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Thread: Greetings from the St Louis Metroplitan Area

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    Edwardsville, IL

    Greetings from the St Louis Metroplitan Area

    Hello from Edwardsville, Illinois. I have been a British car (and all cars, for that matter) enthusiast since a very young age. My first British car was a Sunbeam rapier that my dad bought me so that I could drive myself to high school. That car helped pave the way for a mechanic job in the late 60's at a neighbor's foreign car repair shop. I was working on MG, Austin-Healeys, Triumphs, Jaguars, Sunbeams, and basically all foreign car brands when I was 16 years old. This was during a time when dealers did not stock many parts, so my boss taught me how to make due with what I had to work with. That job, plus a job at a Bap-Geon dealer and the local Lotus dealer, helped pay my way through college. I never gave up working on cars, and have restored a 1963 Avanti R1, a 1970 Lotus Elan, and a 1956 Chevrolet that I have owned since 1974. In addition to the Rapier, I have owned an early 60s Mini and a 1974 1/2 MBG GT. I currently own a 1974 MG Midget that was oened by a friend for 16 years, but rarely driven or serviced. I am in the process of refurbishing the suspension and brakes, as well as the interior. The body has minor rust on the A pillars and the passenger rear quarter panel. Mostly original paint (citron) that cleaned up well. I can't wait to get it on the road.

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    Re: Greetings from the St Louis Metroplitan Area

    Welcome! With all the wonderful experience you have, I hope to see you posting in many sections of the board beyond the Spridget area.

    Be sure to post more about your current project.
    Doug L.
    '64 Morris Mini Cooper-S 1275
    '67 Triumph GT6 Mk1

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    Re: Greetings from the St Louis Metroplitan Area

    Welcome Ernie. I can tell you will be an asset to the group. Please continue to post pictures of your journey to the road.
    Dave Reese
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    No longer have any LBC's...but many fond memories of owning Fagin...

    "I intend to live forever ... So far, so good." - Steven Wright

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    Re: Greetings from the St Louis Metroplitan Area

    Welcome aboard! I see you are in Edwardsville! When I was on active duty, stationed at Scott AFB, we lived just up the road in Troy, Il.

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    Re: Greetings from the St Louis Metroplitan Area

    Welcome to the BCF Ernie! You've come to the right place.

    Nice-looking Midget (LOVE the garish 1970's color) you have there. Good luck with the work on it. I suspect that with all your experience you'll be more of a teacher than student here (in the MG Forum), and we need more like you!

    Again, welcome aboard.
    Reid Trummel
    Editor, HEALEY MARQUE magazine


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