Volunteer at the Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen

1950 MG TD - With a surprise under the bonnet!

The owner says "All I know about the car is the conversion was reputedly done in the Southern Tier (Watkins Glen area) back in the early 60's. The fellow I got the car from showed it to me 3 or 4 years ago and thought we would be able to work a deal on the car. I acquired the car last summer. He owned the car at least 6 or 7 years. He was told the car had a Corvette engine in it but in actuality..it's like a '57 or '58 Chevy sedan. What I liked about the car other than the obvious was the people who did the conversion used nearly everything from the donor car. The rear end, the suspension, the steel wheels and the brakes. The car has a two speed power glide automatic. In my younger days, I would have been turning my nose up at it and orchestrating a 4 or 5 speed M/T. I like the automatic... less work.

Late Fall and early Winter, I started with the engine clean up to make things more pleasant to look at. Wanted to accomplish something on the car before my wife and I headed for points South. Got rid of the old leaking Carter carb, replaced the cast iron 4v intake with something a bit more weight saving and efficient. The exhaust manifolds needed attention as well. Other than a few odds and ends, the engine bay will be set for this year. Interior isn't half bad but still had a monster Chevy sedan speedo occupying a good amount of real estate in front of the driver. Matching gauges are in order along with a more visual appearing dash being a little closer to the original.

Looking forward to using the car this summer and especially in the Fall for the wonderful September 9th Friday event."

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