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  1. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Thanks Frank and Martin. Good call. I had some novice install them for free. You get what you pay for. Oh yeah, it was me. I've been on some MGA forums and yes, that appears to be the problem, I evidently did not seat the seal and/or bearings properly, so the whole hub goes in 1-2mm too far, rubs on the axle flange and is positioned slightly too far away from the axle half shafts. I'll be taking the hub assemblies back off this weekend and taking a look. Maybe I can try again or maybe it will be smarter to bring it to a shop and make sure it's done correctly, as I used improvised methods that appeared to work at the time, but proved to be a little off. Chris
  2. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Continued to make some small progress over the last 2 weeks, but the bitter cold has slowed things down a lot. Ran into a huge setback yesterday, where I discovered that my hub bearings are evidently not fully seated, which caused the hub bearing assembly to somehow bind against the axle tube flange, which would prevent the hub from rotating. In addition, my axle half shafts stop short of mating to the hub bearing assembly by 1mm and 2mm respectively, on each side. This is quite a disaster as it means pulling the hub bearing assemblies back off and trying to figure out where I went wrong. It's also difficult, as I don't really understand how the whole thing works how the hub bearing assembly is supposed to mate to the axle housing and its association with the bearings and hub nut. I'ts all very confusing to me, so I'll have to figure it out. I figure this whole issue is setting me back a good two months, as I'm spending a huge amount of time redoing things, test-fitting things, researching, and trying to figure things out when I should have finished the whole axle assembly by now. A few minor updates in photos. I ordered a new hammer and tool carrier from Moss with a gift certificate I had (Photo 1). I'll be trying to put together a complete tool set over time. On the side, I restored the parking brake mounting assembly that goes on the rear axle (Photo 2). I was able to install the main carrier onto the axle assembly (Photo 3). Here's a photo of the frustrating problem with the axle to hub connection. Note the air gap between the two (Photo 4). Probably won't have an update for a while, due to very little time and trying to figure out this frustrating hub issue. -Chris
  3. 1952 International Pickup front clip

    In what area are you located?
  4. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Thanks for the posts and encouragement! Yes, it is a 3/4 floating type rear axle. -Chris
  5. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Thanks John, although I think it's going to take a lot longer than I thought. Everything seems to be working out in the end, but each step is painfully slow. Many things I don't know and have to research or ask, then many small problems that come up, then a small job becomes hours of work. Had a small amount of damage to the axle threads when I tried to install my hub bearing assembly today. Should have been 5-minutes, but took 2.5 hours before I was able to get the nut properly threaded. None the less, still making some progress, no matter how small. almost every day.
  6. '66 Impala 396 is a great car no matter what. I would put it all back together with the original engine, finish the easy bits and pieces, then drive it and enjoy it. Put it in Driver's Participation. If you really like the car, restore it, but only do so if you love the car and plan on keeping it and enjoying it. That's my opinion.
  7. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Found a day to work on the MGA in between holidays. Was able to install the rear axle carrier as well as a backing plate and some brake parts today. Now it's starting to like like it may be a car one day. First, I cleaned out the breather tube on the axle (Photo 1). It was clogged up with years of sludge, which probably helped create some of the leaky seals. That and 45 years of storage in a barn. Was able to get the chunks out, then detail it out with Gunk spray, then a test with compressed air. Next was to replace the temporary nuts and bolts I had in place for when I sprayed the leaf springs with the correct ones. Had a few mis-steps as I tried at first to do the assembly from memory. That didn't work too well, so went and consulted my photos and shop manual, so was able to get it together after a couple hours (Photo 2-3). I continued on and added the backing plate for the brakes (Photo 4), then the wheel cylinder (Photo 5). I also placed the hub assembly on there "finger tight" until I figure out how to get it on properly. Hoping I don't have to take the whole axle out again and have them pressed in at a shop. Didn't think that one through, but we'll see. Will probably research and monkey with it more tomorrow. Lastly, I was able to throw on the brake shoe pivot at the other end of the backing plate (Photo 6). Also finished up the brass wheel cylinder brake line fitting, but didn't install it yet. Needs new bleeder valves. The old ones are clogged with dirt and cannot be cleaned. Easier and safer to replace. I was unable to clean up the other backing plate last month with my clogmaster 2000 sandblaster, so the driver's side has to wait for a while. There's 1/2" of snow on the ground, so no blasting until at least next weekend. For now, I'll keep trying to build the passenger side, which will make the driver's side a snap after I learn the easy ways to assemble everything. Got my water pump back from the rebuilder for both my '30 Plymouth and the MGA, but they are both in bare metal, and it's too cold to paint them. Still continuing to work on ancillary engine parts on the side. Also got a nice $150 Moss gift certificate for Xmas, so small parts won't be a problem for a while. Happy New Year! -Chris
  8. 1953 Buick Roadmaster Body Parts

    These are large parts. In what location are you? That info would help someone if they find the parts and they are somewhat close to you. Shipping these parts a long distance may be cost prohibitive.
  9. Glad to see you are back posting (sort of) on the FOR. Been missing your posts and progress and such an interesting vehicle.
  10. 1960 MGA Restoration

    The weather yesterday and today was in the mid-50's to mid -60's, so I was able to leave work a little early and get to work painting the rear axle and carrier (Photos 1-4). I used Eastwood chassis black extreme and seem to have fairly good results. Very pleased that I could get some more painting done in December. This will allow me a lot of time to put all this stuff back together when it goes back to normal winter temps soon. Won't be able to work on it for the next 2 weeks or so with the holidays and travel coming up, but hope to start putting the axle together after the new year and get it back where it belongs. Most of the other rear axle and brake parts are ready to be installed, so it should come together fairly quickly. Merry Christmas!
  11. 1940 Plymouth Tail lights? What is correct?

    Thanks, this is very helpful!
  12. What is the correct tail light for a 1940 Plymouth (Sedan, if that matters). I have seen them with Mayflower ships on them, raised bumps, like a marble at the bottom, and just "plain." What's correct for '40? Thanks!!! -Chris
  13. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Ugh, no real updates on the MGA. Cold weather, travel, and work duties are greatly slowing my progress. I was able to finish the valve cover last weekend. Turned out quite well overall (photo 1). I have the rear axle housing and carrier ready for primer, but can't paint because it's too cold. Monday is supposed to be almost 60, so hoping for the best so I can at least get primer on them.
  14. 1960 MGA Restoration

    Hello, one would think, but multiple sources say that these were painted engine color. I'll site "Original MGA" by Anders Clausager as one book that explains this. According to the book, only replacement factory generators are black and there were a few starters that were factory installed in black, but most were engine color (reddish maroon) throughout production. Thanks to Artie's Electric in Manassas Park, VA for the restoration of the generator and starter.
  15. 1939 Plymouth $50 for all

    I may have a friend who's not on the site that may be interested. Give me a day or two...I'll get back to you. I may be interested myself...