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    Joel Pritchett


    what would be estimates of how many hours it would take to get a

    new kit with all parts removed from the donor car in drivable condition.

    Dan Rosa


     that is a hard one I know guys that can change minivan engine and running in 5 hours and have some guys do it in 9 hours it is going to depend on your work pace , experience and if your parts are all there  do not even try to guess time JUST ENJOY  and remember it is what you end up with not the time ,,,enjoy the trip down the road of creation and your first DRIVE down the road to the icecream place   Dan

    Joel Pritchett


    I am trying to convince the wife and she wanted to know. I put my

    abilities as very good.

    Mark Hendrickson


    The companies that sold these cars in the 80’s had videos and advertised that you could build these cars in a weekend. They provided lame, inadequate build manuals too. Some inexperienced people bought these cars and gave up after a few weekends of trying. That’s why there are so many of these kits still around unbuilt!

    With all due respect, and this not directed at Green Tigger, but why do people ask us these questions…it takes as long as it takes…simple as that

    People ask me all the time at the shop where I’m building my ’40 Ford streetrod…”when will it be done?”. I answer, “It’s my hobby…it’ll be done when it’s done”. Reminds me of the infamous “How fast will it go?” question.

    All of these “Build a Car” shows on TV are making the non-car people think this stuff can be done in 72 hours, etc. They don’t realize that those shows are heavily edited and they do not show the 100’s of hours actually spent on the vehicle. They should be billed as “Unreality Shows”.

    Take your time, do it right, make it reliable and safe and you’ll be much happier than building on a deadline.

    Pink MG40648.4611458333



    Like everyone has said…a quality build takes time. Also a lot depends on the facility available to you for the building process. If you look in the manuals section here you’ll see the Duchess manual. In it they list a time to complete each step. My guess this is the actual install time not taking into account all the prepwork, measuring, alinging, remeasuring etc. I plan on giving myself a good 8-10 hours each saturday and a couple of hours an evening during the week. Overall, start to finish I’ve planned 6-9 months to complete the work.

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

    Paul Mossberg


    I built my Duchess, following the manual step-by-step.
    The one thing I did NOT do, was punch a time clock each time I entered my garage.

    For what it’s worth, the build took me about nine months, working evenings and weekends. Your mileage may (make that WILL) vary.

    Mark’s words of wisdom ring true for me. It’s one of my hobbies. It could have taken two years for all I cared.

    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)

    edward ericson


    Taken me all week (so far) just to put new carpet in bridget. Hope to have her back together in time for a Sunday drive.

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