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03-17-2015 09:00 PM
Loose Ctrl Can't wait to see the finished product.
03-17-2015 08:09 PM
37ford4dr its becoming a disposable society I wish more things could be fixed also


well another trip to two more radio shacks.....one to a store that is staying open to purchase one of the DPDT (double pole double throw) relays. cost me a whopping $ .97 at this store for one. then to a store that as closing.....to buy 3 relays......for $.17 each. I purchased all they had. I was thinking of you guys when I saw the price but they didn't have more to buy. I still want to test the original turn signal relays to see if they work before I cannibalize them.



heres Barneys write up that I will be following assuming at least one of these doesn't work.

Replacement turn signal relay, MGA 1500



and heres the definition of the relay for those wondering "◾A six-terminal switch arrangement which serves to connect one pair of contacts with either of two available pairs of contacts. Its abbreviation is DPDT switch. Also called double-pole switch (2)." if you look at Barneys site it has the schematic diagram explaining how the relays work inside of the turn signal relay.
03-15-2015 09:30 PM
Loose Ctrl
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Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
. Yeah, we had 10 or more Radio Shacks and a bunch of other electronics parts stores... now all gone except maybe 1 or 2 Radio Shacks... sometimes I feel like the only person who ever fixes anything... others just toss it and buy new, I guess...
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I share that feeling.To bad things are one use or disposable.I came into this world when everything was repaired and only replaced once it couldn't be repaired,or at least not repaired economically.Things now are made in ways that doesn't allow them to be serviced.
03-15-2015 09:02 PM
BuzzLOL . Yeah, we had 10 or more Radio Shacks and a bunch of other electronics parts stores... now all gone except maybe 1 or 2 Radio Shacks... sometimes I feel like the only person who ever fixes anything... others just toss it and buy new, I guess...
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03-15-2015 07:32 PM
Loose Ctrl I'm not sure if there are any Radio Shacks left around here.To bad.We have a Harley Electronics here.The only reason they survive is due to repair work on ham radio equipment and other 2 way communications equipment.
03-15-2015 04:47 PM
37ford4dr
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. Prolly should be glad still have a Radio Shack handy... may not be long for this world...

. Reminds of when I replaced a huge Evinrude outboard mostly burnt out $500 diode setup with a single one inch square $2.25 full wave bridge rectifier chip from Radio Shack... the miracles of modern electronics...
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yes only one store left in my area where there had been 5
03-15-2015 02:28 PM
BuzzLOL
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my trip to radio shack was a wasted trip

. Prolly should be glad still have a Radio Shack handy... may not be long for this world...

. Reminds of when I replaced a huge Evinrude outboard mostly burnt out $500 diode setup with a single one inch square $2.25 full wave bridge rectifier chip from Radio Shack... the miracles of modern electronics...
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03-15-2015 10:23 AM
37ford4dr thks, mostly the electrical systems were pretty good until kids hacked into them or the open ended connectors failed ( which was a horrible idea)


today I found two turn signal relays, but my trip to radio shack was a wasted trip and although the computer showed they had the relays needed to convert these to an electronic relay system. they were no where to be found in the store

the good news is one of the relays internally looks in pretty good shape, if you can judge coils by looking at them. so its time to so some trouble shooting with them. now to take the 12v battery our of the motorcycle and get it charged

03-14-2015 07:25 PM
Loose Ctrl Your body work is looking fantastic.I see you're restoring the original gauges.I like the idea of using original gauges in these old MG's.Does your model have to notorious failure prone Lucas electrical system?My uncles own restored convertible Midgets and they had the worst time with the Lucas electrics on those cars.
03-14-2015 02:06 PM
BuzzLOL
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Originally Posted by 37ford4dr View Post
when in doubt take more stuff apart

. I don't like what I find when I take more stuff apart... LOL!
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03-14-2015 11:46 AM
37ford4dr worked on the gauges some today

start by cleaning off lots of dirt



some light rust on the outside really more of an annoyance then anything else



I think the fast etch will clean this up



some damage from the previous owner probably installing a radio




easy way to pop off the clip fasteners






so I have some weld repairs to do and the welder is buried, but the good news is the kids found an apartment so dad gets his garage back in a few weeks. this was a nice break but I am ready to move forward
03-08-2015 06:19 PM
37ford4dr finally another nice day....worked on the dash



these are those small head rivets that are hard to Find. there are some in the mail to me from Gio but they must be stuck in customs some where.





I marked the retaining clips




heres the how they make the bead



heres the thickness of the tube



and where we wound up

02-08-2015 02:21 PM
37ford4dr beautiful day today high 60s*

sand the doors one more time



thoroughly clean them, a paint job is only as good as the prep work




first coat self etching primer



and the black higher build primer. funny thing was the doors were not painted under the hinges....so this time around that area will get painted before the door gets hung. that may be the first car part i paint the body color.



i guess my next task will be to start cleaning up the dash. its still accessible.
02-07-2015 02:04 PM
37ford4dr well finally some nice weather, as you can see I need to do as much out side as possible







we did save some small work area and a place for the visiting 85lb beast, I mean my sons dog




time to do some more sanding on the door skin and put some filler down, since there is no repair here it is just polyester filler



use a long sanding board so you don't get waves





after sanding and a wipe down with wax and grease remover it gets the self etching primer. the kids and dog are away for the weekend so the evaporating primer will not bother the beast.





and my black primer



01-18-2015 01:42 PM
37ford4dr well it was a busy day today


here is the manmade hole surprisingly located underneath the first barrel bolt of the door frame.



body dollys come in all different shapes and sizes this has a radius side and a flat side



hammer from the inside "on dolly', this means the hammer hits the metal on the support dolly, off dolly means the hammer hits the metal but the dolly is not behind the striking hammer



first go around


all done



skimmed with fiberglass



now to the work that got me no where......my son, wife, granddaughter and dog are in between apartments so they will stay with us for a short time and the garage will be used for storage

built a frame for storing the body on top of the chassis


lift the current car body and frame up on to 12 ton jack stands about 24" tall


we got the heights with in 1/2" of each other then my son and son inlaw just got on either end and picked it up on to the new frame




you can see how high up the blue jack stands are these were under the old car frame

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