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MG TD TF 1500 - Just another start-up video


After 24 years in the garage, we got TD 16480 started last August, but not without some minor drama (yes, the timing was off). I hope this is as enjoyable as all the other start-ups I've watched!

Jim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-n16BIjxv8&feature=youtu.be

J Barry

Jim

Very nice. It's a TD/C, isn't it?

Beautiful paint and engine.

Warmly,
Dave
Dave Braun

Thank you Dave. It is indeed a TD/C. We didn't even realize that until we started in. Peter Hogenes (Oceanside, CA) gets credit for the paint.

Jim
J Barry

Sweet! How's it look today?
efh Haskell

Very nice.
David Sheward

Elf,

Unfortunately, it looks about the same - not yet ready for prime time. I have another working "vacation" coming up and hope to get it on the road, or at least around the block!

J Barry

Jim,

At least yours has paint on it, mine is all primer. Hope to get it to the painters in the next two or three weeks. Paint is one thing I have never done and it is sure going to sting the pocket book.

Nice care. What island do you live on?

Rob
Rob Welborne

I loved the "You do have oil in it, don't you" comment!
Gene Gillam

OK, I guess I'm just not that knowledgable or observant but what's a TD/C?
Jud
J K Chapin

Rob,
Thanks. I live on Oahu (Honolulu), but the car is in San Diego. I work on it when I can (it has been 3 years).

Gene,
Yes, I'm blessed to still have my mother around to remind about these things!

Jud,
Others here are more expert than I, but the TD/C is the "competition" version commonly known as the MKII. It came with larger valves, skimmed head (slightly higher compression), two fuel pumps, additional Andrex friction shocks, and larger 1.5-in carburetors. I think later versions also have a larger diameter air filter. I'm not sure if any of that did a whole lot for performance, but it adds a bit of expense to the restoration!

Jim
J Barry

Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

Frank
Frank Cronin

Jim,

I was on Oahu for my 25th anniversary a couple years ago and can't wait to go again. We stayed on the north shore. Not a big fan of Honolulu or Wikiki but I live in Fort Worth and get more big city and traffic than I care to. All the rest of the island is pure beauty and I hope to see the other islands over the next few years. You know, when the TD restoration stops eating all my money.

Rob
Rob Welborne

Thanks. I was aware of the MKII version but was unaware of the TD/C alias.
Jud
J K Chapin

Rob,

Each of the islands is unique; our just happens to have a major traffic problem. The one thing I recommend for people who come to Waikiki is to take a surfing canoe ride off the beach. It's good cheap fun, and a tradition that goes back a long time. I'm glad you got out to the North Shore - it's a special place.

There are a few classic MG drives I'm planning for - the Hana highway on Maui, and the Saddle Road and Mauna Kea on the Big Island - "one of these days".

Jim
J Barry

My work has brought me to most all of the islands over the past 30 years. The saddle road and the road to Hana are all now nicely paved and will be much kinder to your suspension.

Years ago the rental car contracts specified that those roads were prohibited; that never stopped us back when we were immortal.
J E Carroll

This thread was discussed between 10/01/2013 and 12/01/2013

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