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tdskip
01-16-2010, 10:06 PM
Now let me just state that this represents a <span style="text-decoration: underline">shrinking</span> of the fleet. And there is a TR link here. And I just generally have a car problem, but anyway....

So here is the deal. Last week at our monthly driving event I had a chance to sit down with a couple guys I had not met yet. One thing led to another and it turns out that one of the guys had been storing his Dad's MGC next to his house for 25 years.

Yep, that is an MGC alright;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/MGCasfound.jpg

Slowing returning to earth here as found;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/MGCasfound5.jpg

Engine bay as we opened it up, and yes, that is a recently expired cat;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/MGCasfound22.jpg

After a little cleaning and minus the cat;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/MGCasfound30.jpg

46,820 original miles;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/MGCasfound35-1.jpg

Um, might need to clean the dash a bit;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/MGCasfound33.jpg

Looking a bit better now;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/diggingoutmgc1-16-106.jpg

Brake drums were frozen, but 5 minutes with a mallet and taking the nuts off we were good to go. Not to rub it it, but all the bolts came right off after sitting outside for 25 years. You just have to love SoCal cars. (Don't worry, the seat mounts inside are going to test my patience for sure.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/diggingoutmgc1-16-1011.jpg

First time outside of the fence in 25 years;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/diggingoutmgc1-16-1014.jpg

Rolling home today...

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Bringingherhome1-16-10.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Bringingherhome1-16-101.jpg

<span style="font-weight: bold">Anyone want a really neat 122s project, or two?</span>

AngliaGT
01-16-2010, 10:18 PM
Another one to the Dark Side!That should help out
your withdrawl problem.Nice find.

- Doug

TR4nut
01-16-2010, 10:24 PM
Very slick! That body looks in great shape too. But it looks like you did get your hands a little greasy this weekend!

sail
01-16-2010, 10:35 PM
A U-Haul trailer? I figured you had an 18 wheel transporter.

tdskip
01-16-2010, 10:43 PM
Very slick! That body looks in great shape too. But it looks like you did get your hands a little greasy this weekend!

I need to find a replacement passenger side door, bubbling on the front bottom, and at least one dog leg needs to be replaced. They always look better in the pictures :eeek:

But, yeah, could be much worse. Real test will be how she looks underneath in the AM. The driver side floor has some nasty bubbling, which you just <span style="font-weight: bold"><span style="font-style: italic">know</span></span> is going to be ugly after wire brushing. Evidently it is the stamping under there that is the real deal breaker if it gone. We'll see. Fingers crossed gents!

DrEntropy
01-16-2010, 10:48 PM
WOOHOO!!! That's stellar!

...welcome to MG ownership, too. Ain't as bad as it's made out to be. :wink:

Mickey Richaud
01-17-2010, 07:56 AM
SHEESH! Why izzit that ALL the cars are in Cal.?

~Yes, I'm GROUSING - WHAT OF IT!?~

Congrats anyway.

~~Grumble, grumble...~

tdskip
01-17-2010, 09:08 AM
So here is what we'll do Mickey. Take some vacation time (are you allowed to do that - in some ways I'd image you are always on the clock, eh) and drive a tow vehicle out to Cal. Give us a budget and some advanced warning and I bet us Cal, NM, AZ, OR, NV, WA folks could spend your money on finding you a new car right-quick. What do you think guys?

FYI - I am <span style="font-weight: bold">not</span> saying there aren't a lot of wonderful cars all over the palce. I just saw the door crack open just a bit on getting Mickey a new car :-)

M_Pied_Lourd
01-17-2010, 09:09 AM
I bet the engine really purrs. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Nice find. Have fun with the new project.

Cheers,
M. Pied Lourd

vagt6
01-17-2010, 09:13 AM
Great Find, man!

MGC: the stud of the MG stable. Great car!

Have fun! :yesnod:

tdskip
01-17-2010, 09:30 AM
I bet the engine really purrs. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif



LOL

PeterK
01-17-2010, 09:31 AM
I bet the engine really purrs. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif


Bad joke but it's more like, "it used to really purr." <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

poor kitty.

Mickey Richaud
01-17-2010, 09:37 AM
So here is what we'll do Mickey. Take some vacation time (are you allowed to do that - in some ways I'd image you are always on the clock, eh) and drive a tow vehicle out to Cal. Give us a budget and some advanced warning and I bet us Cal, NM, AZ, OR, NV, WA folks could spend your money on finding you a new car right-quick. What do you think guys?

