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  • #302625

    mickeyrichaud
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    @mickeyrichaud

    Hey, all –

    Mickey Richaud here.  Fairly recent owner of a Victor TF replica that is still unassembled.  Originally bought in ’83, passed along to the guy’s brother, and I bought it from him earlier this year.  The only thing done was to dry fit the body to the frame, run some of the brake lines, install the front and rear suspension, and prepare the wiring for installation.  I have an MGB engine, which I will be rebuilding, and an overdrive transmission, which has been refreshed and is ready to go.  Lots of extra parts came with the deal, and I’ve been sorting through those.  Will no doubt have some questions for the group, and willing to share experiences as they arise.

     

     

    #302627

    rickandchris
    Participant

    @rickandchris

    Welcome aboard

     

    1981 Fiberfab Factory built. 1974 VW donor 1600 cc motor, cream body with brown fenders, beige top.
    Gold carpets, golden interior.

    #302628

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Thanks for the welcome!  Couple of pictures (if I attached them correctly):

    Well, guess not.  Have to do some homework on attaching images…

     

     

     

    #302630

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Let’s try this:

    #302631

    lrh
    Participant

    @lrh

    Well news to me. First I didn’t know anything about the MG TD, much less replica, and now this. Been learning more and more since getting my MGTDr.

    I see that dash board on the work bench. Any chance of those being octagonal, like originals?

    Wheels seem to be original type. But I can only go by pictures I’ve seen.

    Hope you get it on the road next year and not wait until the next. Should be plenty of fun driving.

    Bob

    #302632

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Hi, Bob.  Good eye on the dash.  No, the gauges are from Speedhut.  I’ve thought about trying to source some octagonal bezels to go around them, but not sure of the size, and the ones I’ve seen are prohibitive, cost-wise anyway.

    The wheels that are on the car now are from an MGB – 14″ wires, and are in pretty sorry shape.  The TF came with 48 spoke 15-inchers, and I’ll be putting a set of 60 spoke 15’s on it when I get to that point.

    The body will be going to the painter after the first of the year, and I’ll be building the engine then.  Will also get the frame finished and ready to put it all together.  I don’t have a deadline, but hope to have it done sometime before next fall.

    For those who aren’t familiar with the Victor, here’s a reprint of an article about it that Classic Motorsports did a while back:  https://classicmotorsports.com/articles/first-class-fiberglass/

    #302633

    kall
    Participant

    @kall

    Great car and a great story.

    I think that the story points up that each of us is somewhere on a line between the deep-pockets craftsman intent on having a museum-quality restoration and the low-budget Romeo who drives a rare old-time beater because it helps him pick up girls.

    As one of our members says: “If you aren’t having fun, it’s your own fault.”

    • This reply was modified 12 months ago by  kall.
    #302635

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Welcome aboard Mickey!

    The Victor TF replica is a beautiful car. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

    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)

    #302636

    secretagentcat
    Participant

    @secretagentcat

    Welcome to the Family, Mickey! Real nice looking project, I can’t wait to see her completed!

    #302637

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Many thanks for the welcomes!

    Way back in the ’70’s and ’80’s I had a hankering for a TD replica.  Drove my wife crazy with all the talk about it, but we really didn’t have the necessary funds, so it didn’t happen.  I was a VW nut back then, having a ’63 VW sunroof Beetle, then a ’64 Ghia convertible, both of which I built up with “massaged” powerplants.  But I was always enamored with the MG mystique, especially the T series, all the way back to my youth in the ’50’s and ’60’s.  Blame that book, The Red Car, which, I’m sure, many of you cut your teeth on, as I did way back in 1960.

    Fast forward to a couple of decades ago when I acquired first a ’57 Triumph TR3, then a ’73 MGB roadster which I restored, then a ’69 MGB GT that I converted to a GM 3.4 V6 and 5 speed.  Lots more to the story, of course, but won’t bore you with all that.  Suffice to say I’ve restored several cars over the years, but have kept the two MG’s.

    After retirement, I began thinking about one more project and lo and behold this one presented itself.  I’m really excited about building this thing and doing it right.  Thought about another 3.4 V6 for it, but that’s truly overkill.  This will be all MG and at under 1700 pounds, with 100 +/- hp and overdrive, should be a blast to drive.

     

    #302638

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Welcome!

    Great, another front engine replica. Looking forward to watching your build.

     

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #302639

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Good on ya, Mickey! I’m sure you already know how rare and sought-after the Victor TF kit is. There’s a guy round my neck of the woods with one. From the MG Experience board I know there’s a guy in Colorado with one he just finished a few years back. With the exception of the afore-mentioned octagonal gauges (unobtanium) and the way the bonnet opens, the Victor is the spitting image. But with better drivability.

