I had my MGB V8 roadster and my rover P5B shotblasted after i did all the welding (not much on the MGB as it was from the dry USA state and a lot on the Rover) and removed the door skins from the doors and repaired the skins and door frames, then got these shotblasted and epoxy coated. I also looked at the dipping process but could not find positive experiences among my friend but also no negative ones. I just did not know people who had done it. Not wanting to critisize Chris his work as that is on a very high lonely level but personally i prefer to get as much cutting and welding done before the shotblasting-dipping. My cars did not have any sealant on the body so removing that was not an issue and this is easy when dipping. I also did a fair bit of lead work and this would have damaged the primer in a serious way. Shotblasting showed a few pin holes which were easy to fill. I would do this sequence again but shotblasting first, then a weld primer and then doing the cutting welding would also do but i just prefer the other routing
Looking forward to see the MGB gets the special Grumpy treatment and recreate a superb classic!!! Peter
Well that's ticked a lot off the list of panels required to repair the shell - I forwarded a list to Sam yesterday - whilst it needs outer sills the inners are fine - for some strange reason the tin worm has been more active on the offside when it's normally the nearside that suffers from that side of the car being close to road / gutter edge and therefore taking the brunt of water / salt / debris splash - it will need the offside castle rail (a long reinforcing section that runs parallel / adjacent to the base of the sill - looks like a small chassis rail) along with the jacking point but the nearside castle rail & jacking point look like new - there are minor bits of welding & letting in here & there but nothing of any real significance biggest job will be the outer sills - once we have the shell welded up and all the closing panels fitting correctly I will then want to get any shell modifications sorted for the engine swap - including any additional routing of fuel lines / cables etc in order to ensure that the bodyshell & panels are all pre drilled prior to paint - things should come together pretty quickly once we make a start - the real beauty of anything like this that is mass market is the availability of parts - even parts for modifying with the vast majority available off the shelf.
I’ve bought things only to then find them again and realise I’ve already got them, stored away somewhere. 😯
+ 1000 min I reckon - drives me nuts that I do the same
Yep, sent car in to have new handbrake cables fitted garage couldn't adjust one of the caliper inner adjusters had to buy 2 at £9.60 each. Got home looking through my parts when building up front brakes and I found 2 brand new adjusters (well at least I've got spares now, if I can remember I've got them).
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Sometimes it's just easier and quicker to buy a new part, than spend forever raking about for it. But then you do another job, and put your hands on the part you wanted previously straight away
That is why jealously hoarding curse word because it might come in handy one day is a bad idea. Not having such stuff means you can store everything that is required so you know what you have and where it is.
There are some days when the day job gives you a bit of a kicking (well mine does), and subsequently all you want to do afterwards is head home and do nothing with a cold one. However on the odd occasion it's worth digging a little deeper and forcing yourself to crack on in the hope that the day might turn around. Yesterday was thankfully one of the latter days.
Despite the day feeling rather long I managed to escape at a half-sensible time and on arriving back at the station, instead of heading home, I summoned the energy to jump in the car and point it in the direction of the M25. Living on the edge right?
Now ordinarily this would be the perfect recipe for tipping you over said edge, however the sun was still shining, unnervingly minimal traffic meant cruise control was set and the radio turned up, dare I say it but the M25 was almost enjoyable and I was on a mission.
So where was I off to? Well as it happens I was headed to that little spot of the home counties where there seems to be more houses bigger than some of the hotels I've had the pleasure of staying in than anywhere else in the country - Surrey.
It all started when I was idly browsing through the club magazine over the weekend and I spotted an ad for some project parts that were now surplus to requirements. Among the parts listed were a pair of heritage front wings, never fitted and at a considerably reduced price than if I were to purchase them myself from one of the usual heritage suppliers. Given the diagnosis from Chris on the state of the wings following the cars recent bath, it was thought prudent that if I could find some then they would be worth getting.
So a quick call was made on Monday and as expected there had already been a great deal of interest so it was a case of who could get there first. Seemingly my competitors were all slightly further away and so if I could get there sharpish then they were mine, hence a post-work road trip had to be done.
Having it made it to my destination in relatively good time, the seller turned out to be one of the nicest guys I have ever met, so much so we then spent a good while talking about his various toys as well as his two MGCs. After mentioning one I was admiring recently at the London Concours event (see thread here), it transpired that it was his friends car and he went and bought it with him. It turned out to be the MGC test mule and apparently has over 400k on the clock... doesn't look like it's had a hard life now mind.
The wings got loaded and another piece of the puzzle was in place.
There are still a few more bits to get from the shopping list but we're getting there. The next stage is to have some conversations with some suppliers re some of the bigger bits I require.
Quite enjoyable this retail therapy malarkey... (awaits another tart comment from @johnnybravo )... 😂😂
Some more puzzle pieces arrived yesterday much to the wife's annoyance 😂
Firstly all the brackets required for the relocating of the radiator, oil cooler and engine.
That now means I nearly have all the its I need for the front end to be dealt with. Just the bumper brackets to sort.
On a similar theme, the bits for the rear modifications also turned up - two rear extensions for the base of the rear lights for the chrome bumper conversion.
A minor detail perhaps, but without them you end up with a gap at the base of the lights where the chrome bumper wraps around. Some are happy to run it like this, but for me personally they help to clean up the look a little
Lastly, and for me most exciting of all, the reason for the two tyres mentioned above.
Bit of a gamble this to achieve the look I'm after so fingers crossed they fit!
Just need to find somewhere to get them fitted as can't imagine the usual suspects will be able to assist...