THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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always wanted an MG.The MG (for you
young people) was a classy British two seat sports car which was produced from
the 1920’s until 1980.Dad never got his
MG.The car was really too impractical
for a man with three young boys.
1955 Mom went along with a cruel trick which Chris and Jim devised.They bought a kit of a small (six inch) model
of the classic 1955 MG TF sports car.Hints were dropped that Dad was getting something special this
Christmas.Christmas day there were
presents under the tree for everyone but Dad (his real presents remained hidden).
Christmas present carnage was over everyone had a pile of stuff except
Dad.He had only a card.Inside the card Mom had written, “You will
find your present in the garage”.I know
that Dad being a practical man did not really expect to be getting a car.I don’t think Mom could have possibly made
such purchase without my father knowing.However, I think the little boy that was still in Dad somehow hoped for
that Christmas Miracle that all little boy’s hope for.
proceeded to the garage, and Dad opened the door to find the model MG TF in the
middle of the otherwise empty space.Jim
gleefully screamed out, “oh no!It
shrank!”Chris followed, “I knew we
should have had it Sanforized!”
much laughing at the joke, and Dad took it well, but the disappointment in his
eyes was perceivable.The joke became
part of Hagy lore.It made Dad want his
MG even more.
In 1962 I
obtained my driver’s license.Of course
I wanted a car of my own and I did have $200 to spend.$200 would not get you much of a car, but I
was the beneficiary of Dad’s burning desire to own an MG.
for his classic MG TF, but they were all too expensive, and generally need some
restoration.We did find a 1958
The MGA was
the first MG to go from the classic boxy design to a sleek roadster look.It cost $800, but Dad wanted this car as much
as I did, and he covered the extra $600.
beauty was powder blue.It had genuine
wide white sidewall tires on genuine wire spoke rims with racing style
knock-off hubs. A Knock-off was a hub
which you wacked with a special hammer, and it would spin off and on for quick
racing style tire changes.The car had a
leather soft top, and a leather tonneau cover to keep out the rain.It needed some work, but it was sweet!
the door to the MGA by reaching inside the door and pulling a cord.The turn signal was a switch on the dash
board.The radio for some unknown reason
tuned from left to right starting with AM 1500 to AM 55.The car had hard plastic windows which slid
into the door when they were not stored in the trunk.The trunk was just big enough to hold the two
hard plastic windows.
Dad and a young Cranky in the MGA
the car some, but he had trouble getting in and out of it so it became mostly
my car.When I was in the MGA I was
HOT!!Well I thought I was.I drove the car the summer of 1963, and until
fall 1964.Freshmen at Lafayette could
not have a car on campus.
spring after my freshman year in college, the MGA started to run badly.She sputtered and backfired and had little
pickup.She had a cracked engine head.I do not pretend to know anything about
engines either now or then, so I rely on Wikipedia to explain: