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Home Page: David Johnson   USA
Beavercreek, Ohio, USA
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A Little History Is Needed Here... Part Two

David Johnson   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Friday January 6, 2017 2:41 PM


Abe and his proper English Stiff Upper Lip When c

Abe and his proper English Stiff Upper Lip. When car #2255 arrived.

Me pretending to have a proper English Stiff Upper

Me pretending to have a proper English Stiff Upper Lip

May 2014 My son Ben and I pick up the TD

May 2014. My son Ben and I pick up the TD.




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Member Comments on Journal Entry: A Little History Is Needed Here... Part Two   ↵
2017-01-09 14:40:53 # 39596
Comment by Gary McGovern
David, I knew Abe when he was in Atlanta with the SEMGT Register and considered him a friend. He was a very talented guy. Not only was he an accomplished MG mechanic, but also a great photographer and a singer. He performed for the highly acclaimed Atlanta Symphony Chorus but showed up at almost all club functions wearing his bib overalls and driving the "Flag TD". He had a huge British flag on a pole mounted on one of the rattiest TDs you have ever seen - but it was mechanically perfect and could run at high RPM with the best of us. Abe took a picture of my TC and TF side by side at a gathering in the early 80s. He titled it "The which way McGoverns". It is framed and on the wall of my office. Have a grand time restoring Abe's TD.Gary McGovern
2017-01-09 16:43:21 # 39598
Comment by David Johnson
Gary, I am happy to find someone who knew Abe from the Georgia days. I have tried to locate his first car, I believe it is TD9517, but I can not find it anywhere. He never told me why he sold it. My hope is to maybe one day be able to secure it. It is a real shame that he was not able to enjoy the car that he gave me. I believe that if he had a chance, he would have got it running a lot faster than I did. He wore those overalls up until the very end.
2017-01-12 08:03:36 # 39657
Comment by Gary McGovern
David, you actually have a very nice looking TD. It looks like it is all there. When you have time, please post some more pics and then detail why it does not run. Did Abe give you any clues?Gary
2017-01-12 11:18:44 # 39659
Comment by David Johnson
I have a lot more journal entries to get typed up. The car is running. We got it turning over winter of 2014, and back on the road August of 2015. I get it out as often as I can, weather permitting If Abe had done any work on the car, I am very sure that he would have had it on the road a lot faster than I. I have spent many many hours reading and researching MG's and specifically TD's and MGA's since there are many parts from MGA's on this car. I have found that out by buying TD parts which ending up not fitting... I have many pictures to post and many journal entries to write.
2017-01-14 16:31:05 # 39705
Comment by Michael Dennison
Wow, I saw the picture and recognized Abe immediately! I sang with Abe and he and I commuted together for years back in the 80s to rehearsals and performances of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. It was always a treat when we had a nice day and we would ride in together and his old TD. That car had serious patina! It was very sad when he sold it -for $4800 as I recall. I lost track of Abe when he moved away around 1990 as I recall. Sorry to hear of his passing. A genuinely nice guy and very talented.
2017-01-14 17:18:25 # 39710
Comment by David Johnson
Michael: It sure is great to find people who knew Abe. It keeps him alive in a way. Awesome that you got to ride with him. That is one thing that I was not able to do. I think about him every time that I take my TD out, and how I wish that I was able to share the ride with him. Do you know if his old car is still in your area? Would love to track it down. I bet it was hard for him to sell it. Thanks for the comment.

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