• royal replied to the topic Fiberfab Parts in the forum VW Based Kits 1 month ago

    I’ll add that not only are there differences between original TD and replica grill shells, but not all replica shells are the same and they are not interchangeable between replica manufacturers without modifications.

  • I’m 78 this week and have decided to sell my MGTDr.  I almost sold it a few months ago to a fellow on this site, but the deal fell apart at the end.  If you are interested, please give me a call.  It still has not been advertised.  I will be out of town until 9/26 but would be willing to talk about my TDr experiences and compare them to my rea…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic VA Beach 2019 in the forum Clubs and Show 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Sorry Guys, I’m out.  Family health problems.  Don’t even know what state I’ll be in when the show’s on.  Julie and I are fine but it’s just a bad time.

  • Not to belabor the point, but Bill’s front seat arrangement allows the most possible leg (and chest) room available in our TDr’s.  Very roomy and comfortable.

  • 2 core vs 3 core:  I was having temp problems with my 998cc classic mini.  Did a lot of reading and decided to try a 2 core vs the 3 core original.  The logic being that while the 3 core may have more coolant exposure the increased density of the cores decreases the air flow and thus: the 2 core cools better.

    I should mention that I had acid cl…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Hood Louvers in the forum Chevy/Ford Kits 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Bill, it certainly looks a lot better than I expected also.  I think that i agree with Ed – you got ‘er done.  Smile, be happy.

  • Advice:  These kits are all different from each other in tub dimensions.  They may look similar and may be the same but I will tell you that the only way to be sure is to have a canvas shop make one for you.  And yes, this will cost you more than a few hundred dollars.  My Daytona and Jack’s Fiberfab and BCW are all different enough that my ton…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Looking for a 52 MGTD in the forum Classifieds 6 months, 1 week ago

    Garry, good for you.  Congratulations.  Enjoy.  They are great cars and a lot of fun.  Now you get to make it yours.  The boys here, in this TDr website, will be able to answer any questions you may have.  I would urge you to get involved here and with any of the sports car clubs in your area.

  • If you really “want to make it look like the original TDs with steel wheels”, why are you looking for 14″ wheels since originals came with 15″ wheels?

    I think that offset, tire aspect ratio and rim width are much more important than diameter when considering clearance issues.

    I agree with Ed, you really need to do some test fitting.

  • royal replied to the topic Spyder work in the forum General Discussion 6 months, 1 week ago

    Never let it be said that “Everyone is too polite to ask”!

    I discovered (after carefully reading one of your many detailed posts long ago) that you are “that guy who went absolutely sicko with the Porschey details.”

    I’ve only met your wife briefly on a few occasions but, you surely hit the jackpot with her.

    ….And, if I were to want the a…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Spyder work in the forum General Discussion 6 months, 1 week ago

    Ed, I am quite sure that it will not surprise you to hear that I never attempted to undertake a project this time consuming and complex.  I’m impressed.

    Did you keep a log of your hours and costs?   …..or shouldn’t I ask?

  • Todd, the original TD’s used a “flat 1″ x 3/16″ rubber weather strip under the window bottom frame”.  I think that BCW TDr’s also used this kind of strip/seal at the bottom of the windshield.  So, my advice would be use what works.

    My bottom engine surround is not bolted to the fenders or the body.  Simply attached to the engine.

  • Ain’t it the truth:

    So, we finally had a nice day and I decided to take my abandoned (in my garage) TDr for a ride after getting temporary “paper” plates.  Pulled out of the driveway and got up to the end of our cul-de-sac.  No brakes.  Nada.  Zip.  Fortunately, I had relocated the emergency brake handle a few years ago and it did work.  Got i…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Looking for a 52 MGTD in the forum Classifieds 7 months, 1 week ago

    Some of the Fiberfabs can be modified to allow folding and some not.  Many/most of the windshields on Fiberfabs (and other TDr’s) have the long side brackets which extend down past the bottom of the windshield and are thru bolted into the body.  I don’t know how to modify those.

    I was fortunate to have the windshield mounted to a heavy cast a…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Looking for a 52 MGTD in the forum Classifieds 7 months, 1 week ago

    I will be listing it on eBay (or maybe I’ll start it low and have a reserve) for $7,000.  Haven’t decided yet upon that.  However if a forum member wants it, try $7,000.

    Should a forum member want it, I will put you up for the night or two here at mi casa.  You could probably stretch it into a couple of days and get to see historic New Be…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Looking for a 52 MGTD in the forum Classifieds 7 months, 1 week ago

    No brag, but what’s true is true.  Thanks for the endorsement Schu.

    I forgot to mention that it has real knock-off wire wheels and good tires even the spare is on a wire wheel.  Air horn.  Very nice wood steering wheel.  Badge bar.  Fog light and a driving light.  Pertronics distributor.  The Holley Bug Spray carb is a 2 bbl with a special intake…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Looking for a 52 MGTD in the forum Classifieds 7 months, 1 week ago

    Well, at 77, the time has come for me to thin the herd.  I know that you are looking for a BCW close to Michigan.

    I have neither, but do have a very nice white Daytona MGTDr in Eastern NC (New Bern).  VW drive train.  It has been in numerous car shows and always draws looks.  I will be listing it on eBay within a week and it will be sold with num…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Car leans in the forum General Discussion 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    I don’t think that going to air shocks is the correct way to fix this problem.  You would be able to level the car but would adversely affect handling.

    I would predict that there is one or more torsion leaves in the front suspension beams that have either come loose from their grub screws or they have broken.  The torsion leaves are available a…[Read more]

  • Welcome.  This is the kind of project that we all love.  Between Ed, Jack, Paul, Schu, Bill and (even) myself, we can probably answer your questions or at least steer you in the right direction.  The more pictures you post, the more good responses you will get!

    My only advice at this point in your build is to NOT cut/trim any of the fiberglass pi…[Read more]

  • I owned a “real” MGTF-1500 for 15 years and will say your replica is very nice.  Never did like the gauge layout in the real ones.  Excellent job.

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