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joemamma Gold Member Robert White
Monroe,NC 28112, USA   USA
I picked this 1600 up in late Feb or early March of this year. I have made some progress on it. I am hunting for the rear cockpit corner pieces and one door rail aluminum front corner piece. The car came with a new taped wiring harness. The last owner started to install it. It has never had power run thru it. I installed a cloth harness. I should have a bunch of spares to sell once the car is done. I have a Moss grey interior kit and am torn between painted wires and chrome.
Bob



Bob
2x 63 MGB, 67 MGBGT, 77MGB ,09 Corvette, 60 MGA, 67 TR4A-irs

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
Go for painted - it provides some panache to the lines.

Is the 2nd picture how the car looks currently?

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RJBrown Randy Brown
Queen Creek, AZ, USA   USA
Painted 48s are for trailer queens.
I prefer chrome wheel stainless spoke 60s. Much easier to keep clean.
Looks great on a black car.

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3066james Gold Member Jim Cheatham
Amelia, VA, USA   USA
Chrome 60-spoke wire wheels with wide whites are my choice.

Jim


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Redhawk1689 Gold Member Steven Stockham
Salina, KS, USA   USA
1958 MG MGA 1500 "Belle"
Originality? Go painted. Great looks, ease of cleaning and significantly more robust? Go 60-spoke chrome!

joemamma Gold Member Robert White
Monroe,NC 28112, USA   USA
I am a little further along than the 2nd pic. I took a couple of weeks off work to get the outer body in final primer. I have recently had time off to paint the car before the weather goes to crap. Next week the trans comes apart for a syncro and check over. The engine will be the last thing I do. I like the idea of painted wires and wide whites but will probably do chrome 60s and black walls. Maybe a set of each?



Bob
2x 63 MGB, 67 MGBGT, 77MGB ,09 Corvette, 60 MGA, 67 TR4A-irs


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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Great looking car!
I too would vote for chrome wires with whitewalls if it were mine.
I am in the same dilemma.........know what I like, but questioning whether or not it will be best for my build??
Brian



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joemamma Gold Member Robert White
Monroe,NC 28112, USA   USA
A couple more pics.



Bob
2x 63 MGB, 67 MGBGT, 77MGB ,09 Corvette, 60 MGA, 67 TR4A-irs


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Mitchman2 Mitchell Andrus
Mills River, NC, USA   USA
Chrome/whites....getting a bit far from the humble little sports car we all fell in love with when they were disposable and priced accordingly.

Whites on a British sports car must be applied sparingly. On some it makes them pop. On others... over the top. Depends on the color(s).

In any case, 60 spoke (6.5"winking smiley minimum. Each of my As came in with 48s (6"winking smiley that went right in the trash.



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3066james Gold Member Jim Cheatham
Amelia, VA, USA   USA
Granted, chrome wire wheels were not an option on our As when they were new but I just like them better. My car left the factory with whitewall tyres (tires) so I wanted to put whitewalls back on it. I do agree however that they look better on some colors than others.

Jim

In reply to # 3840356 by Mitchman2 Chrome/whites....getting a bit far from the humble little sports car we all fell in love with when they were disposable and priced accordingly.

Whites on a British sports car must be applied sparingly. On some it makes them pop. On others... over the top. Depends on the color(s).

In any case, 60 spoke (6.5"winking smiley minimum. Each of my As came in with 48s (6"winking smiley that went right in the trash.


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wyatt Silver Member Wyatt W
penguin point, drift ice, Antarctica   ATA
vote chrome here too, and the white spats too

joemamma Gold Member Robert White
Monroe,NC 28112, USA   USA
Chrome wires ordered.



Bob
2x 63 MGB, 67 MGBGT, 77MGB ,09 Corvette, 60 MGA, 67 TR4A-irs

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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, NC, USA   USA
I love black cars with chrome. I would not want to own one though, I'm too lazy to keep it clean just want to spend time driving not washing. Gave up on show cars after the TC..



Gary

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MGAdavid David Werblow
Portland, CT, USA   USA
1954 MG TF
1959 MG MGA
Painted 60 spoke wheels say, "This car is driven." Trailer-queens tend to have chrome ones.

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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, NC, USA   USA
No,chrome is much easier to clean.



Gary

Hammer: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive car parts not far from the object we are trying to hit.

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