Skip to main content

Gas Monkey Garage Car #2: 1980 Allison MG TD

Community  /   /  By Richard Rawlings

A guy called the other day and said he heard we buy old cars. He said he was looking to sell one, and claimed it was like nothing we had ever seen before. He was right. It turned out to be a 1980 Allison MG TD replica.

This is a one-owner car that has lived its entire life in Texas. The owner’s father used to take him to high school in it before it developed a leak in the gas tank. Without the funds to fix it, he parked the Allison and it hadn’t moved since then.

1980 Allison MG TD replica

This little beauty is showing 29,856 miles on the odometer and is just begging to be given some Gas Monkey shine. We’re going to treat the car to a full detail and give the engine a thorough tune up so it runs like new. We also plan on reconditioning the leather and replacing the worn, stained carpet. Not to mention, we’re going to replace that leaky gas tank.

1980 Allison MG TD replica

When we get done with this one, it’ll be one sweet little ride to cruise around and enjoy the Texas weather.

About the Author

Related Posts

Check out the official rules for the eBay 10 Days of #MotorLife Contest.

The 1966 George Barris Batmobile is probably the one you know. But it’s neither the first...

Earlier this month, Volkswagen’s European-based commercial division announced the sixth-generation...

Comment Using Facebook


  1. BikerGraham September 25, 2013 at 7:14 am Reply

    Hi Richard.Glad i found this link.Just wanted to say i love Fast N Loud on the tv.I’m a bit of a petrol head myself here in Plymouth England.Please Please Please can we have more of the same.I have to say Richard that you , the bearded wonder and not forgetting Sue,are just brilliant.Keep it up.

    • Richard Rawlings September 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm Reply

      Thanks, man! We’re having a blast with the show! Who would have thought this many people would like us?

  2. eBay Motors September 25, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    We’re excited to see how this turns out!

  3. Bill Smith September 25, 2013 at 11:01 am Reply

    I think you should custom the heck out of this one, since it is a reproduction…

    • Richard Rawlings September 26, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply

      We’re going to keep it simple and clean. We don’t want to take away from the character is has now.

  4. Gene Stribling September 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    this is junk dump it and do a real car up right like a roadrunner or a the cars you just sell off stop doing this and you will make more money like black ford 1963, and the 69 vet, and all the ones like the yellow open wheel, car now talk about a car to drive in hot Texas, nights you are selling the wrong cars I would have came back to bye the yellow one in a hart beat

  5. Higgins Auto Repair September 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm Reply

    Fast n loud is a fantastic show an really enjoyable to watch

  6. Marlaina Allison September 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

    My Grandfather built this car. It may not be anything special to some of you, but my grandfather and father who are both now gone put a lot of pride in these cars. I’m really honored and touched to see one end up on your show.

    • Richard Rawlings September 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm Reply

      No way? Well we put a lot of pride into restoring old cars, so we appreciate what your dad and grandfather did!

  7. Carol Allison September 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm Reply

    Hi Richard, My husband and I love to watch Gas Monkey. I hope to see the restoration of the Allison MG TD on your show. Ken Allison the manufacture of this car was my father who passed away in 1987. He also built Allison Daytona Dune Buggy’s back in the late 60’s and 70’s.

    A bunch of Allison Dune Buggy lovers got together and put together a facebook page if you would like to view more pictures and the history of Ken Allison. Search for Allison Dune Buggy on Face book.

    • Richard Rawlings September 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Weird how the Interweb can bring people together like this right? Hope you like how we fix it up!

      • Carol Allison September 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm Reply

        Will this be aired on your show? If so, when? I surley don’t want to miss it. Thanks for responding.

        • Richard Rawlings October 2, 2013 at 8:12 am Reply

          It will! We don’t have an air date just yet. Keep an eye out for it!

        • Terry Wilson October 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm Reply

          Would like to get in touch with Carol or Ali Allison about the dune buggy era. Have a buggy made by Kenny in 1970 – 43 years ago.

