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  • #233738
    Gary Jenkins
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    @nitrofish

    I went today to make the trade of my 88 Vette for the BCW 86 MG TD from Bufalo to Malvern Ohio.
    I had emailed and spoke to Dealer owner Ray several time about the condition of the cars. From the pictures, it looked vg. His description was “This car is A1, everything Works!”
    I arrive, the car is right there outside.
    1. Paint –  Faded white
    2. Some of the chrome, gauges etc faded rusted peeling.
    3. Started engine stalled, started kept running, noise, needs muffler.
    4. Test drive, immediate shake in the front end.
    5, Get up to 45 mpg, let off gas, pop pop, backfires out the exhaust.
    6. Try to stop, foot to the floorboards, barely stops, needs brakes.
    7. Examine front end, loose ball joints, tie rods, dried out bushings, left front shock completely broken off mount.

    I tell Ray there is no way this car is worth $8500, he gets insulted and calls us assholes from NY!

    His answers to the problems
    I haven’t run it for awhile
    Someone test drove it last week, it didn’t shake then.
    Just needs some grease
    Just needs some spark plugs
    $60 and you can replace the shocks.
    Just needs to be buffed out.

    I don’t know if it is allowed in the forum, but I would like to let everyone know this guys business name?

    This car is worth maybe $2000!

    So my search goes on, but I at least I learned a lesson and found some great guys here.

    #246813
    ray10
    Participant

    @ray10

     Sorry to hear that it was that bad. but on the other hand I did come across another  one  http://www.azcarsandtrucks.com/1952mgtdreplica.html  

    No Paul i’m not buying another one , just helping or hindering a fellow td’er         & nbsp;         & nbsp;         & nbsp;         & nbsp;

    TDREPLICA Map

    http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48

    #246814
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Sorry for you troubles, man. The condition of the car sounds fairly typical, really. They all have pitting chrome, dried out bushings and need brakes.

    Hope you find one that’s all done–or at least at a price that’s reasonable.  

    #246815
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    Ray10, That one seems way over priced.  Lights and fuel gauge not working?  Maybe $3-4K if they were.  

    #246816
    ray10
    Participant

    @ray10

    but  the paints nice .Well maybe in the picture it is .but your right I wouldn’t pay more than 3k for it. Ouch

    TDREPLICA Map

    http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48

    #246817
    Gary Jenkins
    Participant

    @nitrofish

    I don’t mind finding a car with some needs, the problem was that it was touted as A1, plus I trailered out my Vette 4 hrs one way fully intent on the trade. And then being insulted!

    #246818
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    $13,900? Really? Um….NO way! I wish these cars were worth $13,900. And sure hope he gets it. But this owner is shooting way high.

    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)

    #246819
    ray10
    Participant

    @ray10

    Ok paul i’m going to take this a little farther of subject. how about one for

    $23,950 OBO

    http://www.classyauto.com/v/MG+TD/Replica/68976

    and it sold?????

    $21,000

    http://cheapcars4sale.us/car-detail/1952-MG-TD-Convertible-R eplica-Completely_18320683910990939357.html

     

    $14,900

    http://cheapcars4sale.us/car-detail/1952-MG-TD_1585421597834 401410.html

    ray1040825.0114699074

    TDREPLICA Map

    http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48

    #246820
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    That puppy will roar with a 2.3 l engine turbo charged.

    #246821
    Montie Henderson
    Participant

    @montie

    Anyone else notice the windshield, looks like they added about 4″ at the top.  ?????

    I like the idea of the turbo, got a friend that want to add that to mine, but I cruise about 45 max.

    #246822
    Montie Henderson
    Participant

    @montie

    I think I’ll print a copy of that 23,950 one and give to my insurance company. 

    #246823
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    Great idea, Montie.  My insurance company wouldn’t insure over $5,000 based on my purchase price for my London Roadster.

    #246824
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    The ads are marked “sold” but that does not mean they sold for the prices shown.

