1936 MG TA Roadster
This MGTA and I have a long and interesting history. I purchased the car in 1970 in McKinleyville, CA from an USAF pilot. He bought it in Germany and had it shipped home to the States by the Air Force. He told me that he purchased it from a Brit who was driving around Europe. When it broke down in Germany, the Brit sold it on the spot. When I found the car, it was stored in a shed and some disassembly had been done, I later discovered that the engine block was cracked and that the fenders had been repaired at least 3 times by adding sheet metal and plastic filler. The fenders were not salvageable. I sandblasted and painted the frame and all the undercarriage and purchased a rebuilt short block from England.
Knowing that I needed fenders, I searched until I found another TA . The car was owned by a railroad man who lived at an old youth camp in the remote hills of northern California. He bought the car in San Francisco, moved it it to the camp, and completely disassembled it. Fortunately, he stored all the body parts in the old cookhouse, and they were in great condition. Unfortunately, he stored most of the engine parts and upholstery outside under tarps and they were rusted and damaged by rodents.
However, between the two cars, and with the new engine, I had enough to make a complete TA. I have worked on this car over the years and had professional work done when I needed to. But now I realize that I am not going to get it finished and I would like to see it go to someone who has the expertise, resources and interest to complete the car.
Only 3,003 TAs were made between 1936 and 1939 and this car is the result of two of them making it an incredibly unique car. It was the first of the “T” series of MGs that ended with the TF in 1955. The TA was capable of reaching almost 80 mph (130 km/h) in standard tune with a 0–60 mph time of 23.1 seconds. Allan Tomlinson won the 1939 Australian Grand Prix handicap driving an MG TA.
The following is list of the work that has been done on this car:
- The frame and undercarriage were sandblasted and painted.
- The body and fenders were sandblasted, primed and painted by a restoration company. . The wood is all solid.
- The car was reassembled by a professional antique car restorer in Redding, Ca
- I purchased a rebuilt short block from England and reassembled the engine. The Engine is an original prewar MPJG Wolseley with OHV and twin SU carbonators. It starts easily and has zero miles.
- It has a beautiful new dashboard of burl built by Craig Seabrook at the Whitworth Shop
- The gauges and instruments were restored by Vintage Restorations in England
- All the Brightwork has been rechromed
- It includes a new correct wiring harness from England
- The five wheels were professionally restored with new spokes, power coated and balanced. They are the correct early wheels laced to the outer rim of the wheel.
- There are 4 new 4.5 X 19 tires and tubes
- The wheel knockoffs are new.
I have all the parts necessary to finish the car including:
- The top bows and top (good for pattern only)
- Two sets of seats and backs (good for pattern only)
- Two sets of side curtains (good for frames and pattern)
- Two Tonneau covers (good for pattern)
- A rare luggage rack (needs paint and chrome).
- All electrical components
- All body hardware
I welcome your questions so please feel free to contact me anytime.