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|Chassis number F1422. Original engine no: 1676AF. I bought the derelict car in July 2018 from the son of the man who had owned it since the 1960s. It is a matching numbers car. One of only 94 F3s built. I have copy documents from the Works chassis file confirming all numbers. Registration number is MG 1948 and I have an old style buff log book and a letter from DVLA confirming they will allow this reg. no. to remain with the car. The original 4-seater body had disintegrated so I decided to rebuild in the style of an F2 (2-seater). Restoration work carried out so far by me:- The original chassis side rails were seriously corroded and therefore renewed, retaining all the original cross tubes + fittings including the original o/s dumb-iron knuckle with the factory stamped chassis number. The chassis has been hot riveted on a jig and is therefore straight and true. The original n/s side rail is included with the car for historical interest. All road springs rebuilt with new main leaves, trunnions and shackle pins. Adamant steering box overhauled by Oliver Richardson (OR). New drop arm for above. New balls for steering rod ends. All new wheel bearings. Steering rods crack tested. Front axle trued, crack-tested and alignment checked. Front and rear splined hubs crack-tested. New king pins and bushes fitted. New track control arms. Differential overhauled (OR). Set of 4 professionally rebuilt Andre Hartford shock absorbers with new mounting pins. Original radiator shell re-chromed and re-cored with new mesh and quick release filler cap. Complete set of fully overhauled 12” cable brakes with new cables. Brake cross-shaft overhauled (OR). Full set of instruments. Cut-out / fusebox (not original but period, similar and suitable).
Windscreen frame (P-type, so strictly speaking not correct but fits OK and is stronger) with new D/F/J folding uprights from Vintage MG Parts. Set new front wing-stays (upper and lower). New SG (Steve Gilbert) firewall with original makers ID + original guarantee plate. Firewall uprights. Spare wheel carrier (new VMGP). New SG stainless steel petrol tank with new correct type main/reserve fuel tap. New SG aluminium skinned ash body tub. Set of 4 new SG aluminium cycle mudguards. Mushroom bolts (need re-plating) for mudguards with rubber mounting pads. Pair of new SG bucket seat shells. New SG Prop-shaft tunnel. New SG Front apron and under bonnet valences. A pair of new original type door locks. Set of 4 new bonnet catches. Good pair of Lucas L140 headlamps. Pair of torpedo side lamps. Lucas Altette horn. Wiper motor. Engine 99% complete with ancillaries. Head removed for inspection - no cracking evident. Original block still fitted with pistons, crank + rods and turns freely.
Engine has: dynamo (dismantled), starter, manifold, carbs, 2 sumps, ENV manual gearbox overhauled by OR and with a new improved high ratio 1st gear. Original prop shaft.
The only significant items I do not have are a steering wheel (the original is included but too rough for use) and a bonnet which Steve Gilbert can make to fit the car. A new, correct stainless steel bonnet hinge included and prepped ready for fitting of new bonnet. I have deliberately not added up what I have spent on the project but I have no doubt that it will exceed my asking price and will not reflect the considerable number of man-hours I have already invested in the project. Once completed I would expect the car to be worth £45-50,000. A great opportunity for someone to finish off this very worthwhile project and to own a desirable 6-cylinder Triple M car at a realistic price. I am very disappointed that for health reasons I am unable to finish it myself but go it must.
The very realistic asking price does not include a new set of Baynton Jones crank, rods and camshaft which I will sell separately at cost £5K, although whoever buys the car will have first refusal on those items. The car is located in Cambridge.
Price 20,000 GBP