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04-08-2014 10:33 PM
37ford4dr thks, I am glad those are done upholstery is not one of my strengths I just kind of awkwardly stumble through it slowly and try not to screw up.

lets start warming up some body working skills again....

that's no place for doors

it looks like a ghost

I do this one handed so I cut the head off of a bolt as an aide and I use a punch

after hanging the doors I can definitely see where fitting the doors, rocker panel, fenders all need to be done with the body sitting on the I guess I will pick at all the low hanging body work fruit for a while and get that squared away before I tackle the fender repair panels and the rocker panel
04-06-2014 02:12 PM
NEW INTERIORS Looking good so far...
04-06-2014 02:07 PM
37ford4dr I am letting them sit on the deck in the full sun to let the wrinkles go away
04-06-2014 11:05 AM
37ford4dr i am not sure how this is suppose to get terminated but this is what I did

then I trimmed the piping

and what they look like from the bottom

I added 2x4 runners and you can sit in them
04-05-2014 06:51 PM
37ford4dr so these are the 35 year old leather seat kits on the roadster seats I made into coupe seats finished, I think the vinyl shrunk differently then the leather did but all in all I am pleased with the end result. 35 yrs is along time to sit in a box

04-05-2014 05:52 PM
37ford4dr we will do the seats today!!!! my oldest son is helping me

we started with taking the temporary seat apart and added the left over foam to it, mostly so I didnt have any left over material and more importantly we could get the hang of doing this again and figure out how to make the stapler be our friend.

its great to be able to practice on something that doesn't matter.

we pull it taught to see what it looks light and make some sacrificial staples

use some blue tape to get straight lines

we go back and clean everything up

now to the backs!!!

we pulled the seat backs down tight clamped them and then and went and did taxes to lt them stretch while we figured out what my son owed uncle sam, after that back to the seats

we pulled them tight and stapled them and then tucked the sides in a glued them

then to the other side

after dinner I will put it all together and add the photos
04-04-2014 02:29 PM
37ford4dr first let me say thks to every body for reading the thread I never thought so many people would be following this, I guess I will have to up my worksmanship ......

lets finish the fuel line.... this was not hard but it was work

I will use the old fuel line to make a mock up of the correct bends this is how I mark where the 90* lines up

I covered the engine in towels so I didn't scratch things while I was wrangling the fuel line

that took about 2 hours, all I can think of that I have left on the chassis is to put in the fuel sender and make the new P brackets for the bigger welding battery cable
03-30-2014 06:17 PM
37ford4dr this is a fuel pump I was using on the 37 ford and it was too much so I had to get one with even lower pressure for the 37 ford but I think it should work on the MGA

lets make a fuel line

this is the old one and the new one

start marking out bends

double flaring the line

this is so the inner flare doesnt fall out when I sweat it

add some flux, heat and apply solder

03-29-2014 10:18 PM
37ford4dr its a really low PSI facet pump from Pegasus racing, I will get the numbers off of it tomorrow, they helped me spec it out

I have a plan.....I mocked up the cube fuel pump now to find some fittings

I will use the original mounting bracket under the cube pump so the next guy or me has the original bracket if they ever need it

I will use the ground wire off of the battery terminal with an enclosed spade connector to the fuel pump ground

I will use a 90* fitting here and point the filter out to the frame

this is what the fittings will look like

the original fitting to the gas tank, a 5/16 compression fitting with a 5/16 barbed nipple for the hose connection to the fuel filter ( I will see if any of the local stores has a filter that is threaded on both ends), the fuel filter gets a 1/8" NPT female 90* male fitting, the fuel pump outlet gets a 1/8"NPT 5/16" compression fitting, and the engine end gets the original fitting.

tomorrow I look for fittings!!!
03-28-2014 07:03 PM
496CHEVY3100 What psi electric pump are you using ,I installed a 4 psi pump and it floods my MGB at idle .I do not have a regulator.
03-28-2014 05:08 PM
37ford4dr thks Brian

tonight lets play around with the fuel line, this thread helped me out and of course Barneys write up on it. Fuel Line Fittings : MGA Forum : MG Experience Forums : The MG Experience Dave Dubois fuel line fitting picture schedule is great! Dave thank you.

all the ugly parts

propane didn't do we move up to the OA rig

and the new setup

and some paint for the lower bracket
03-23-2014 09:49 AM
MARTINSR Awesome stuff!

03-23-2014 09:45 AM
37ford4dr so lets work on these some more and see if we can take the looseness out of the top of the seat. I don't know why that is there, it could be my home made coupe seat is just off a little bit or it could be the leather and vinyl aged and shrunk differently who knows but I am still only interested in slowly stretching it to shape....

this is the issue

this is the cure, currently I have a kitchen trash bag over the seating material so it slides on and off easily, and when you pull down on the trash bag that new foam just compresses away

so the cover is twisted a little so I add some more heat to the back and pull it in to compliance

last step is to pull the back tight after hitting it with a hair dryer and clamp it in place to stretch the material and on the top lets add some compression to help stretch things

I will let this stay like this for at least two weeks and let the fabric slowly come back to shape. if I knew what I was doing or the material was new I may be more daring, but I don't want to rip the seams, no big deal if it does I will just have a new panel sewed in but if don't have to take it to a shop that would make me and my budget happy
03-22-2014 02:49 PM
37ford4dr lets do some upholstery....I will only be stretching the fabric for the time being

trim the back board to shape

wrap the tube frame and the backboard with duct tape

build up the seat base

turn fabric inside out and stretch over the foam

yes those edges are sharp

back to seat backs

03-21-2014 02:13 PM
37ford4dr lets do some work....I have used ideas from all the info on this that is on the web, not a single original thought on my part just a lot of stealing....

used some batting to cover the sharp metal ends

glued the foam to the seat bottoms, I guess the clamping is my original thought to this

I used an adhesive from a tube for this it has a 6 hr set time for full cure

I used 2" foam for the bottom support and 1 stiff batting and 1/2 foam for the top. I decided to go a little bigger on the bottom piece for some additional comfort. it seems that these pieces for the coupe seats are all different sizes maybe they were left over materials

lets play around with the stapler and batting and make a cover for my temporary seat.....this is just for fun and to play around with stapler depth settings and to get use to working with batting and foam

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