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There’s just a roll cage to add and a 1969 MG Midget owned by first-time hobbyist welder Andrew McGee will be ready for racing.
“I race a 1967 Healey Sprite but my son Robert, who’s nearly 16, wants to start racing next year,” said Andrew, who began racing MGs 22 years ago.
“We’ve had the Midget for nine years. It was going to be a quick project but work got in the way.”
New to welding
In between running his retail graphics and signage company Tfive Design, it’s taken Andrew a year to get the car in shape.
Never having welded before, he began by reading books, bought a welding kit and practised with a disposable SIG gas cylinder until he improved.
“My mother was a company secretary for a fabrication firm, so I knew BOC was the main player for gas,” said Andrew. “I went to BOC resellers Olympus Technologies and bought the new mini Argoshield Light cylinder. I used four in total for the structural work, such as replacing panels, suspension, areas of the floor and wings. I took out a lot of the early welds I’d done with the disposable cylinder and did them again. I would have wasted a lot of gas with a bigger cylinder. The main welding is complete and I have one empty cylinder and a half full one left.”
Andrew has registered for the MG Car Club championships this year but won’t be racing against Robert for another couple of years. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Scott is keen to start karting. “It’s a case of ‘what can we weld now’,” said Andrew.
Andrew McGee, Tfive Design, 139 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 4AJ.