August 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm #233590BobParticipant
My first real ride was from the shop after the transmission was redone. Was told that it was stiff. pulled out and could not get into 2nd gear. Got going and got lost and stalled the car. Sitting for a week and a half in 99 degree weather with too little water in the battery drained it. Called TripleA 20 min wait in parking lot with no shade. Asked a guy in a lot next door working on a car. After some time he decided to help jump.Thanked him and gave a little money. Again trying to get home and hit a bump — lost a wire hub cap. picked up the hub cap while hopping the car would keep running. Reached the road to be on my way. stalled again. Two men older than I am tried to push me to jump start, then pushed me into a station and found some nice people to jump me again. Thanked them with a little more money. I was to meet friends for dinner. No way. Got it home and pulled the battery to fill with water and charged it. I had more water comming off me than what was in the battery. Next day after charging, I repaired the seat straps broken by the shop, washed it, put in the charged battery and had an enjoyable ride – other than the 99 degree temp. At least three people gave comments. One was a police officer that took a picture. Comming home I passed a police officer sitting to give out tickets, looked down and I was doing 55 in a 45. So easy to be going faster than you know and the steering wheel does block the view of the speed. Mabey he was looking more at the car than how fast I was going. Driving this is an adventure.August 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm #245636Paul MossbergKeymaster
Welcome to the madness!
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)August 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm #245637MarkParticipant
That’s quite a story and I’m sure you’ll remember that for a long time. Where you ever able to get it out of first gear?August 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm #245638Larry MurphyParticipant
Thats a great looking car!! I agree with Paul, it’s a Classic Roadster Duchess and I see the firewall tag too. I’d like to see some pictures showing the entire car in one shot.
When you get the bugs out and the weather cools off you will enjoy it even more. Bet you’ll remember that ”first real ride” for a long time.August 6, 2011 at 8:23 am #245639edward ericsonParticipant
I had trouble getting Bridget into second all the time when I first got her. Turned out the shifter bushings were a mess. I replaced them, put a $7 “quick shift” kit in, and things are much better now. Works every time as long as I remember that second gear is a little away from me, not straight back.August 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm #245640Bill GouldParticipant
Ed — By “quick shift,” do you mean one of those short-throw add-ons that I’ve seen in the JC Whitney catalog? I’ve wondered about those, how easy they are to install, how durable they are (one seemed to be made of plastic) and how well they work.
1981 Lafer TI
1600 cc Type 1 engineAugust 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm #245641edward ericsonParticipant
Got mine from Cip1. Yeah, plastic! Metal ones are like $15.
Damn if they don’t work fine.
The hard job was doing the shifter bushing. Mine had been eliminated by the PO or his mechanic. Much mirthful hyjinx ensued.
But once that was done, I went back and snapped the quick-shift kit on in nothing flat. Highly recommended–but after you make sure the parts in the tunnel aren’t worn out.
edsnova40761.8644097222August 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm #245642Bill GouldParticipant
I just gave your “mirthful hyjinx” a read, and have to say that my hat — if I were wearing one — would be off to you. Something like that might have made me lose my religion.
1981 Lafer TI
1600 cc Type 1 engine
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