November 22, 2010 at 11:27 pm #233243Shane JonesParticipant
Hello everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself. I’ve already learned
LOTS of helpful tips from this forum. I recently bought my FiberFab MG at
an auction. I’m the personal representative of an estate of a dear friend
that passed away way too young, and before she was able to finish her
MiGi project. She often spoke of her “MG replica”, how a couple different
folks helped her work on it over the past few decades, and how she
hoped to finish it in retirement. She worked many years for the State
Farm Catastrophic Disaster Team and traveled a majority of the year,
every year. Seemingly she never had time to work on her MG project. The
car sat in one bay of her garage, untouched, for at least 10 years. It had a
cover over it, so I’d never seen the car. A couple of weeks ago we had her
estate sale. The auction company uncovered the car. It was riddled with
mice nests, had 4 flat tires, the hood, seats, engine cover and bumpers
had yet to be installed. For whatever reason, the night before the auction
I decided I’d bid on the car. Long story short, or at least shorter, I
purchased the car for $1K. The day after the sale I came back to the
house with an overwhelming excitement to see just exactly what kind of
lemon I’d bought. I ran out, purchased a new battery and a can of ether,
came back and installed the battery, aired up the tires, put a dap of gas in
the gas tank, gave the carburetor a shot of ether, turned it over and it
fired right up. In less than 30 minutes the car went from a sad heap
sitting inside the garage, to a pretty sharp looking car sitting on the
Sorry for the LONG hello novel…but I’m quite excited about my new
purchase. I don’t really have the time, or expertise to finish this project,
but am confident I can find someone who can. My goal is to get the car to
a point where I can apply for title and license. This will include installing
seat belts, installing the seats, mounting the hood and engine covers,
bumpers, etc. Once it’s road worthy and the legalities are taken care of
with the State of MO, I’ll then focus on all the of little trinkets and fine
tuning that I’ve been admiring in the photos of all the member’s MG’s.
I look forward to enjoying many years with my MG and this forum.
Thanks in advance for all your help.
St. Louis, MO
FiberFab MG on VW ChassisNovember 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm #243006Paul MossbergKeymaster
Very sorry about your friend. It a great tribute that you will keep her legacy alive by restoring her MG!
You’ll find lots of help here!
Please click the registry link in my signature and add your info to the registry thread!
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)November 23, 2010 at 10:23 am #243007Larry MurphyParticipant
Hi Shane, Welcome to the forum.
Sometimes it seems that life’s circumstances cause two people’s paths to intersect for reasons which we do understand ,but often it leads to someone’s dreams being carried forward even after their life here is over.Seems to be your priviledge to fullfill your friend’s dream.These cars are lots of fun under ordinary conditions but this one will be really special because of whose it was. Enjoy it and treasure the memories of the one who started it to begin with.November 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm #243008edward ericsonParticipant
Welcome Shane. And welcome the long posts. I, for one, enjoy them.
I know you’ll finish this car; it will be work, there will be setbacks, but it will be worth it. Good luck and have fun. We’ll back you up.November 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm #243009Dan RosaParticipant
Shane ,,We are all glad you are going to complete a dream . and are sad for your loss ,,but happy for a new beginning, for her dream and yours………………… DanNovember 24, 2010 at 10:28 am #243010William J CollinsParticipant
Welcome Shane..Glad to read that one (MGTD Replica) was saved before
Someone decided that it was junk and had a trash dealer come for it .
Did you look around that garage for any parts that may belong to the car..
An unassembled kit sure can fill a lot of boxes.And any parts missing will be
a problem to find later . I sold my car and thought I had given the new owner
all extras I had BUT I’m still finding some some stuff I had bought and
planned on installing and never got around too and then forgot about . Thats
the senility of old age setting in I suppose
And just to add a plug –you being a new member of the TDREPLICA site
(Also saved from the junkman) hows about a club BADGE for the front of the
car. Shows you belong to an Elite group of MGTD owners..Picture of one in
the “Our Store” page.December 3, 2010 at 9:18 am #243011Shane JonesParticipant
To everyone….thanks for the welcome. And Bill, I’d love to buy a badge. Just
tell me how to go about it. I couldn’t find the “Our Store” page, but I did see
pictures of the badge on another post. Just let me know.
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