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  • #234761
    dggrant
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    @dggrant

    Hi Allen:
    Could you solve the mystery of my kit for me.
    It seems to fit the Fiberfab (VW) description. I have no manufacturers marks on it. Two things that are slightly different are the badge on the radiator shell, as well as the one on the steering wheel say “TD”. Another difference is that I have a 5 gall fuel tank.
    Any ideas of manufacturer?
    Thx
    dan

    #256736
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Dan,

     

    You posted this in the Manufacturer Comparison thread.

     

    It really belonged in its own thread. And would probably get lost otherwise.

     

    It would help to see some pics of your car, including the grill badge. 

     

    Paul Mossberg
    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)

    #256737
    dggrant
    Participant

    @dggrant

    Hi Paul:
    Thx, I’ll get on it and Take some photos.
    Regs
    Dan

    #256738
    dggrant
    Participant

    @dggrant

    Hi Paul:
    Here are some pics that might help identify my TD manf
    So far I’m told that the seat config points to Fiberfab but I have no Manf mark.
    Things that could help
    1) The grill shell and steering wheel have “TD” on them
    2) Dashboard is very simple not like original config.
    3) I have a 5 gallon gas tank which is under a fitted compartment in front.

    PS: the hood ornament and horns have been added by me. AS is the MG sticker on the spare.

    Thx
    Dan

    #256739
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    My initial reaction is FiberFab.

    But I’ve never seen a trunk like that. The form fit fiberglass shell is a really nice way to handle the trunk.

    Paul Mossberg
    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)

    #256740
    KentT
    Participant

    @kentt

    No help here.  My first impression, like Paul’s, was FiberFab, but looking closer, I don’t think so.

    1.  Hood opens on the wrong side
    2.  No visible split in the front splashpan (later FF), yet the drivers side front fender/splashpan conncection is too tall (early FF).  Does it have the exposed steering shaft on the left front fender that would identify it as early FF?
    3.  Gas tank location is totally custom, as is the whole trunk area.   I like all that trunk space! 

    Early FF TDr on 69 VW pan
    Slowly coming back from the ashes...

    #256741
    dggrant
    Participant

    @dggrant

    Hi Guys:
    Thx for the input so far. Here are a few more pics of under the compartment etc, in case it gives up any more clues.
    Dan

    #256742
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    At the risk of ruining my reputation here…I’m stumped!

    Paul Mossberg
    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)

    #256743
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Not any fiberfab that I’ve ever seen. From the gas tank portion it looks like a Duchess but then the other stuff isn’t. Could it be Classic Carriage?

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

    #256744
    dggrant
    Participant

    @dggrant

    I heard a rumor that there was a small manf working out of SW Penna in the 70’s & 80’s. I think someone told me McKees Rocks, which is part of Pittsburgh. I’m wonder if it could be one of these? I thought that the “TD” badge on both the grill and the steering wheel might give it away.

    #256745
    dggrant
    Participant

    @dggrant

    No the steering shaft is enclosed in the body and not visible via left fender (more pics posted)

    #256746
    Montie Henderson
    Participant

    @montie

    I’ve heard of a couple of small manufactures/builders one in southern Indiana and a family operation here in Dayton Oh. The one here in Dayton was only around about a year, build maybe 5-10 cars. From what I heard they had Speedsters, TD’s and Gazelles. Maybe it’s one of those small builders. I’ve tried to find out more on this one in Dayton but rumors, facts, are really sketchy. Talked to several businesses close to where they were located and everyone remembers them but all the stories are different.   

    #256747
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Definitely not a Duchess Allen

    Paul Mossberg
    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)

    #256748
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    After seening all the photos, my best guess is an early Fiberfab with a modified trunk area. My fiberfab kit can be assembled with the hood hinges on either side depending on builder preference. But I don’t know of any VW kit with a 5-gallon gas tank as standard. That is definitely a modification. But I do like the trunk fiberglass cover. I may try to fabricate something like that.

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

    #256749
    KentT
    Participant

    @kentt

    newkitman wrote:

    After seening all the photos, my best guess is an early Fiberfab with a modified trunk area. My fiberfab kit can be assembled with the hood hinges on either side depending on builder preference. But I don’t know of any VW kit with a 5-gallon gas tank as standard. That is definitely a modification. But I do like the trunk fiberglass cover. I may try to fabricate something like that.

    Not an early FiberFab, since it doesn’t have the exposed steering column… plus that bulkhead down below in the trunk is not the right shape at all. 

    KentT2013-06-24 09:28:38

    Early FF TDr on 69 VW pan
    Slowly coming back from the ashes...

    #256750
    dggrant
    Participant

    @dggrant

    Another clue – maybe…

    I’m having trouble with my windshield (cracked) see other post. Bill (crash55) was kind enough to let me draw around his windshield which is currently off his FF MiGi. It turns out that his windshield is a couple of inches deeper than mine. So I guess FiberFab is out?
    #256751
    Anonymous
    Inactive

       Dan : Looks like you have a one of a kind.  It definately is not a Fiberfab with the molded rear splash pan. The gas tank looks some what  like a Classic Motor Carriagge tank only smaller. Placement is also like there gas tank.

         Might try some dective work with previous owner to locate original builder. Follow the paper trail if possible to builder or possible some one who knew the builder.
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