Michael Pullen

  • Mr. Big
    On all VW TD kits the pedals have been relocated.  One methoid is to connect the existing pedal cluster to new pedals with steel flatstock bars which pass through the floorboard behind the new pedals and connect to the old pedals which are under the gas tank.  The other common method was to remove the existing pedal cluster from the d…[Read more]

  • There is a beautiful and I believe very high quality Miata based MGTF replica which is currently manufactured in New Zealand. I also belive the company has a few reps in US.  Sorry I don’t remember contact info, but a Google search should locate them pretty easily.  There was some discussion on this forum about the kit last year, but it would pr…[Read more]

  • Daytona guy,
    Check the old posts for MG Magic and call them about manuals etc. They carry a lot of parts such as wiring harness. Maybe somebody else has their number handy and will post it for the 100th time.
    Your first order of business is to find a VW only parts supplier and mechanic (often the same place).  You will find that VW’s are their…[Read more]

  • Hey Batman!
    I love it!  Looks like another victim of ‘glass fumes is in our midst. Looks like a lot of work lies ahead for you. As everyone here knows I’m a plastics fanatic, so keep us (me) posted.  Do a search of past posts for “merlin” to follow my (years long) “learning experience” with that awful itchy stuff.  see too many photo’s (i…[Read more]

  • Slogram,
    You’re right about the pictures; especially ones taken by people selling cars.  I’m sure the usual proceedure is to take a bunch and sort through them to see which ones show the car to at it’s best, ie do not show dents or cracks, show more gloss than is really on the finish etc. There’s so much stuff that doesn’t show up on a picture!  I…[Read more]

  • Slogram
    Plowing old ground here, but Fiberfab has their logo embossed into the “firewall” on the passenger side, and it includes a serial number which is embossed as well.  If you run into (if?) registration problems, and have purchased a Fiberfab product during a lapse in judgement, you can obtain an ID plate to your specs from their…[Read more]

  • Slogram,
    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 k…[Read more]

  • If you want to check out paint colors, I think it’s a good idea to go to a new car dealorship and look at colors on cars instead of paint chips.  When you see something you like you can obtain the paint code from the dealor and take it to your paint store.  I’ve been fooling around with the two stage paints for awhile and love them. They are m…[Read more]

  • Bill,
    I’ll send a deposit to the street address. $10.00? Cashiers check or money order ok?  I happen to like the new design best anyway.  Don’t worry about any criticisms; there’s no way you”re ever going to get 100% agreement on something as subjective as this no matter what you do.  In the end, most of us who want a badge will buy whatever is av…[Read more]

  • Hey, what’s wrong with “mutant” cars.  I’ve been toiling for years to mutate mine, and I’m stioll not done!
    Michael, Merlin’s Frankenstein.
    By the way, dash is ancient history, clay mock-up for mold for raked back grill/front end is complete, ready to make the mold and start laying up fiberglass. Thinking seriously about “going pro” with this stuff.

  • Count me in for one, whatever the design ends up.
    Michael the merlin guy.

  • Pink MG,
    The weather here is absolutely perfect this week; mid 70’s, clear and sunny.  The only thing is that in the central valley of California, we strart fretting about the coming heat as soon as it stops raining. Within six weeks it will be hitting the upper 80’s.  By June we’ll be in the 90’s and by July we’ll settle into day after day of 10…[Read more]

  • Hey you guys,
    My wife works with a woman who is married to a guy who has the molds for a fiberglass teardrop trailor, given to him by a guy who used to manufacture them. I have been asked to give him a hand making one since this guy has never worked with fiberglass before (he’s a professional auto upholsterer).  A trade for Merlin’s upholstery is…[Read more]

  • what a nice, clean job that is.

  • Frank,
    I relocated the E brake to it’s “proper” position between the seats. It’s a pretty difficult process requiring that you cut about 3 ft. from a donor car tunnel including both the brake and shifter, and transplant the whole thing to it’s correct position with the shifter centered over the end of the (shortened) shaft which changes gears. I…[Read more]

  • Mike,
    Sorry to take so long to get back.  I’ve been very busy at work (earning the money I need to work on Merlin) and haven’t been watching the postings closely.  We have a mis-communication here; I was referring to OUR companion website, which has the price list for MG Magic in it’s “suppliers” file.  Also lots of information about the co…[Read more]

  • Mr. Pink MG,
    Sorry to bother you again, but I’m hoping you’ll indulge me just one more question.  I’ve been on the phone to Mid America Motorworks concerning their adjustable front beam.  They tell me that it only will adjust downward (lowering being the usual goal).  Since I’m trying to maintain something close to a stock height in front, I’m…[Read more]

  • Pink MG,
    Thanks…it’s a step back, but I’m getting ready to take the fenders and nose apart for painting anyway, so it’s not THAT MUCH EXTRA WORK (God, how many times have I said that!) to change out the beam.  I think I could do it in a weekend. I have been thinking of going through the frond end anyway, since I built it so long ago and I’ve…[Read more]

  • I haven’t driven my car yet since it’s still in the building phase, as you all know, but I imagine this suspension stuff will come into play as soon as I do.  I’m getting ready to do a brake job on my wife’s car, and I might take the new parts off Merlin’s back axle and put them on her car, making room for rear disc brakes (have ’em on the…[Read more]

  • Mike,
    The last time I looked, MG Magic carried the trim stip and end caps for same, to be used on the hood of your kit. As I recall, the price struck me as very high (much of their stuff is pretty reasonable) but that’s for you to decide.  If you get it, don’t forget the fasteners. You can find all the info on MG Magic on our companion website,…[Read more]

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