E Type Jags, one was a series one hardtop that was mostly finished, I did the wiring conversion for him, he did all the machining etc to make it RHD. But he also had a series 1 convertible that was a total basket case. I could have bought them both from him for $20k but at the time had no money

    Hindsight is a bitch!

    My old man has a 65′ HD Station wagon that we cruise around in every summer. While it’s no E Type,  I told him he is to hold onto that for as long as he is alive.

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    Yea I totally get that, nothing can replace those memories.  Funny how those older station wagons have become so cool.  All they need is to be lowered a little and they are cool as imo.  I have just always had this desire to have a small collection of usable cars to enjoy.  Once they are done, the Senator, MG and Kombi are almost all I want.  The other car I have always lusted after is a 64/5 Corvair, but that may have to wait. Then I sort of have a range of cars depending on the day/cruise whatever.  Cars are an addiction…

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    Really nice car, 3 projects on the go you are keen :)

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    Yea I totally get that, nothing can replace those memories. Funny how those older station wagons have become so cool. All they need is to be lowered a little and they are cool as imo.

    I’m amazed at how many people go crazy when they see it cruising down the street. He just picked up a 85′ F100 for his next project, so I think you and him are on the same page of having a usable car collection.

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    Really nice car, 3 projects on the go you are keen

    Yea I know, but the Senator really should be a done deal soon, and I am happy to put the Kombi on the back burner whilst I finish off the MG.  But yea my family has a history of too many unfinished projects so I want to try and stay focused  :wacko:

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    So making a start on the brakes. Thought I would pull off and check, clean, paint and reassemble each wheel one at a time. Already learning a few MG specific things to know. But the left rear is almost done.  Have to say brakes have got to be about the least enjoyable and dirty part of a build. But they are kinda important!

    Also spent a while fitting the running boards, and also removed the radiator cowl as it needed adjusting to get the bonnet fitting correctly.  As this car is close to 70 years old, and they were a hand made budget sports car, there is lots of varaibility in panel gaps et that apprently is justpart of the deal.

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    Looks like a fantastic project.

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    Yea its a lot of fun, lots of fiddly jobs to do, but slow and steady wins the race!

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    That’s the 4 brakes done.  Its like Antarctica in Adelaide today!  Had to take one front side off as a pair as I just couldn’t break the drum from the hub, then used my press and got them apart, they had lightly rusted together.

    The brakes, pads etc actually look good. So have cleaned them all up with a rotary wire brush and hit then with some black paint. So that’s all four brakes, cleaned, checked, bearings re-greased, and adjusted.

    On the list is buying a full set of the countersunk drum screws, they are all massing, also a pair of front hub dust covers, again they are missing, and I will keep an eye out for a replacement rear hub/drum of the correct year (one is an older model) but that can wait until one pops up.

    Next on the agenda is finishing off the pedal assembly, then bleeding the brakes and replacing the fluid.

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    So turns out the there is a company called Moss in the UK who specializes in period MG parts etc.  So made up a bit of a list of some of the parts I need and they arrived today.  Never ceases to amaze me how bloody slow our postal service is, I regularly receive stuff from overseas in half the time Aust Post takes, hopeless.  But anyhow that gives me some stuff to press on with on the weekend.  Also off to my first Gawler Vintage Veteran and Classic Car Club meeting tonight to join up.  That’s the first step in getting it registered.

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    Well, that was a long day for not too much to show for it!  It was missing the 5 countersunk screws that hold the brake drums to the hubs. Lots of the fasteners on the car re very off ball.  It was made that not long after the second world war so stuff was still hard to get.  Morris had actually bought some french fastener company, so some of the screws are actually metric threads n imperial stock.

    But I managed to find some of the correct 5/16 BSF screws but they were 3/4″ long not 1/2″. So I spoke to Dad and gave me a great little tip about slitting a nut to use as a collet so I could cut them down on the lathe. (helps having a Dad who’s a toolmaker!!)

    Then, of course, the threads in the hub were rusted. So I managed to find a machine tool shop down that had the 5/16″ BSF tap. Hour round trip and chased out all the threads, So that pretty close to a days work just to fit the screws for the brake drums :) But all good now and that’s all 4 wheels done, so next will be to make sure all the pedal assembly is correct, then bleed the brakes etc.

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