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Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? #189962
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Besides sailing and racing sailboats I messed with restoring cars when I was not working my real job. This was one of my favorite projects from years past way before the TMS-20.

I always loved British sports cars of the 60ís vintage and have owned several of them over the years.

Here is the link:
http://www.themanshed.net/archived-projects/1960-mga.html

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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: TheManShed] #189966
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Very cool!


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: TheManShed] #189980
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Mike, I had a '68 Spitfire and '74 TR6. Both were fun cars.

BTW- Do you know why the British drink warm beer? The have SU refrigerators!!!


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: pgp] #189981
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Originally Posted by pgp
Mike, I had a '68 Spitfire and '74 TR6. Both were fun cars.

BTW- Do you know why the British drink warm beer? The have SU refrigerators!!!


It is LUCAS refrigerators. frown


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: Mugrace72] #189982
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Neighbor down the road has a 1974 TR-6. Are you ready for this, bought it at a storage yard auction for $1200. It seems the owner didn't pay the rent and the auctioned off the contents of his garage; car, tools, parts, old Honda 750 4 cylinder and a bunch of other stuff. The car has about 75K miles on it; however, all the rubber needs to be replaced that is seals, lines, tires etc.... which he is now he is doing. Interior is immaculate, top is almost brand new

I'm a Volkswagen man myself, but do appreciate the stuff from the UK especially the Triumph GT6


Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: Mugrace72] #189984
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First thing you do is pull all the wiring out and redo it Lucas Prince of Darkness. A lot of people use to pull off the SU's and put on Strombergs or Webers.

Here is a stumper anybody know what SU stands for?

Pete I liked the TR6 been keeping my eye on them for a super deal should one pop up. My friend had a TR3 and another had a TR4a.


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: TheManShed] #189985
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The GT6 was very cool but hard to find not rusted out.


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: TheManShed] #189986
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Originally Posted by TheManShed
Here is a stumper anybody know what SU stands for?


Skinner's Union

SU's are actually very good carbs. It is just that many folks don't take the time to understand how they work.


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: Mugrace72] #189988
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I agree also they never checked the oil in them they didn't work dry.

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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: TheManShed] #189989
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A friend of mine with an old Spitfire was having problems with his Lucas electronics (headlights mostly) and was told that "A gentleman doesn't motor after dark" - always thought that was kind of funny.


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: Storz] #189990
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Always liked the "A" model. My first car was a 1967 MGB. Spent two years restoring it until two weeks after my 16th birthday I managed to wrap it around a phone pole.

Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: Headhunter] #190017
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My first British car was a 1959 Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite. I drove that when I was in the Military state side in California until my collage days in Florida. I got rid of it when the vibration dampeners went out. I suppose I could have refitted shocks but I was not into much mechanical things while in school and did not have access to a shop and tools.

In my NACRA years when I was single and just married I had a 1950 Ford F1 that I restored original, a white 74 Vette, and a 67' Cuda all at the same time. My wife had a 72 Malibu I used it to pull the boat - she loved it when I used her car because she got the vette.

Later years I'd go from a sports car to a truck every year or so in my 30's and 40's. Now I just drive a 10 year old, paid for, beat up by 4 hurricanes pickup, things change.


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Re: Fun project 1960 MGA - remember them? [Re: TheManShed] #190094
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Remember them? This is what I drove to work today! (And every day it's above 60 and no rain forecast.)
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Sept 18-20 is Indy British Motor Days, with a road rally on Saturday and car show Sunday. Usually have about 300-400 cars, bikes & trucks show up.


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That's not the original white color. At least not mine -- it was creamier.

I used to love driving to and from work in the rain -- it was just a matter of going fast enough so the rain didn't get into the car. Traffic jams on the freeway were a problem.

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You're right Mary, it was originally Ivory white. The original paint can still be seen in the boot (trunk) and engine compartment, under the oil splatters. Mine's never been restored, just repaired many times, but it runs great!


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These cars are really cool...I have a friend that is thinking about rebuilding his and tossing a SR20DET nissan motor under the hood. These cars weigh nothing so 300rwhp or so should get it down the road nicely!

I will have to make a new thread about some of my turbo projects. Seems there are quite a few gear heads here.

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Out of the 17 vehicles I've had only one so far has been British...

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Oregon Inlet bridge in the background smile
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I just helped a buddy change his waterpump on his discovery...What a pain in the @$$. The factory service manual showed the wrong thread direction on the pump nut so we tightened it for 10 minutes trying to get it free. An hour later and much PB blaster and it finally broke loose after we went in the right direction.

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Yeah I only had mine for a few months, it was awesome off road, but a horrible daily driver.

What sorta turbo projects? smile


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Had a '74 MGB, chrome bumper, teal. Rewired most of it and it actually started most mornings. Then I installed a Weber DCOE and it stayed in tune for longer than 3 weeks. Loved the handling, but it was pretty gutless. A cam, head porting and header helped, but still not exactly fast. I wish i had kept it and done a 347/T5 swap...


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