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MG TD TF 1500 - First step in a new direction

A few of my friends know that I have been looking for an affordable MMM MG for some while. To this end, I recently located, within driving distance of Rockburm, a nice '35 PA (see pic) that has not been exposed to mortal eyes since 1986, and is indeed, a true 'barn find'. Needless to say, I'm not prepared to disclose any details, but it is affordable (by my standards) and I am working on the financing. The owner is in no hurry to dispose of his PA, and I get first dibs!

Failing a successful negotiation, I have established a back-up plan as I already have a shed-full of PA body panels and have just yesterday, bought what appears to be a nice PA tub, on eBay - see pic. This means that I will have to buy the rest of the mechanicals, starting with a chassis, then a drive train, etc, and build the PA up piece-by-piece.

Not too sure that, at 76 I'm able to do this, but I'm going to proceed cautiously.

... stand by.

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qué.

Gordon A. Clark

.. pic of 'barn find' PA

Gordon A. Clark


W O W !!!!!

Congrats on both finds !!!!!

Godspeed in Safety Fast
John Crawley

Keep on rockin Gordon. I'd offer some help but the comute would be a killer.

Good luck or getting the PA. I have seen several mmm cars that looked a lot worse come into Safety Fast Restorations and leave as world class winners. You may want to contact Tom @SFR. His number should be advailable on the MMM board.

T. L. Manion Thomas

Good luck in your pursuit...and at 76 you're still more than young enough!!!

Gene Gillam

Wow Gord, what an exciting new project. Wish you all the best on this journey! Greetings, Huib
Huib Bruijstens

What a nice find Gord! That car looks to be in great condition for a project. I am jealous.

Are they interested in selling the Bugeye that is sitting behind it? Were there any other cars of interest in the "barn"?

Good luck on closing the deal,

J. W. Delk

Pretty cool Gord,

As they say, there's no time like the present. Enjoy the project! With your knowledge and experience, I'm sure it will be rewarding.

Dave Braun

Those look great Gord... best of luck.... another project is always fun...!!!

You might want to contact Lew Palmer. He is up on all the triple M stuff and I think keeps the register for those cars. He just picked up a new one that he found last year in Auburn when we were all at GOF Central.
TRM Maine

...and as you know, Bob Grunau has parts and advice....!!!

I'm holding off making all those intiial contacts. Some of this stuff will be hard to come by, starting with a PA/PB chassis. But until I have the complete car purchase resolved, I'm reluctant to spend money on those critical (read ... expensive!!) parts, 'till I know exactly which way I'm going to end up going.

However I just couldn't let that tub get out of sight, especially in such nice shape. My inventory now includes a tub with doors and dash, 2 more doors, both front wings, an apron, 2 gas tanks, a grill shell, 3 wheels, a pair of P100 headlamps and some wood.

Bob Grunau has just bought an ex-Lancs police NA and will be restoring that along with assembling a J2 into a J3 (s/c) from the pile of bits he was recently pictured in, sitting amidst the pile of hard-to-find J parts.

He also has a lovely PA and a few bits, so I'm not without support. More importantly, we (in the Montreal MG Car Club) have a fully restored PA of a member and I will at least, have something I can gauge my restoration by.

I'll keep everyone in this forum up-to-date as I progress. Meanwhile, like everybody in the north and east, I'm just waiting for some warmer weather to take the TF out of hibernation.

Thank you all for your encouragement.

... stand by for the next installment.

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qu.
Gordon A. Clark

... forgot ...

Jeff Delk,

That Mk I Sprite in the background is one of 60 made from left-over Mark I Sprite bodies that were fitted on the Mark II production line with the Mark II running gear; hence wire wheels, disk brakes, the Mark II over-rider bumpers, and 998 engine. Also the colour (in this case) was a Mark II colour.

Of course, they were the last Mark I's made ... or were they Mark IIs ??

This one only has 6,000 miles on it and the owner knows what he has and has no plans of disposing of it.

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qué.
Gordon A. Clark

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