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baydrifter Wayne Amoruso
Madera, CA, USA   USA
I just bought my father-in-laws 1959 MGA for wife. I plan on a complete restoration. It appears there a 2 different sized engines in this year. The pink slip denotes that this is a MG-mode-RDSMGA The VIn # is HDK4366658. Please help me to determine exactly what it is so I don't make mistakes when ordering parts.
Thanks
Wayne

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copernicus Nick Kopernik
Redding, CT, USA   USA
Wayne, you have an MGA 1500:

H = MGA
D = Open 2-seater
K = Light Red/Orient Red
4 = Left Hand Drive, North America Export
3 = Cellulose, laquer paint

66658 is the car or chassis number; this falls in the range of 1500's

There is also a plate on the right side of the block, just below the spark plugs; this number should begin with 15GD-U-H and a series of numbers; this is your engine number.

Welcome to the the madness!

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ghnl Eric Russell
Mebane, North Carolina, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
Welcome!

It is common for parts to get swapped in from the various models of the MGA. If you are uncertain which model any particular part comes from, post a picture here and we'll be able to figure it out. Also, peruse the Tech Pages of the MGA Guru - lots of info there. http://www.mgaguru.com/mgtech/



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100

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baydrifter Wayne Amoruso
Madera, CA, USA   USA
Thanks guys here is what I found on another site as well-thus the confusion:
1959
MG
MGA
Base
1.5L 1489CC 91Cu. In. l4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
 
1959
MG
MGA
Base
1.6L 1588CC 97Cu. In. l4 GAS DOHC Naturally Aspirated
 
1959
MG
MGA
Base
1.6L 1588CC 97Cu. In. l4 GAS OHV Naturally Aspirated
 
1959
MG
MGA
Twin Cam
1.6L 97Cu. In. l4 GAS Naturally Aspirated

Which engine would mine be?
Here is a picture of the car:

baydrifter Wayne Amoruso
Madera, CA, USA   USA
here is the car


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dipstick Kenny Snyder
La Center, Washington, USA   USA
1941 Ford N-Series
1958 MG MGA 1500 Coupe "Rosie"
1970 MG MGB GT "Pat's GT"
1971 MG MGB "Gifted To Me"    & more
Look here under the front carb. Cast into the block will be 1500, 1600, 1800.



Be safe out there.
Kenny


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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, ,N.C., USA   USA
That is a MGA 1500 with the smaller engine.. Again.. a lot of items were swapped on these cars in 50+ years.. Check the engine plate between the spark plugs.



Gary

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dela217 Michael Delacerda
New Orleans, La, USA   USA
That car looks too nice to restore! Get it running and enjoy it as it is.

Michael

baydrifter Wayne Amoruso
Madera, CA, USA   USA
Thanks for all the information guys. The engine supposedly locked up on him so we will have to see what's up with that first. I really want to restore it to competition level. I also have a 29 Model A Sports Coupe that is a driver. Also 2- 31 four door model A slant windshield cars that will become 1 car when I can get to it. All are retirement project starting in about 6 months to a year.
Enjoying this site as well as others recommended by you all. Again thanks for the help. i'm sure it won't be my last question.
Wayne

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ghnl Eric Russell
Mebane, North Carolina, USA   USA
1961 MG MGA "Calvin"
This is just my opinion and my experience but might be something to think about (and reject if it doesn't apply to you).

I'd suggest you first do a mechanical & safety restoration - get it running & stopping. Then enjoy driving it for a while. I say this because (for me) the joy is driving the car and not having to worry about rock chips in an awesome paint job. I have seen too many guys start a concourse restoration and either get bogged down in trying for perfection -or- being unable to truly enjoy the car once it it is 'done' (they're afraid to drive it, take it to the store or restaurant, etc because it might get a ding or someone might lean over it and scratch it with their belt buckle...)

Read some of the replies here: http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?2,3534536



Eric Russell ~ Mebane, NC
1961 MGA #61, 1981 Alfa Romeo GTV6, 1984 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1991 Honda ST1100

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