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About Luv2Wrench

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  1. Great to hear you're doing OK Matt. NC has definitely been in our thoughts and prayers!
  2. Yeah, that looks really nice, should be perfect after the coating.
  3. Luv2Wrench

    1952 MG TD

    Took the bottom half off and even with the gasket dressing the gasket ripped into a million pieces. Fortunately I had another gasket. Here's a shot of the upper half of the engine with the flywheel installed. You should be able to see how the casting goes around the flywheel thus the flywheel has to go on before the two halves are joined. Fortunately there was room to get my hand in there between the flywheel and engine stand mount and get two bolts in to hold it in place. I put the other two in, torqued and safety wired them after taking the engine back off the engine stand. Now I'm waiting on the new clutch.
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    Wow, you got a lot accomplished! I don't know what to do with those tacks, that looks like a real pain. I guess you'll have to remove some wood to get a grip on them and then fill that back in.
  5. Luv2Wrench

    1952 MG TD

    Yes, the flywheel does have to be installed before the bottom half it attached. I don't think it is a huge issue because of a couple of things: First, I used a gasket dressing so I should be able to remove the bottom half pretty easily without disturbing the gasket. Second, I don't actually have to get the flywheel installed onto the crank, rather, I just need to get it in there and then close up the bottom half. I'll post a picture tomorrow and I think it will make more sense. The other fun news for the day was to find out that the new clutch the PO purchased and carefully wrapped up for storage somehow got oil in it. Time to order a new one.
  6. Luv2Wrench

    1952 MG TD

    So the BIG milestone of getting the engine off the stand so I could put on the flywheel, clutch, pressure plate, bell housing, gearbox etc was rudely interrupted when I tried to install the flywheel. Seems that the flywheel has to be installed before the lower half of the engine (oil sump) is mated to the block. Not 100% sure how I'll proceed with that. I'll test fit the engine stand again to see if it is possible to get the flywheel in there with it attached and if so, then that will be pretty straightforward. If not, well, that's not going to be fun. Live and learn...
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    When I asked SPI about epoxy over paint they recommended 80 grit DA scratches in the paint before applying the epoxy. They said this would help the epoxy get a bite. I would imagine the epoxy primer you have is similar. 80 grit seems excessive so I might just mask the primer you have now and just shoot the wood. The work so far looks fantastic!!
  8. Luv2Wrench

    1952 MG TD

    Thanks jp! As to why the ears face the wrong way, I don't really know... maybe just to infuriate you? Maybe they designed a special tool such that only they could easily pull them off. Yeah I should have run some 600 in the bore but I didn't think about it. I'll remember that in the future. Thanks for the reply and tips!
  9. Indeed... when I'm down in the dumps over some issue in my restoration, I just come back to this thread and read a couple of posts, realize how easy I've got it and head back out to the shop re-energized.
  10. Luv2Wrench

    REPORTS ON A 1914 HUMBERETTE RESTORATION Looks very tasty... I shall see if it is possible to get some here. Update: Lucky me! My local Total Wine location has some in stock.
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    1952 MG TD

    Not sure if I posted the last couple of video links. Here is the latest one, not really anything you guys haven't seen.
  12. Yes I agree, it does look very nice, but you must remember not everyone has access to these special tools he's using. It isn't like angle iron and PVC pipe can be found at your local hardware store.... oh wait... never mind. Joking aside, this is another perfect example of craftsmanship. Tools are nice and helpful, but it is the guy using the tools that creates the masterpiece. Well done Dale!
  13. I think it looks fantastic and you're right... function is pretty darn important!!!
  14. Luv2Wrench

    1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    Looking good! Love that primer color.
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    Antique Auto Battery still in business?

    Any update on this? Has anyone ordered and received a battery from "Jim's Battery Manufacturing Co"?