About This 1958 MG MGA
Posted: 03 Aug 2007
1958 MGA Roadster Frame off restored
This 1958 MGA is titled as a 1960. I bought this car in California in 1995 (have the original California title) and completed a full frame off restoration over the next few years. Runs and drives and stops like a true sports car should. I have invested a great deal of time and money to make this a true enthusiast’s car that will also show very well at the local car shows. Not a trailer queen and not priced like one, but a car that was meant to be driven. Original mileage of the car is unknown but I’ve driven the car approximately 1,000 to 2,000 miles a year since I’ve had it on the road.
Engine is a .60 over bored 18V block to 1868 cc.
APT plasma nitrated cam
ARP bolts used exclusively.
Yardley Engineering high volume oil pump.
Good oil pressure (30#) at idle even when hot.
3 row oil cooler
New alloy cylinder head with stainless valves and seats. Head has been ported and polished and all gaskets have been port matched.
New 1 ¾ inch SU carburetors on a port matched manifold and 2 1/2” K&N air filters.
Jet Hot coated ceramic headers and stainless exhaust pipes to a new Monza muffler.
Engine starts easily and has lots of torque.
Good compression on all cylinders.
Pertronics electronic ignition with Hall effect sensor.
Engine does leak a little oil as did every British car I’ve ever owned.
Transmission is a Ford T9 5 speed with short throw shift kit.
New HD clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing.
New slave cylinder and stainless steel line.
Shifts smooth as it should and the 5th gear makes cruising a true delight and with the 3.909 rear gear “she has some long legs” on the highway.
Negative camber A arms with urethane bushings.
Front disk brakes with stainless pistons and stainless brake lines.
Up rated front shocks.
Rebuilt (University Motors) steering rack.
1” Front sway bar.
MGB 3.909:1 rear axle with up rated rear springs and up rated shocks with urethane bushings.
60 Spoke Dayton wire wheels mounted with Michelin tires.
BODY and FRAME
California no rust body and frame
Original color was Orient red. Body was chemically stripped and repainted red in 1995.
I had the car re sprayed last year at a cost of $3,000.00
One small paint flaw where I bumped the cowl putting the engine and trans back in the car after the new clutch. About the size of a quarter.
Most chrome is very good or new.
Brake lines and fuel lines were put tin new at time of restoration as was the wire harness. No Prince of Darkness gremlins here.
Car converted to negative ground with a recent Die Hard battery. Wipers, horn and blower motor all function normally. All light and signals work as they should.
Original seats were recovered with leather facing and vinyl sides as originals.
Good carpets and panel trim.
Wood dash and a MOTO LITA steering wheel.
Good vinyl 3 window hood (convertible top)
New Stay Fast tonneau cover.
Good alloy frame side curtains.
All gauges are new or rebuilt and working.
The heater works really well in the summer and okay in the winter (Ever wonder why they call them fog stirrers across the pond?) Heater line has a special valve to shut off water to the heater in the summer.
Specs & Details
Exterior Color: red
Interior Color: black
Sold For: $17,000
Source: private party
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