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Yesterday 01:17 PM
37ford4dr just me and the dog today.....



prime the lip that gets crimped




spot weld



ok now to see who has the big koonas







this is the ring







I ran out of coolie cups and had to improvise



so it was a dogs day afternoon, I am not sure I will have any more time until I get back from the races

08-29-2014 05:06 PM
BuzzLOL .
. Actually, I like it...

. Maybe if MG had made the A a few more years Shelby would have chosen it to be The Cobra!

. The A was a classic design... the B was a Box...

. The wider track prolly really helps cornering...

. Yeah, the dash looks like Jr. High woodshop... or worse...

. Didn't notice the frenched in taillights... looks OK, but in a small car I want big a s s gaudy tail/brake lights for safety...

. I like the plain front air opening better than the gaudy MGA chrome grille...

. Notice the big"GG" emblem on the trunk?
.
08-29-2014 03:28 PM
zuffen I think he's turned that into a dog's breakfast.

Trying for the Cobra/Ace look (which the MG A always had) has taken away from the purity of the MG A lines.

The rear track with tyres (tires) hanging out of the fenders just looks silly.

Don't get me stared on the dash made from a 2x8 or the tail lights.

And yes the nose has been extended and given a Cobra snout.
08-29-2014 07:58 AM
BuzzLOL .
. This MGA seems to have been lowered and possibly widened in the rear... or maybe it's just the wider tire track width... and the front seems to be extended slightly past the original grille upper opening at 1:28... makes it look more like a Jaguar XK-E-type... by now, your eyes can prolly more accurately discern the slight differences from stock than mine...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecFQ-IeoLbc
.
08-28-2014 06:16 PM
37ford4dr another hour tonight







you can use the corner of the vise and a hammer to make a radiused lip





the one lap side is longer so it can get crimped over the shorter side




08-28-2014 01:11 PM
37ford4dr
Quote:
Originally Posted by cruzinTLT View Post

"Use the force, Luke!" Sorry, best type of encouragement I could come up with at the moment!
this what my other buddies came up with:

08-28-2014 07:44 AM
cruzinTLT now to the MGA part.... with doing this repair I kind of feel like Scrooge when he meets the last ghost " specter I fear you more then all the other specter's that came before"

so with this piece I will make it first and then do the cutting.....not that I am chicken or anything[/QUOTE]


"Use the force, Luke!" Sorry, best type of encouragement I could come up with at the moment!
08-27-2014 11:21 PM
BuzzLOL .
. I think it takes about 12 hours to read through and enjoy the pictures and the laughs...

. Ever check out the MGA's with Buick/Rover aluminum V8's on youtube?
08-27-2014 06:53 PM
37ford4dr thks,

thought this was timely



about an hour tonight the mosquitoes and the humidity is just no fun



easy clamping spots and you use a grinder with a cut off wheel














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08-26-2014 07:01 PM
zuffen As with any cancer "cut hard and cut deep"

You've made some daring cuts on this project and they all look good from where I sit.

Go for it.
08-26-2014 06:55 PM
37ford4dr first a product review...first time using the welding table....it didn't move at all....and chop saws through off a lot of vibrations and this table was rock solid



now to the MGA part.... with doing this repair I kind of feel like Scrooge when he meets the last ghost " specter I fear you more then all the other specter's that came before"

this will be the cut line



heres the template it will get cut in half for the two sides





so with this piece I will make it first and then do the cutting.....not that I am chicken or anything
08-25-2014 02:00 PM
37ford4dr thks for the comments, so how long does it take to read the whole thing?

heres the plan from Neil McGurks (Neil MG) play book..........one of my favorite threads ever.....starting at post 123............Another restoration project thread... (Page 7) : MGA Forum : MG Experience Forums : The MG Experience

these are Neils photos taken from his post, i am not sure i would have come up with this idea on my own:









08-25-2014 07:34 AM
BuzzLOL . I just read through all 31 pages and 5,000 photos of this... it started over two years ago... I thought you'd have it done and be driving it by now when I got to the end... LOL! ... Lot of work... I looked at a rough MGA back in 1960's... don't think it was as rough as this one though... just looked clapped out... they wanted $250 for it, that was real money back then, and I was in school, and didn't have much free time, either, so I didn't get it...

. Saw the comment on page 14 about guy in Kansas putting a Chevy straight six in his MG Midget... don't know how he's doing that unless lengthening it and raising the hood/hood bubble... they're tiny... I'm having all I can do to squeeze the little Buick/Rover aluminum V8 in mine... at least my motor is actually lighter than the iron Triumph Spitfire 1500cc 4-banger that came in there stock and the BW T50 5-speed may be lighter than the iron stock 4-speed... so it will drive the same... just a lot smoother and more powerful and more reliable...

. I thought the MGA engine was a 5 main bearing engine, was surprised to see it only has 3 mains like the Spitfire engine... I was only getting about 25K miles between major rebuilds/repairs of the stock engine/tranny in street driving, so they had to go... I'm told the Spitfire engine was originally a garden tractor engine, I believe it... so rough, it doesn't sit on rubber mounts, the mounts are made so that it actually hangs from rubber... but the mounts keep ripping apart... and then it's sitting on rubber and too rough... My Midget is a '75, one year earlier and it would have had the MG Midget/Austin Sprite engine, which I think was smoother, but it was apparently discontinued...
08-24-2014 07:49 PM
496CHEVY3100 Great idea, looking better every day,
08-24-2014 03:45 PM
37ford4dr I worked a little bit today

lets pull it little bit



and then nothing beats a hammer and dolly....I am getting closer




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