February of 2004 the car was transported to Sports Car Haven
St. James, NY for mechanical work - suspension and engine
rebuild. After disassembly, the body/frame was sent to Performance Auto
Body in Smithtown, NY for a full frame-up restoration. Soon things got
stalled and Ken had to become part of the restoration team, working at
both Performance and Sports Car Haven every night and weekends through
the summer of 2004.
expected to have it all complete and be on the road by the "Tour
deMarque" at Watkins Glen in September, but that was not to be. In
spite of that we had a great time at the Glen, meeting many wonderful
other MG owners that we hope to have as long-time MGA friends.
In May of
2005, with 55 miles on the engine "rebuild", we bent a valve. Upon
pulling the head we found that the rebuild, supposedly done by Sports
Car Haven was only partially done! The head looked like the valve
guides were inserted with a hammer, and all the exhaust valves were
original, but had been turned on a wheel! The head was then rebuilt by
Tyrolean Autosport in Northport, using stellite valves and seats. The
rest of the engine was apparently never touched, although we paid for
new pistons, etc.!! Well, Tyrolean's rework of the head, by master
mechanic Rich Mooers, was excellent, and we put
2,500 miles on it that year.
December of 2005 Ken removed the SU's (again supposedly rebuilt by
Sports Car Haven but poorly) and took them to Joe Curto (Mr. SU) for a
rebuild. Since then they have been running fine, with trips
to Key West, Gatlinburg, and Watkins Glen all completed during 2006.
Now (2012) we've put over 24,000 miles on the car since the
head rebuild in 2005. In July of 2010 we did a 2400 mile, 8 day round
trip to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.