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Registry: 1959 MG 14/28



John Terschak's 1959 MG 14/28 – “Jessie”
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“Jessie”
I bought the car from the third owner who in 1972 stored the car in an old garage. The body looked fairly good with a frozen engine. In the year that I have had it I've redid the complete brake system. (wheel cylinders, master Cylinder)The fuel system (cleaned out the gas tank and resealed, cleaned out the lines and rebuilt the carburetors) The PO had told me the car only has 32,721 original miles on it. Which I didn't believe. But after pulling the engine and taking it down to bare block. I now see that he wasn't lying. Too bad the sitting all that time in a damp garage had done it toll on the camshaft. When I finally free the engine there was a rust spot on the crank and turning the engine damaged the journal. I measured the bore, the crankshaft and the cam. All in factory specs. The lifter had sat so long on one cam lob that they rusted leaving a deep pit on the top of the lob. (This is a first for me to come across) Now I must decide whether to rebuild the 1500 engine or put in a five main B engine I had done. As for the color that is still up in the air. To keep the car original or go for something nice but completely different

Vehicle Information

Owner: John Terschak   [59mgaguy]
Location: Wakeman, OH, USA USA
Status: Restoration in progress


VIN:HDL4364002
Model Year:1959
Build Date:1959-01-15
Original Colour:G Blue
Current Colour:blue
Odometer:32,721 miles
Body Code:GL Blue
Engine Type:1500 4 cyl
Engine Code:15GDUH2009
Transmission:4 Speed non Overdrive
Last Updated:2010-09-18 13:20:16

 

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Member Comments on Registry: 1959 MG 14/28   ↵
Rated 9 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
2012-12-10 12:25:06 # 8412
Comment by Terry Armitage
Hello John,yes I did get 2 dog legs,Scarborough Faire ,only used one as i had to cut the drivers fender from top to bottom removing 1/8 inch at the top and 3/8 inch at the bottom due to a previous repair,Then the dog leg wouldn't fit properly so I repaired the lower part and got it looking ok,Terry MGEH
2016-04-12 09:42:53 # 33722
Comment by Jinno Louie
Keep Jessie the same color. My MGA is originally black and I've gradually learned to love it.
2016-04-12 11:33:35 # 33724
Comment by John Terschak
Right now my project is stalled all to a left front fender. As for the color It's still undecided. The color on the 59 was a 55 or 56 Chevy blue. The color really didn't look good on the car. so I can understand why the wife didn't like it. As soon as I get the fender problem straighten out I'll have to decide on the paint color. Thanks for the imput.
2016-07-13 20:07:02 # 35768
Comment by Richard Hall
John I Got back the 1959 MGA ,that I had from 1978 to 1991 Vince Groover & Frank Linse did a great JOB. Richard Hall Tidewater MG Classics
2016-12-08 18:51:39 # 38928
Comment by Mark Favale
It's so close to original you hate to change any more than you have to. If it were me, I'd keep the engine and the color. Looks like a beautiful little car.
2016-12-08 18:58:02 # 38929
Comment by John Terschak
Thanks for the backing on the 59. i now has a 58 to drive so I think I will bring everything back as it came off the show room floor. But I will change to a 5 speed. No one will know.

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2010-09-18 13:20:16

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Aug 22, 2009 John Terschak  USA Added to Registry (ID 8062)

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