Apparently I have been labouring under a misapprehension. Peter has very clearly told me that this MG TC is not a ‘Frankenstein’ cobbled together from diverse and ill-matched parts. It is a barn find, an unfinished project for which the previous projectee no longer has time nor space. It has provenance.

Peter is actually correct there, and I do apologize. It did come from a shed with some truly spectacular vehicles in it. It was piled in the corners, with some parts stacked in the rafters, others on shelves, in various locations around the shed. It all (or mostly) came from one shed.

Peter has just picked up another chassis from that shed. The first chassis had too much pitting and rust hidden under a layer of bubbling and cracking powder coat. Now with a little stripping, cutting, welding, and painting, the transfer of some brackets and other parts from one to the other, a fine and sturdy chassis will result.

This is certainly not cobbling. It’s like that famous antique broom. I think it belonged to George Washington, or maybe Abraham Lincoln. The head had been replaced 30 times, and the handle 31. However, it was still the same broom.

It’s a sort of Zen perspective on restoration. All parts are the part. The part that is the necessary part will find its way to the whole. Any parts that are gathered together in one place for long enough become the original parts. Any part holds the essence of the part, the essence being the most important part, and therefore any part is the original part.

It will look very fine, gold plated. Instant provenance.

Here’s a gauge panel.

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Unfortunately Peter is away for the next 8 weeks, so progress on the project shall be at a temporary halt. However, an occasional show and tell with photos and commentary on parts and aspects will continue.

 

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About The Author

C S Hughes

C S Hughes is a proud member of the TV generation, studied film and communications, collects the paperback books of Philip K Dick, loves science fiction and fantasy books, B grade movies and cult TV, American thrillers and British noir, restoring vintage watches, reading poetry, creating innovative illustrated poetry books which are available in Apple’s iBooks format, and cake. Especially cake. He has also written short stories, and has a collection of horror stories coming out in 2015.

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