April 14, 2019 at 7:59 pm #306019
Learning to let go is also a crucial skill I’m trying to develop.
I do plan to drive it a few hundred miles at least to sort it and make it right. I think that’ll be enough.
Then it’s probably going on Bring a Trailer with a lower reserve than I will be comfortable with.
Bridget is my forever plastic clown car.June 29, 2019 at 9:11 pm #306193September 14, 2019 at 8:58 pm #306309
The Spyder runs.
Video in link.September 15, 2019 at 1:22 pm #306311billnpartsParticipant
Progress… I like it!!
Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
Autocross & Hillclimb
"Drive Happy"September 23, 2019 at 11:44 am #306320
Got the wiring tucked up under the dash. Putting the car back together now.October 20, 2019 at 6:50 pm #306331November 3, 2019 at 10:48 am #306341
Of course after I got the car perfectly aligned I discovered that I’d assembled the clutch without a crucial part.
So it goes. Cory Drake (he with the Swiss Army Speedster) came up to help pull the engine and transaxle out, and I ordered the $22 clutch collar I actually had one of back when I put the Suby in Bridget (that time, I tried to install the clutch with this part, which on that application was wrong, necessitating a re-do.)
Damed if I do, damned if I don’t!
Here’s the dang thing that I was missing. Of course I couldn’t find it in the shop, even though I know darned well I never throw anything away.
Here’s Cory joyfully celebrating the removal of my drivetrain last Saturday:
So the new part came and I put the engine back together, along with some upholstery work. Which was also a PIA.
You can read all about that here.
And thank you once again for your support.November 17, 2019 at 9:39 pm #306356
Engine is back in and the interior work is all but done.
It won’t be long now.December 15, 2019 at 9:48 am #306379
Still hacking away at the Spyder. We’re down to fettling now.
I continue to be very stoked at how very close to the real deal this car is coming to appear.
vs Seinfeld’s former car:
rear subframe, engine with breather and coils mounted:
As against 550-0054:January 5, 2020 at 8:17 pm #306414
Here’s a blog post about the latest tom-foolery.
I’m still making progress on the build, fewer than 75 individual tasks* are left on the punch list.
*subject to change without notice.January 12, 2020 at 9:13 pm #306418
Wiper motor is in and it works. 67 things left to do on the Spyder.May 5, 2020 at 7:51 am #306677May 5, 2020 at 7:59 am #306680
Now just need the MVA to open so I can title and tag it, and begin sea trials.May 5, 2020 at 10:54 am #306682Stephen HouserKeymaster
@stephenhouserMay 5, 2020 at 5:51 pm #306685
Test 2May 6, 2020 at 6:29 pm #306687Dale SchumacherParticipant
SweeeeeTMay 6, 2020 at 7:03 pm #306688billnpartsParticipant
Fantastic. Finished just in time for what would have been Carlisle. Looking forward to the videos.
Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
Autocross & Hillclimb
"Drive Happy"May 7, 2020 at 11:54 pm #306690secretagentcatParticipant
That just looks like Rolling Inappropriateness!!!
I LOVE IT!!!
You’re The Man!!!May 8, 2020 at 11:12 pm #306691Paul MossbergKeymaster
Wonderful! Car is absolutely terrific!
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)May 11, 2020 at 10:42 pm #306710ricrx7Participant
Beautiful car and all for about the price of a used Corvette. Just better looking and all new.
1986 British Coach Works Type 52 (Sammy)
Chevy 2.8 V6, 5 speedMay 29, 2020 at 9:34 pm #306801
Hey, friends, a favor?
If you feel like it, check out the Pelican Parts Virtual Car show and then vote for my entry (i.e. the pile-o-junque depicted above) as Best DIY Project.
You know I’d do the same for y’all.
PS: final touches are almost done. Still awaiting state authorities reopening for title/tag/taxes and destination charges to be applied.June 3, 2020 at 8:08 am #306474
Spyder reassembly progress.
The floorpan is back in.
Glass windshield is on*; wipers wipe.
54 items remain on the punch list. Some of those are such chores as “<b>VISIT MSP WITH DOCS FOR SIGN-OFF”</b>
and<b> “Get VIN/Title</b>”
There are just two dozen discrete tasks ahead of those steps. I plan to knock about a half dozen off the list today.
*The wipers will be necessary to pass state inspection, I’m told, and they’d scratch the plexi windscreen, so I have put the DOT Speedster windscreen on the car temporarily. I always planned to sell it with the car as a convertible item, with the wipers, wiper motor, etc. in a box, in case the next owner wants to go that route.June 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm #306828Dale SchumacherParticipant
Looking great! Want to drive up with Rick to see it if you will have us.
No stinking way you are selling it… come on man!June 5, 2020 at 7:22 pm #306929
Thanks, Dale. Please go vote for me on the Pelican site (like three posts above).
All y’all vote.June 5, 2020 at 8:30 pm #306930HappyJackParticipant
Hey Ed —
Maybe Va Beach this year????
BTW, I just cast my vote for the best ever really blue DIY car on the Pelican site…..
Looking forward to sitting in the driver’s seat — just to see what a Mega DIY project feels like from the seat of the pants.
"EMMA" Red BCW TDr on 1971 VW w/ rebuilt 1641cc
Dual Kadron, mild street SCAT cam and lifters Hide away exhaust and headers
"MANYPENNY" White CMC TDr '78 Ford Pinto components w/ 1988 Mustang II 4 cyl w/ Weber
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