GOF Veteran: 1952 MG TD

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Jamie PalmerBy Jamie Palmer

The Gathering Of the Faithful (GOF) is one of the more iconic MG events, having been held continuously since 1964 by the New England MG T-Series Register. This TD has recently been pulled from storage after more than 30 years in a barn, and it’s dashboard tells quite a story of participation in past GOF’s. The car is located in Wethersfield, Connecticut and is offered for sale here on eBay, where bidding is currently at $4,550 with no reserve. The car does have a major deviation from stock in that a Buick V6 and automatic transmission were fitted at some point. td2

The seller states that the car requires a full restoration, but that the body is solid. From what I can see, I’d be trying to preserve as much of the current cosmetics as possible (although I might make an exception for the period AM/FM cassette radio). Looking at the dates and locations, I can see 1965 through the early 1970’s and Florida as well as New England, and I would hope that the member number 1205 could be traced to find out who used to be driving this car and took it so many places. It would be nice to fill in the history for this unique car – would you like to be the one doing that?

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  1. Chebby

    A friend once said his buddy rented the movie ’28 Days’ when he actually wanted ’28 Days Later’. Instead of a fierce zombie thriller, he got a weepy Sandra Bullock in rehab.

    So what if an MG fan intended to visit the Gathering of the Faithful, and instead wound up at Gathering of the Juggalos?

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  2. Barry T

    Good Grief. The GOF’s would more than likely throw stones at anyone that showed up with this thing. A Buick V-6 and automatic? I’ll bet this thing handles poorly.

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  3. John D

    I hear the Buick V6 was a pretty good powerplant, but it sorts of sucks the “faithful” out of this one . .

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  4. Craig

    Pretty neat, I bet it flies, too bad there is no information about the car, like how long its been modified & by who, what size V-6,,,,,,,,,,,, 231″ ? lots of questions.

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  5. jim s

    i wonder if they had to cut the frame, firewall or driveline to make that motor/transmission fit? what rear diff. are they using? interesting find.

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  6. Mark E

    I’d love a cheap TD but if this has the late ’70s Buick 3800 I think you’d be better off swapping it for a Briggs & Stratton both reliability & performance-wise!

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  7. Bob Gressard

    I know this car. I have been to many of the same GOFs. The top dash GOF is the member number. I can’t quite make it out. Looks like 1208. It should be easy to trace the ownership thru the NEMGT register. Cheers Bob #934

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  8. Ira Ball

    This looks like one of the better well done TD replicas. USA power plants & automatics were common on kit cars plus dash is all wrong. No mention of the wooden body frame atop the chasis which would have been original

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  9. D. King

    “…major deviation from stock…?” In other words, they ruined its value as a classic. No thanks.

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  10. Bob Gressard

    Yes it is a real MG TD with a engine transplant. It was owned by David Martinook at the time a college student at Univ. Conn. Storrs, Conn. The year was !972. I knew I had seen this car before. I looked it up from a box of old photos I have from past GOFs. Cheers Bob

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  11. Joe

    Very well bought at $4827. It is a car with tons of GOF history from the 70’s and looks so unmolested if you ignore the lump under the bonnet. I was very tempted to steal this but it was too far from the West Coast to make sense. I don’t believe I would have changed a thing on such a personalized conveyance, it is what it is and makes no apologies for that.

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  12. Norm Wrensch

    They say it is a Buick v6 with a Powerglide. In the late 60’s Buick used 2 speed trans called a Turbo 300. If that trans was originally paired with that trans, which I would imagine it was. The engine then is most likely a 225 Buick V6, which was even though it was a odd fire configuration a very good and dependable engine. Looking at the exhaust manifolds on it, they look like the 225 manifolds. Too bad they didn’t put a stick behind it. A Saginaw 4 speed would of worked great in there.

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  13. Jack Quintrall

    This was like my first car, a ’52 TD. Yellow body with red interior. Cost $750 in 1956. Wish I had it back! Traded it for a ’53 Bel Air convertible. Wish I had that back too!

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