MANSFIELD – A local company may be one of the best kept secrets of the city, however, its customers come from around the world to have its British-built MG restored.
Security customers fast restores, owned by Tom Metcalf, have sent their two sports cars, open seats here from England, Australia and New Zealand.
“Sometimes auto parts have come in boxes, from junk yards near me” Metcalf said.
This month Metcalf and his staff of five, talent restoration experts completed the restoration of a police car driven originally MG 1934 in the county of Lancashire, England. The MG black convertible was previously restored about 20 years ago, but it was a very amateurish restoration, he said.
Metcalf and coworker Rick Ruehle dismantled it, pulling out a 2-for-4 that someone had used to rebuild the car body and removing a scorecard that someone had done that Metcalf said it was “totally wrong “.
“And things were in place and silicones, things do not work,” he said. “We dismantle everything down to the bare frame. Everything is 100 percent genuine about it now.”
“It was a team effort,” Ruehle said, as did some last minute work on the MG on Tuesday. (MG stands for Morris Garages, the automaker founded in 1920 by W. R. Morris.)
A lover of vintage cars and all MG, Metcalf said the car elegant MG convertible police was able to maneuver the small, narrow roads in England. “It was pretty fast and agile in the day,” he said, estimating the maximum speed at 70 mph.
The car, which is owned by a collector in New Jersey, will be introduced in the show car Concours d’Elegance in Amelia Island in northern Florida on March 13.
Metcalf is no stranger to the prestigious shows, having been invited to that for the past 11 years.
“They get thousands of applicants from around the world each year, and about 270 or less are invited,” Metcalf said.
Several of the cars themselves have Metcalf won best in class at the Concours.
Metcalf, who lives in Ashland and lives near Cedar Point part of the year, said a teenager in love with MG.
He got his first MG, a black 1935 MG PB, while I was in college in 1973.
He majored in computer science and marketing in college, and fell into the restaurant business car by accident when local businessman John Fernyak approached him about the restoration of an MG for him.
“He was still working at that time. I had my own marketing business IBM and chucked all that to do this,” he said. “My grandfather was an engineer and I learned a lot from him.”
Fernyak said he still has the red 1946 MG TC tan upholstery Metcalf restored by him in 1990.
“I asked if he would restore it in his spare time. He had one that was similar to him. I told him he should quit and do it for a living,” Fernyak said, recalling Metcalf was working on it in electrical Ideal.
Fernyak said Metcalf is a perfectionist.
“If a restored car, which is what you must do is to,” he said.
“John (Fernyak) is responsible for all this,” Metcalf said. “He’s a great guy and perfect mentor.”
Metcalf said he and his team specialize in MG, ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s, with emphasis on GM vehicles before World War II. Restoration projects have, on average, about two years. The crew usually has several projects going at once, with the average car restored an approximate value of $ 100,000. His company also restores other British vehicles.
Twice a year Metcalf traveled to England to look for swap meets MG parts.
“Fortunately, there are some stores that specialize in these parts, but sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time,” Metcalf said.
He showed his visitor a turn signal or an “Trafficator” on the side of the car. He said that this part is very rare and hard to find.
The shop is full of Mansfield MGs in various stages of restoration.
Employees are working on a supercharged 1934, 6-cylinder MG, part of a lot of three MG built for competition. Duran ran together in England in 1934. He said a woman named Doreen Evans competed with this car. She married a man from Colorado, and members of his family are the current owners of the Denver Broncos.
Metcalf plans to conduct one of his own MG, 1948 MG TC with its original red paint and red interior, from Naples to Key West this month, and then proceed forward to Amelia Island.
“It will be fun if it’s good,” he said.
The business owner said he loves all parts of the company, but said that driving the vehicle after it is completed is very satisfactory.
“No. 2 is watching the show field and Amelia Island Concours, which is one of the most prestigious events in the world, and to be invited is really a big problem,” Metcalf said.
It is estimated that his shop has restored about 70 cars since 1990.
He keeps busy throughout the year and work is especially hectic this time of year before a big show like Amelia Island.
Metcalf showed a pair of their own cars, including a PB MG 1935 and MG 1935 NB, both with overhead cam engines, and said it was only in the day. Both cars have won best in class in Amelia Island.
Metcalf said he is very fortunate to work in a company like safety rapid restores.
“I am lucky to have good employees and good customers,” he said.
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