FYI - I am <span style="font-weight: bold">not</span> saying there aren't a lot of wonderful cars all over the palce. I just saw the door crack open just a bit on getting Mickey a new car :-)

Sounds like a deal to me!

<span style="font-size: 8pt"> Now all I gotta do is convince Janet! </span>

drooartz
01-17-2010, 09:46 AM
You are my hero, Tom. One more gets saved. :smile:

As long as some cars are heading out while this one heads in, you'll be okay.

tdskip
01-17-2010, 09:53 AM
Yeah, that is the plan. Drew, a Volvo 122s would be a good all-weather car for you. Great heaters too! Eh, yeah, don't you think. Just picture yourself driving one... Nudge, nudge....

HerronScott
01-17-2010, 09:59 AM
Tom,

So how many cars *are* in your stable now and how big is that garage? :smile:

Scott

dklawson
01-17-2010, 11:07 AM
You know I have a weakness for Volvos. I'd love that red 122S, however, the timing and your being in CA is just not going to work out! This is just so upsetting (to me!) Regardless, congrats on the 'C'. I can see why you are worried about what to work on next and wanting to thin out the collection. So which car WILL you keep for inclement weather?

tdskip
01-17-2010, 11:18 AM
I'd love that red 122S, however, the timing and your being in CA is just not going to work out!

So drive over to Mickey's, carpool out. We can wrench like crazy for a loooong weekend and then drive her home. Problem solved.

tdskip
01-17-2010, 01:56 PM
Thanks for humoring here, but I'm kind of excited.

Here is the worst (I think / hope) of the rust to deal with. I've been pretty spoiled (and know it) by a couple of the SoCal cars I've been able to work on, but I was still pretty shocked when the seat to floor bolts came undone without the need for any colorful language. Now mind you that this car has been sitting outside with a broken top and ripped car cover.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Diggingintothefloors1-10-101.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Diggingintothefloors1-10-103.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Diggingintothefloors1-10-104.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Diggingintothefloors1-10-102.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Diggingintothefloors1-10-104.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/MGC/Diggingintothefloors1-10-105.jpg

Tim Tucker
01-17-2010, 04:18 PM
That's amazing...Great Find..

gsalt57tr3
01-17-2010, 05:08 PM
So here is what we'll do Mickey. Take some vacation time (are you allowed to do that - in some ways I'd image you are always on the clock, eh) and drive a tow vehicle out to Cal. Give us a budget and some advanced warning and I bet us Cal, NM, AZ, OR, NV, WA folks could spend your money on finding you a new car right-quick. What do you think guys?

FYI - I am <span style="font-weight: bold">not</span> saying there aren't a lot of wonderful cars all over the palce. I just saw the door crack open just a bit on getting Mickey a new car :-)

Sounds like a deal to me!

<span style="font-size: 8pt"> Now all I gotta do is convince Janet! </span>

Looks like you may need that 18 wheeler after all. I know where there are at least 3 MGBs just waiting for the right amount of money...

DNK
01-17-2010, 05:26 PM
Tom, you are drummed out of the Triumph club

AngliaGT
01-17-2010, 05:44 PM
Tom,

I know where there's a brand new door skin for sale.
What years would fit on your car?

- Doug

drooartz
01-17-2010, 06:52 PM
Yeah, that is the plan. Drew, a Volvo 122s would be a good all-weather car for you. Great heaters too! Eh, yeah, don't you think. Just picture yourself driving one... Nudge, nudge....
I'm a big fan of Volvo 122s, in fact. But there's that 1-project-at-a-time rule that I stick to. I'll leave the multi-car garages to folks like you and Tony, and just enjoy watching.

prb51
01-17-2010, 07:47 PM
Mickey can do an exorcism, when he arrives, on the ghost lurking in the speedo.

tdskip
01-17-2010, 11:20 PM
Mickey can do an exorcism, when he arrives, on the ghost lurking in the speedo.

LOL

trfourtune
01-18-2010, 11:19 AM
Can we see pics of the 122s car(s)?
Rob

tdskip
01-18-2010, 11:43 AM
Hi Rob;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Volvo%20122/VolvoFirstDay2-3-094-1.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Volvo%20122/IMG00118-20090204-1543-1.jpg