January 23, 2013 at 10:14 pm #234487
I’m a new member and just want to say hello.I’ve been reading many of the posts to get an idea of what’s involved, and have numerous questions.I first looked into a kit car in the ’80s, but didn’t have the time to make it happen. Now I’m ready to plunge in. My background is in aviation and I have reasonable mechanical skills.I’m looking for a complete MGTD Kit to take from the ground up. I’m leaning towards a front engine (Ford/Chevy), but am open to all ideas at this point.Looking forward to discussing my future project with other members.Thanks,GaryJanuary 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm #254205newkitmanParticipant
Welcome aboard Gary. There are a good number of members who have Chevy based TDs. I’m sure they will chime in. Let us know your location and we may be better able to locate a TD near you. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. We’re all glad to help.
VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
"If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The ShackJanuary 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm #254206RoyalParticipant
Hey Gary, Welcome aboard. We love it when someone comes aboard and builds. As you probably know, we have about 4 members building kits right now. It’s a lot of fun for us that have kits that are already assembled, so don’t hesitate to ask.With regard to finding kits, if there are any real tricks to finding them, I don’t know. I just search google, ebay, craigslist etc. I just discovered an easy way to search craigslist nationwide in one click. Try : Craigslist.org site/mgtd . I forgot to mention that you might want to get a beer first. Keep at it and you’ll find what you want.
Royal2013-01-23 22:42:35January 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm #254207edward ericsonParticipant
Welcome, Gary! With your background I expect you’ll have a thing or two to teach us as well. Or me, anyway.January 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm #254208Paul MossbergKeymaster
What those guys said! This is a great place. Good people! Lots of knowledge!
Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
2005 Intermeccanica Roadster
If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)January 24, 2013 at 1:49 am #254209
Thank you all for your welcoming comments.I live in Port Orchard, near Bremerton, Washington.My first question is about the Kit to Drive train match. I’ve heard that a simple small pickup frame (Ranger, Toyota, etc) can work well because it’s flexible. But, to what extent is the Frame and Drive dictated by the Kit? Where can I see specifications as to what dimensions the Frame must have to allow the various kits to fit? Should I have the Kit in hand before I start looking for a suitable Frame?gJanuary 24, 2013 at 3:26 am #254210billnpartsParticipant
The front engine kits include a frame. The Chevette based kit is jigged to bolt the Chevette drivetrain components from the donor car directly to its frame. The same hold true for the Ford based kit. You can consult the builders manuals in the directory on the left.
Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
Autocross & Hillclimb
"Drive Happy"January 24, 2013 at 5:37 am #254211greg pressParticipant
welome gary you will love it here.Lote of neat people here.January 24, 2013 at 7:10 am #254212Richard ShearParticipant
Welcome Gary, you started in the right place.January 24, 2013 at 8:12 am #254213RickParticipant
Welcome aboard Gary. I can tell you from personal experience that these guys will help you get through every layer of a build.
Looking forward to seeing your work begin.January 24, 2013 at 8:43 am #254214Steve StruchenParticipant
Welcome… Glad you are here. Your being here means that I am not the New Guy anymore. There is lots of good information in the archived posts. Just do a search for whatever comes to mind about the TD replicas.January 24, 2013 at 9:28 am #254215Larry MurphyParticipant
Gary, Welcome to the forum.As Bill said ,the front engine kits come with the frame designed for what ever engine /drive train is being used. To help you decide ,here is a brief summary of the different front engine cars.My personal favorite British Coach Works—-Chevette engine/suspension/drivetrain only.Classic Motor Carriage/Fiber Fab—-Chevette based and also Ford [Pinto–Mustang 11]based.Classic Roadster Duchess—Chevette suspension but may use either Chevette or Ford engine.The Ford based cars generally are the more performance oriented [faster] while the Chevette based are comparable to the original MG in power.There also some others,Allison–Nissian based and Daytona MiGi but they are VERRY rare.The VW based cars are great as well and can be made to perform quite well and are very dependable and easy to work on.January 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm #254216ray10Participant
Welcome Gary from a chevette owner ( I have two ) one complete. one that one day I will get back too. If you want to see pictures of the frame let me know ,I have the body off mine.
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Garywelcome..January 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm #254218
Thanks Larry. Great info.January 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm #254219Dan RosaParticipant
Gary, Hi , Like everyone has said you are starting on a great hobby when you fine your kit it will come with a frame, what ever you find Ford or Chevette powered , you can always use any doner you want or find, with a blank slate and a welder .. Dan R
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