|The MGA With An Attitude
The Power of Wishful Thinking - RT-311
Bob Krzywicki, Arlington, VA, USA
On Jun 4, 2012, Bob Krzywicki wrote:
"Here is my 1958 MGA Coupe. I purchased this from a 79 yr old man in Lancaster Va (Northern Neck area) who purchased it from a neighbors yard in 1985. It has been in and out of covered storage over his ownership and has never run in his ownership. He had previously restored an MGA in 1965 and purchased this to restore but never got around to it. He did however buy a complete leather interior kit, carpet kit, new bumpers and overriders, complete rubber gasket kit, headliner kit, new grill and he has good rear glass (all 3 pcs) and a good front windshield. The parts he bought are in good shape with some wear from storage and some fading on the carpet from the sun shining in on an open box. The door panels are a little bowed and I think they can be straightened out. This car came with an extra Triumph spitfire motor and trans and spit fire seats, extra MGA trans and an additional Bonnet. This will be a driver quality restoration done in my home garage and aimed at having fun and using the parts that came with the car. The work will be done with my sons and any skills they want to brush up on concerning welding and body work will be practiced on the project. We look at this as a fun family project and don't get too wound up in a production environment or set any sort of time frames for completion, so follow along as we eat the elephant one bite at a time. This is my second MGA and my 5th British sports car between years 1954-1969.
On Oct 10, 2016, Bob Krzywicki wrote:
"Well todays the day!!!!!! Added gas, disconnect the battery and put a power supply on the terminals and tested the electrical and everything works. Drove around for 20 minutes. I don't have door latches, so the doors are just bungie corded closed on the interior door pulls.
Today I hope to hook up the cable to the speedo, set the toe, and look at that front parking light. After that I still have to rebuild the window crank mechanism and install it and the door locks, the SS window trim, the rear parcel shelf trim, install inner fender splash shields the trim around the doors, the hoses for the interior demisters, the window wipers, some carpeting inside. And I have to make and install the panel that bridges the door opening, so I will be doing this throught out the winter.
As if this wasn't enough of an accomplishment, Bob was posting photos and notes of the progress for the whole 4-years and 4-months, and not done yet. You can follow the whole saga at www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?2,2085517, more than 2000 forum posts to date.