    And as much as I hope it’s true…I don’t believe it.

    But if they are…if anyone wants my Duchess for “only” $20k consider her sold!!!!

    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)

    #246825
    Montie Henderson
    Participant

    @montie

    Paul,

    I agree, most everything has a price.  20-25 k would be hard to turn down.

    #246826
    Gary Jenkins
    Participant

    @nitrofish

    My quest goeson.

    I may have found another MG TD Replica.

    This time, no Snake in the Grass Dealer.

    This is a nice Two tone green with a Pinto subframe, auto, heater and A/C. He says the belt is off the A/C compressor and doesn’t no if tit works. Has a Mustang 2 front end. I’m not sure what make it is, but was factory assembled and it is not a British Coach Works. 9,000 miles w/ spoked wheels although a little rusty.

    He’s asking $9,000 or even trade for my 88 Vette. Is $9K high for this car if it’s decent condition?

    Thanks for your support.

    From the pics, it looks pretty good

    #246827
    Larry Murphy
    Participant

    @larry-murphy

     IMHO, $9000 IS HIGH ,BUT, I know of one that I personally saw back in the summer that was very comparable to your description .The owner was asking $10,500. The buyer told me that they went back and forth for a week and finally reached an acceptable price.This car had a fresh 2.3 engine and was in very good condition but needed tires since they had been on it since it was built.Sometime you are better off paying more for a car that is really solid ,well built and needing little or no work ,than getting one for less that needs a lot of work and money just to get it roadworthy.Some of our members have bought nice cars for less than $5000. while others have not been so fortunate.A lot depends on whether you want one that’s ready to go or one that you  rebuilt yourself. I’m guessing that the car is a CMC/FiberFab since it has the Ford suspension.

    #246828
    Gary Jenkins
    Participant

    @nitrofish

    A tough decision to make. 88 Vettes are really under appreciated. Tough to sell for a decent price even in vg condition. Probably won’t rise in price much either. That’s one of the reasons I’m looking to trade. The MG’s look like fun cars to drive around in.
    Are the Chevette or Pinto engined ones more favorable than the VW’s?
    Here’s the description from the ad.

    2.3l ford, c4 trans, mustang2 front suspension, front disc brakes rear
    drums, new top and side curtains, solid wood dash and steering wheel,
    interior and paint excellent needs carb rebuilt

    #246829
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Most folks favor the front engine cars as more authentic than the VWs. You’ll see ads for front engine cars that say “no VW stuff here,” etc. The cars seem to command a $1,000-$2,000 premium over the rear engine models.

    I believe the Ford powered ones are more versatile than the Chevettes, for those of the hot rod persuasion.

    That said, as a VW guy, I’m happy to have usable storage under the bonnet and I think the performance differences are overrated–at least until you start getting into turbos and V engines. If someone wanted to stuff a breathed-on Type IV VW engine into a TD replica he could surprise a lot of small-block Cobra drivers, I suspect.

    BTW, the carb for those Pinto engines is an easy find at $170. The rebuild kit is under $25 and rebuilts can be found cheaper–though not sure of the warranty on that.

    edsnova40833.3400810185

    #246830
    greg press
    Participant

    @greg-press

    1. When i found my london roadster on ebay motors .I was told classic car dealers use ebay as a cheap way to advertise just because it gone doesn’t mean its sold.If you hunt around on internet under MG or classic cars you might find it again.This  is what i did

           greg

    #246831
    Richard Wobby
    Participant

    @richard-wobby

    2 cents and a coffee from vermont i wouldnt spend more

    than 4 on any of these there are plenty decent ones out

    there. be patient. I dont care what you put into them

    theyll never bring much more then 7 except on a rare

    occasion they,re just a fun inexpensive toy. not to be

    confused with a fine piece of american history is this

    the anniversary edition i think it had a special z

    handling package and the l98 engine

    as mrs wobby says, before you let that beast go for 3 or

    4 call me or email   ild certainly talk as paul will

    atest im cheap but resonable

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