Registry: 1951 MG TD MkII

Bill Chasser's 1951 MG TD MkII
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This was a special order competition car bought new by my father in mid 1951. And delivered to Oxford Motors in Sacramento, Ca ???????? Additional factory equipment included accessory temp gauge mounted outboard of the steering wheel, Smiths radio and bucket seats. Dad's car competed in rallye, road racing and gymkhana on local tracks and airfields. A member of the Sacramento Sports Car Club and SCCA it campaigned along with a fellow SSCC member and close friend's (Bud McCormick) TD/c in a team effort. The car was a daily driver as well.

On a return trip from Mississippi after Naval Training Duty the car was caught in a sand storm in Arizona running with out air cleaners. Dad proceeded to limp the car across the Mojave desert and Tehachapi pass into Bakersfield making all of 25 mph. An impromptu overhaul (rings and bearings only) was performed in the motel parking lot and dad continued his return to Sacramento. Upon reaching the city the car was once again making all of 20 mph of which he drove directly to the dealer. Dad sold the car back to Oxford Motors in trade for a AH 100-4 ca. '53-'54. That was the last dad knew of the car.

Spring forward to 2016

I met up with Mike Shea in Southern Ca seeking parts for another TD/c project. While talking with him a conversation went on about my dad and his SSG MK II and that I had never seen a car in that color. He told me he had such a car in his shop and showed it to me. Thanking him for the tour, I purchased my parts that I had come for and headed back the 400 mi to home. Several weeks later Mike calls me and says, "I think I have your dad's car". I had never seen dad's car when he owned it or any pictures for that matter but knew some details. After verifying some of those details a second meeting was arranged to look over the car in Mike's shop.

Mike related additional known history. That filled in some gaps. He had bought the car in the early '70s from Jarl DeBoer in Walnut Creek Ca. (about 70 mi from Sacramento) as a project. Jarl had bought the car from an unknown gentleman in Martinez (about 10 mi from him and 60 mi from Sacramento) in the early 60s). Given the the local provenance to the region, the rarity of the SSG paint on a MK II of the correct year, the optional equipment present and the build date there was with most reasonable certainty that the car was indeed Dad's.

Mike made it "his mission" to return the car to me. Mike offered the car to me for exactly what he had paid Jarl for it ($3500) some 40 years earlier. A copy of the paperwork he and Jarl had made out those many years ago. In addition, Mike had already balanced and blue printed the original engine back to std with fresh sleeves and using NOS parts. The original transmission was also built using a complete full NOS gearset and bearing. The 4.87:1 differential had also been freshened with new bearings and had restored the chassis. This all being done some 20 years ago. And stored in the shop. Then he asked, "What do you want with the car"? Huh?? He then proceeded to set me up with every single NOS bit and piece to finish the car. I mean EVERYTHING! The chassis and running gear already restored, Girlings redone by World Products, Andrexes restored. All chrome NOS, Air pipe and cleaner NOS, Gauges Restored or NOS, complete NOS brakes and steering, 5 new Dunlop radials with stickers still attached. Nearly every part came NOS to complete the car sans an interior kit and canvas. Much of the original rexine was intact but not nice enough to go back onto a restoration. Total cost of the NOS parts $8000 and I was more than happy to pay it. In a full lifetime I couldn't have come up with what was presented and for what I paid.

The car is currently under restoration with a completion in spring 2018

May 7, 2018 update:

TD/c-8151 progression is now about three months behind schedule. The rolling chassis and running gear has been completed with about 30 minutes run time on the engine. Total tub reconstruction with new timbers from Craig Seabrook is complete. The doors are currently nearing completion to be reinstalled and latches set. Most of the loose panels have been wet sanded in preparation for paint. An SSG formula has been thoroughly researched and a modern formula in urethane has been custom mixed from original paint samples and the help of Bob Howard who supplied a sample spray out card a formula. Once all the panel prep is done a new date will be set to get the sheetmetal into the paint booth. Upholstery kit and canvas are ready but the rare factory original competition bucket seats will need to recovered in leather. Tom Wilson at Kimber Creek will likely be called upon to rebuild and recover them. I had hoped to debut the car at GOFWest in Lake Tahoe in September but that is now unlikely to occur as of this writing

Vehicle Information

Owner: Bill Chasser   [TD4834]
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA USA
Status: Restoration in progress

Model Year:1951
Original Colour:SSG
Current Colour:SSG / Red interior
Engine Type:XPAG /LHX/TD
Last Updated:2018-05-10 11:43:08


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Member Comments on Registry: 1951 MG TD MkII   ↵
Rated 8 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
2018-05-10 07:23:57 # 50106
Comment by Felix Frye
Rating: 8/10
That is a pretty cool story!!! Wished I had some of Dad's memories. They would be mostly Harleys or Indians from the 40's and 50's.
2018-06-05 15:28:39 # 50561
Comment by bobby galvez
Rating: 8/10
Hope to see that you have it on the road soon!

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-05-10 11:43:08

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Oct 20, 2017 Bill Chasser  USA Added to Registry (ID 40321)

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