Bill Gould

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  • #304118
    texag71
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    Step by step is what gets the job done. The fun begins with that last step — on the gas.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #304029
    texag71
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    I was trolling through old posts when I came across one of yours about a BCW center dash pod, and wondered if you recall where you got the chrome “bling” that you trimmed it with.

     

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #273026
    texag71
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    Learning new tricks isn’t easy for an old dog like me, Stephen, but with your expert guidance I seem to be getting the hang of it. Thanks, more than I can say.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267996
    texag71
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    My Dad went two rounds with colon cancer and survived it, so I’ve had one every three to five years since my mid-30s. Clean bill of health on the last two, so won’t have another until 2019 — if Houston traffic doesn’t kill me first. Worst part has always been the prep; you likely won’t even remember the procedure itself much past the doc telling you to count backwards from the number 10.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267866
    texag71
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    @texag71

    VERY impressive. If I were wearing a hat, I’d tip it to you.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267846
    texag71
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    @texag71

    I had the tank in my Lafer TI swapped out in 2007 for this 10-gallon JAZ circle track fuel cell:

    Measures 25” L x 9” W x 12” H, foam-baffled
    No problems at all, although I still haven’t gotten around to finding or installing a sending unit; just driving by the odometer.
    More details at http://www.jegs.com/i/JAZ/547/200-010-01/10002/-1?CAWELAID=1710892628&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=230006180000514812&cadevice=c&gclid=COrZ_Iy4rr4CFe9r7AodTDYATA

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267794
    texag71
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    @texag71

    My first new car (actually, one of the few new cars I’ve ever bought) was a 1974 Pinto. I’ll give you a moment to get all the old jokes out of your system. OK, then. Drove that thing for 11 years, doing nothing to it beyond routine maintenance and replacing the tires and battery a couple of times. It ran great, was comfortable, economical for its time, and had a hatchback that served my wife and me well during the early years of our marriage. The design flaw that got it so much bad press involved the fuel-filler neck, and the factory-covered fix involved a one-hour trip to the dealer. I shouldn’t have gotten rid of it, but as the family grew there came a time when two small cars (my daily driver was a ’71 VW Beetle) weren’t enough. But for a year or so there, I really did consider using that Pinto as a donor to build a Blakely Bearcat, the Bernardi’s slightly more austere sibling. Drove one that I came across near my folks’ house, thanks to a willing owner, and really liked it. Just couldn’t make the numbers work, or convince myself that I had the skill, tools or expertise to pull off the build. Ah, well. Still nice to look at.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267659
    texag71
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    @texag71

    That’s a beautiful ride you have. Sorry to hear that you’re parting with it. I think there’s a place here at TDReplica.com where you can post vehicles for sale, but Craiglist — if you’re careful — can work as well. I bought my Lafer from a collector who placed an ad on it here in Houston. Good luck.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267619
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Just FYI: This is the MP version, which unlike my TI looks more like the MG-TD. The main difference is the doors, which are hinged at the front edge instead of being mounted “suicide” style. The body is a single piece, with the hood, doors, mock grille shell and rear engine deck lid separate. Very thick fiberglass construction, extremely sturdy. Hoping it finds a good home, and that the buyer connects with us on the forum.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267616
    texag71
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    @texag71

    I see the photo. Can’t believe it. And wouldn’t want to share the road with it.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267508
    texag71
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    @texag71

    I’ve found Ross Marshall’s website. No price info, and I can’t see where his plant is, but except for the steering wheel and the height of the folded top, it really is beautiful: http://us.mgtdclassic.com/

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267398
    texag71
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    I see safety inspections as a good thing myself. We put too much time and effort into our cars to end up with a collection of crumpled fiberglass and a major hospital bill — or worse (Dead) — because some other driver couldn’t be bothered to make sure his brakes or steering were working right.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267396
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Yearly safety inspections, but no emissions check. Cost is $7. Registration is also annual, but can be done by mail. Cost (for the Lafer) is $71.75.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267280
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Well now, Ed, you’ve gone and exceeded my level of mechanical expertise there. Is the U-clamp to shorten a clutch cable?

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267278
    texag71
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    @texag71

    We’ve had a couple weeks of mild and sunny weather here in Houston, but my Lafer is stuck in the shop awaiting a new clutch cable. My mechanic couldn’t find one to fit, so ordered a shortening kit which will won’t be here for another week or so. Frustrating, to say the least.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #267342
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Can’t say I’ve ever parked my Lafer in Hollywood, but I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve returned to it while out and about and found people standing around and feasting their eyes. Once, after stopping at Lowe’s for a plumbing part, I came out and encountered two Brazilian women who knew what the car was. One smilingly asked if I’d marry her. When I held up my left hand with the wedding ring, she said, “Oh, too bad. I’d have asked for the car when we divorced.”

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266943
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Nice to see a center brake light, although a loaded luggage rack would block it from view. Sorry to hear about the electrical problems. They can be a bear to track down and remedy. Best of luck, though, and congratulations on joining our wacky, happy throng.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266702
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Sorry, but no. Just no. Thumbs Down

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266576
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Thanks, guys. It’s all pretty academic at this point, not to mention lower on my “love to” list than refinishing the dash and refurbishing the gauges. Just had to replace the gearbox, which ate a fairly large hole in my hobby budget. Still, I do like those wide whitewalls and think a set of 15-inchers would fill the wheel wells a bit better.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266572
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Beautiful look, John. My Lafer came with 14-inch wheels, which apparently were an option for some reason unknown and inexplicable. I’d love to swap them out for some like yours, but it would also entail finding a lookalike 14-inch wheel for the mock covered “spare” at the rear — and then finding someone to cut it in half to replace the one that’s there now.

    http://media.motortopia.com/files/5242/album_1981_mp_lafer_ti/472fa0aa8c797/tn_full_Photo_1_of_8.jpg

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #265977
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Really fine job, Stephan. The straps and that vintage case are an especially nice touch. Thumbs Up

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266511
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Really nice little video, Bob. Made me wish we could’ve seen more of the trip.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #245310
    texag71
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    @texag71

    I’d love to see some closeups of your dash, Smitty.

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266424
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Thanks, Sam — that’s exactly what I was looking for. Once again, this group comes through! Clap

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

    #266413
    texag71
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    @texag71

    Thanks, Bob. The thought of contacting local sign shops hadn’t occurred to me. Thumbs Up

    1981 Lafer TI
    1600 cc Type 1 engine

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