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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
And the before/after shots of the thing being welded in. I'm not done.

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
Trunk is more or less done, with a few areas I'm probably going to get back into. The indentation is fixed, as is the gap I put in, plus a few odds and ends in the trunk. I've got the "ceiling" of the trunk to sand blast and prime, and then I'll be done.

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Richas Rich S
Portland, OR, USA   USA
Looking really good! Keep taking bites out of that elephant.

Rich

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
Almost done with the rear end. I'm into the block sanding, with a few things to finish and sand down. I'll likely be finished tomorrow or Sunday, moving on to the front portion thereafter. If I can keep a steady strain, I might be repriming in a couple months, and painting in the fall.

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
In reply to # 3690113 by Richas Looking really good! Keep taking bites out of that elephant.

Mighty tasty elephant smiling smiley

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Rob Z Silver Member Rob Zucca
Camarillo, CA, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA
If ones “eating the elephant” restoring a British car, is it still called the trunk?

In reply to # 3690113 by Richas Looking really good! Keep taking bites out of that elephant.

Rich



"Time flies like an arrow......Fruit flies like a banana"

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hursst Silver Member Chris L
Woodbridge, VA, USA   USA
Nice work, Chris. I've started some baby steps on my bodywork as well, inspired by your work. Just some preparations first, like scraping off petrified trunk weatherstrip and shoring up the body in a better way. You are blazing a trail for the rest of us.

-Chris

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
Thank you Chris smiling smiley I seem to go in spurts - no work in the last three days, but with the weather as it is currently, I've got every great excuse to get back into the garage

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
Some more body work today. I'm finding other areas that need to be worked on, which is normal for body work on a car this old.

Cecelia of Scarborough Faire (I incorrectly called her Cynthia in my video) helped me diagnose a front left shock as not necessarily bad, but working improperly because it's filled with grease, and not oil. So some work there to do in the future.

I keep telling family that I'm just a few more hours of labor away from finishing outer body work, but as is always the case, I need to have the free time and I need to NOT uncover other issues (well ok, NOTICE other issues) for that statement to remain true.

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
More work done, with some filler, and on what seems to be the last remaining body rot area in the car. On the right front side, where the wheel arch begins, is an area with some rust/cancer, that needed to be replaced. I was thinking about getting rid of rust and filling with Tiger Hair, but decided to weld in new metal instead. I cut out a significant amount of junk and welded in a new, stout piece of metal. I also fabricated a repro piece that looks like the structural support bit. As it's late, I'll finish the weld on that tomorrow, finish what seems to be the rest of body work, and plot the next steps.

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kwylde Keith Wylde
Miami, Florida, USA   USA
1959 MG MGA
Hi,

If you are going to do your own painting consider having a professional body man evaluate your work. The final paint job is what people see and any imperfections in the body work will stand out like a sore thumb. I’m just finishing my 59 MGA and I’ll have to go back and redo some areas that I thought were perfect.

Keith

P.S. I just finished my MGA website. Take a look and let me know what you think. http://kwylde.wixsite.com/wylde-ideas



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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
Good advice Keith, thanks!

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bobs77vet bob K.
northern Va, VA, USA   USA
i proudly took my big healey to get painted and told the body shop guy i was very proud of all my work, but for him not to let my pride interfere with a good paint job ....the bottom line was i wanted a superb paint job on that car...


with all my kids and now grand kids i dont look for show car paint jobs any more.....its a lot easier on the blood pressure

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Grubeguy Gold Member Grube Guy
Washington, DC, USA   USA
In reply to # 3695719 by bobs77vet i proudly took my big healey to get painted and told the body shop guy i was very proud of all my work, but for him not to let my pride interfere with a good paint job ....the bottom line was i wanted a superb paint job on that car... with all my kids and now grand kids i dont look for show car paint jobs any more.....its a lot easier on the blood pressure

Bob, you mind if I ask what he charged you? And whether or not he had more rework to do after all your efforts?

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bobs77vet bob K.
northern Va, VA, USA   USA
I never asked him how much of my work he had to redo, I don't suppose it was much, the cost was what he had originally quoted me, that was 23 years ago so the pricing really isn't relevant any more

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