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  1. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    DrData, I've kept all the old parts from the car in case they can be saved/used/restored or for reference in the future. Some items are not worth trying or restoring right now, like the 45+ year old condenser or the 50-yr old brake rotors, but I'm holding on to them for reference. I'll get the car running, then try to swap condensers once I get it baselined. I have a few other items, like the original and correct spark plug wire ends that I may try to re-install after the car is running well. Jeff, I've never rebuilt a carb, so I shouldn't be rebuilding anyone's carbs! Greg, good tip. I will hold on to the original bits and maybe try that in a few years. I'd have to learn how to silver solder, so for now, it's easier to go with the new stuff. -Chris
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Pretty deep into the carburetors at this point, but making painfully slow progress as I learn and/or find problems as I go. Here's one of the problems, the holes in this lever for the first carb are elliptical and/or worn too large. The main throttle rod and throttle plate are worn down and have elliptical holes as well (Photo 1). Repro lever on the left, old one on the right. Notice the larger or warped holes. The repro throttle rod is to the right of that. Annoyingly, it is way too long and does not have the hole for the idle lever pin drilled, so I'll have to make a trip to the machine shop and spend more $. It was be nice if Moss had mentioned the extra time and expense I have to put in if I buy this part. So, I'm waiting on buying the throttle plates and other parts before I continue on this portion, should have them next week. Here's the first carb restored so far (photo 2). Compare to the pile of junk it was before, seen in previous photos, it's turning out quite well so far. I'm doing it piecemeal, like many other parts of the car, as I wait for new parts to come in or paint to dry, or whatever other problem comes up. I used Eastwood Carb paint for the body, the Eastwood "Zinc" paint for the add-ons. As with everything else on the car, I'm trying to reuse any original parts if they are serviceable. Most of the steel parts on the carb were quite corroded, but cleaned up nicely after 2-3 days in some Evapo-rust. Getting these very small parts zinc plated is a bridge too far for me due to the corrosion, nooks and crannies, small size, and the great expense of having it done right. I can always do that in the future if it's not good enough. Started messing with the float chamber and it has half of Brighton Beach in it (Photo 3). These pot metal pieces, or whatever they are, seem to clean up with lots of degreaser, a few light runs with a Dremel tool, some steel wool, and some acetone, before the carb paint. Being carefull not to heat them up too much. The second carb should be much easier to restore/rebuild, as I should know much better about what I'm doing, since I've never done this before. Got some great tips at the Gettysburg show from a fellow MGA owner, too. Great all the AACA'ers are so willing to help, hope I can return the favor many times over.
  3. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    The trans is in the shop. I should have it back around August, which is about when I should be able to ship the engine out for assessment and hopefully rebuild. In the meantime, I've still been working hard on all the small ancillary pieces to the engine, especially the carbs. I keep finding worn out parts on the carbs, so I keep ordering them from Moss. I've found that some of the carb parts from Moss require some "finishing," either major or minor, and are not ready to just go right in. Better than nothing, I guess, but frustrating. I'm down to the last few bits on the engine, other than the carbs. I'm now scrounging for small engine related parts in the pile to pull out and restore, so almost there. I finished one of the air filter assemblies (Photo 1). The paint job on the other one is not satisfactory, so I need to do some more work on it. Was able to reuse most of the original parts, with the exception of the filters themselves. I bought a repro coil from Moss (Photo 2). It's quite different than the original (original on the right), but it will do for now. I bought a repro sticker and put it on the repro coil (on the left). For the life of me, I don't understand why so many reproduction parts are either crap or inaccurate or both. The sticker design has the overall theme correct, but the fonts, size, and overall fidelity are way off. I don't understand this cutting corners thing with repro parts. I would gladly pay much more if they could make the part the same as the original, rather than some cheap knockoff that costs less. If you're taking the time to repro a sticker, can't you just scan an original, clean it up digitally and make a clean basis from which to print repros? I would think doing it correctly would take the same time as doing incorrectly, when you're starting from scratch. Also finished the carb heat shield (photo 3). Turned out really well, I think. For comparison, here's the original mess I started with (photo 4). Once I run out of small engine-related parts, I'm going to start pulling out ancillary body panels, such as the dash, fender supports, and interior panels, blast them, and get a primer coat on them in order to try out my new paint gun and see if I can get it working right with primer. Never used one before, so I'll have a learning curve. I'll slowly move into the fenders, aluminum parts (doors, hood, trunk lid), then work on the main body. Goal is to have the whole body completed and on the car by 2020, and try to do most if not all the work myself. Happy July 4th!
  4. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Carbs are SU4. I should be okay with getting some new carb parts from Moss, but I'll keep your in mind in case mine are somehow beyond repair.
  5. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    I wasn't happy with my progress. I meet a lot of guys and I ask "How long did this restoration take you?" A lot of them say "Oh, a while, about 18 months or so." This is incredibly fast, my last resto took 9 years and I'm already 2 years into this one. I guess these folks are either retired or a pro shop is doing the whole thing. I don't want this one to be another 9 years, so if I can do at least an hour each day during the week, I think I can speed up progress a little. Thanks, I still love seeing the results of your resto; beyond professional.
  6. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Took a day off work and spent some more time with the MGA. Finished the preliminary cleaning of he transmission, finished painting the main floorboards (2 days ago), and started work on my carburetors. I got a copy of the SU carb manual from the MGA club in the UK a few years ago, and now putting it to good use. I exploded one of the carbs and it wasn't too bad with help from the manual (Photos 1 & 2, before and after). I'll need to do a lot of inspection of the various parts as they've been sitting for such a long time. Already discovered that the idle setting lever has worn into the main throttle shaft, creating excessive play. I'll have to replace the main throttle shaft and lever pin. I may be able to keep the lever, but an screw has broken off in it, so I'll have to drill that out.
  7. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Still able to stick to my edict of doing at least an hour each day (when I'm home). I finished the intake manifold yesterday (Photo 1). Also includes a bracket and brass firing order guide tag. Just need the gaskets on each side. Finished painting the air cleaner assembly tops (Photo 2). Tough to get these painted well, as there is always dust and dirt around. May have to touch these up a little if there are any irregularities in them after they dry. Should be starting the lower assemblies soon, before I start on the carbs. Also got my condenser in from Moss, so finished up the distributor (Photo 3). Tried to reuse as much as possible, but replaced the points, condenser, plug wires, and coil wires. Was able to clean and reuse all the other parts (with help from a junker distributor I bought on ebay to replace the main shaft. Very happy with the results on all these pieces, was able to restore most of the engine parts rather than replace. Should make for a much more authentic restoration. -Chris
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Angelo, I'm a stickler for originality, so I'm going with the original color, which of course, is Old English White, just like yours. Black interior with white piping, gray top. I must say, I've always thought the Dove gray is one of the best colors.
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    1952 MG TD

