October 13, 2005 at 8:17 am #232179Rajeane KaneParticipant
I’m finding out there a quite a few TD kits available out there, but I’m also hearing that not all the kits are considered accurate replicas and in some instances pretty bad?????? It’s been several years since I’ve had my TD so I don’t remember all the exterior and interior details but I saw one TD recently and it had early ’70’s VW taillight lenses. Not a big deal but I would like to know what is close to correct as possible. What are some good reference books, pics, etc: to get, to help verify reasonable accuracy? I understand FiberFab, BCW,and one other kit that I can’t remember right this second off the top of my head are some of the best.
slogramOctober 14, 2005 at 10:35 pm #236686BrianParticipant
Unfortunately many replicar companies cut corners using parts
such as the lights that were not authentic MGTD. I do not want
to be critical of any of the other kits, since beauty is truly in the
eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to a car that you
built yourself and put your heart and soul into. Rather, I would
recommend that you find a British Coach Works car like I have
if you are looking for authenticity. BCW made both front and
rear engine kits. The fiberglass parts were of exceptional
quality and came from the factory trimmed and predrilled.
Practically all the accesory/trim parts on the car, other than the
fiberglass body panels, were original MGTD parts purchased
from Moss motors, a supplier of replacement TD parts. BCW
used the following original TD parts, windshield, front and rear
lights, bumpers, fender mirrors, license lamp, door handles,
hood support, door hinges, grill, rubber trim, and others.
Original TD body panels were used to make all the body molds
used for the fiberglass. BCW’s also have a real spare tire
unlike some kits.
The BCW company prided itself on making an authentic TD kit.
My father and I choose to build a BCW over other kits 20 years
ago because of this, and I feel that it was an extremely honest
advertisement. If I were to do it all over again, I would chose
BCW again, albeit I would probably build a front engine model
instead. Hope that helps.
BrianOctober 15, 2005 at 5:29 am #236687Michael PullenParticipant
Brian is right on the money. I have a Fiberfab kit myself and I have been throwing away and replacing junk parts ever since I started (re)building it. A BCW kit, if quality is a concern, will save you a lot of money in the long run because you won’t be paying current Moss Motors prices for all the parts you will wish to replace. My kit didn’t even have external door latches, and the ones inside looked like they came off a screen door. I paid hundreds of dollars for new ones from Moss and that is only one little detail of countless details.
MichaelOctober 18, 2005 at 10:00 pm #236688Rajeane KaneParticipant
Thanks guys for all the iinfo, it’s been most helpful. I’m now ready to go on a serious hunt for the right car for me.
SlogramOctober 19, 2005 at 10:48 pm #236689Paul MossbergKeymaster
I agree with the comments re theBCW.
Classic Roadsters’ Duchess was in the same league. except for the windshield frame, most of the hardware was reproduction MG TD pieces.
I built my Duchess in 1983 and she’s still running and looking great.
New Providence NJ
Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
2005 Intermeccanica Roadster
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