Safety Fast !!!
Ross Overcash, 74B, NAMGBR 2-1172, Ayer MA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
> Behalf Of Ed & Kris Curtis
> Sent: Sunday, March 01, 1998 6:24 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: How I spent My Sunday Afternoon With My MG (long)
> I will start at the beginning. In the autumn of 1960, a farmer in
> Illinois who owned MGTF 1500 HDA46-7949, loaned the car to his
> brother-in-law for a short trip. Several days later, the car was
> returned with a broken crank shaft. The engine was removed and taken
> apart, an old TD engine purchased to get the crank shaft, but then no
> further work was done on the car. It was pushed into the barn and the
> farmer's son played racecar driver in it and broke just about everything
> that was glass or chrome or looked like it needed to be hit with a blunt
> Fast forward to 1995. The farmer and his wife are getting a divorce and
> one of the few things that he gets is the bedraggled and much ignored MG
> which he had to move to his place of business. Enter a used truck
> dealer from Holland, Michigan, who was there to buy two mobile cranes.
> The TF was thrown into the deal somehow and the cranes and the TF and a
> "pallet of parts" put on the flatbed truck to return to Holland. After
> the man's mechanic and body man refused to have anything to do with
> rebuilding the car, he decided to sell it.
> Enter Yours Truly. Several weeks earlier, in August of 1995, I had sold
> my 79 MGB and sworn off foreign cars. This man's brother came to me and
> asked if I would like to take a look at an old MG. If there was ever a
> time I needed to be out of my office, it was then. Needless to say, I
> fell in love with the car. I had to have it in spite of the lack of
> many of the engine parts, the sad condition of the car and the family of
> mice living in the passenger side uphostery (is it any wonder that my
> wife has named the car "Minnie").
> Fast forward to today. The car now has the rebuilt engine installed in
> the renovated and repainted frame. The new tires are installed on the
> renovated suspension and brake system. The rebuilt transmission is
> connected to the engine and the rebuilt rear end. The new wiring
> harness has been run as far as possible to the car - no fenders so no
> head or tail lights. The renovated gas tank has fuel in it and is ready
> to supply the new fuel pump and then the rebuilt carbs. The new battery
> is wired in place.
> With the help of a good friend, the timing and points are set. After
> cranking the engine without plugs to assure oil pressure, the engine was
> started and ran like a clock. The car was then driven around the yard.
> This is the first time the car has moved under its own power since 1960
> - 37 and a half years! My wife says that I was grinning like an idiot.
> And that is how I spent my Sunday afternoon.
> Ed Curtis
> '55 MGTF