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Finally decided it was time to weld. After fitting the inner and outer sill, checking, adjusting, refitting, rechecking, etc. Over a two day period I welded in these pieces and so it was time to do the dogleg. I felt panel bond would be quite good enough for this task and so I cut some 18 gauge sheet metal for a tab and bonded it to the backside of the quarter panel. After that had dried I then spread the panel bond over the tab and backside of the patch panel. I then screwed the patch into place.
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I have a person currently looking but this is the dash for sale. have offer if seller backs out I will repost
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A while back I had decided to change my original rear view mirror as it was now worn to the point that I never had a stable image as it shook about so much, also it really did block the view through the windshield. So I ordered the older style clamp to the windshield stay mirror and fastened it on lower so that it provided a great rear view and allowed me to see through the top half of the windshield. As the 73 windshield stay is a slightly smaller diameter than what the mirror is designed for I just added a bit of tape to bolster the thickness where the mirror would be attached. So there it was and I really like the difference it made, unfortunately I was never a fan of the gold colour that the back was done with so I thought, that's easy just paint it. Ah Ha that's where things went from simple to difficult, lets see, first thought paint it black, that's what they are generally done with. Nah I thought that's boring what about red the same colour as the car. Hmm it sort of progressed from there to how about the Union Jack. Step one get the 3 colours I needed, I just used model car paint, red blue and white and a couple of brushes. Step two, make sure I have the correct way it is drawn to be as close to accurate as possible. Step three figure how to mask off, ended up doing various areas at separate times, to make it easier but it still took a lot of cutting and figuring the masking to make it work. Painted the whole thing white and then the colours went on, two...
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Started the car for the first time this year a couple weeks ago; started very well...backed out into the street and couldn't stop. About an inch of brake pedal. Checked and fluid was very low. Topped it off and did a lot of pumping; brakes pumped back up, but can't find out where the leak is. (almost all brake fluid leaked out over the winter months). I suspect some leaking around the master cylinder...any hints as to what I should do to narrow it down? I won't drive it until this is resolved...I understand it's kind of important to be able to stop.... Wayne
I just finished putting new shocks and poly bushings on “Lil'White Dove” the ’79B. The left shock had no oil left but the right seemed pretty good. I replace them because I need a shock to replace the one that was shattered on the ’74 in the accident. I couldn’t see putting a good set on a broken car. Peter is getting one good shock and a pile of metal back for cores. I guess I’ll be paying a core charge for the broken one. The hardest part was cutting the upper fulcrum pins because the V8 bushings were seized. I think I’ll be using poly for all bushing applications. The poly bushings pressed in nicely with a C-clamp and 1” socket and the new pins went in with just a little pressure after I reamed the poly bushings and applied a lot of silicone lube that I got a NAPA since packets are no longer supplied with the bushings. I took her out for a test drive and it seemed a little tighter and cornered a little better but nothing outstanding. The best thing is I will never have to do that again. Next job, rear suspension! The wrecked car has new shocks so I'll be swapping them to "Lil'White Dove". I named her that because that song came on the radio right after I got her. I guess the next one will be "Running Bear".
Now that I have the fuel problem under control, it's on to deciding which exhaust to install. I posed the question in this forum post: http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,2359635,2359635#msg-2359635 and received lots of good feedback. It looks like the Peco exhaust is a contender. Not terrible expensive, easy to install and not sounding like a cat-back exhaust. I'm also intrigued by this: http://www.british-stainless-exhaust.com/ which seems to also fit the bill, except that I haven't seen much feedback about the sound of these exhausts. Or how they are to install by a less than pro mechanic (me). I have to think that the later will have most subdued note, only because of the two mufflers. But, as my underside is only about 6 inches off the ground, I wonder if that first exhaust will only get whacked anyway.
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I have not been able to get a trailer to get my B up here to my house so the madness can begin...We are still excited about it though
Doing a search led me to http://www.mgexp.com/article/fuel-tsg.html and in the first or second paragraph, Dave DuBois suggested popping the gas cap. When I arrived home, I did just that and wala, she started right up. Well, I bought the car to drive and fiddle with and I'm sure having to learn some basic stuff... I should probably buy a book. What a car to fiddle with. Funny shock absorbers, an obserd oil canister, electronics connectors made from recycled tin cans, an oil pressure line that appears to run to the dashboard gauge directly from the engine and goodness knows what other things I've never seen before all live beneath the bonnet. On to the exhaust.
Wanting to drive Monique into the garage to see what replacing the exhaust system is going to take, I turned her over... and over... and over to no avail. Something else has gone south. Since she was running just fine a day or two ago, I'm going on the assumption that the fuel pump isn't pumping fuel. I hope it's something as simple as an old fuel tank cover that isn't venting as it should. Unfortunately, where she sits now I can't safely get beneath her, so I've got to find a way to get her into the garage. The front is so low that I can't get a tow rope beneath her without damaging the lower valance. I wonder if the wife and I could push her up hill(ish) into the garage. I guess we'll see tonight, weather permitting.
Easy job of removing the hardtop-five minutes undoing the side window clamp bolts and the two windshield latches- slide it off the back clamps- done! Not as complex as fitting it was in the fall! Took longer to arrange someplace to store the hardtop in the garage where it won't get scratched or break the rear glass!
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"Charlie", the yellow GT has just joined our family four days ago. I was extremely happy to drive him home in that terrible weather (pouring rain and strong wind) and of yourse the next day was a fun day out from which the first introduction was born: a little video of Charlie rollin' through the beautiful spring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgCPp1uPZO4 Today I had a spare hour to see what's happening behind the left door card as we couldn't open that door from inside. It was fun winding down the window and reach the outer door knob from inside but it's simply not safe to leave it as it was. Apart from the other side of the door card which is a bit rotten and moulded here and there, I've found the door absolutely healthy inside which really fits the overall picture we already have about the bodywork. No rust at all, everything is clean and tidy. The remote control unit was loose on it's three screws and when we wanted to use the inner door handle to open the door it moved with the tension so it didn't open. I checked the lock control rod and it was all in one piece and on spot so I just had to readjust the moving part and fix it harder on with the screws. Door card back on and the door is working again. Also the lock. I also checked the window operation (it's a bit stiff on that side) and sprayed a bit of WD40 on the rails and it's now better but not perfect still. Will go back there later sometimes. It's just a bit of adjustment but I consider it as a mile...
I really am enjoying the hardtop, but its been beautiful weather and ion the 70's so its time to be able to drop the top. I've driven over 500 miles so far since getting her out of storage and found the hardtop made the car quieter and more comfortable -especially on cold morning drives. Meanwhile the new General tires I installed and are just great and smooth running. Best of all is that I replaced a out of true wheel that induced a shimmy while driving with one that I had bought for the purpose several years ago but had not got around to getting it sandblasted and painted. It has made the car smooth as glass to drive. Why did I put up with the bent wheel for almost 20 years! Doh!
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