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  1. Be very careful and examine the E type very closely. Look at any documentation the seller may have, especially if they claim a recent rebuild of the engine or transmission. If they do not have a file of receipts…walk away. When you inspect the car before sale, take a magnet and a good Maglite with you. Use the magnet to check how solid the body is, especially the rocker panels. If the magnet doesn’t stick, that means a lot of body filler. Use the Maglite to look in all the nooks and crannies. Lift all carpets and examine the floor pans and trunk floor. Be skeptical of anything the buyer says. Well sorted/restored E types can be costly. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is…walk away. That said, an E type, once properly sorted, is fairly easy to maintain. Make sure you have a correct owner’s manual and/or workshop manual. I drive a 1950 MG and have limited skills but I am able to do a lot of the daily. Check with your local car clubs and they will direct you to a good independent shop in your area. Labor rates are what you would expect for any high end European car, e.g. BMW, Mercedes, Audi. Local Jag dealer not a good service option. Modern Jags are totally different from E types. E types are quite charming. Be realistic when you look at this baby. Probably should look at others for comparison. I shopped for a year before deciding on my MG.
  2. Bernie, Congratulations on completing body removal. The chassis looks to be in remarkably good shape, especially considering the wood rot. Hope your next post includes good news on the engine. Cherers!
  3. Bernie, Fantastic progress with the body removal. Maybe you will have a market for some of the original panels in the other LeaF enthusiast you found. Looks like you are well on the way to your special. I hope the engine does not present too big an issue. Have you tried turning it over by hand? Any indication of the condition of the transmission? Cheers! And continued success!
  4. The CA DMV runs horribly antiquated data systems, with frequent downtime. They also have incredible difficulty, again, a programming issue, with VINs or Serial Numbers less than 13 digits. Every transaction involving my MG TD (5 digits) involves submission by paper, though there is no logical reason for it. With COVID, a creaking, antiquated system has, indeed, largely ground to a near halt.
  5. Ed, I have been following this thread from the beginning and it just gets more amazing. To say the PO had amazing taste is an understatement. All that seems to be missing from the list is a Talbot-Lago or a 540K Mercedes. Wow! A as the family genealogist, I can appreciate the thrill of your discovery. Enjoy the journey and continue to keep us up to date.
  6. Good afternoon, all. I have posted my MG TD for sale on several sites. Lately, I have been contacted by "Mike" from "Harris Classic Cars". He started by asking for some more pictures and descriptions, which I forwarded to his email. He now states that he has a buyer interested in the car. But, here's the deal...he will place me in touch with his buyer. The buyer and I negotiate the deal. "Mike" collects his $1,250 fee...from me. the seller. Keep in mind that I never initiated a conversation with this person; he reached out to me; I cannot place him on the site where the add was posted; nor, can I find any information about him on-line. There is no contractual relationship between us. This all smells as bad as last Friday's fish. I was wondering if anyone else had heard of this person , his business or had any dealings with him. Thanks
  7. Bernie, good for you and Helen...out enjoying the Lagonda on a road trip day. Our old cars need the exercise of a good run. On your shot illustrating the shifter for the pre-selector gearbox, there is a "mushroom" situated further back, almost between the seats. What is the function?
  8. Wow, that is really gone! Reminds me of the t8me we found termite damage when we lived in New Orleans. The framing lumber was turned into shredded wheat. sad to see the coach framing in such bad shape…a true los$.
  9. Something along the lines of a 1947 LeaF 14 hp Sports?
  10. Just to chime in, my TD is about ten months older than me. I think Old Car Fan has provided you with a great plan…start with the engine and work from there. Plenty of time to consider your options. If you decide to keep the LeaF and shorten the chassis to sport spec, why not consider something more cut down for the coach, rather like a roadster look. That would still allow you to keep a good chunk of the original body and fenders.