    We’ll definitely cheer you on.

    #302640

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Just looked to see where Townsend is. Man, you have some wonderful roads in that area. You’re positioned just north of the Dragon. Almost jealous. Finish the car!!!

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #302644

    sabreur76
    Keymaster

    @sabreur76

    Welcome aboard, Mickey!  That’s a great find.  I’ve been wanting to add one of those to my collection but they are as rare as hen’s teeth.  There’s a guy around my area (it maybe the same guy that Ed’s talking about since Ed and I are close) that has one.  He’s a little sketchy about the provenance when you talk to him about it but it’s a Victor, not an original TF.  I’ve attached a couple of pics I took of his car at a local show.   Bill and I saw him last summer at the PA British car show also but I didn’t take any pics then.

     

    mg-tf2

     

    mg-tf1

     

    mg-tf3

     

    Vicenç - (bee sense)
    Pembroke Pines, FL
    1983 FiberFab MiGi II - "Montse"

    #302646

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Many thanks for the welcome messages!  I’m very anxious to get this thing on the road; the Tail of the Dragon is indeed nearby and beckons!

    As luck would have it, there is another Victor within an hour’s drive from here.  The guy bought it from Bruce Clifford in Colorado, mentioned above.  Bruce had a couple of them; sold one of his a while back.  I’ve been over to visit the guy and his Victor is nice.  Pretty surprising to have one so close, as there were so few made.  And Bruce is actually the one who “found” the one I bought; posted it on a British car forum and I snatched it up before someone else got it.

    Anyway, I’ll be posting progress and may have some questions.  I’m currently redesigning the dash layout, as the one that came with it isn’t exactly to my liking, even though the finish on it is really quite good.  Bought a piece of curatinga rosewood to make a new one that more closely matches the steering wheel, and will have an extra mahogany dash if anyone’s interested.  Otherwise, I might stick some old MGB gauges I have in it and make a wall hanging; the wife will love that!

    #302647

    scubasteve
    Participant

    @scubasteve

    I will add my welcome to all the previous. This is a great place to find the answered to your questions, or just visit to see what’s going ob out there.

    It looks like you’ve got quite a project, but sounds like you have a plan. Keep us posted.

    Again, WELCOME!

    Amor Conquista Todo

    #302659

    kentt
    Participant

    @kentt

    Just looked to see where Townsend is. Man, you have some wonderful roads in that area. You’re positioned just north of the Dragon. Almost jealous. Finish the car!!!

    Ditto that — I’m in Sevierville, but my project TDr is VW-based and progress is stalled due to other time demands lately. There’s at least a couple front engine TDrs in the Sevier county area, one Ford-based and one Chevette-based.

    Early FF TDr on 69 VW pan
    Slowly coming back from the ashes...

    #302665

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Hello, Kent –

    Good to hear of someone close by.  Let me know if I can ever give you a hand with yours.

    Mickey

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 4 weeks ago by  mickeyrichaud.
    #302878

    mickeyrichaud
    Participant

    @mickeyrichaud

    Finally got to the dash redo.  I found a piece of Curatinga rosewood (never heard of that) at a great resource for different and exotic wood, just south of Knoxville.  A woodworker friend planed it down and cut the holes for the gauges, switches and indicator lights, and I sealed and finished it.

    Here’s the earlier one:

    And here’s the new one:

    The two push-button switches above the ignition switch are momentary contact for the turn signals which feed a control box that is pre-programmed for how long the lights flash, depending on how long the switch is depressed – pretty neat design.  And the indicator lights in the upper center are off-the-shelf items from Dorman.  I pulled the metal arrows from indicators from a ’69 MGB and JB-Welded them over the green lenses – they fit perfectly!

    Thinking about mounting the MG logo from a radio blanking plate over on the passenger side for balance, and there will be a grab handle there as well.

    The engine is disassembled and waiting to go to the machine shop when they have room for it on their schedule.  Found this when I pulled the head:

    Yep, that’s corn in number 3 cylinder.  No idea how the little bugger got it in there, as both manifolds were on the engine, and the head was bolted down.  Tiny valve opening; guess he fed it through somehow…  Apart from the future popcorn in number 3, insides of the engine look great; should be a nice candidate for a refresh and maybe a slight boost.

    Paint’s gonna have to wait ’til I build the budget up a bit.  But it’s gettin’ there!

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by  mickeyrichaud.
    #302883

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Looking good!

    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)

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