          • Carol Allison October 22, 2013 at 2:37 am

            Terry, There is an Allison Dune Buggy site on Facebook. Has lots of old pictures and history of Ken Allison. You can also email me at

        • John Checki November 9, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply

          Wow, this is fun. I am the winning Ebay bidder and have paid my deposit and look forward to finishing up the transaction/paperwork/transfer, and seeing and driving the car home. Carol, do y’all have an MG TD group as well?

          • Carol Allison November 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

            Congratulations on the winning bid John. The MG is a fun car to drive and you got it at a good price. Can’t wait to see the episode of Fast and Loud Monday, 11/11. Are you going to be on the show picking it up? Our family has a silver/black one with Nissan running gear. It is in great shape but no one has time to drive it. I don’t know of any Allison MG TD groups on facebook, other than the information I posted to the Allison Daytona Dune Buggy site. You should start up a Allison Daytona MG TD page! In time it will grow just like the buggy site did.

    • dave November 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm Reply

      hey squirt, saw ur dads car on gas monkey, hope ur well.. dave

      • Carol Allison November 14, 2013 at 3:57 am Reply

        Dave who!

  8. Paul Baker September 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm Reply

    love to watch the show kind of fooling around the shop makes it worth watching as most of us can not fool around at work…
    i drive a 1985 buick grand national its a 11 sec. street driver with heat and air … 70 mm turbo much to list…
    THIS MG WITH A BEETLE CHASSIS IS WHAT I WOULD WANT NEXT… i love my show car and its fast but its a pain in the ass!!! always worried about it..scratches, theft, mileage adding up… that big head light convt. with a lower dollar tag is very appealing… see u on tv… buy my car!!

  9. chi town jayhawk September 27, 2013 at 9:58 am Reply

    Hey Richard….When are you going to do another bike on the show like the one that from the biker build off….You guys at GAS MONKEY should have won that thing….That was the best bike built for TV…PERIOD….p.s. How did AARON keep his beard from getting caught in the chain while riding it…..GRACIAS……P.S.S…Its about time you guys build a lowrider or two for the show….For goodness sakes…You’re in Texas….

  10. Daniel Smith September 28, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    Hey richard love the show never miss a episode here in england I do have to watch online but not a problem. Would love to come and work with you all one day.

  11. Clint Mitchell September 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Now that’s cool. It takes guts to do a build on a vw based kit car and skill to pull it off. I’m fired up to see how it turns out. Good luck Richard!

  12. Gas Monkey Fans September 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Interesting starting piece – kind of surprised that you are giving a replica the time of day, but I know that you will do something fantastic with it!

  13. Fausto cianci February 5, 2014 at 4:12 am Reply

    Ciao Riccardo sono un restauratore di auto più carrozziere verniciatore che ne dici vengo ha trovarti dimendicavo sono italiano ciaoooooooo

  14. Niall scully June 27, 2014 at 3:13 am Reply

    Richard, I am addicted to Fast N Loud.. Absolutely crackin show! Hoping to visit you guys on my honeymoon next year, a fast n loud t-shirt is on the cards!

    Keep it real!

  15. jeremy lewis (kenya) October 31, 2014 at 11:23 am Reply

    I love your show am a big fan from way down in africa kenya.ild love to see you guys work on a vw beetle I own one and I knw I’ll get pointers from you guys on my own restoration

  16. Greg McGarvey June 25, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

    Any suggestions how I can find an engine to complete my 1929 Mercedes Benz HD TD Replica car?

    Thanks, love your show!!


  17. don price jr August 13, 2016 at 8:31 am Reply

    Hi Richard I am 1Of the guys who built that Allison NG if you want history on it my number is 386-503-8482 My name is Don price Looking forward to hearing from you Richard you do a good jobAgain area code 386-503-8482

Leave a Reply