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Registry: 1958 MG MGA 1500



Steven Stockham's Gold Member 1958 MG MGA 1500 – “Belle”
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“Belle”
The car was found in Minneapolis, MN having been left out in the elements uncovered for four years necessitating a complete frame-off, nut and bolt restoration. The car's frame was so deteriorated that it was deemed less expensive to find a replacement. The engine was found to be a factory "Gold Seal" replacement from 1963! The head was an 1800 and found to be cracked and was replaced. The carbs, rack & pinion, brakes, differential, shocks, manifold and exhaust system, fuel pump, starter, distributor, radiator, wiper motor, master cylinder, essentially everything was replaced or rebuilt.
The transmission was upgraded to a Ford T-9 5 Speed All-syncro w/overdrive and the electrical system was changed to negative ground. The distributor was changed to a PerTronix electronic one and the wiring harness was replaced.
The car's interior was completely replaced and only the speedometer was retained. The two major parts (other than the body) to be retained are the grille and the windshield. All other chrome pieces were replaced.
Even with all of this, the car still remains essentially stock. The color, while not original, has been returned to a "blue". The wire wheels were upgraded from 48's to chrome 60's (personal preference.) She has been restored to a high standard, not as a concours example, but as a driver. My philosophy is that MG's are meant to be driven as the principle means of enjoyment (other than the restoration!) The car was restored with this goal in mind. The plan is to keep (blue) "Belle" in the family with it being handed down to my son in a couple of decades.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Steven Stockham Gold Member   [Redhawk1689]
Location: Salina, KS, USA USA
Status: Running


VIN:HDL4342364
Model Year:1958
Original Colour:Glacier Blue
Current Colour:Blue
Odometer:65,398 miles
Engine Type:1622 4 Cyl Gold Seal Rplcmnt
Transmission:T-9 5 Speed All-Sync Overdrive
Last Updated:2015-10-16 14:16:33

 

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Member Comments on Registry: 1958 MG MGA 1500   ↵
Rated 9.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
2017-10-28 22:52:00 # 45526
Comment by bobby galvez
Rating: 9/10
Beautiful job in bringing it back from oblivion.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2015-10-16 14:16:33

Changes from 2015-10-16 08:31:13 to previous 2014-06-24 21:36:38
Mileage added   65,398
Engine Type added   1622 4 Cyl Gold Seal Rplcmnt
Trans Type added   T-9 5 Speed All-Sync Overdrive
Colour Red → Blue
Nickname added   Belle
Status Restoration in progress → Running

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Jun 24, 2014 Steven Stockham  USAGold Member Added to Registry (ID 25305)

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