    Looking great! Nice that you got the reamer and did your own shocks. I shipped mine out due to lack of machine tools and the knowledge to do it right even with machine tools. Makes the resto even better when you can do so much of it yourself.
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    1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    Glad to see more posts and the great progress you're making. Still perfect work.
  11. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Got a good 1/2 day straight working today. Trying to do 1 hour a day on weekdays, then as much as possible on weekends, if I'm in town. Finished restoring the tools that came with the car and the few tools I bought since then (Photo 1). Will be slowly finding the rest of the tools over time. Good side project while working on the main parts of the car. Bought some high-tech wood sealer from a specialist in California. Works as a wood sealer and primer and was recommended on the MGA blogs I read. Looks great and should perform as I would expect. Will need at least 2 days to dry and cure, then I can paint it the correct black and install the seat mounting hardware (Photo 2). Started and completely the intake manifold. It's really simple, just some aluminum piping, really. Stripped it of the few drops of original paint that were left, cleaned all the grime off it, primed it and painted it as original. Also zinc plated the nuts and bolts to the same. Just need some new gaskets. Also broke out the carburetor assembly. Started at the top with the air cleaner lids. Here's one stripped to bare metal and the other as it came with the car (Photo 3). Should have these primed and painted tomorrow. Otherwise, I'm currently shopping for a transmission shop and engine rebuilder. A buddy of mine has some good local contacts, so should be visiting those guys as early as next week. Hope to have the engine and trans complete and in the car by Christmas or earlier, so I can start on the body for 2019. I think I'm on a 5-year track; 2 years in so far. Taking a long time because it's hard to find time to work on it, and I want to get it as accurate as possible, with great attention to detail, which takes lots of extra time.
  12. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Nice project, looks great! I ended up with a broken exhaust manifold and rusty gas tank as well. I bought used replacements, but holding on to the broken pieces in case there's any chance they can be repaired in the future. Hate to waste any part that may be of use somehow. I should be where you are in about 6 months, with any luck. Thanks for the post!
  13. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Thanks, I'm on the right track, now. Have all the parts and most of it reassembled, just need the condenser before I shore it up. On to the carburetors next.
  14. hursst

    1960 Buick Wiper Motor

    Try Ficken Wiper Service; Google them, they may have it, or if you can find one that doesn't work, they can fix it.
  15. hursst

    1960 MGA Restoration

    I have very little time at the moment, but I've been working on the distributor and took it apart quite easily, but couldn't get off the cam assembly from the top of the main shaft. Tried heating, prying, Liquid Wrench, but nothing worked and I ended up damaging the shaft in the process, so I purchased another partial distributor on ebay to use for parts. Like anything, I found out what I did wrong after I ruined it, so lesson learned. I've been piecing it back together and so far so good (Photo 1). Just got new points and waiting on a condenser. Polished up the firing order tag. Nice brass piece, cleaned up well (Photos 2 & 3). Looks better than photo 3 after a quick polish with the dremel tool. Still working on the tools that came with the car, so only have to paint the engine crank, then restore the tire pump. The jack handle assemblies have been restored. Found a set of Dunlop tire irons in the UK, so I'm slowly piecing together the missing tools. I picked up some special wood sealant/primer from a specialist, so if I can find the time, I'll be sealing the floorboards with this stuff, then painting them, then putting in the seat mounting fasteners that attach to the bottom of the floorboards. Next is doing a final cleanup of the transmission, which means undoing all the bolts one at a time and cleaning around the holes. Right now, all the gunk is congregated around the bolt areas, so they will need some additional cleaning help. I dropped off the shifter at Paul's Chrome in Evans City, PA for replating. Shouldn't be too much longer before I can take it to the transmission shop. After that, I'll start the carbs and intake, then I should have most of the ancillary engine parts finished and it will be ready to send to the engine rebuilder. The goal is to have the engine and trans restored and in the car by the end of the year. Not sure if I will make it with having almost no time and running in to many small, difficult challenges, since I've never messed with a distributor or carb before.