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(New Zealand Herald)   The rebirth of MG   (nzherald.co.nz) divider line 26
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2008-06-18 04:10:12 AM
Maybe the Chinese can make the damn SUs work.
 
2008-06-18 04:49:33 AM
"Capacity is not an issue for us at the UK plant."

I was going to say what UK plant, but apparently MG TF's are still being built at a part of Longbridge which escaped demolition, which is cool.
 
2008-06-18 06:40:23 AM
Sadly, this is the latest version of a 13-year-old car that only hairdressers drive. Wake me up when a new proper model comes out.
 
2008-06-18 07:43:05 AM
But will they leak oil and have carbs made out of tin like the originals?
 
2008-06-18 08:12:17 AM
Colin McRae is in a small box now and I'm sure he could still get one of them to catch fire randomly.
 
2008-06-18 08:15:10 AM
Just let it die along with Lucas for gosh sakes.
 
2008-06-18 08:29:19 AM
I'll wait for the Sport version, named MSG.
 
2008-06-18 08:48:33 AM
Pssst, China - use a 12 volt system for the electrics.
The 2 X 6 volt system the Brits had was a load of wank!
 
2008-06-18 08:58:15 AM
The MG SV looked nice. But the build quality of MGs at large were... questionable. I hope they've addressed that.
 
2008-06-18 10:38:02 AM
They should bring back the Triumph Spitfire instead.

I used to have a Spit. It was *MUCH* easier to maintain than my friends MG, or the Austin Healy Sprite another guy in our unit had (for some strange reason, convertibles were popular on Schofield Barracks).

You could flip the whole front bodywork of the Spit forward, sit on the tire, and work on the engine. Plenty of room. An MG, on the other hand, whether it's a Midget or an MGB, is a pain to work on.
 
2008-06-18 11:20:15 AM
Worryingly they all still have k-series engines apparently...head gasket failure anyone?
 
2008-06-18 11:40:40 AM
I once had a bgt, what an adventure. Most of us USA'rs are lulled into an unconscious stooper just turning the key and rolling off to the next fast food slop. Get a vintage brit sports car and you will bring out your inner mcgyver every time you put the key in the ignition............

sry, no pic as my therapist said I should leave the several near-death experiences in the past.......
 
2008-06-18 11:52:26 AM
ElPresidente: Wake me up when a new proper model comes out.

Wake me up when a Chinese car company makes a non-POS. It's not an MG, boys, the reds just bought the name.
 
2008-06-18 11:57:12 AM
Yes, but how many would trade their MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron?

/Obscure?
//Surely not...
 
2008-06-18 12:01:26 PM
Bloody Templar: Yes, but how many would trade their MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron?

/Obscure?
//Surely not...


Depends if it has fine Corinthian leather or not.
 
2008-06-18 12:04:05 PM
ElPresidente: Depends if it has fine Corinthian leather or not.

¿Quien es mas macho? ¿Lorenzo Lamas o Ricard Montalban?
 
2008-06-18 12:45:36 PM
ElPresidente: Bloody Templar: Yes, but how many would trade their MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron?

/Obscure?
//Surely not...

Depends if it has fine Corinthian leather or not.


No, no, that wath, the Cordoba!

/Had one.
//Loved it.
 
2008-06-18 01:00:18 PM
pocketrubbish
Maybe the Chinese can make the damn SUs work.

I'll have an order of what you are smoking...

/have two mgb's
//converted one to fuel injection
///guess which one runs?
 
2008-06-18 02:31:17 PM
farm4.static.flickr.com

1972 Spitfire MkIV. Taken recently at Wrightsville Beach. Absolutely stock, including the twin H2S SUs.

For those who can't get a device as simple as an SU to work there are these things called manuals, as in RTFM:

farm4.static.flickr.com

Further, in This Modrun Whirrled, Moss kindly offers the manual as a DVD for those whose ADHD hinders written comprehension:

farm4.static.flickr.com

However, my Spit does mark its territory from both the pan and the transaxle. They'll never fix that.
 
