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2 hours ago, keiser31 said:

Lebowski....have you ever tried to sit in a Model A pickup? Less room than a coupe.

 

No, I haven't. Why is that-fewer 6 footers back then?

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1 hour ago, Lebowski said:

 

No, I haven't. Why is that-fewer 6 footers back then?

Nope....just no room to move the seat back.

 

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Does a Model A truck have a comfortable driving speed

that's less than a Model A car?  Trucks in the early years

were geared low, because most of their hauling was local.

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35 minutes ago, Restorer32 said:

Apparently the average height of U.S. males has not changed since 1930 and has held steady at 5' 9".

Height may be the same, but not girth. Ever shop for surplus WW2 uniforms? Nothing but 36, 38 and 40!

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51 minutes ago, Restorer32 said:

Apparently the average height of U.S. males has not changed since 1930 and has held steady at 5' 9".

 

I hear the average lawyer is a little taller since Viagra became available.

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Apples to oranges the MGB has driver side leg room to spare for drivers over 6 feet tall, not nearly as much on the passenger side which is about equal to a Model A truck. The Model A truck has more head room than an MGB roadster with the top up and the Model A windshield frame doesn't block the vision of a six foot tall driver. Gravity helps driver and passenger get into an MGB, gravity helps them out of a Model A. The Model A has a very narrow bench seat, driver and passenger are constantly banging elbows. The MGB has bucket seats with a narrow center counsel where driver and passenger are constantly banging elbows. Should you encounter one on the highway at night, the Model A will not fit under the belly and between front and back legs of a full grown horse,  the MGB will. The Model A will provide considerably more driver and passenger protection should you encounter a large dog or small deer. The MGB has a better brakes than the Model A and  the headlights being closer to the pavement than the Model A do a better job of illuminating big dogs and small deer in time to use them. Both vehicles have 4 cylinder engines, neither has adequate room for mens size 11 boots to easily operate all the foot controls.

 

Trades are very seldom equal, but they should always be fair. The last chrome bumper MGB is probably not an equal trade for a Model A truck, but an MGB that won't go over 65 isn't an equal trade for a good running MGB and even a good running rubber bumper single carb with catalytic converter MGB does better that 65 on the open road. The Model A can easily reach speeds in excess of 65 on a long steep downgrade, but may also need to be driven in reverse to traverse a long incline. The MGB can maintain a speed of 65 on a steep incline and are great hill climbers. People always smile when they see a Model A in a parking space, they usually don't notice an MGB until they try to use the space.  

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32 minutes ago, Digger914 said:

Trades are very seldom equal

 

That's probably the truism the replies should have started on. I buy and sell things all the time, and I really can't remember the last time I traded something.

 

If one owns an item of value, the best thing to do is sell it, with effort, for its highest cash value. Then buy the next desired item. Let's say the MGB was decent and you got $7500 right in the palm of your hand for it. Next thought "Oh, Boy! Now I can buy a Model A!" I can't imagine that happening to me. The money would go into one of the hiding places where I can grab it when the special thing comes along that really rings the bell. What I want to buy and what I want to sell rarely come along concurrently.

 

For over a year I have been saying I plan to sell three cars and buy one. It is a nice plan but lacks motivation. I did sell one last year and still find myself with three I would consider selling. Yeah, three minus one equals three. BUT, now I have higher motivation. I bought the car that may as well be called car four. I want it more than the ones I consider selling and would like to get some money back in the hiding place. A very logical way to motivate one's self. I have been polishing one of the cars and detailing it for sale, because, I need the space and want to replace the reserve money I spent. Am I brilliant or what.

 

Cash is King. There is a big difference between cash and trade. Trading is what you do with something you figure you can't get as much cash as you want out of. To the point where darn near anything looks better.

 

I do remember a trade! Years back a friend needed money so I bought his Dodge truck and set it in my front yard for sale. No one stopped. After a week or so the neighbor down the street put a Honda Gold Wing out in front for sale. I was walking by and he said he saw the truck and was going to walk down and look at it. (Motivated like me). I said "I'll give you the truck for the bike." "Ok, you want to take it now?" "Nah, don't know how to make it go." He followed me home and took the truck. To paraphrase a famous quote "Frankly, neither of us gave a damn." The next week I sold the bike and he sold the truck. Yep, trading is for casual deals on stuff neither owner cares about.

 

It is easier to sell a Model A surrounded by 1930's Buicks than it is to sell an MGB in the middle of them. That's the other side. In the end, too much trading will make you go blind... or was that grown hair on your palms. I know its one of the two. Nope, its blind. There was an old farmer who used to trade all the time and I remember he went blind.

Bernie

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If you decide to keep the MGB it will be worth seeking out an overdrive tranny.  It makes for a much, much more comfortable highway ride.  I would also recommend lowering the car back down to pre-bumper height regs.  Is it a Model A or AA truck?

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We have had 2 Model As and a TR-6, not that different, I think from an MGB.  Both are enjoyable but different cars.

 

I could't go around the block without questions, comments and inquiries if the mimosa yellow, Ansa exhaust equipped TR was for sale.  Maybe not fast by some standards but lots of fun. A real sports car, simple yet managed to give off a certain vibe.  A great car.

 

The A will transport you to a different era, sound like no other car, has running boards, both antique and rodders appreciate them as does the public.  The quintessential parade, ice cream, local show vehicle.

 

Why not both? Space issue?  Here for consideration is plan B, MG TSeries, a bit of both?! 😊

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3 hours ago, Steve9 said:

Height may be the same, but not girth. Ever shop for surplus WW2 uniforms? Nothing but 36, 38 and 40!

Normal for an 18 year old, God Bless them all. Bob 

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4 hours ago, 60FlatTop said:

It is a nice plan but lacks motivation. I did sell one last year and still find myself with three I would consider selling. Yeah, three minus one equals three. BUT, now I have higher motivation. I bought the car that may as well be called car four. I want it more than the ones I consider selling and would like to get some money back in the hiding place. A very logical way to motivate one's self. I

I tried this it works as well as the pull  out method  . meet my 3 kids . --kyle 

 I am doomed not to have enough garage space .   

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On 6/14/2018 at 3:35 PM, Steve9 said:

Height may be the same, but not girth. Ever shop for surplus WW2 uniforms? Nothing but 36, 38 and 40!

 

There certainly have been all sorts of body sizes in any decade.

But scrawny small men and the corpulent heavy-set weren't

likely able to meet the demanding requirements of the Armed Services.

The size of uniforms may tell about soldiers, but not about the

overall population.

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More like a vegan sandwich VS a 32oz prime rib., the Ford being the meat. Take the meat.

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The Model A does not have a Gulp Valve. A defective gulp valve on an MGB causes it to backfire every time you take your foot off the gas.

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Driving an A you won't end up in the Emergence Room getting 5 stitches in your hand when the plastic interior door handle of your MGB snaps in two.

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Uhhh...Triumph owners never want you to mention the Spitfire, one of the junkiest cars ever built. Even worse than an MGB.

On 6/12/2018 at 8:48 AM, Curti said:

Read the post directly above yours .

 

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Spitfire I can live with, TR-7, on the other hand...

 

Aren't you the same guy who periodically says an MGB is one of the most fun cars to drive?   Are you are just choosing to frighten the OP with the bad today? 😀

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Here is a fun comparison between two of my favorite cars, a big boy and his little pal.  From a show this past weekend.  It just seems like a fit for this thread..

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5 hours ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

Here is a fun comparison between two of my favorite cars, a big boy and his little pal.  From a show this past weekend.  It just seems like a fit for this thread..

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That MG looks like the life boat for that Packard. 

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