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Project by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler posted 12-17-2009 02:36 PM 1342 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many, many years ago, when I was a mere youth, I worked in a new car dealer’s MG garage. Some of you may remember the MGA or MGB.
One of the things we had to do to get a new MG ready for delivery was to install a radio. They didn’t come with built in radios. In the dashboard was a removable plate where an aftermarket radio could be installed. On the face of the plate was a diecast and chromed MG badge. Most of the techs just discarded the plate, badge and all.
I kept the badges.
Fast forward to the present.
I cut an oak silhouette of the MGB, sizing it so a watch insert would go in a wheel. The watch went in one wheel and a photo holder of the same size and shape went in the other wheel.
That looked good to me, so I did a clock/car modeled after the venerable MGTD, much older than the B model. The TD is shown with the windshield folded down, just the way the original windshields were. That also kept the fragile, thin outline of it from sticking straight up where it would be easily broken.
These clocks now contain a 50 year old MG badge salvaged from actual new MGs.
And it’s a fun project.

d

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.





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#1 posted 12-17-2009 05:31 PM

Cool clock Don great Idea. Well done.

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 11:30 PM

And now for the real old timers——- What does “MG” stand for?

#3 posted 12-17-2009 11:31 PM

Well, the way I heard it 50 years ago, it was Morris Garage!

d

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 01:18 AM

very nice

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 01:19 AM

You wouldn’t happen to know where to find more emblems, my dad has two MG Midgets, and I think something like that would be fun to make.

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#6 posted 05-03-2014 04:55 AM

Memories … my first car was a ‘73 MGB-GT

-- Fr. Thomas, http://www.monkwerks.org

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