In a continuing series of unusual cars, an unusual MG TD.
Acquired from a local family who has owned this car since the 1970s. Its most distinctive oddity is a 3.2 liter Buick V6, rated at 160hp and coupled to a 2 speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Brakes are MGA discs with servo unit, MGA back axle with 3.9 early MGB differential. Also 15" MGA wire wheels.
I suspect an MGB diff and MGA back axle substantially stronger than an MG TD back axle and after 40+ year of usage, never a break or disconnect. And with the disc brakes, the overall 'design' of this modification seems sound.
As for the rest.......body appears to be in excellent condition, same with chassis and wood body framing. Interior is excellent, done in camel, remarkably, whoever did this conversion, did a surprisingly good job.....5" diameter Jaguar speedo and tach and they both are connected and work. Same with the MG water temp, oil pressure, and ammeter. All mounted on the original MG TD dash center panel.
Has the original top frame with our intention of fitting a new top. Side curtains are in good condition and we will be replacing the faded plastic windows. We just installed proper 3" racing seat belts, had a very nice luggage rack, and BIG surprise.....a perfect fitting hardtop! No doubt from an era when MG TDs were used by some former owner, as an only car. And in all seasons. Something i have never seen before.
Doors fit very well, has wind wings, we plan on fitting a new tonneau, the radiator has been converted to a pressurized system for additional cooling capacity, has an alternator, and the general quality level of the conversion seems well done. The wood dash is missing the glove box door and we plan in installing a new wood dash (with glove box door), covered in matching vinyl. Which will offer a very nice interior.
Chrome is very good, lights and turn signals all work, and in the end, a curious car and certainly not for everyone. But I remember buying an automatic transmission Miata for my wife (as a weekend car), injuring my left leg, and enjoying using the Miata 'till I healed. Geez, did it come in handy.
Now, this MG is coming together quite nicely and we may very well paint it in a deep British Racing Green (at the moment, with presentable gray paint). So............there it is..........photos to be posted soon. If it sounds interesting, please call. Price? Painted or now, negotiable.
Decided this car's future isn't in a Buick v6 nor a 2 speed auto trans. Hence, removed the engine, trans and overdrive, prepared a freshly rebuilt early MGB engine and also a rebuilt MGB transmission, being fitted into the chassis, firewall being redone and moved forward for more leg room, using an MGB pedal assembly with dual master cylinder, engine has rebuilt SUs and chromed racing style headers. When done will have all of the appearance of a stock MG TD BUT with double the horsepower, a far better transmission, stronger back axle, much higher gearing, the safety of dual master cylinder, and disc brakes. All in all, a fabulous 'adapted' classic MG. Being done, finished soon.Click for legal info