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Old 06-17-2012, 03:29 PM
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The door post bottoms should be a piece of cake from what I see you doing here..I find these metal working threads the most interesting, youve picked up a fan....

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:51 AM
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wow !!!!!!!

Nice work so far!!,i can see that youre not afraid of a little rust !!
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:22 PM
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well I figured out all the angles and dimensions and have mocked up the rear pillar








you can see here what I left to do on the front post.

but that will have to wait for a day or two....I have done enough sheet metal work for a while.

I want to poke around the engine some more and drain the oil in it and take out the old filter, and remove the starter and generator and see what they look like inside.






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Old 06-22-2012, 04:21 AM
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I'll bet its gonna be tough getting all the parts to rebuild that engine.
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parts are easy and cheap.....the Brits used all the same parts for all the cars that they made for many years at a time. and the MGs have such a faithful restoration group all parts are available just like for corvettes, there are hard parts to get for the coupes like the rear glass because its not manufactured any more but all engine componets are available in fact i just ordered a rebuilt starter $49 and generator $59 from auto zone today and all the tune up stuff from advance auto.


well i made some progress in taking stuff apart and I found the usual and expected issues..... the oil cannister had no seals on either the top or in the bottom of the bottom plate. what looks like a seal is just perfectly formed sludge, and had a large washer that really doesnt look like it belongs in the filter, i say that because its not machined in any fashion on its big surfaces jus left kind of rough, the generator has a broken ear and an undersized screw was in the back, the distributor is stuck in place and is being soaked at the moment with PB blaster, and the starter only hums when 12v is applied to it. looks like from the wiring on the coil the car was converted to 12v neg ground.







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You could build an MG from parts available!
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Ign parts

If you can find Standard/ Blue Streak part# LU1617xp and LU206 they are far superior to oem. Heavier spring better rub block and ventilated
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mr t thks, i didnt see your post in enough time...i will have to see what i get sent from the parts store...

BINGO.....well look what i found.....no doubt the reason it was parked some 30 yrs ago and explains the new spark plug wires, and distributor cap. the previous owner tried tuning it up but i can see it never ran after he changed the points..... i couldnt believe it and got out an ohm meter to make sure i wasnt dreaming.....the metal washer on top was touching the condensor tab and grounding out the points



this is the washer that was sitting on top of the nylon



part of what i have learned over the years is to touch the parts only once...



clean them up and paint them



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I was able to get the valves adjusted this morning , heres what they were

set at previously #1 .021, 2 .014, 3 .013, 4 .023, 5 .016, 6 .015, 7 .018, 8 .021

all in all I suppose it could have been worse. Interestingly I found kernels in the number 2 and number 3 cylinders, mostly the number 3, I theorize the exhaust valve was open and the mouse would crawl up the exhaust and eat his lunch inside the exhaust manifold/exhaust port and he would lose some kernels and they would roll down past the open valve into the cylinder

here are the kernels that I blew out of the cylinder. while I was crawling around on the floor I noticed that for some reason the timing marks were bent backwards and not easily visible, so i straightened them out



here is the amount of dirt in this area





here is the cleaned up area



I spent a little bit of time cleaning, the oil filter housing was so badly rusted I had to sand it because I was too scared of getting rust in the oil when I changed the oil so after that i primed it some self etching primer.

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Heres the work for the day. I sanded the fan and painted it with a high build primer and then sanded it. I painted the pulleys with satin black and the oil cannister is painted with "cast iron". the thing the oil cannister and fan is on is a "lazy susan" base and it rotates so i can stay in one spot and move the piece being painted








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Hey 37ford4dr. I have not seen anyone turn out any more work in a shorter period of time. Way to go. I am really enjoying following along. Keep up the good work.

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Looks like you picked up another fan (sorry bout the pun)
Its great to watch someone so hard at it..and doing some great work to boot.
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I see the lower pulley has provision for a starting handle, did one come with the car ?

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Looks like you picked up another fan (sorry bout the pun)
Its great to watch someone so hard at it..and doing some great work to boot.
LOL .........I would guess several, not counting the painted one.

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I see the lower pulley has provision for a starting handle, did one come with the car ?


thks guys, yes the car actually came with two hand cranks along with the other extra parts. i can not use them because the motor mounts are in so bad of a shape the motor is sagging and the center of the "hole" is just below the front crossmember maybe by an 1/8 or so.
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