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    Gary Lorenz


    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.


    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.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack



    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 : 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.  

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    edward ericson


    Welcome, Gary! With your background I expect you’ll have a thing or two to teach us as well. Or me, anyway.

    Paul Mossberg


    Hi Gary!


    What those guys said! This is a great place. Good people! Lots of knowledge!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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    Gary Lorenz


    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?


    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.


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

    greg press


    welome gary you will love it here.Lote of neat people here.

    Richard Shear


    Welcome Gary, you started in the right place.



    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.

    Steve Struchen


    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. 

    Larry Murphy


     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.


    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.   


    john barry




    Gary Lorenz


    Thanks Larry. Great info.

    Dan Rosa


    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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