  11. You might want to contact Joe Curto for a full rebuild. If the throttle shafts are not loose in the bearings, get a kit from Moss or Abington Spare…otherwise you are looking at a professional rebuild. years ago I had a BN6…a great cat!
  12. Serious looking drums. Are they self adjusting or adjusted by oneself?
  13. When I titled my MG TD here in California, it underwent a VIN inspection because it came from Texas. I had our local police do the inspection as we do not have a DMV office in our small town. It was a farce and cost $60 but they agreed that the vehicle serial number was the VIN. The vehicle was titled in Texas using the engine number but California switched it to the 5 digit serial number when I pointed out the error. The only consequence of having a 5 digit VIN is that I cannot renew registration on line, California’s software only handles modern VINs. It seems to be a common problem that titles for our old vehicles have bad information. The MG has a chassis serial number, an engine number, and a body serial number on the inspection plate. Also, the screwed on plate is a real problem: to the DMV, it screams that there is an issue. I used to live in Louisiana and it is difficult dealing with their calcified bureaucracy. Good luck to the OP and I hope you get it sorted out.
  14. That con rod failed in a rather spectacular manner. Your walls do not look much different than ours, except in our case it is books, lots and lots of books, which is to be expected of two retired academics.😁
  15. Just out of curiosity, do you have any idea of the problems with the engine? Have you tried to turn it over?
  16. Bernie, Sorry you have decided to scrap this project, given your metal working skills iot would have been really something. Did you ever actually retrieve the L-F and assess how bad the chassis and running gear might be? Would it be unreasonable to try and craft a new aluminum tube frame for the body panels to hang upon? Good luck with the car and know that the decision you make will be the correct one. You always have the great Lagonda. Cheers!
  17. Sorry to hear that the wood frame has deteriorated so badly, IMHO that was a great looking post-War saloon. On the plus, you can let you imagination run a bit for the replacement coach work. I suspect you are thinking in terms of a more formal drop head coupe rather than a cut down roadster. Looking forward to updates. I hope you are not being inundated by mice.
  18. Bernie, As we say in the MG world, "it is your car, do with it what you want". That covers a lot of horrific paint schemes. I think one thing you want to consider seriously is the condition of the wood in the body, assuming it is coachbuilt. If there is serious rot, that would swing me more in favor of doing a "special" rather than restoring. How did L-F build their engines? Are they a bored block, like most engines, or do they use a replaceable sleeve like the old Triumph and Standard engines? Cheers!
  19. Just could not resist, could you? Sounds like an interesting project, I look forward to following your progress. (Although that is a rather smart looking sedan) I have heard of Lea Francis, though I have never seen one in the wild. I recall reading that Norman Dewis, the long-time Jaguar test driver began his test driving career with L-F. Cheers!
  20. Bernie, Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I always figured it must serve some lubrication purpose as well as dampening the jet. Probably keeps the piston moving smoothly, as well. Anything new with the Lagonda?
  21. Bernie, A question for you to ponder as you consider another restoration project... Like your Lagonda, my TD uses SU carbs that employ an oil reservoir for dampening. A question I have had over the years of British car ownership, is this...what happens to the oil in the reservoir? Every few months, it seems that the oil in the reservoir in the dashpots needs to be topped up. Besides the dampening effect, does it also provide some sort of lubrication for the jet? If you have any theories, I would love to hear them. Cheers!
  22. Bernie, Relax and enjoy some R & R. Lavish some attention on your wonderful Lagonda. I don't see you restoring a saloon car, anyway. You always seem to be more of the roadster type. While you head into winter, we head into a long, dry summer with drought and wildfires. Cheers!
  23. Bernie, Glad to hear that the Singer is moving on to a new home...I hope the reconstruction continues. Lea Francis? Sounds like you are working through every British mfg.! And I thought you might be getting ready for an appearance on the Great British Baking Show, based upon your pivot to the scone recipe. Which, BTW, I will probably try some morning this coming Fall or Winter. Cheers!
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