MGA Restoration/Build

  1. mac53

    mac53 Member

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    This is not my car just giving the guy a hand but thought you would be interested
    Don't expect this to be done in a week its not Car SOS or trick my truck


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    or do you not think it's not worth the effort?
    It's not a complete car but we have allot of bits
    MGB 1800 with mk1 overdrive gearbox
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    All MGB running gear will change the wheels for 15" later
    The chassis is all good so that's a good thing
    Have some repair panels but the price of new panels is eye watering
    Sofar I have extended the boot support rails
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    Slight curve to rear of the car
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    will see if I can give a weekly report i don't get along every day
    Mac
     
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  2. mylesdw

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    Looks like a nice project; I look forward to seeing more. The move to MGB running gear seems a good compromise between original and practical, especially the o/d gearbox. Get on with the cheap metal bashing stuff and save for the outer panels.
     
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  3. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    You are braver than me and I thought I was brave!!

    As you say....it'll be a slow burner and if you enjoy the project side of things (as I do) I expect you'll get a lot of pleasure out of that one.

    I always fancied doing an MGA....one day!
     
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  5. Nick67GT

    Nick67GT Member

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    Joining an active site that has a good forum is almost critical in keeping your sanity when trying to make progress with such a restoration.

    You can guarantee that someone has ‘been there - got the tee shirt’.

    It will save hours (and ££!) trying to figure things out from scratch.

    Good luck!
     
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  6. jordhandson Member

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    Great advice Nick67GT I have mums car to do soon as permits

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  7. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    We look after one at work

    Why they didn’t make the engine bay opening bigger I don’t know, fitting an engine or removing carbs is a right pain
     
  8. Ashley Burton

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    That looks like alot of work to me!

    Good luck with the project
     
  9. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    A friend in Denmark specialises in restoring these and does really great work. You can find him on the Metal meet forum, his user name is Great Dane and his name is Peder.
     
  10. jpmillermatic

    jpmillermatic Member

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    great project!...great advice above too. Retro Rides has so good stuff going on too....

    JP
     
  11. rtcosic

    rtcosic Member

    Looks like a challenging project being handled well.

    Of course I'm going to pipe up with - why not replace that B-Series with a nice T-Series complete with fuel injection and electronic ignition! A nice standard 200 HP turbo T -Series would be icing on the cake and just as easy.
     
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  12. mac53

    mac53 Member

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    Thanks all
    Outer panels at the moment are fiberglass not the best see how we get on
    That guy is a magician Peder looked at some of his work its like sprayed metal
    I do like a challenge
    managed to get a quite a bit time on the rear tub this week
    boot floor petrol tank.jpg
    got the boot floor done and the rear stiffener nothing welded in just screwed down
    found these screws really handy drill screws.jpg
    got them from screw fix or toolstation
    I think the tubs been used as a parts car the way the rears been cut off
    Need to replace the flange for the inner boot floor its in pretty poor condition even though its been cut out with a spotweld cutter
    Also got the rear boot floor made
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    bit of a tricky one with the pressings either side of the dome then the flange at the rear might have a bit more fettling to do on that dome
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    floor in place but only screwed down it might look out of level, just the angle I took the shot
    Well thats up to date think theirs a lot of fiddly bits to do now, like the rear shroud stiffeners and the outer panels
     
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  13. jpmillermatic

    jpmillermatic Member

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    Now thats some quality complex metal work!

    JP
     
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  14. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    I had an MGA back in the mid 70s, it had been rebuilt badly with 4 fibre glass wings. They rotted badly then, I hate to think what they would be like 40 years on .... I fitted a 3 bearing MGB engine with a stage 2 head, it went like a rocket, but still had oodles of torque, I used it as a tow car for my trials car & trailer, also towed a caravan around north Devon that I borrowed. Wife was pregnant & couldn’t get in, that was the end of that. The man I bought it off said “come & have a look at this” tucked away in his garage was an ex racing MGA Twin Cam with a one piece fibre glass moulded body. He said he drove it back from London thinking what’s all the fuss about this, docile smooth, typical B series. Then pulled out to overtake something, the Rev counter hit 4000 & all hell broke loose, it became an absolute beast! Always wondered what happened to that car.
     
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  15. mac53

    mac53 Member

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    Hi Cobbler hope this one has the same torque!
    back in the 70 I don't think the replacement body panels were available or you just fixed them yourself bit like me..
    yes wow twin cam the holy grail of MG's I wonder where it is now
    Mac
     
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  16. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Steel panels were available at a huge cost. From memory each wing was in the region of £270 hand made, being as I was on about 30 to 35 pounds a week then, not really available. I did go into the BL dealers & found genuine sills were on the shelf, so I had a pair of those. My car was an absolute heap, but I think it is the only car I’ve made a profit on, bought for £185 & sold for £300. Bought myself a mk2 Cortina GT with that.

    The name Marsh comes to mind for the body panels, I could be mistaken & they’ve probably long gone.
     
  17. mac53

    mac53 Member

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    sportscar metalworks seams to be the name of the best metal parts for the "A" but front wings are still over £1000 that might be plus vat ? never heard of Marsh but lots of panel suppliers have gone now
    Even Us imports cars are expensive now and still need fettling
    What was the Cortina like always wanted one when i was an apprentice the car to have
     
  18. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    Served me well for a number of years, really wanted a 1600e, but couldn’t afford it. Replaced the GT with a mk1 Crapi, horrible car, truly horrible, sought after now, but so are a lot of things.
     
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