BE­HIND THE GARAGE DOOR Su­per­charged MG

Once again, we take a peek at a hand­ful of your on­go­ing clas­sic car restora­tion projects

New Zealand Classic Car - - Behind The Garage Door -

Af­ter see­ing the MG LE50 built by Front­line De­vel­op­ments in the UK, the owner of this MG de­cided to see if he could do a bet­ter job us­ing, es­sen­tially, all MG parts but tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

The en­gine is the orig­i­nal 1800 B-se­ries unit that has been bored +40 and com­pletely re­built from the ground up with the ad­di­tion of a Moss MGB su­per­charger in mind.

The rest of the drivetrain, in­clud­ing the gear­box and rear axle, has also been com­pletely re­built us­ing mainly new parts.

Front­line in­tro­duced the colour Cal­i­for­nia Sage Green with its MG LE50, and, al­though this is re­ally an As­ton Martin colour, the Kiwi builder has hap­pily ac­cepted the prece­dent.

The work has been car­ried out by Neville Lu­cas at the MG Shop (since re­named ‘MG Clas­sic Cars’) in Mount Maun­ganui. Neville and his team have been work­ing on the car since Oc­to­ber 2011.

Per­haps this MG’S most dra­matic as­pect are its dash­board, cen­tre con­sole, and gear knob, which were orig­i­nally go­ing to be wood­grained by Weta Work­shop (the owner’s daugh­ter worked in the paint depart­ment for the Lord of the Rings and Hob­bit movies), but the owner changed their mind on dis­cov­er­ing the wa­ter-

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