Greetings from an MP Lafer owner

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    calafer
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    @calafer

    Hi everyone, several years ago my sons wanted to rebuild a car and having

    been very involved in aircooled VW’s when I was young I started searching for

    a old VW. During that search I came across an “MP LAFER” on eBay. I had

    never heard of it but in looking at the pictures I could tell it was some sort of

    MG-TD type replica, it had a VW engine, a fiberglass body (i.e. no rust

    problems at least with the body) and above all it looked really neat!! Turned

    out the seller was 30 miles away and I ended up buying the car a few days

    later. My kids loved the car but quickly lost interest in the project. I on the

    other hand was very impressed with the quality of the car and after thinking

    about it for a few weeks decided to rebuild the entire car from the ground up.

    It took me about 1 year to rebuild everything and it was during this year that

    I discovered this website and the wealth of information available here.

    The car as purchased had been sitting in a garage for about 8 years..

    separating the body from the pan..

    pan had very little rust and original floorpans..

    rebuilt pan including rebuilt transmission, and new disk brakes..

    #244339

    calafer
    Participant

    @calafer

    body after coming back from paint shop sitting next to finished pan..

    …and finally finished car…

    #244340

    pga64
    Participant

    @pga64

    Just beautiful. Now go out and have fun with it. Happy riding.

    #244341

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Radical color! That is beautiful. Great job.

    #244342

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Wow! What a terrific car!

    Really nice work!

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #244343

    robbaker
    Participant

    @robbaker

    First class work, well done.  I appreciate your effort.

    #244344

    larry-murphy
    Participant

    @larry-murphy

     GREAT JOB and thanks for the pictures and story.

     Do you have any pics of the windows an could you describe how they are raised and lowered ,or are they designed to be removed as on the original MG?

    #244345

    pink-mg
    Participant

    @pink-mg

    Now THAT’S a Lafer! WOW!

    #244346

    calafer
    Participant

    @calafer

    The Lafer has three side windows. The front cowl window is attached to a chrome rail

    that fits into the door. This chrome rail (along with its attached front cowl window) can

    be pulled out of the door completely. The door window slides in the chrome rail and

    can move up and down (down to a certain degree only) via a window pull connected to a

    friction pressure plate. This window can also be removed completely and if you remove

    the chrome rail from the door you also have to remove this window. The third window

    is a small semicircular rear window that fits behind the door and is held in place by a

    handscrew on the inside of the rear panel. To remove this window you loosen the

    handscrew and pull it straight out.

    On the photo below you can see the side window as far down as it will go and also how

    the top wraps around the side windows…

    #244347

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    That is a righteous-looking ride. Three-bow top, nice and tight. Love the dash too–Porsche gauges, right?

    Your seats look a lot plusher than mine as well.

    Thanks for the pics and info.

    #244348

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Wow! Wow! Wow!

    What an awesome car!

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #244349

    kschas
    Participant

    @kschas

    That is a GOOD LOOKING car. What is the main diffrence in the MP Lafer and other td kit cars? What I mean is, is it just a diffrent brand of kit or is a diffrent car?

    #244350

    kschas
    Participant

    @kschas

    As I should have done befor asking . I just did a search on them and found the answer to my question.

    #244351

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    They’re really in a class by themselves. 

    #244352

    calafer
    Participant

    @calafer

    The gauges are actually VDO gauges made in Brazil specifically for the MP

    Lafers. The ones in my car were fairly beat up so I bought new front

    glasses (originals were plastic except the speedo and tach) and bezels. I

    disassembled, cleaned and reassembled the gauges with the new

    components.

    Original gauges…

    After rebuilding them……

    The speedo gauge has a trip odometer but it turns out that on the Lafers

    there was no way to reset it. While rebuilding the speedo I fabricated a

    small bracket to attach a mechanical reset cable from a Triumph Spitfire

    so now the trip odometer also works.

    #244353

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Very impressive, sir! They look brand new.

    #244354

    jack99
    Participant

    @jack99

    fantastic job from mp lafer owner

    #244355

    texag71
    Participant

    @texag71

    If this is the same car I saw awhile back on the Motortopia website, I have to say it’s looking better than ever.

    Would you mind telling where you got the new glass and bezels for your gauges? And can you offer any tips, tricks or advice for disassembling and cleaning them? The gauges on my ’81 Lafer TI are quite faded, and the bezels are black; I’d prefer chrome.

    TexAg7140849.9422222222

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #244356

    washington-will
    Participant

    @washington-will

     Very nice work the car looks spectacular. I am interested in the gauge rebuild process also. What type of front beam is that picture looks like it only has one tube? What type of rims or those?

    #244357

    calafer
    Participant

    @calafer

    My original Lafer gauges had clear plastic covers that were scratched and dull and the chrome was

    pitted and rusty. I purchased replacement glass and bezels from a company called North

    Hollywood Speedometer (www.nhspeedometer.com). I was only able to find replacement glass and

    bezels for the 5 smaller gauges so I ended up using the old bezels and glass on the speedo and

    tach. I purchased 5 ea. of 52mm glass ($3 ea.) and VDO “Cockpit Royal” chrome bezels ($11 ea.). Be

    aware that this was a few years ago so the prices may have changed.

    As far as the complete process in general terms I removed the old bezels by prying them off with a

    jewelers screwdriver and once you remove the bezel the clear glass or plastic will fall out. I tried to

    pry off the needles of the gauges but they seemed well pressed into place so I decided to leave

    them on. I cleaned the needle and face plate using “409 kitchen cleaner” and “Q-tips”. I then gave

    it another light cleaning with alcohol (again using Q-tips). After they were clean I carefully put a

    small strip of masking tape over the needle covered the exterior of the gauge and spray painted

    the face plate using a matte finish clear coat and let it dry completely. I didn’t spray the needle

    because of the possibility of the added weight of the paint affecting the accuracy of the gauge. You

    will need to slightly rotate the needle during spraying in order to get paint under the needle area.

    The biggest challenge was installing the new bezels as the edges have to be “rolled” or “bent

    around the outer rim of the gauge housing. I placed the gauge face down on a flat surface and then

    used the edge of a small spanner wrench to slowly bend the edge of the bezel a little bit at a time

    while rotating the gauge. It probably took me 10-15 complete revolutions of the gauge to fully seat

    each bezel completely.   

       

    This picture shows the tachometer after cleaning and clear coating the face. Note the rough edge of

    the bezel due to prying off with jewelers screwdriver.. This rough edge was eventually bent back

    around the outer gauge casing.

    #244358

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Hey Calafer….

    Apparently you caught a photographer’s eye when you attended a car show in San Diego recently….

    http://www.sandiegoimages.net/Cars/San-Diego-Cars/9279445_ga LJ5/41/1155879317_rnb6n#619966766_BX9KD

    PMOSSBERG40751.3920833333

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #244359

    mglondonroadste
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    What great looking car and a fantastic job.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange colored MG or replica before.  It really looks sharp!

    #244360

    calafer
    Participant

    @calafer

    Thanks for the link Paul!! I wasn’t aware of those photos.

    #244361

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Can’t even tell you how I foudn it. I think I had googled MG TD images, trying to find good photos of original MG TD wheels.

    Let’s just say the orange TD sort of stood out on the image search results page!

     

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #244362

    texag71
    Participant

    @texag71

    Thanks for the information and photos, Ricardo, and for showing the more timid among us that it really is possible to do this stuff ourselves.

    Two questions: Is there a gasket under that gauge glass? And if so, where did you obtain a replacement?

    Again — great job!

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

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