2008-06-18 03:29:57 PM
A Chinese company outsourcing manufacture to Britain?
A shoddy ripoff design that's at least expensive?
 
2008-06-18 03:46:48 PM
OldManDownDRoad: 1972 Spitfire MkIV. Taken recently at Wrightsville Beach. Absolutely stock, including the twin H2S SUs.


That's the same year as mine was.

Mine was an ugly mustard color that I wryly called "British Racing Yellow". Also, I didn't have the hardtop. I had the ragtop, that was mostly held together with duct tape, and the tonneau cover. I rarely used the actual top. I used to drive around with the tonneau cover still over the passenger side of the cockpit and pretend I was Speed Racer.
 
2008-06-18 03:48:49 PM
Bloody Templar: Yes, but how many would trade their MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron?

/Obscure?
//Surely not...


Hey, I want a car with a cup-holder arm rest. I want a car that will get me there.
 
2008-06-18 03:51:16 PM
phlegmato: Bloody Templar: Yes, but how many would trade their MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron?

/Obscure?
//Surely not...

Hey, I want a car with a cup-holder arm rest. I want a car that will get me there.


The cool thing about a Spitfire is that they are so low to the ground that you can use the actual ground as a cup holder, providing that you are stationary.
 
2008-06-18 04:11:40 PM
dittybopper: OldManDownDRoad: 1972 Spitfire MkIV. Taken recently at Wrightsville Beach. Absolutely stock, including the twin H2S SUs.


That's the same year as mine was.


Best year made. The 1971s suffered from a number of things, and 1973 was the year of the Stromberg carb and the down-rated compression. 1974 saw the addition of a cat converter and the end was in sight.


Mine was an ugly mustard color that I wryly called "British Racing Yellow".

Oh, yeah, that color was base #4, color 14, "Jonquil" or "Jasmine" yellow. It did tend to fade into a mustard color. Be happy it wasn't color 94, Inca yellow, which tended to fade into a color known far and wide as "Urine."

Mine is base #7, color 17, Damson Maroon red. But since base #7 is actually purple, it looks purple under most street lights. I don't know how many times I've seen it described on various work sheets as "the purple Spitfire."

Also, I didn't have the hardtop. I had the ragtop, that was mostly held together with duct tape, and the tonneau cover. I rarely used the actual top. I used to drive around with the tonneau cover still over the passenger side of the cockpit and pretend I was Speed Racer.

I only use the hardtop when I carry the surfboard. I have a hoist set up in the garage so it only takes about 10 minutes to lift it on or off. The tonneau is the best thing since sliced bread. It's really all you need in mild weather. I'm pretty jealous you got to drive yours around Hawaii. I've driven mine up and down the Carolinas coast and thought that was pretty spiffy.

I've still got the original invoice: $3,300 including the optional twin carbs, performance shocks (rebranded Konis), wood dash, and hard top. Not bad, even in 1972 dollars.
 
2008-06-18 06:19:47 PM
dittybopper: The cool thing about a Spitfire is that they are so low to the ground that you can use the actual ground as a cup holder, providing that you are stationary.

You think Spitfires are low? Try driving a Lotus Super Seven someday. Your ass will get gravel burn just knowing how close you are to the ground.
 
2008-06-19 07:56:30 AM
hogans: You think Spitfires are low? Try driving a Lotus Super Seven someday. Your ass will get gravel burn just knowing how close you are to the ground.

Not an original, but a copy that I drive at the weekends from pub to pub here in jolly old England. When you sitting still, you can put your hand down and put your palm on the ground. Yes, it's fast, fun, farking dangerous, drinks like a fish, makes a wall of noise, and is as sensible as a chocolate sun lounger. I don't care. I love it. When I'm out in it, all my troubles disappear and I'm a kid again. Almost better than sex, unless you ask my wife, who says it IS better than sex. So she rarely gets to be a passenger now.

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