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This was posted yesterday by "Dette" in the Classified 'Wanted' section.
Also comments by "Stagewex".

"I want to see pics of your MGA.....I've owned two but sold many years ago...the first never driven, was a basket case. One was a 1500 the basket case was a Mk-II 1600. I love classic foreign cars; my dad was a foreign car mechanic and I grew up hanging around his shop so really have a soft spot in my heart for those old cars. Sorry I sold my last MGA but it need a new clutch yoke and sat for many years....never was a priority to fix so finally sold when I was moving across the country."

My little red roadster is a 1959 MGA 1500.
We bought it in 1988.
It had a full new cosmetic & interior restoration but mechanically all stock. Pretty tired & roughed up engine & chassis.
Ran "OK" but the engine soon expired. Replaced by "blueprinted" stock engine & clutch assembly, built by a pro full-time MG mechanic.

Since then it has been driven only enough to keep everything moving & "limber".
Short trips, car shows, cruise nights, trips to nearby Palo Duro Canyon State Park, etc.
And near-constant upgrades & replacing LOTS of worn parts...a little at a time.
Very dependable, smooth and fun to drive!
Always stored in a garage, the last 10 years in a heated & A/C garage/shop.
Rained on one time...and that was enough!

It has always been a hobby car and since I retired 10 years ago I have devoted literally hundreds of hours to it making many minor improvements, upgrades & "fun" touches.
The exterior is essentially stock with a few "period correct" accessories....easy to spot those!

Under the bonnet it is mildly modified, customized and detailed...a lot! A little "custom", a little "hot rod", a little "retro", a little "steampunk", a little "historical tribute", some "hi-tech" functional upgrades.
Some purists hate it and the elitists just ignore it, or gag & throw up...which tells me I've done a good job! To me, nothing is more boring than a pure-stock car...or motorcycle.
Unless it's something like a '65 Pontiac GTO or a '49 Norton 500 single ES2! Both of which I've been lucky & proud to own.
But...with few exceptions, every non-stock thing I've done can be easily put back to original. I may/may not do that when it's time to sell the little sweetie!
Which will happen next spring/summer. For several reasons, summarized as "It's just time."

Most of these pics are fairly recent. Apologies for the screwed up camera color settings.







Decal from a 60s Triumph motorcycle...I just thought it belonged here.






Tacky little flag display for shows & parades only!




My favorite engine pic:


Paul Newman stopped by and asked me to take his picture...
 

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I dunno - and you complain about the TW's brakes ? - lol

Nice to see you keeping a tradition alive .....
Very similar!
The '59s still had drum fronts...
 

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It's really beautiful. I see you have the obligatory blanket. Ha.

By 1960 the engine got bumped up to 1600cc. Also was the first year of factory disc brakes on front. For all the little modernization things it had you could still use the supplied hand-crank for the jack and also a way to actually crank-over the engine too. And believe me, with electrics by none other than LUCAS (The Lord of Darkness) I did have the opportunity to use that method when my starter would go out. Primarily in wet or foggy weather which was ironic seeing what country the MG came from.

Came 6 volt positive ground.
 
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