October 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm #233730
I’m about to embark on a new venture and trade my 1988 Vette for a 1952 MG TD by British Coach Works, Chevette powered.
I value wise they are about equal.
I will be making the trade this Saturday. The car is in Ohio. I haven’t seen it, but from the pictures it looks in vg condition. 26,000 miles.
I hope there are no issues. If there is anything I should look for, I’d like to know so I can make a wise decision. I’ve always liked the early 50’s MG’s but can’t afford a real one and I’d like to have front engined TD than the VW setup. Looking forward to posting pics when I get it.October 7, 2011 at 12:03 am #246783ray10Participant
Hi and Welome
I have a TD with the chevette motor it runs real stong, the Hard part is there is no real way of giving them any more power.Parts are limited , The rest is kind of hit and miss a lot depends on the builder,or factory . do you know who the manafacturer of the kit was?
http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48October 7, 2011 at 12:40 am #246784
All I know it was made by British Coach Works and is built on 1986 Chevette frame. I’ll know more when I pick it up Saturday.October 7, 2011 at 9:20 am #246785Larry MurphyParticipant
Welcome to the forum. The British Coach Works cars are very nice replicas.They have thicker fiberglass then is found on most of the others and are nicely detailed as well using many original MG trim parts. They use Chevette engines , suspension and electronics, but the chassis is designed and built by BCW to fit the GM componants and the BCW body .They don’t run like the Corvette, but the Corvettes don’t look like the MGs .The BCW has the styling of a bygone era,with more modern mechanicals. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.October 7, 2011 at 10:04 am #246786Paul MossbergKeymaster
Welcome aboard Gary (aka nitrofish)
You’ll find plenty of support here! And lots of knowledgeable TD replica owners!
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)October 7, 2011 at 10:57 am #246787edward ericsonParticipant
Welcome, Gary. I got my BCW (VW-powered) almost two years ago & have really enjoyed it. There are Chevette gurus out there but you’ll probably find the car to have adequate power. 90 horse goes a long way in a 2000-pound car.
Larry is right, the BCW is a quality product. The tail lights are “correct,” for example. The windscreen folds down. You’ll feel like you’re going a lot faster than you are, and that’s almost as fun as going slow.
Keep us posted.October 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm #246788Bill GouldParticipant
@texag71edsnova wrote:You’ll feel like you’re going a lot faster than you are, and that’s almost as fun as going slow.
Nicely put, Ed. I tell people who ask that at my age, it’s less about speed and more about style.
Oh, and welcome, Gary!
1981 Lafer TI
1600 cc Type 1 engineOctober 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm #246789
Thanks for the great reception, that alone makes me feel like this will be a great venture.
When I was younger I had many muscle cars, 57 chevys, 65 GTO, 1978 Chevell and then family. Six kids and 10 grandkids later, it was time to have a real “car” and I never owned a Vette and always wanted one, but prices for the early years and new C5’s are out my reach. The 88 (C4) is a great car handling and some power, but it lacks the respect of the other classes. Plus I found it was difficult to sell even in a VG condition, so the TD popped up and I told my showed my wife and kids and their response was “wow, cool” plus I always did like the classic look of the early MG TD’s.
So tomorrow is the big day, now I can’t wait, although I’ll only have a few good driving days left this year as we are from Buffalo! Snows right around the corner.
Thanks again for the warm welcome and look forward to some chatting and hopefully meeting at some cruise in or car show in the future.December 7, 2011 at 8:57 am #246790greg pressParticipant
I am a new member also and i live 1 hour south of buffalo in cherry creek ny .Hopefully you got the car.If you did maybe a summer meet would be possible .
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