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Wray Gold Member Wray Lemke
., SC, USA   USA
Barry, those are really nice, well done indeed. We used some red dye to bring one of the rope pulls back to life.

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AdamFromOz Adam Paterson
Newcastle, NSW, Australia   AUS
They look great! I need to do the same job myself. Did you weave the handles yourself?

sutton1965 Barry Johnson
Farnborough, UK   GBR
Thanks Wray. I was thinking of trying to dye the handles but the commonest dye I've found in the UK (dylon) uses salt as a fixative and I wasn't sure what effect that might have on the chromed/pitted alloy screw-down ends - what did you use?

Barry

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sutton1965 Barry Johnson
Farnborough, UK   GBR
Hi Adam. Nah - the rope handles were courtesy of Fleabay - i've seen a few for sale over the last year or so.

Barry

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Quinsjim Jim Hamilton
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK   GBR
Hi Barry,

I can confirm that Dylon is a bad choice! - Did mine a few years back and the metal rings on the handles salted up and snapped clean off. Had to get some replacements from NTG at crazy prices - one of which has detached after only a couple of years of incredibly light use :-(

Jim

sutton1965 Barry Johnson
Farnborough, UK   GBR
Hi Jim, thanks for the tip. Perhaps I'll just stick with "faded"!

Barry

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Wray Gold Member Wray Lemke
., SC, USA   USA
Barry, my wife did them, she just used some fabric dye that she found locally.

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SteveZA Steve Welch
Taunton, Somerset, UK   GBR
1955 MG Magnette ZA "Maggie"
Adam,
If it helps, I have just made the metal ring attachments ( cut a thin length of steel pipe, brazed it to a piece of steel, shaped it, £30 of chrome plating for both ) and found a rope manufacturer who sold a length to do both doors ( £2 ) and bound together to the correct length. So much cheaper the eBay


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AdamFromOz Adam Paterson
Newcastle, NSW, Australia   AUS
Thanks Steve.

I will look into the rope. I have one intact and the other hardware for the other with no rope. So I am very fortunate.

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Quinsjim Jim Hamilton
Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK   GBR
In the spirit of undoing 4 or 5 years of 'not very much done' on my girl, today I started to sort out the door bottoms - already had a few goes with previous owners by the look of it, and I can't afford to have them done with steel (my welding is far too agricultural for door panels)

So, first one in primer - spot putty in the morning and then we can see if I can match up the paint! Loving getting back to working on my baby. New target is Spa in September.

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Ian Williams Ian W
Chipping Longjourney, Toofarupnorth, UK   GBR
Discovered the new exhaust fouls on the rear of the axle casing as the pipe goes over...
Tomorrows job is releasing all the clamps and trying to gain another 2 inches (somehow)

Brakes now bled..After trying both easy bleed (and vacuum pump) I found the best results from just using a piece of tube with a one way valve on the end..

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Wray Gold Member Wray Lemke
., SC, USA   USA
Ian, I've tried a lot of different methods for bleeding, vacuum bleeders, speed bleeders, bench bleeding first, etc. The most successful method was using an inexpensive check valve thing on the end of a hose just like you did. Worked a treat.

The last speed bleeder I used failed after it was tightened and shot brake fluid all over the newly painted GT suspension. PMO.

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mcquaid jim jans
hood river OR, USA   USA
I was having trouble with the fuel gauge; it was reading full when I had about 1 or 2 gallons of fuel in the tank. It was very puzzling, but I figured it out while installing LED lights in the trunk space. I attached two small LED lights and a normal closed switch to thin angle sheet metal attached up near the front of the boot in order to light up the area at night. When the boot lid is opened, the switch releases and the two LED lights light up the trunk, and then shut off when the lid is closed. While testing the light set up, I noticed that the fuel sending unit had an inscription “TOP”, which was apparently stamped upside down. Oops! I had installed the fuel gauge sending unit upside down and never noticed that it was labeled. I pulled out sending unit and repositioned it correctly and the gauge now reads half full which matches the fuel level in the tank when the key was turned on. Yahoooooo!

I have installed the brake servo unit up under the glove box and built a bracket to hold it securely as outlined in the instruction manual. I used the RHD bracket for the steering wheel to hold the servo in place by bolting a bracket from the servo unit to the unused steering wheel mounting bracket behind the current glove box location. The brake lines are ready to attach after I tap the manifold for the vacuum line installation. I am also going to replace the lines from the 4 way back to the rear axle as well as the R/R and L/R brake lines since they are over 60 years old and the extra boost from the brake servo may cause issues in the future. The front lines had already been replaced when I updated to disc brakes during the car overhaul.

I took the ZB out for a spin in the county and stopped by a couple of shops that have helped in the manufacturing of parts and showed off the now road-worthy ZB. But what really made my day was driving over to an extended family member’s home who has a young son who had expressed an interest. I had told him earlier that I would stop by to show him the ZB when I got it on the road. He was very excited and interested in seeing it actually running, and the modifications that I have made. Later that week I drove her to the Budget Hearing for the local Water Department (I’m on the committee) and learned that one of the other members has owned a MGB since 1969 and he has the tools and know-how to test the SUs using the color tune method. So next week the ZB is going in for a check up. Hurraaaah!


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