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Yesterday 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.
Yesterday 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




08-22-2014 12:54 PM
37ford4dr any way looking more at my front drivers side fender and I think I am seeing distortion from a previous bump of some sort. can anyone who as a straight fender without the head light bucket in place take some photos with a straight edge so I can see what I have to make mine look like. better yet any one here in NOVA have a front fender I can borrow for observation....I wont do any thing to it I just will use it as a guide. thks bob

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on the seam













08-20-2014 08:11 PM
37ford4dr well tonight was a planning night......and no running away is not a plan. this is really the last big repair area left. so tonight I did a lot of staring and contemplating but not much else. I think I will tackle the drivers side first. right now the fender is attached with a few fender bolts I think I will fasten it down pretty well with some additional bolts and see how it lines up. I have measured the front shroud area and the front nose is symmetrical on both sides. I don't see any real fender damage on the drivers side from an accident, only some areas that have been rusted out. this will take a while to get this right and I have a lot on my plate right now and not much extra time. so this will take me a while to finish.....just one nibble at a time.






08-08-2014 11:32 AM
496CHEVY3100 Tony is head service tech you would think he would know better,,But we all make mistakes or lack of judgement at times

nothing wrong with the little girls arm ,she had to have a bandage because her Paw paw had one LOL
08-08-2014 10:42 AM
37ford4dr no welding inside.....the Mrs would definitely find out about that.....although i did bake some headers in the oven once and never got caught



Quote:
Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
My neighbor ,,HEAD OF MAINTANCE<,took his handle off just long enough to grind a place that was hard to reach,,didnt get finished .
yikes.....theres no doubt these are dangerous, one of my buddies uses his with the guard off on a regular basis. i think thats nuts and I wont do that.
08-07-2014 09:41 PM
496CHEVY3100 My neighbor ,,HEAD OF MAINTANCE<,took his handle off just long enough to grind a place that was hard to reach,,didnt get finished .
08-07-2014 09:13 PM
zuffen You;ll be in trouble with the wife if you weld on that carpet
08-07-2014 08:45 PM
37ford4dr any way my fathers day present finally arrived. its a welding table from Harbor Freight.. I had the opportunity to man handle one of these at the store and I was impressed with its strength and asked the kids for this as a fathers day gift. the kids are starting familys, having kids, in college or in high school so this was easy on there budgets and I don't really need much. heres a product review of the table. item #61369

I am as impressed with this now as I was when I saw it in the store. I think with coupons it was about $70 shipped to the house. this is a medium duty table specs say top dimensions approx. are 30x20 and 33" high with a max capacity of 350lbs.....350 may be bit much but certainly 250+ is reasonable. the metal in the table is substantial and this is not a joke table.



packaged nicely and no damage











soon I can get back to my project...
06-30-2014 09:45 AM
37ford4dr thks for the comments......

like you guys I take the grinder seriously....sometimes the handles get in the way and I have to take them off, the trunk area was one of those. if you ever used a cupped wire brush on the end of the grinder that baby definitely requires a handle. And i always wear a full face mask. I would not consider using the grinder in an uncomfortable position with out the handle.
06-29-2014 07:49 PM
496CHEVY3100
Quote:
Originally Posted by zuffen View Post
To use a grinder with or without the handle is a great topic.

I use one, and hate using friend's grinders without them but they tend to remove my handle to use it.

Each to their own.
Yea I normally use my handle it makes it less tiring on my wrist,,but I do also remove mine at times there are some places you just cant get to with it on,
like you said it is a matter of choice,but my OLD hands and wrist like the handle
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