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Old 07-27-2005, 08:25 PM
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Breathing Life Into British Iron...

Found this web site today (July 27th) while Googling around for information on etch versus epoxy primers. I retired in March 2005 and expect to be working on old British iron – in this case, it’s a 1972 MG Midget sourced from the West Coast via eBay. I completed a similar project cara (1974 Midget) back in the early 1980’s but apparently did not learn my life lesson, so here we go again. This time around I have more time and less money so I have to plan and research my restoration strategy carefully.

The last project was B.I. (before Internet) which made getting a lot of the Bits & Pieces from England a little tricky but the dollar was strong. However, the current dollar to pound exchange rate is going against me this time but the Internet helps me to connect with people and places who have new / used parts so it should be much easier to find what I want. Also I expect easy access to cheap tools complements of Harbor Freight and millions of low wage Chinese peasants – but I expect to benefit from improved paint technology and materials that can produce better results but with much greater risk to the brain cells from the isocyanates in the product. Like they say: live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse…

I expect to be lurking around the forums, then get into the archives to see what has been going on with body exterior topics, etc.

Thanks in advance for any assistance or insight on future prep / primer / paint topics
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Old 07-28-2005, 12:36 AM
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Hi there, are you going to V8 it ?
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Fewer cylinders = More Fun

My plan is to keep it stock except for some minor performance mods such as uprated suspension bushings, a front anti-roll bar which was an option back then but has since been sourced from eBay. Replace stock manifold with header set-up and better tires. The focus now is on disassembling doors, hood, trunk & fenders to prep for paint and/or rust control. My MIG is now plugged into the garage outlet and the panel repair has begun. This time around I will take my time and do it right. My end date for 2005 is October 15th so I have to decide how far to go before the snow flies up this way. I would like to get some "road time" in so I might reassemble it and get set up for the final paint prep during Spring 2006. Unfortunately, my wife is making noises about getting a part-time job so this could seriously cut into my hobby time. We will see what happens...I picked up a quart of some thing labeled as "Miracle Paint" which is rust attacking base coat and I will have the inside of the doors and both fenders done by next week. Anyone out there have any suggestions for rust control products that can be topcoated???
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