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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Did you wash & wax your Magnette, or drive to a scenic viewpoint?
Fire it up for the first time after a rebuild or make an in-car or drive-by video?
Maybe it's just a nice day and you feel like using that fancy new camera...

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BMC Gold Member Brian Mc Cullough
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Our shop known for but is not simply about conversions. We Restore many "standard" British vehicles which is what we were founded on. It just happens that the photos of conversions can be a point of interest thus we tend to show these off more. This is a photo album of a car that is in process and since we have had quite a few Magnettes through here in the past few years thought it would be nice to share a few photos of one that has had a few interesting things done.

https://plus.google.com/photos/111897029822107931025/albums/5994940839545777297?banner=pwa

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bachldrs Silver Member Allen Bachelder
Clyde, MI, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "Geraldine"
1960 MG MGA 1600
1965 MG MGB
1969 MG MGC GT "Cecil"    & more
Here's my 1957 ZBV in ivory over autumn red. Restoration more or less completed in 2012. This car has front disc brakes, a five-main 1800 MGB engine, a Rivergate/Nissan 280Z five-speed transmission and 3.9 MGB banjo-axle rear gears. It also has A/C, and to accommodate my wife's back problems, Saab 900 front seats with three-point seat-belts . The drive-train allows 25 mph per 1000 rpm, so at the optimal cruising rpm of 3500, it cruises easily at nearly 90 mph. For the most part, I cruise it at 3000 rpm or 75 mph (where conditions allow!).

Note that engine-bay picture is while the car was in progress. Proper A/C hoses were yet to be installed. Air cleaner too...

Cheers,
Allen



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Allen H. Bachelder
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
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Clyde, Michigan, USA
'57 ZB Magnette
'60 MGA 1600
'65 MGB pull-handle
'69 MGC/GT
'73 MGB/GT
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enigmas Vince Stok
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   AUS
That's one very pretty and pristine Magnette with sensible upgrades Allen. One lovely vehicle.

david.g.h David Harrison
Stratford upon Avon, UK   GBR
Magnette meeting in Bavaria last month. Neuschwanstein Castle almost balanced on my roof!
12days, 2158 miles, 32mpg, 1 1/2 pints oil. Great company. No problems!

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bachldrs Silver Member Allen Bachelder
Clyde, MI, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "Geraldine"
1960 MG MGA 1600
1965 MG MGB
1969 MG MGC GT "Cecil"    & more
Wow - Beautiful! ' Think I can count 10-12 Magnettes in the picture. How many were there?



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Allen H. Bachelder
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
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Clyde, Michigan, USA
'57 ZB Magnette
'60 MGA 1600
'65 MGB pull-handle
'69 MGC/GT
'73 MGB/GT
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LannM Platinum Member Lann Mauck
Claremore, Oklahoma, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "The Queen"
1963 MG MGB
1967 MG MGB GT
Mine is not nearly as nice a Allen's, but mine has lots of potential.


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david.g.h David Harrison
Stratford upon Avon, UK   GBR
There were I think 13 or 14 Magnettes from UK, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria and Denmark. plus some whose cars were still work in progress!.

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bachldrs Silver Member Allen Bachelder
Clyde, MI, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "Geraldine"
1960 MG MGA 1600
1965 MG MGB
1969 MG MGC GT "Cecil"    & more
Hey Lann, ' looks pretty darn good to me! That picture must be from Delevan, right? And apparently I got confused - ' thought yours was John Drake's car.



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Allen H. Bachelder
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
http://www.mgexperience.net/member/bachldrs
Clyde, Michigan, USA
'57 ZB Magnette
'60 MGA 1600
'65 MGB pull-handle
'69 MGC/GT
'73 MGB/GT
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bachldrs Silver Member Allen Bachelder
Clyde, MI, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "Geraldine"
1960 MG MGA 1600
1965 MG MGB
1969 MG MGC GT "Cecil"    & more
David,
13-14; that's terrific! Ya gotta appreciate how rare these cars have always been: only 36,000 built - all more than 56 years ago and unappreciated until the last ten years. Many of these ended up as banger racers or parts for MGAs. But there was something intrinsic to this model that caused its preservation. They figure 1% of all cars survive after 20 years, yet look at the register figures. In North America, we had only 3600 to start with - which would diminish to 36 cars by 1978 - yet we have perhaps close to 200 cars on record and more being discovered almost daily. That's an incredible survival rate; one can only conclude that the cars were exceptional. And they were.

