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bcliff

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After driving my MG TF Victor up until the first of the year, I decided to do a few small projects on it. I'm guess I'm not too good at keeping the small projects under control. As it sits now, the body and a few other pieces are at the painter's for some minor bodywork and a complete repaint. the chassis has been cleaned and repainted. Engine and transmission have been removed, cleaned up and new gaskets and seals installed. Weber downdraft replaced with SU HS4s. It had a dash with lots of aftermarket gauges, so that was discarded and a new one created. It is more along the lines of a TF dash, and I used MGB Smiths gauges. Seats were '70 MGB tan (Ratty) vinyl seats, to be replaced with 65 seats with dark red cloth. Voltmeter in the picture has been replaced with a proper Smiths gauge.
The new color will be a darker red, called "MG Red".
Hoping to have it back on the road in May.:wink-new:
Bruce

 

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That should be nice when it's done. My 52 TD came with a "custom" dash also, and it's been quite a task to find a panel and the right instruments. I think I have all I need now, at last. I'm not planning to paint, though, since the car had decent paint to begin with.
 

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Nice work on that dash -- the Victor's are neat cars, one of the few replicas I can really admire.
 

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The Victor exhibits one major flaw in the factory TFs and that is the originals would have been a real contender if they came out with the larger engine as the Victors did. The 55 1500, as mine is, was quite an improvement over the 54 1250, by using a larger engine, but far away from an 1800 B engine. I'll probably get crucified for this but, the Victor was a much better highway cruiser with a more comfortable ride and more power than a factory original TF! For a driver, if I had the opportunity to choose, I'd pick the Victor every time. PJ
 
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I have to agree with Paul161 as to the Victor comfort level. In addition the the 1800, mine has overdrive and rolls on 15" wheels. On the highway, it really wants to run away. It is a pleasure to drive, in as much as any wide open roadster can be. Sort of like a motorcycle that you sit down in. With the MGB suspension, the ride is a little stiff, the car weighs in at 1630 pounds, but it handles really nice! I would have to imagine that the other flaw that made the TF unpopular was its styling. If you look at the other cars of the time, Austin Healey etc, it was rather dated, similar to American cars of the thirties. People were gravitating to smooth, streamlined cars. Of course, now we think of the styling as "classic", which is probably the large part of its appeal today
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Hello, Have wanted a Victor for years. Where are they found and what can one expect to pay for a nice driver? thanks, Dennis
 

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Dennis, Finding a Victor is a chance encounter to say the least. Ebay motors and Craigs list are a couple of sources and more than likely your best bet. When one pops up, make sure it's a true Victor as there are other copies out there that have been built over the years. The Victor is the best of all bar none! JMHO. PJ
 
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Here are a couple of recent shots. Time to drive it!
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Bruce, you really did a fantastic job of sprucing her up! Beautiful car. Even though I have a 1500, would I consider a Victor, yes sir and wouldn't bat an eye if one came available. At the right price of course. :greedy_dollars: :joyous:pJ
 

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There's a teaser in the current issue of Classic Motorsports - looks like they're going to highlight a Victor, or similar repro next issue.
 
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