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MG TD TF 1500 - TD Needing Restoration

eBay Item number: 200614933970

Read it and weep.

Tom
t lange

I could use that top.
Mort TD 1851

Obviously a race car....look at that pair of Webers!
Not a project for the faint-of-heart!
Edward
E.B. Wesson

If it weren't so far away, there are a lot of parts I could use. And, it must be removed (by the buyer without help from the seller) in 30 days, or it gets hauled to the junkyard... At least it comes with an owner's manual!

Tom, Bar Harbor, Maine.
t lange

That's about 5 hours drive for me. I picked up one some years back that was worse. This one has a number of parts that are probably worth salvaging and you could probably get close to his asking price back, but not much more.

I hate to see any TD go for scrap. Someone in Illinois needs to pick this one up.

I am going to have a had time convincing my wife on this one.
Bruce Cunha

It's amazing. Tucked away in a barn or an old garage and covered with a sheet it might have been worth $4,000 to $5,000 today. Set out in a yard 10 years ago with everything turning to iron oxide and it's almost worth nothing. You know that generator for example, was good when he parked it, looks like trash now.
Dave Braun

200 bucks would be my tops, especially since I would have to do a lot of shoveling to get at the thing to get it out. To bad.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

Shovelling? You'd need a tractor... Pity about the windshield, as well. But still, lots of useful parts for $500. Probably most of the engine internals are still OK, excepting the cam and followers which seem to drain dry of oil and pit badly over time. I'm sure the lack of bonnet sides didn't help at all.

I love the headlight buckets that have rusted completely off the brackets, the interesting angle-iron front bumper, the side curtains still in place, and the TOTALLY bald front tire.

Tom
t lange

That's really a shame. Funny thing is, I know where one is that's almost that bad, not quite, and the guy won't sell it and has no intentions of restoring it! I tried. I tried to buy a 32 Chevy once that was nearly in the same condition for parts and that guy wouldn't sell either. It rotted to the ground. Takes all kinds. PJ
Paul J

What I don't get is why would someone start the bidding at over $1200 and say it "will be scraped" if not sold?
Definitly not going to get anywhere near that for scrap and it looks like they will end up paying to have it dug-up and removed.
They will very lucky to break even so why not pick up a few bucks and get it gone at no cost?
(And at least it would be usable for somebody)
David Sheward

What I don't get is why would someone start the bidding at over $1200 and say it "will be scraped" if not sold?
Definitly not going to get anywhere near that for scrap and it looks like they will end up paying to have it dug-up and removed.
They will very lucky to break even so why not pick up a few bucks and get it gone at no cost?
(And at least it would be usable for somebody)

You're right, that's what I meant when saying, It takes all kinds! Hard to figure some people out. PJ
Paul J

That car has been outside longer than 10 years in my opinion. Pity.
ZBMan

I don't think the car was taken out of the garage and put outside, I think what he had for a garage, or barn, rotted and fell down around the car. You can see one of the walls leaning away in one of the pictures. If this is the case then it was probably exposed to the elements long before the garage completly fell down. I would think this would explain the advanced decay of the car. I also think he would take much less for the car, he just mistakenly thinks he can get $1200.00

Rob
Rob Welborne



Lets have a look at the possible value in the car if it is, as a last resort, parted out. These are what TD parts are going for on eBay:
1. Grill surround - it looks pretty good -$400.
2. Complete set of instruments with clock and switches - $500.
3. Windscreen frame with side brackets but missing one frame side - $100.
4. Gearbox - $250
5. Engine with unknown crank condition - $400
And so on. I would pay the starting price without hesitation and, since I have a bunch of parts and the car has a title, save it from the breakers. Unfortunately I am on the west coast of Canada.
Cheers, Hugh Pite who is awaiting delivery of a TF in only somewhat better condition.
H.D. Pite

I think Hugh is right on worth but add that up along with the cost of moving it and they are "starting" the auction at what it might "finish" at. (if lucky)
I would guess the "estate" could easy end up with at least a $200 bill to remove the liability from the property.
IMHO: That ($200) would have been a smarter place to start the bidding. Feebay is a funny place ...seems you at least need to spark an intrest and get the bidding started.
David Sheward

Last car I sold on ebay, a modern car, not a classic, I started the bidding at 0.99. It sold for 1600 with most of the bidding taking place on the last day. Looks like a scrap yard may do well out of this one. Matt
Matt Davis

To see a study in "what it was, what it is, and what - with a LOTTA $$S and LOTTA TLC - it could be", take a look at:

http://motors.shop.ebay.com/T-Series-/31858/i.html
R.G. Linden

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