Royal

  • 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 5 months, 1 week 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]

  • royal replied to the topic New Member Intro in the forum General Discussion 7 months ago

    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.

  • royal replied to the topic Carlisle May 2019 in the forum Clubs and Show 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    I have not had a problem like you describe.  However, if you do have that problem, you definitely need to get it corrected before flat towing.

    I believe you are looking at a castor problem.  Various suppliers sell castor shims to correct this for the VW suspension.  They are inexpensive and may correct your problem.  Do not attempt to flat tow…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Carlisle May 2019 in the forum Clubs and Show 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Flat Towing:

    It’s really no more difficult than towing around your block, except you need to be aware of the fact that you can not back up.  This may cause some problems when getting fuel.  Truck stops work well.

    You will be tempted to go the same speed as traffic.  Do you want the top up or down?  Your choice.  Either way the top or the tonne…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Getting a title in the forum General Discussion 8 months ago

    That sounds ridiculous but certainly lives up to the “show-me” reputation while throwing a bucket of cold water on innovation and entrepreneurship yet keeping a few more bureaucrats on the dole.

    I spent my youth scrounging around in junk yards and know that Johnny Cash’s “One Piece at a Time” surely wasn’t written about anyone from…[Read more]

  • royal replied to the topic Getting a title in the forum General Discussion 8 months ago

    Going back to my post of a week or so ago:  Is it not possible in Missouri to build a car and then license it?

    Are you saying that there is no such thing as home made licensed car?

    In NC, the inspector (when I licensed my TDr) said that “home made” is fairly simple to get plates for.  I didn’t go that way because I had all the necessary p…[Read more]

  • Ed, once again, gives good advice.

    North Carolina allows a different route:  Home-made.  Allowing for our pre-NASCAR bootlegger and stock car heritage.  Some inspections are required.

  • royal replied to the topic MGs On The Rocks in the forum Clubs and Show 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    For the same money

    as an MGB, I prefer the Jensen Healey.  (Only the intelligentsia will know what it is.)  Plebeians will think it is some sort of early Corvette.

    ’72-76.  Early ones are prettier, so buy a 76 and put a 72-73 bumper on it.   Very capable Lotus DOHC high revving 16 valve 4 cyl engine.  Watch for rust.

    Comfy cruiser and very…[Read more]

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