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Today 04:52 PM
37ford4dr very nice and thanks, the MGA Coupes are pretty rare, although you see them at the race tracks

where we left off

just effort from this point forward just shove and push...and i used a har dryer to see if i could make it softer I am not sure anything other then brute force actually worked

put the bottom piece on easily

and done

Jim Cheatham pointed out to me the gaskets have to be trimmed on the side the glass folds in on

the very top needed to be seated just a 1/16 of an inch more so lets see if wedging some thing in there will let it form into the position over time

its all down hill from here, i will put in a parts order tomorrow to finish up
Yesterday 08:46 PM
Loose Ctrl Good work on the windows. There must have been an MGB meet close to me. I passed a couple dozen driving through the mountains, tops down, and enjoying the hot weather. Most were Midgets a couple models similar to yours. All looked to be in pristine restored condition.
Yesterday 01:18 PM
37ford4dr 4 screws and 1 gasket how long can that take???

and what you are seeing is the only screw i didnt have to drill out and retap

athough i am getting good at free hand drilling

so three holes drilled and tapped, and parts polished

and we ran out of umpph to keep moving it forward will regroup later tonight
05-26-2017 04:16 PM
37ford4dr so lets take some more stuff apart

remove old gasket

some times it easier to line things up using screws that are longer these re 1/2 long

all shined up and mock fit before the gasket goes in

this was a PITA two people, one pushing on the bottom and the other pushing up top with a Popsicle stick

this gets pushed in last

and a trial fit i still have to put that rivet i place right now its just a nut a bolt holding it

05-23-2017 09:31 PM
37ford4dr the boss retired early

and i was thinking about how to get the ventilator pivot bolt nut off so i decided to cut it off with a dremel

bracket screw would not come out so drill and tap it

next side

ready to order parts to put it all back together again
05-23-2017 06:13 PM
37ford4dr so to pick up where we left off the bracket under the ventilator window is broken on the window frame i am going to use and i need to take the bracket off so the new donor pillar will fit basically drill the rivets out and pop it out with adrift

these are the parts

kind of the way it looks on the car

one last broken screw to coax out

05-22-2017 07:24 PM
37ford4dr moving on to the drivers in looking at my parts, it seems the easiest path is to use the vertical upright for my old windows on the new windows

the broken tab is harder to deal with then swapping the vertical posts

i do have to drill out the one screw and probably retap

i see the camera is picking up everything other then what i want, but i am letting the two screws soak in PB blaster before i try and torque on them

first round of hand polishing

05-20-2017 09:20 PM
37ford4dr so lets wrap these windows up

where we start with two now to make one

missing some screws

take off the bottom chrome trim the other frame is the nicest

broken screw in the bracket and the other screw was missing but i had one

the tap set tells you what size hole to drill to tap new threads, for a #6 screw its number 35 or really close to 7/64 if its not it exactly

go slow and use cutting oil , you go backand forth cutting about 1/16 of a turn at a time especially for these small taps

and after hand polishing

so the only thing these window frame needs is a new inner liner for the frame. I have a new ventilator gasket but I am not sure if I am going t put that in or not

about 2hrs of work
05-14-2017 09:00 PM
Originally Posted by Loose Ctrl View Post
The table turned out really nice.
thanks, it was so much fun welding that thick 1950 USS steel, it just flowed like so nicely. best part was it didnt cost me anything for materials.

it was close to 400# when done with a 40# vise, 55# anvil, 30# drill press and then about 200# of material on the shelf....its rock solid.
05-14-2017 10:03 AM
Loose Ctrl The table turned out really nice.
05-13-2017 02:32 PM
37ford4dr wrapped up the welding table

prime the top

attach the supports for the welding stock

now I just have to figure out which side to mount the vise on

and now its time to get back to the MGA
05-12-2017 03:46 PM
37ford4dr thanks
a left over Hitch from who knows where, it was under my deck

i lucked out i now have some receiver tubing

the top will be my storage shelf

some i beam from fencing a neigbor was tossing

now i need to get some 1 1/2 inch black pipe to bridge the channels and then i can tack the top down and sand the new pieces and prime them and then slip it in place

with those pieces i am up to about 380 lbs
05-11-2017 08:28 PM
Loose Ctrl Score! on the muff. Looks nice.
05-11-2017 08:01 PM
37ford4dr well since I have the MG TD with a relatively new exhaust it really has put the MGAs 40 yr old muffler to shame. i knew i needed a new muffler but with a side by side comparision i had to do something. so i have been watching for a replacement muffler and sure enough one of you guys in NC swapped your new exhaust system for a stainless steel system and your shop sold the replaced new muffler to me with shipping it was $39. the label hadn't even fallen all the way off yet

i didnt even jack up the car

i knew when i installed the exhaust system the old muffler would come off at some point so i never torqued up the clamps to crushing torque levels

and the sound test was fantastic, it took 45mins.from start to finish
05-07-2017 08:35 PM
Originally Posted by zuffen View Post
I think I would have moved the car first.

Too easy to damage it.

it was raining pretty good outside i tried to be really careful.

todays work

heres the blocking for the casters so its a rigid table....

for now its band clamped on and its rock solid, i think i will make some brackets at some time and bolt them in place.

some bracing for the top supports to hold them in place while i weld them in

and my recycled top 11" x 1/4 from a parking lot repair that the contractors through in a dumpster at my sons work and he retrieved it for me

next to incorporate a trailer hitch in to the under side shelf
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