Monthly Archiv: May, 2015

Very first MG T-series prototype at VanDuesen


Colin Fitzgerald always brings out the best cars to Van Dusen and this year he showed the first production MG T-series car, a 1936 MG TA. This very car paved the way for the famous MG TA, MG TB, MG TC, MG TD and MG TF line of cars.

That means this is the first MG sportscar made after Morris took control of the marque and demanded a cheaper alternative to the expensive racing cars of MG’s earlier history. This also makes it the first MG to have a pushrod engine, hydraulic brakes and hydraulic dampers.

Unique to this car are 15-louvre hood panels, a different door shape, longer rear fenders and an early PB-Type dashboard. The chassis is number 251 which was the MG factories phone number at the time.

Sold: 1959 Austin Healey 3000 MK1 BT7


-Careful and meticulous ownership from new.
-100% solid and original panels
-Delivered new to San Francisco with Wire Wheels, Overdrive, Heater, Adjustable Steering Column.
-Offered with an original hardtop, sidecurtains and tool kit
-High level of maintenance and operating condition.

Here is a chance to buy one of the most impressive BT7s we have seen. Its owner Jim Briske has been involved with the Healey concours community for a considerable time and has faithfully reconditioned most of the car to retain its originality.

Somewhat of a unique opportunity, the car is now located at a 3000 ft elevation in Maui, and would make the ultimate vacation testdrive.

-72 spoke painted wire wheels/ Michelin tires from Hendricks Wire wheel.
-4 new hubs, original knockoffs.
-Silicone brake/clutch fluid, new hoses
-Balanced rear brake drums
-Rebuilt swivel axels
-Rebuilt original rear springs
-Rebuilt original shocks
-New wiring harness [British Wiring ]
-Original chrome replated
-Interior, grey leather, red trim done by John Wilson, Oregon. To concourse standard.
-3 Tops. 1.Concorse condition hardtop, old English white, headliner from Roger Moment,
-Window and trim from Bill Bolton.
-2.New Robbins top, original top frame
-3.Surry suntop. [see photo]
-Sidecurtains: Original , reconditioned, see photo
-Engine: Replaced freeze plugs, timing chain,tensioner,seal. Rear oil seal, lighten flywheel [Bill Bolton]. Rebuilt starter & generator. Stainless steel exhaust . Spin on filter[original included] Car has run on Mobil 1 since 1989 . Alum. Flex fan from Norm Nock. [original included] Spare water pump in boot. Original radiator R&R with sleeved thermostat installed. No over heating problems.
Transmission: Toyota 5 speed with Smitty kit. Original trans. With 22% overdrive included. The Toyota trans allowed for a R&R of original trans.[ Preventative maint.] So the that the car could be driven. I did that with my BJ8. Both trans. use Redline oil.
Tool Kit: Original, unrestored. Verified as correct for this car by Roger Moment

Spectacular 100M from VanDuesen


Among three Healey 100s that came from the Island for the VanDuesen show was this spectacular, restoration debut, 100M from owner Chris Yarrow.

This is what you could call a factory 100M which was shipped with competition features directly from the factory.

After subsequent purchase from the Daniel Doucette collection alongside a very original XK120, this 100M was restored by Rudi & Company with paint and body work by Coachwerks Automotive Restoration, chrome by Electroshine Metal Refinshers Ltd and upholstery by Tom Steger and Style’s Auto Upholstery.

Devil is in the details and Chris has gone to great lengths to get this car period correct.

SU Carbs 101

1967 Jaguar E-Type Intake

1967 Jaguar E-Type Intake

Ran across this SU Carburetor rundown on Facebook and it’s a great primer by Carl Heideman for Classic Motorsports:

Hot tip on tuning:

However, before the carbs are touched, ignition dwell and timing must first be correct. It’s a good idea to ensure valve clearances are correct as well. A quick check for vacuum leaks is next, and only once this is done is it time to move on to the carburetors.

2015 Van Dusen All British Field Meet


Called the “The Greatest Show On British Wheels” the All British Field Meet (ABFM) at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens is the crown jewel in BC’s classic car calendar.

Featured marques this year included Sixty years of MGA with over 60 examples on the field and TVR which filled the center-section of the Great Field.

We fell in love with Chris Yarrow’s freshly restored Austin Healey 100M restored by Rudi & Company and Colin Fizgerald’s 1936 MG TA which is serial number 1 of the MG TA midget series.