Congratulations to you! I love what you did (2158 miles) and I've done that myself. Remember when everybody in the UK kept their cars at least 20 years? "Clever" marketing here in the US kept us from ever trying that. What a shame! Any reasonably good car can run 20, 30, 50 years much more cheaply, and just as reliably as a current one. It's a sad commentary on our culture that we became convinced otherwise. For $5000-20,000 in depreciation, I can replace a lot of parts on the road. It's not a problem unless you can't fix it.... And folks used to fix 'em routinely. What's become of us? We insist on "perfect" cars that run 200,000 miles without a hitch. Failing that, we trade 'em off. But we got 'em: cars that will probably run forever but totally devoid of any personality. What's more, for any guy with less than a doctorate in electrical engineering or computer science, these cars cannot be serviced at home.

When we place ourselves that far outside the technology that produces our daily-use machines, we cut ourselves off from human control over our lives. Our modern cars that run without fault for 100,000 miles entice us away from the essential human equation. Bear in mind they cost $30,000 whereas as their equivalents 50 years ago cost $3,000; just one tenth the cost!!

We cheerfully pay these incredible prices for new cars and bat not an eyelash at a $10-15,000 depreciation loss over the first year. Those of us who restore our treasures have got to ask ourselves: are we restoring or are we bringing a very old car back into useful service? Any way you slice it, we are way ahead of the game, regardless of restoration costs (unless you simply invite restoration shops to rip you off!!). Of course we still lose big money on sale. But that's not the idea. If we maintain and drive the cars for another 30 years, then the economies become obvious. Many years ago, a mechanic put it to me: "Cars don't wear out, people just quit spending money on 'em".



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Allen H. Bachelder
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
http://www.mgexperience.net/member/bachldrs
Clyde, Michigan, USA
'57 ZB Magnette
'60 MGA 1600
'65 MGB pull-handle
'69 MGC/GT
'73 MGB/GT
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LannM Platinum Member Lann Mauck
Claremore, Oklahoma, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "The Queen"
1963 MG MGB
1967 MG MGB GT
Allen:

You are correct, that is Delevan. On mine, everything is there and most of it works. But there is a lot to be done.

One thing at a time and it'll get done... someday. I saw yours at Delevan and it's a goal to work towards.

Lann


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bachldrs Silver Member Allen Bachelder
Clyde, MI, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "Geraldine"
1960 MG MGA 1600
1965 MG MGB
1969 MG MGC GT "Cecil"    & more
Lann,

You are way too kind, but you are right. "One problem at at time" and then keep plugging. It'll all get done and we'll all stand proud! Questions? Ask away...



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Allen H. Bachelder
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
http://www.mgexperience.net/member/bachldrs
Clyde, Michigan, USA
'57 ZB Magnette
'60 MGA 1600
'65 MGB pull-handle
'69 MGC/GT
'73 MGB/GT
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oily-hands Owen Frankland
Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, UK   GBR
1937 MG TA "Numbum"
1971 MG MGB GT "The Bruise"
A couple from my archives.

I ran the 56 ZA as a daily driver for a few years. The ZB (57 I think) was also a daily driver but only for a few months when it met its end on an icy road.



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High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK   GBR
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bachldrs Silver Member Allen Bachelder
Clyde, MI, USA   USA
1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone "Geraldine"
1960 MG MGA 1600
1965 MG MGB
1969 MG MGC GT "Cecil"    & more
David,

What a perfectly beautiful interior. ' Sorry I haven't been back to this thread in months so my comment is rather late but just as sincere! Were you at the Magnette 60th at Wroxall Abby and Coventry? ' Think I may have met you there.



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Allen H. Bachelder
Spring Creek Home for Wayward MGs
http://www.mgexperience.net/member/bachldrs
Clyde, Michigan, USA
'57 ZB Magnette
'60 MGA 1600
'65 MGB pull-handle
'69 MGC/GT
'73 MGB/GT
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