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Old 02-04-2013, 08:19 PM
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yes a 73

one more hour to fix the last piece of rust on the front shroud




and the piece from the donor inner fender








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Old 02-06-2013, 04:40 PM
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4 hrs today ....I really took my time to make sure i didnt screw up

heres how you can make lines that are transferrable



you can get the idea of how the splice will work



really taking my time so i dont have an accidental over cut



slowly you can see the gap getting smaller




so heres the big gap that needs to be made smaller





getting close and i used a 1/4" rod to transfer the cut line



so i used those alinging pieces inside the bonnet frame support and you can see the gap getting closer



at this point both sides are really close


so to make the final cut its all clamped in and i very slowly use the cut off wheel and make a cut right in the middle of splice line





close to the final splice the rest of the trimming will be done with a hand file


final gaps









and i need to tweak this alittle



here i am using copper in between my temp splice and the two sections of the bonnet so i can weld the outer drip rail



all tacked in place and time to stop, everything went very well so some times you need to know when to stop



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Old 02-08-2013, 07:08 PM
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spent an hour or two fiddling with putting the hood on and tweaking the drivers side area where the two halves meet





I needed to elongate the bonnet hinge holes a little bit so I conjured up this idea.

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I think your doing great ,I can give you a few time saving tips if your interested...
I still find it hard to believe theres someone else out there that has the courage to take on the dead ones... keep up the good fight...I almost bought this one last year.thought it was a Healy...
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I think your doing great ,I can give you a few time saving tips if your interested...
I still find it hard to believe theres someone else out there that has the courage to take on the dead ones... keep up the good fight...I almost bought this one last year.thought it was a Healy...
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:35 PM
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I am always up for tips, I do this for fun so some times the easier ways of doing things i have to discover....I had a big Healy I really liked it.

496...That is a later model MGA

I would settle for having the body off by spring time...

spent a couple hours this am and I welded up the two halves today there is a lot of tension in those joints, I think I will not grind them until after the body is taken off so I can weld the bottom side with a nice seam. and then after grinding If I need to touch them up I will use a TIG on it.

here is my handy dandy anti burn through gizmo made out of Bonnet scraps





i definitely got the gaps where they should be



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The gaps look great...That was an old 62 MGA .A bit too rough even for me. when I saw how you cut the nose of it remended me of it (first pic),,,it's still there...
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:44 AM
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well finished up a little this weekend and welded the last repair panel on the front pass side where the bottom of the inner fender atraches to the end of the inner sill. and worked on finte tuning the Bonnet gap and putting the bonnet catch on. i think it took me longer to adjust the bonnet then it did to graft the front end on....











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Old 02-11-2013, 09:55 AM
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well finished up a little this weekend and welded the last repair panel on the front pass side where the bottom of the inner fender atraches to the end of the inner sill. and worked on finte tuning the Bonnet gap and putting the bonnet catch on. i think it took me longer to adjust the bonnet then it did to graft the front end on....











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Old 02-24-2013, 09:46 AM
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not too motivated today I have cold or something so we are picking low hanging fruit....kind of the crap work that you never like to do anyway, I force myself on days like this to do an hour or so just to get it out of the way.

so i primed the welds on the front end graft and removed the divers door and had to drill out all but three of the hinge and catch bolts. there were a spacer on each door hinge








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picked up my youngest son from college to day for spring break .....my goal is to have the body pulled off before he goes back to school. 4hrs working on the drivers side sill repair. i decided to start at the front and work my way back.









heres the donor panel



the salvaged repair piece



same method of grinding off the spot welds and peeling off the metal





the repaired repair panel



trimmed and primed



rough welded in place, grinding will come on another day

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:25 PM
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4 hrs today kicking some butt.....





cut away the rust





the template to make the part, i am not sweating the bottom length and i am making to too long on purpose and will trim it later



this is the offset flange



here is the back side primed with cold galvanizing compound you can weld through this but it really sparks alot




while the paint is drying i removed all the body bolts and was surprised how easily they came out and the rear body mount is in great shape

the front needs some work though



made up new piece and primed it with weld through primer



while thats drying i went ahead and removed the rusted out section



same trick i ground off the old spot welds. what looks like holes is actually shiney metal





after everything is cut away the new piece is made and flanged and primed



and welded in place one step closer to being done...

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1 more hr needed to wrap things up

i used a piece of angle iron to make sure that i had a nice straight and tight seam



that thin line is the middle piece nice and straight



and of course you need to have a mock set up admittedly this was for my satisfaction



so i paint the inside of the inner sill





i had to move some stuff around to get the welding cart over behind the MGA where this use to taking up residence... what would a garage be with out a sons custom motorcycle project??

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3 more hrs of work..had my son helping me..I welded up the inner sill, while he removed the rear bumper horns and the 6 inner boot body/frame attaching bolts.one of the rear bumper horn extension bolts was a major PITA and we wound up cutting it off. i drilled two 1/8 aligning holes in the bonnet hinge mounting plate. cant believe so little work took so much time


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Old 03-05-2013, 07:34 PM
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2 more hours tonight wrapping up the door posts, all of the grinding and making the welds look pretty will happen after the bodys off the car







and i added an extra support brace for good measure

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