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MG TD TF 1500 - First Drive!
|Drove the TD today for the first time since July 2006. What a thrill! Not exactly finished with it yet- the doors held shut with bungee cords, no lights, dash, bonnet, rad shell, interior, top; bundle of bare wires hanging in the interior, etc. IT was 75 degrees with a clear blue sky - what else could I do! Just threw the old steering wheel on, the floorboards in and set the seats in place, ran a jumper from the hot terminal to the white fuel pump terminal and it cranked right up! Took my cell phone and a fire extiguisher and set off around the neighborhood. Verified tranny, no oil, coolant, or fuel leaks. Wow- is the balanced engine smooth! George|
Congratulations ! I see you have not driven your car for about 16 months.In 2001,after selling our first acquired TF we had owned since 1976,I was denied driving a T Type for about 4 years while I completed a total restoration on our second TF.'Withdrawal symptoms' set in badly after about 6 weeks and I reckoned I would never again not have a T Type that I could just jump in and go for a blast.
Well done on the resto.-another one back on the road.
|whow George, must have had and still have a BIG smile. Congratulations, especially for the non-leakages. Greetings, Huib|
|gblawson - TD#27667|
|Wow George! I'm excited for you. It must have been great.|
Errrr no leaks? Are you sure it's an MG? lol
|I didn't look under it this morning for puddles, but there was no explosion or gasoline smell when I hit the garage door opener this AM! George|
|Way to go George,|
Sounds like you're on your way to some happy motoring.
No leaks! What's the secret? Are you sure you put oil in there?
|So George, does this mean we'll be seeing you at GOF South this year (assuming I get a TC back running?).|
Hoot to drive when they are "naked"...aren't they!
Congrats for getting on the road!
I still wonder about "no leaks" ...are you sure you put oil in it? LOL
Cheers & Best Regards,
David 55 TF1500 #7427
|Ok, I checked this morning-there are a couple of drops of oil under the bellhousing. But nothing like before. Still no coolant or fuel. Likely the coolant leak will happen after adding antifreeze! George|
|George, do you still have the classical seals on the crankshaft? Greetings, Huib|
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only nut driving around the neighborhood with the bonnet off, top down, cell phone, and fire extinguisher - in the winter I might add!! The neighbors think I'm crazy - go figure?
PS: My yellow lab enjoys going with me but she thinks I'm nuts too!
|Huib, yes I have the original type seals. I figure with the certain amount of leakage, nothing will ever rust from the engine on back. Ed, I asked my 15 year old to hop in for the drive- he said no thanks, but he would stay by the phone just in case I needed help. George|
|Glad to hear that you are back on the road again. I know all to well how it feels.|
This thread was discussed between 12/11/2007 and 20/11/2007
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