I was very interested to read Mr. Jackson’s article in the June issue about the MG ” K3001,” as I now own this car.
I bought it, or rather the remains of it, in 1941, to save it from going to a breaker. It seems that the owner had blown up the engine well and truly, and had dismantled it, and sent most of it to a welding firm to have the wide open spaces patched up. The owner was posted abroad at the beginning of the war, and the car was left in a garage, which was later taken over by the NFS, and “K3001” was pushed out in the open to rot. It was soon in a sorry state, and sundry parts off it were “won” by various people. The owner then empowered a friend to dispose of it, and I heard of it just in time. I wrote to the welding firm, but was told that the engine had vanished completely in a spot of trouble with Jerry bombers. However, I decided to rebuild it, and try to get a new engine for it. All the instruments, except the rev.-counter, had gone, and all the electrical equipment—and someone had even driven a large spike into the petrol tank to get the last drop out, and then filled it up with broken beer bottles ! So far, I have stripped it down to the chassis frame, but have not started reconstruction yet. My aim is to get it back to as near the original Mille Miglia form as possible.
I am afraid I do not agree with Mr Jackson about the radiator cowl, which I will not replace. I do not think that it is worth while cowling the front end, if the standard slab tank is retained at the rear, and I do like to be able to get at the carburetter. Anent the trouble he mentions they had with the differential adjusting ring nuts, Mr Jackson may be interested to hear that I found a spare one knocking about in the axle casing when I took it down !
The only engine parts I have are the cylinder head, sump; Centric blower and carburetter, all the rest being missing. If any of your readers can help me to get hold of any of the missing parts, or a complete engine, I shall be very grateful. The front mudguards and supports are also missing, but I have the rear ones.
I am, Yours, etc,
MC Crowley-Milling, Altrincham, Cheshire.