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  • #232427
    George MacEachern
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    @capecodman

    I just picked up a 52 td replica.  It “supposedly” has a small chevy pick up engine in it and it “appears” to be fine.  The gelcoat is all faded out from red to almost a white.  the top is missing and the carpets need changing. The headlight cans are rusted and it is in need of some work.  I am in the process of stripping everything off the car and it is going out for paint next week.

    Question?  Without knowing if it is a fiberfab or what, where can I purchase replacement items?  I am on Cape Cod.  Any suggestions?

    Anyone close to the Cape?

     

    Thanks.

    George

    #237478
    Mark Hendrickson
    Participant

    @pink-mg

    Welcome to the forum George. I’m at the central NJ Shore.

    As far as parts go, no MGTD Kit is currently in production. In fact, I only know of one company that produced a TD variant that is still in business, but they have been sold at least once and haven’t produced a TD replica for over 20 years. They have no parts left and I think their molds are gone too.

    There is a place in Miami, FL that’s called MG Magic. They have a personal storehouse of MGTD replica kit parts and their inventory and price list is posted on another thread on this forum. They have no website, only a phone number, probably a basement and shed operation.

    There are several British Sports car aftermarket suppliers that can provide some of the hardware (mirrors, handles, etc.), Moss Motors is one. Keep in mind that except for the British Coach Works TD replica, only one of these replica cars are true to the original TD shape or dimensions. Get your wallet out for this stuff too, it ain’t cheap.

    The headlight buckets are a standard Hot Rod item and are probably available from a source like Speedway Motors, JEGS or Summit Racing.

    If your front splash pan is split, you probably have a Classic Motor Carriages/FiberFab car.

    So, if MG Magic can’t help you out and the part is not readily available, you are going to have to improvise.

    I recently paid over $1,000 to have my bumpers, bumper overriders and grille shell re-chromed. The grille shells are no longer available, so this was the only route. When they were available from Moss Motors, they were well over $700 anyway.

    As far as tops and side curtains go, keep the old ones for a pattern and get them made locally.

    I guess your car is a front engine car? Is it a V6 or I4…sounds to me like you may have a Chevette based car, not one based on a Chevy Luv or S-10, but who knows? You need to send us some pictures so we can help you out.  

    #237479
    George MacEachern
    Participant

    @capecodman

    Thanks for getting back to me.  I will get a picture out to you and perhaps that will shed some light on some of my questions.  I was told it was a 4cyl from a small chevy truck, but I did not purchase it from the builder.

    There was no top or side curtains with the car.  I do have the frame though and wonder if I have it all.  It looks like something for a boat and there is only two parts to it and they are connected with one larger than the other.  I have sent the prior owner an email and asked them to double check to see if they have anything else as I know it would be a lot easier to make something from a pattern.

    I am sending it to Connecticut Saturday and my brother is painting it for me.  He does nice work (when he wants to)

    #237480
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Hi George,

    It sounds like you have the entire top frame. The larger hoop forms the rear edge of the roof. The smaller hoop mounts to the large hoop, angled towards the windshield, and forms the peak of the roof over the driver and passenger heads.

    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)

    #237481
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    George,

    There are a few picutures of my Duchess with the roof up in the Gallery in the PMOSSBERG folder. There’s no close up of the roof bars. But you can get an idea of how the two hoops are connected, and the roof line they form.

    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)

    #237482
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    George,

    I found a couple other helpful pictures for you.

    There is a picture in Hobbyjim’s folder, showing a top frame, with no top on it. So you can really see how the frame goes together.

    And there is a good side view in the Robert gallery folder, which shows both roof bars.

    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)

    #237483
    George MacEachern
    Participant

    @capecodman

    Paul,

    Thanks for the info.  I looked at the pictures and figured out that I do in fact have the complete frame.  There really isn’t much to it and at least I can bring the vehicle and frame to an upholsterer and have a top made.  I sent an email to the guy I bought it from asking if he had the old side curtains sitting around anyplace so at least I could use them as a template.

    What do you know about carpeting?  Should I take out the carpet that is currently in the car and use that for a template with a local business, or can I just order carpeting ready to install from someone?

