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Yesterday 07:44 PM
37ford4dr i used a piece of cardboard, that i drilled through to help me position the drill bitso one hand on the drill and the other on the cardboard about the size of a baseball card to steady the drill bit, i was nervous just because i have screwed up before...

and the carpeting



Yesterday 03:00 PM
Loose Ctrl WoW! I'd be really nervous drilling all those holes in there.
06-26-2017 07:56 PM
37ford4dr tonights mission fit the last panel in place and put some more badging


use some locating holes to make sure everything lines up



brushable seam sealer on frame and bonding adhesive on the two parts







i was a bit nervous drilling out those holes to size for the octagon... a whole lot cold go wrong with a drill and a sharp bit over shiny paint





06-26-2017 01:53 PM
37ford4dr thanks, the TD is a really cool car if i had more storage space this would be a keeper for sure.


the MGA coupe is coming along nicely i can see running out of things to do in the very near future...even if i stretch it out this fall will see it at the 100% done point.
06-26-2017 12:59 PM
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i cant believe this took two hours....the window was 20 minutes those scuttle badges were a task, my T Rex arms just dont cut it....

the brush seal, Mike Dianna saved me once again with some extra clips






my fingers are still numb



Looking back, it doesn't seem like the same car. Awesome work.
06-26-2017 12:57 PM
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I have decided to sell my 53 MG TD, $18,500 OBO this is a really nice driving car. located in Arlington VA. Pm me to arrange to see it.


1953 MGTD For Sale by k robert | Photobucket

My son can deliver the Car to you on a weekend (with in a couple hundred miles) on an open trailer for round trip wages and gas. heres the ebay ad

1953 MG T-Series | eBay


another car has caught my eye.....and the boss says 3 old cars is one too many, well she actually says its 3 too many, but i will only concede its one too many
It's good to see a real one of those. There's a half dozen fakes on old aircooled VW pans running around my area.
06-26-2017 09:38 AM
37ford4dr I have decided to sell my 53 MG TD, $18,500 OBO this is a really nice driving car. located in Arlington VA. Pm me to arrange to see it.


1953 MGTD For Sale by k robert | Photobucket

My son can deliver the Car to you on a weekend (with in a couple hundred miles) on an open trailer for round trip wages and gas. heres the ebay ad

1953 MG T-Series | eBay


another car has caught my eye.....and the boss says 3 old cars is one too many, well she actually says its 3 too many, but i will only concede its one too many
06-25-2017 04:47 PM
37ford4dr i cant believe this took two hours....the window was 20 minutes those scuttle badges were a task, my T Rex arms just dont cut it....

the brush seal, Mike Dianna saved me once again with some extra clips






my fingers are still numb



06-25-2017 10:29 AM
37ford4dr ok so lets finish the last body panel piece, i wanted this to fit nice and tight so i am using panel adhesive and gluing it in place to the rocker sill



make a template and cut





fold tab

dead blow hammers dont leave dings





put a crease free curve in place








and test fitted and painted



to be bonded in place tomorrow
06-18-2017 05:48 PM
37ford4dr yes i have it now so both doors will close and stay just with the door catch/locks, so my next test ride will be a real one with me not having a bungi cord over my chest preventing me from turning the wheel, and doors flying open around turns....i am excited for this the car is ready so now i just need a cool evening or morning.

there are alot of MGAs they made something like 100,000 of them and 10,000 coupes. thats close it may not be exactly on the mark. i would have thought it would have good showing. around here there are lots of MGAs at car shows.
06-18-2017 04:26 PM
BuzzLOL We had our 19th annual The British Return to Ft. Meigs British Car Show the same day, June 4th... No pictures, my camera is full, need to download it, so can take more... There were actually two MGAs there this year... don't know why MGA turnout is always so sparse... I thought they were one of the most common Brit cars around here... Lake Erie British Car Club
06-18-2017 03:43 PM
BuzzLOL Getting anxious for the test ride... with everything done...
06-18-2017 01:12 PM
37ford4dr lets keep pushing forward....when i did my trial body fit i made a rookie mistake and did not mark the hinges and the spacers and its been screwing with me ever since


lets put the brush seal in place and a new hinge spacer, window bump stop and window trim cap and adjust the doors so they open and close

the original remants of the brush seal



the MGB rubber one i could figure out how to make it work so i didnt use it



my new 1/16" spacers




rubber window bump stops from Jim Cheatham


cut off raised circle



contact cement in place




hold in place with window sitting on a small piece of plywood to push it evenly down




brush seal with clips on them





in place




with exterior trim cap on it
06-06-2017 05:15 PM
37ford4dr tonights work..... i had a noisy shock link and a broken axle strap



not too complicated


easiset thing is to just remove the shock absorper, I tried using an impact to seperate but it didnt work

just cut the link off





you know where this going


one wack



and done
06-05-2017 08:28 PM
37ford4dr lets move on to the driver side

simple locking mechanism





hole above the square shaft is what you plug so you dont accidentally lock your self out



locked position



heres my trial and error result.....counter sunk held in place with thread locker



tapping plate


need to add the capping plate



heres the magic spot the front window channel is held up high the pantograh shaft is inthe hole and the pantograph wheels are just about to slip into the window channel and give it a light tap of the hammer handle and it slips in to place and the since the square shaft is at the back of the hole it can move forward and its in place




and done


and the next time i drive the car i wont have a bungi cord across my chest holding the doors closed

woohoo the assembly table is clean



and the next work to do

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