Welcome to our resource for MG Car Information.



MG parts spares and accessories are available for MG T Series (TA, MG TB, MG TC, MG TD, MG TF), Magnette, MGA, Twin cam, MGB, MGBGT, MGC, MGC GT, MG Midget, Sprite and other MG models from British car spares company LBCarCo.

MG TD TF 1500 - 'Museum Quality' TC

I look at most T-series car ads on eBay, as a way of learning more details, correct or not, in order to work on MGs better. I realize that it may sound passive-aggressive, but when I see an ad full of errors, I dig in even deeper - it somehow offends me. When, like in the case of the recent white TC, it is clear that the owner just doesn't know what is authentic or not, I try to help clear things up. But sometimes it feels as though the owner just doesn't want to hear, or looks at things with a different perspective.

This TC raises all kinds of red flags for me:

First, the seller notes in an un-helpfully short description, "Museum Quality Restoration" and "the best MG TC I have ever seen. Unbelievable quality of restoration". To me it certainly looks like a nice car, but falls far short of perfection - I'm glad he included many pictures.

The two things that stand out are the very odd fit of the left front fender and running board, and the excess of chrome. I see many parts that have been chromed - all popular, I know, but not correct for a Museum Quality Restoration:
door hinges, radiator slats, headlight brackets, wheels, gas tank straps, air intake manifold, slow running controls, radiator pipe, fan blades, generator bracket, inside bonnet latches, etc. The seller is certainly right, "Tons of chrome accents." I'm not sure that is a good thing...

But careless things mar the job - the gas tank end panels not painted, the wrong D-lights, the red-painted distributor and micro adjustment, the wrong clamp and screw on the air filter, the red steering shaft, the wrong front engine mount hardware, and the red overspray on the choke and slow running cables. All of these are easily fixed, and go a long way towards being more correct and presentable - and valuable.

Maybe I should hold my opinions to myself, but then again is it helpful to others to hear differing perspectives? I invite discussion.

Tom Lange
MGT Repair
t lange

Hi Tom. I appreciate your posts & comments, as a great way to lean is from mistakes, our own as well as those that others make. Misinformation is a problem as the poorly informed on a topic tend to accept what is written as gospel. All too often it just ain't so.. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

This thread was discussed on 25/06/2017

MG TD TF 1500 index

This thread is from the archive. The Live MG TD TF 1500 BBS is active now.