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1958 MGA Coupe driver quality restoration thread

Posted by bobs77vet 
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Charlie Adams
Fairfax VA, USA   usa
1951 MG TD MkII
1962 MG MGA MkII "Albuquerque"
1962 MG MGA MkII "Red"

Bob,
Excellent and steady progress…really moving along well. Your an inspiration.
Charlie
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

thks guys I appreciate the comments, Gary i see you used a stand bolted to the "front upright bracket" for lack of better terminology. looks like it is cross braced side to side. could you have put casters on that and rolled it around? and was it braced from front support to back support ? do you have any pictures of the back support? thks bob
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

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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Geoff Howard
Ashburn, VA, USA   usa

Bob, if you need someone to lend a hand one of these days let me know. My welding and metal shaping skills only extend to standing behind you and handing you stuff and listening, but I do have two hands, am relatively able bodied, and only about 30 minutes from you.



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Charlie Adams
Fairfax VA, USA   usa
1951 MG TD MkII
1962 MG MGA MkII "Albuquerque"
1962 MG MGA MkII "Red"

Bob,

Your progress is inspiring. I'd like to be there to lend a hand on body off day.

Charlie
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

thks guys I am shooting for friday evening or saturday morning.
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

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...





Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/03/2013 03:24PM by bobs77vet.
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

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 be taking up residence... what would a garage be with out a sons custom motorcycle project??





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/03/2013 08:39PM by bobs77vet.
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

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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Freddy Jones
Raleigh, NC, USA   usa
1961 MG MGA
1974 MG MGB

Bob,

WOW! All I can say is "what an interesting and informative series!" My hat's off to ya!

Any chance we might see you in Asheville for GT38? I know it would be cutting it close...
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

thks for the comments, I have my first grandchild due right around that time frame so I may be on a very short leash....most of it self imposed this time...
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

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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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

hooray for a snow day!!!!

wrapped up some loose ends on the body so all the welding that has to be done before we take the body off the frame is now done. added some corner braces to the bottom of the rear door post, welded the trunk pan in place and welded the inner foot well area piece to the body mount. i am taking an hour or so break then will go out and start on the mechanical aspects of the body removal







test fit of piece





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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

I AM WORN OUT.... little Joe and i spent another 3 hrs tackling the mechanical items that need to be taken care to remove the engine
it helps having a worker...



we are not sure hes going to fit into when its done...




not to hard removing the master cylinder



however the car gots its pound of blood from the bolt that attaches the pedal assembly to the top bracketry....the pedals swiveled on the bushings but the bolt siezed in the steel sleeve



what a PITA....i was able to manhandle it through the opening once the ends were cut off. i could only get the bolt out the sleeve when it was in the vise.


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Bryant Aydelette
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA   usa
1958 MG MGA
1970 MG MGB

Bob K,

I am exhausted also just watching..........
You are "wearing out" all of us. Please be careful and not "over-do"; it is a long road to go
to get the final product they you are looking forward to.

You are doing a great job; take a minute, stand back, and catch your breath.

We all remember those days of our individual restorations and know too well what
you are going through.

ENJOY the Moment,
Bryant Aydelette
Greensboro, NC
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

thks Bryant, I dont get too wound up in time frames, however I do set some short term mile stones and the one at hand is the body is coming off on saturday....this is one of my favorite pictures of a previous restoration....I smile everytime I see it...


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Larry Wheeler
Hillsboro, OR, USA   usa
1957 MG MGA "Rosie 2"

In reply to # 2306347 by bobs77vet thks Bryant, I dont get too wound up in time frames, however I do set some short term mile stones and the one at hand is the body is coming off on saturday....this is one of my favorite pictures of a previous restoration....I smile everytime I see it...


All I can say about that is wow. I can't even imagine tackling that restoration.

Big Healey? Any after pictures of it?

Great progress on the 'A', looking forward to seeing more!



I brought my kid with me on "Take your child to work" day so I could show him why I drink when I get home.
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

In reply to # 2306358 by Bandersnatch

All I can say about that is wow. I can't even imagine tackling that restoration.

Big Healey? Any after pictures of it?

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the kid smiling with his head over the side of the door is little Joe the one stuck in the door opening











Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/07/2013 08:25AM by bobs77vet.
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bob k
arlington, va, USA   usa

well we were getting set up to for the saturday body removal and then it happened....about 1 hours worth of work...










and this is where we realized we were almost there



yours truly



i accomplish so much more with helpers









and whamo its done



final resting spot



look dad i do fit





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/08/2013 12:35PM by bobs77vet.
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Andy Bloom
Grand River, Ohio, USA   usa
1957 MG MGA 1500 Coupe "1957 Coupe"

Awesome. Great progress....
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