Mr. Donnelly

I am writing a review to express my absolute satisfaction with the Rusty Moose Garage even before I pick up my MGB which is to be restored pretty darn close to the level of the 1967 MGB we purchased new. Our first car, and in many ways, our most exciting to drive!  We got married on April Fools Day of 1966 and could not afford a new car until almost a year had passed.  The MGB choice  was a reflection of my lifelong love of British Sports Cars and my dearth of money in the bank.  It was a shiny new BRG MGB Roadster with an electric O/D. Given my choice and enough money, it would have been a Mark III BJ8 Austin Healey but that was beyond my pay grade at the time.  We settled for the MGB. We loved that car and bought another before my first overseas deployment with the US Army in late 1968.  I have owned many nice and expensive cars since but never forgot that exciting roadster.  I saw an advertisement for a nicely described BRG 1967 while perusing the internet and purchased it sight unseen!  I live in Austin, Texas but have had season tickets for football seasons at the Big House in Ann Arbor.  A light bulb went off and I said to myself, would it not be great to restore it and give it to my wife of some 55 wondrous years as a surprise.  I found a place in Grand Haven and after speaking to the owner, Forest, and the manager, Mike, I felt like I had known them for years and that they would do a great job in fixing my sight unseen purchase.  Their motto after is all is “making British cars great again.”  Well when the car was delivered it was simply unsalvageable!  They could have done it but it would have cost me more than it would ever have been worth in this century.  I swallowed my pride and asked them, the MGB pros, to help make my somewhat crackpot idea work out.  They came through in great style and found me a dream 1967 duplicate of our first car.  Yes, the car requires work but this time my homework paid off.  Even though it did not come with an O/D transmission.  No problem!  They are installing a newly rebuilt transmission as we speak.  They are repairing the minor faults and tearing the engine down to make sure when I get it back to Texas it will last the 140,000 miles or so that a new one was capable of.  I have seen pictures of the car and Forest who drove over 1,000 miles to pick it up for me.  Previously I had paid for the first car to be delivered from Illinois to Michigan.  Had someone gone to pick it up I would have saved myself some money!  Forest wanted to drive our new treasure to make sure it was as advertised it and to find out what kind of shape it was in.  On the drive from Virginia to Grand Haven he quickly identified five minor but important deficiencies which have already been corrected.  With the new transmission in and the engine reassembled the car will be ready for pickup long before the first game in Ann Arbor.  I have tried to express my total admiration and appreciation for the efforts of the people at the Rusty Moose and will write a concluding bit upon taking delivery of our latest family treasure!  Mike Donnelly PS I am a retired Field Grade Army Officer and served in Armor Branch for the most of my Army career.  I have lived in more states and foreign countries than most folks I have met including seven years in Russia and seven years in what used to be West Germany.  I have purchased new cars from the Mercedes Plant in Sindelfingen, Germany and currently drive a new Lincoln Black Label Continental sedan.  I have always loved cars and the Gilmore Museum in Michigan is one of my favorite places in all the world.  Having said that I have not looked forward so much to acquiring a car in my life than this one.  Forest and Mike have had a great deal to do with that anticipation!