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MG TD TF 1500 - 4 years, 1 month, 22 days

After all that time, the '54 TF is finally finished. Okay, well, the convertible top has not been installed and a tire has to be mounted on the spare wheel, but besides that this car is finished for all practical purposes. I will post 4 photos to show the finished results.

For those of you who have followed my journey in this restoration and have been so very helpful when I needed it, a very heart-felt thank you. To say I couldn't have done it without you is an understatement. Hopefully, I will be able to meet more of you personally as I travel the roads in this wonderful machine, my '54 mgtf.

Cheers to all -- John

John Brickell

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John Brickell

Nice work!!! I hope you have as much fun driving it as I do mine!
Safety Fast!
C.R. Tyrell

Very nice !
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

Congratulation John on a job well done. It's hard to believe it is the same car that you first showed us. You and your son have done a great job and I am sure you will realize that all the time and effort was worth while. Now drive it.

George Raham [TD4224]

Very nice! George
George Butz


Absolutely stunning!

Bill Brown

I think you can drive on that spare John. I see em do it on F1 cars all the time lol. Nice job buddy.
L E D LaVerne

My gosh. I can't believe that amount of time has passed.

Great looking car. You should be proud!

Dave Braun

congratulations with this lovely and great result. Greetings, Huib
Huib Bruijstens

...John...that is absolutely stunning...well, well done...

Its an honour to have my wheel work in there as well....

gblawson(gordon- TD27667)

John, I've followed your posts over the years. I know how you feel. Gotta love that BRG!
efh Haskell

Great news John! Make sure you get that top done in the winter months. We just might need it on our road trip next summer! Lookin forward to having a driving partner in the area. Now I just have to finish re-mounting my side curtains.

Alex Waugh


Wow, nice job! Congrats!

JL Nederhoed

John, you have prodouced a beautiful product of your fine workmanship. Congrats!
Jim Merz

Very nicely done! Do you have a before picture?

Michael O'Brien

Thanks guys, all of your kind comments are much appreciated. As most of you know I installed the Skyhook 5-speed tranny and also did the 4.3 conversion in the differential. The engine was rebuilt, with among other things, the goal on kicking up the horse power, albeit with no supercharger though. I plan to report on how well this system works both for Interstate speeds and "ease" of traveling over our mountain road here in Washington state. I know that most who have done these conversions have opted to do either one of the 5-speeds currently available or the 4.3 (or other ratio) conversion, but not both. As the weather permits, I'll try to have a thorough write-up of my findings and post here on the BBS.

Michael O'Brien -- The best way to see what this TF looked like upon arrival is to go to my web-site and view the restoration process from beginning to end.

Thanks all -- John
John Brickell


You will love the way the TF combines pre war "air" with excellent road holding , performance and braking. A five speed conversion is very important to release the full potential of the TF in today's motoring environment. A time warp machine !



54 TF 1500
Jan Kristoffersen

Wow! What a beautiful job. Drive it in good health.
R C Flowers

Beautiful car.
I know how you feel, I just started driving my TF this summer.
Good Job!
Dave B.
DW Burdette

Really cool in BRG. My TF is white and of course not an original color. I like mine fine, but I think TFs look best in BRG. Great job and a big improvement from when you got it. Ron
Ron Coates

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