    George

    #237484
    Steve Crites
    Participant

    @ringo

    Hello George

    My experience with carpet is that it’s always better to use the old for a pattern. You can then take it someone or cut out some yourself.  Be aware that most auto carpets are formed to fit over the tranny hump, foot well and sides so that a flat piece of carpet cut to the pattern may still not fit well. You can form the carpet to fit these areas your self with a little work and time.  I’ve had good luck with other vehicles by simply stretching or forming the carpet over some scrap wood, lightly spraying the back side with water, then holding the formed area while drying with a hair dryer. Check for fit, redo as needed. Oh, be sure to leave lots of extra room at the edges so you can trim exactly to size after the areas are formed.  This is what the auto shops do and you can save mucho $$$ doing it yourself. After fitting, place padding and glue or screw the carpet in.

    As far as ordering ready made like you can for many cars, the TD replicas will have variable size tranny humps, foot wells, etc.,depending on the make, so it very unlikely you can find it anywhere other than maybe MG Magic in Florida. Give them a call, you might get lucky.

    Good Luck and have fun with your new toy!

    Ringo

    #237485
    Larry Murphy
    Participant

    @larry-murphy

     Hi George. Welcome to the group.I am new also and I saw your question about a top in the forum. Iordered atop for a `real” MG fromconvertible top guys on the web.I had to cut about 2 in. off each end of the rear top bow,to lower it to fit at the correct position in the top. Then I  wrapped the front edge of the top arround the flat metal piece that fits in the groove at the top of the windshield frame and glued it with contact glue.Ithink top guys price is $205. This a quality top  available in several colors. I took a chance that I could make it fit and I was pleased with the outcome,it looks real authentic.You can see pictures of it on the Larry Murphy picture gallery.If I can help let me know.       Larry

    #237486
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    That’s pretty cool Larry. Are you able to use the side curtains too?

    George, if you are considering Larry’s approach, check carefully what the final height of the roof will be. If I lowered my roof two inches, I would no longer fit under it.

    Also, you will need straps to hold the front bar at the correct angle. One for each side, they wrap around the front and rear bar. Think “seat belt webbing” for the roof. On my Duchess, one end is sewn and slides over the rear bar. The other ends wrap around the front bar and have velcro, so you can adjust the tension when the roof is up. And you can loosen it, without letting the bar fall all the way forward. This removes tension from the roof when raising or lowering it, which makes it easier to attach/detach the rear snaps.

    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)

    #237487
    Larry Murphy
    Participant

    @larry-murphy

     Paul, Thanks for the additional info. The velcro on the webbing is a great idea. I am using 2 belts stolen from my wife,I mean borrowed. Velcro would be much easier to work with. Yes I was able to use the side curtains for the previous top,by putting snaps on them and on the flaps on the top. I attached the top to the body using the extra flap at the rear of the top. I was able to put the screws in the same holes that the snaps were previously in but they do not show since the top covers them. It was necessary to lower the rear bow to fit at the correct position in the top and also the top was not long enough to reach the windshield without lowering the back bow.In my car,my head is under the front bow and I am only 5-8 so I enough head room. Also my top does not detach at the rear ,to lower.Enlarge the picture in my gallery,hope you can see how it fits.Thanks,Larry

    #237488
    George MacEachern
    Participant

    @capecodman

    You guys have all been helpful and I can only assume I will have many questions further down the road.

     

    Thanks,

     

    George

    #237489
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    George,

    That’s what makes this forum so great. Keep on asking! And in a year or so, you will be one of the ones answering!

    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)

    #237490
    Rich Bellefeuille
    Participant

    @richbelfay

    Hi,

    I’m up here in Dunstable, MA on the NH border. My dad-in-law lives in Wellfleet and that’s about a 125 mile trip. There are now at least three of us in MA (RobBaker is on the north shore up near Plum Island).

    I have a FiberFab as well. Check out my photos. Mine has a Mustang V6. Can’t wait until spring!!

    Let’s hear about progress you’ve made and let me know if you have any more questions.

    All the Best!

    Rich

    #237491
    Rob Baker
    Participant

    @robbaker

    George,

    I have a Fiberfab with top and side curtains if you need any details just holler.  I’m working on the mechanicals at the moment and actually haven’t put the top up yet.

    I’m on the Northshore, Hamilton, MA

    #237492
    Leon
    Participant

    @winnipaw

    Hi George, Rich and Rob, I’m Leon down here in Hingham on the South shore. Be happy to help any of you out with your TD’s. I’ve had a couple and presently own a red VW based car I purchased off Ebay. I’m also in need of parts and advice. Hope to help

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