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MG TD TF 1500 - A trip down Memory Lane

As many of you know my dad has been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and is under hospice care. I have been desperately working on my restoration in hopes of giving him an opportunity to drive a TD again and relive some of his youth. Sadly as time progresses that goal is becoming unobtainable. I still have an interior fitment to be done professionally ( after a disappointing attempt by me to do some trimming I realize I'm not an upholsterer). I also have the engine build left to do and it is at the shop being checked.

Yesterday, a Sacramento Valley MG Car Club member was kind enough to bring his '50 TD out of hibernation and stop by For a visit after some conversation dad was surprised with a ride in this beautiful car. At 87 yrs old and in regressing health I was surprised by his demonstration of how a tall person enters a TD unassisted it was like riding a bicycle to him. When they returned dad had a gleam in his eyes and a big grin on his face. His was young again for that short period of time!

A special "Thank You" goes out to Keith Yarbrough for his kindness in bringing a bit of joy and a trip down Memory Lane...

Pic of dad ready for his road trip

W. A. Chasser Jr

Keith told me to take dad for a drive No Keith I won't drive your car. Besides your cars steering wheel, peddles, shifter and dash layout are all backwards. Lol. My LHD vs his RHD both cars are trimmed alike except his paint is a shade darker and equipped with the wires.

Pic of Dad and I in Keith's very lovely TD

W. A. Chasser Jr

One more of the car

W. A. Chasser Jr

That's great Bill, I'm glad someone was able to help. Your dad definitely looks like he enjoyed it!
Geoffrey M Baker

What a great story of kindness and generosity!
Jim Merz

Very cool Bill. MG people are the best - just another example. Our best to your Dad. Dan
Dan Craig


I can only wish my son does the same for me some day! You're a good son dude!
efh Haskell

Kudos to all 3 of you: you for arranging this, Keith for lending his car and your Dad for starting your love of MGs. Tell him we are all in there rooting for him.
Jack Long

I got goose bumps reading your post. Hurrah for all of you. My best to your dad. I miss my dad every day.

LM Cook

A great story Bill and Keith you are a special person for making a very sick person happy. May I wish your dad all the best.
I won't ever be able to experience my son taking me for a ride in my TD for I lost him on November 30th.
John Walton

LIKE! I have tears in my eyes as I type this. MG people are the best!
D. Sander

Wonderful, Bill. Maybe some other T-typer from out that way with a LHD car might come by one of these days. I'd be delighted to loan Lazarus to you, but I'm afraid it's a bit far. Bud
Bud Krueger

Bill, the pic of your dad in the TD with the smile on his face is one you'll cherish. Keith's gesture won't be forgotten by any of us. Really sorry to hear of your loss John. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

Bill, I love stories like yours. My dad and I were close also and I miss him dearly. Cherish every moment you have with your dad. It's a wonderful thing your doing. PJ
Paul S Jennings

Words aren't enough. What a fabulous gift to your dad.

Bobby Galvez

Thank you everyone for your responses. Now I have tears in my eyes from your outpouring.

John, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Parents are not supposed to bury their children. May you find joy in his memory and peace in your heart.

Sincere Regards

Bill Chasser Jr.
W. A. Chasser Jr

It was my pleasure. I'm glad the chief enjoyed it.
Keith Yarbrough(TD 1275)

Thank you for your condolences Bill and Peter. We miss him dearly. Every other Sunday morning he would drop in to see us, so Sundays are not such a good day for us.Time I'm sure will heal part of the pain.
As if that wasn't enough, my sister, who we were very close to, passed away on Christmas Day. Unfortunately 2014 was not our year.
John Walton

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