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Make do and mend to get MG K2 motoring

Non-runner: David Webb's MG K2 before he got it roadworthy again. Picture: David Webb

Non-runner: David Webb's MG K2 before he got it roadworthy again. Picture: David Webb

David Webb

David Webb got on the road with his first car – an MG K2 – but, as a non-runner, he had to get it on the road first.

David Webb'’s MG K2 back back on the road. Picture: David WebbDavid Webb'’s MG K2 back back on the road. Picture: David Webb

My first car was given to me as a non-runner. This MG K2 two-seater sports car, with Wilson pre-select gearbox, was eventually made roadworthy in 1960.

The main problem with the car was the dynamo which was vertically mounted on the drive between the overhead cam and the crankshaft. This problem was caused by oil leaking into the unit. After expensive repairs, and flat battery and light failures, I decided to fit a secondhand dynamo on homemade brackets and use the belt drive from the cooling fan.

This was successful except in traffic we had to switch off the engine, driving the car on the temperature gauge. With current knowledge, I would have fitted an electric fan for cooling.

The exhaust pipe was fabricated in copper tube by a neighbour who was a welding instructor. The car came with no hood so I used a US Army one-man tent to cover us when it was raining.

My girlfriend, now my wife, and I had lots of fun with this car, visiting local village dances and pubs. Small crowds of enthusiasts often surrounded our MG in car parks on our return.

The furthest trip we made in the MG was to Red Marley in Worcestershire for the motorcycle hill climb. This event was featured on TV and called ‘Your Kind of Sport’ – with my friend we lined up the bikes for the start with a rope. I always remember the Vale-Onslow mobile workshop – the owner was still repairing and riding motorbikes when he was 90 years of age.

I was now working with my father in the family heating and plumbing business and needed more reliable transport so sold the MG for £50. I towed it for the new owner to an orchard in Bromsgrove.

This was not the end as nine years later, now living in East Anglia having moved from the Maypole area of Birmingham, a phone call from a person had located the car with the log book still in my name in the orchard. I explained I had no interest in the car and he should do as he wished with it.

On reflection, had the car survived it would now have been worth a considerable amount of money. Only 85 K1 and K2 cars were made and the K3 – a record-breaking racing car – was in effect a K2 with a Shorrock supercharger and only 33 were made.

Tell us about the adventures you had in your first car – email your memories with a picture of the car to motoring@archant.co.uk or post it to Andy Russell, Archant motoring editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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