July 5, 2011 at 1:27 am #233541Gulzar HallmanParticipant
MGTD replica car in Canada. I’m a woman so I want a car in pristine condition with low mileage so it doesn’t need tinkering with.July 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm #245332Mark HendricksonParticipant
Hi…unfortunately, even the most pristine of these cars need “tinkering”. For the most part, they are home built kits and you are at the mercy of whomever built the car, how accomplished they were as a builder and how much $$ they spent on new or almost new parts.
These are not like buying a factory built car like a Miata, Honda S-2000, etc. they are actually crude by today’s factory car standards. Without going into detail here why, you’ll have to trust us on that one. They surely are NOT daily drivers, especially where there are winters like Canada.
Sounds to me like you’d be happier in a Miata, Honda S-2000 or another 2 seater, not a home built fiberglass car that uses 1960-1970’s technology and design.July 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm #245333Dan RosaParticipant
well i think that Mark has got it right these cars are a tinkiers dream , Dan RJuly 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm #245334edward ericsonParticipant
Don’t listen to them, Gulzar. I bought mine a year and a half ago and hardly touched it since, except to drive.
Well, I also changed the oil a couple times.
And I did the brake shoes. And new brake cylinders. And I adjusted the brake plunger.
And I redid the front axle beam and installed new tie rod ends. Then there was the exhaust adventure, complete with a broken stud I had to drill out. And I did rewire the dashboard a little.
And I had to re-work the air filter. And put in new shocks. And new tires.
But all the rest of the stuff I did was purely cosmetic.July 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm #245335Peter C. KingParticipant
I’m told that British cars require one hour of maintenance for every hour on the road.
Oh, wait. We’re talking about VW based TD’s. They are German. Make that 2 hours of maintenance.July 6, 2011 at 8:55 am #245336Montie HendersonParticipant
But once they are done all you do is drive and keep them clean. Oh, I forgot, the’re never quite done, always something else we want to do, change or improve.July 6, 2011 at 8:58 am #245337Peter C. KingParticipant
A friend of mine once sold an MGB because it was a lemon.
She had replaced the tires, hoses, belts, battery, shock absorbers and muffler. She got rid of it before anything else broke.
Everything she replaced was a wear item. They need to be replaced periodically. That happens on any car. Don’t be afraid of a TD replica because it needs tinkering. Parts are available and not expensive, particularly when compared to modern cars. It’s a fun ride.
You only need to join a local VW club to find a mechanic who can tinker with your TD. Besides, you might find yourself doing some of the tinkering. It’s a simple car.
Enjoy the ride.October 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm #245338Hugh CoffeyParticipant
I recently bought a MG TD Relpica from a boy in the Navy, he said the car was in good condition. I bought it from him, it needed the paint buffed out professionallly like he said, and new tires. I drove the car back from Florida, about 1200 miles with no problems. I advise that you get a mechanic to look at it before purchasing, if the seller objects, don’t even look at it. If you have anybody you know that is mechanically inclined, maybe they can help. These cars are kits. Some are built right, others have corners that have been cut. ajust shop carefully and you should be OK. Mine ios a daily driver. It is VW based, more dependable than the MG originals. I have the Ford, or GM based cars extremely reliable, if built right. Most of us on this forum are looking for deals, and enjoy the tinkering.October 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm #245339Dennis BrockParticipant
And you would become a “Tinker Belle”!July 19, 2012 at 9:44 am #245340Tom ColelloParticipant
Just back on this forum and catching up. Did you ever find a car? If not we should talk.July 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm #245341Dan RosaParticipant
Well ,,,,,,,,,I guess the dream went away Dan
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