Parts Haul: 1956 MGA Parts Stash

I think that there’s a fair chance that most enthusiasts performing a faithful restoration have been faced with this dilemma. There is a part that is past its “best before” date, and you have to accept that you will have to find a replacement. Some suppliers can provide reproduction parts, and while they are reasonable, you know deep in your heart that you will be attaching something non-genuine to your pride and joy. Nobody is going to know…except you. However, salvation might be at hand if you are in the midst of reviving a classic MGA. This seller has a significant collection of parts that could help most enthusiasts out of a trench. All of the parts are in excellent condition, and the prices look incredibly reasonable. The fender that you see above is a perfect example of what he has on offer. It is one of a pair, and as you can see, they are straight and rust-free, and a bit of basic preparation will have them ready to paint. The pair can be yours for $1,000. If this is beginning to whet your appetite, you will find the parts located in Taylor, Missouri, and listed for sale here on Barn Finds Classifieds. If you follow the link, it will be easy to contact the seller to gain a complete picture of what he has on offer.

The owner’s inventory is pretty comprehensive and includes everything from panels to gauges and from trim pieces to complete suspension units. The pick of the bunch may well be this rolling frame. It would suit anyone tackling a restoration and have had the misfortune to discover that their frame is bent or beginning to resemble Swiss cheese. It is rock solid and free from any bends or damage. Sending a damaged frame to a specialist can be a costly exercise, and that’s why this one looks like a hot deal at $2,000. For those buyers not interested in the suspension and steering, he has another frame. It is in a similar state to this one, and it can be yours for $1,000.

For anyone who has ever tackled an MGA project, this photo is enough to warm your heart. One of the most rust-prone areas is the rear dogleg. Replacement sections are available, but if the owner intends on a high-end job and wants to replace the panel, they could strike some trouble. Finding original panels is difficult, and reproduction rear fenders will lighten their wallet to the tune of $1,000 each. Potential buyers receive a package deal on this lot because as well as a pair of rust-free original steel rear fenders, there are a pair of excellent matching steel front fenders and a set of door frames. Aluminum panels include a hood, door skins, and trunk lid. The lot can be yours for a mere $2,500.

In addition to the original panels, the owner has a set of fiberglass front fenders. Obviously, these aren’t original, but at $200, they would be hard to resist if spotless originality isn’t essential. If you aren’t seeking panels, but a set of wheels is on your shopping list, this owner has you covered. Do you want wire or steel? The owner has a set of four-wire wheels with new tires, as well as the solid steel variety that some people prefer. There is also a complete front suspension system, along with taillight lenses, a speedometer, a tach, and other parts too numerous to mention. If you don’t spot a specific part in the listing, it would still be worth the effort to contact the seller. He is extremely accommodating, and his prices are exceptionally competitive.

Rather than creating a false impression, I need to say that I don’t have a major issue with reproduction parts. This is especially true if reputable companies produce them because it isn’t uncommon to find that these suppliers make parts of equal or better quality than the genuine article. However, some hardy enthusiasts want to use nothing but genuine parts in their project build. Even though the general public wouldn’t recognize the reproduction piece if it leaped off the car and bit them on the nose, the owner would know. It would leave them dissatisfied until such time as they could rectify the perceived shortcoming. That is where sellers like this come into their own. They have established what is essentially a one-stop-shop for original parts, and their pricing is highly competitive. I’m sure that there are owners of other makes and models who wish that they could stumble across similar sellers, but today, it is the turn of the humble MGA owner. If that’s you, it is worth a closer look.


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  1. Terrry

    It’s good to use reproduction parts, as long as their fit and finish is at least as good as the original, and 99% of the people who see the finished car wouldn’t know, anyway! Lots of good stuff here.

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  2. Ike Onick

    “Where’s The Rest Of Me?”

  3. Stephan k Homewood

    aftermarket repair panels don’t fit won’t fit unless you put a ton of time into them go for os or nos

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    • Larry Member

      That is 100% true. All the parts that I have are original steel except for the white rear fenders and they are fiberglass

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