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  1. When I go to junkyards and when I've restored cars, old stuff always turns up under the seats, in inner fenders, under carpets, or any number of other places. My best find was a 1925 Buffalo nickel in a 1938 Olds in a junkyard last year. I also recently found a matchbook promoting a Republican judge for election in the mid-1960's in my 1960 MGA that I'm restoring. I also found a 1959 penny. These finds are not much, but interesting, but then I thought that maybe everyone else had some much better stories about things they've found in similar manners. What have you discovered?
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    1952 MG TD

    Fantastic progress!
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    1961 Mercury Meteor 800 restore

    Great work, as usual. You may have the cleanest car I've ever seen, everything is so finely detailed.
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Got some time in the garage today and got some photos. Got the driver's door all stripped of paint today (Photo 1). It will need to be hand-sanded once the paint stripper dries up. Here are the mostly completed hood and trunk (Photo 2). Here is what may be the last NOS MGA door (Photo 3). I'm happy to have it, but it needs all the holes drilled and it's got 58 years of minor damage from being moved around a million times. I'll try to keep most of the primer intact, but will have to sand a lot of it to fill in some dents, scrapes, and substances spilled on it. No rust anywhere, which is great. It even has the factory metal part number tag. The next part of the work will be flipping these panels over and dealing with the steel portions. This will take much longer due to the nooks and crannies and minor surface rust here and there. Vote Jim Proctor! I found this matchbook inside of the driver's side door, probably from the mid-1960's (Photo 4). Tomorrow, I'm working the big British car show in the area, then I'm off to Hershey from Wed-Sun, so won't get much done at home, but will get my wire wheels to a vendor to make sure they are true, drop off some trim to be chromed, and try to pick up some additional parts I need. Let's hope the rain stays away! Hope to see everyone there.
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Took a nice long vacation to South Africa, so haven't done too much recently, but time for a small update. Turns out my transmission had a corroded rear bearing, which is why the builder couldn't get it apart. He finally got it disassembled, so we ordered all the parts and should have it completed by the end of the month. Got word back from the engine builder as well, and good news, no major problems such as cracks or warping or major failures, but it will need an overbore, new cam, new valve train, bearings, crank alignment and other ancillary internal parts, which is exactly what I expected. All in all, great news. I was able to continue stripping the aluminum body parts and making fair progress. Hood, trunk, and half a door have the skins complete. Was able to strip the paint with heavy duty paint stripper, then clean up the remains with 120 grit, so no panel warping. Other door is NOS and is already in primer, but will need ding and dent repairs and detailing before it's ready for final primer. Will also need to drill some holes for trim. The steel framing on the opposite side of each of these pieces will be more difficult, with lots of nooks and crannies to strip.
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Started on the body this weekend. Got out the hood and stripped it down to bare metal. Here's a few minutes into it (Photo 1). Overall, it's in very good condition. There were three small dents in it, which I hammered out a little, then filled with body filler for now (Photo 2). I then started on the trunk (Photo 3). Luckily, most of the paint has already flaked off, so this should be fairly easy. The plan is to first strip all the paint off the aluminum surfaces of the hood, trunk, and doors, then work on the steel frames of each later, hit it then with etching primer, then work further on the dings and dents and get the panels as straight as possible using as little filler as possible, then doing a final priming before going back into storage. I'll be buying some long boards at Hershey, so I should be able to dial in the imperfections a little better. I will most likely have a professional check my work and do the final paint job, since my garage is a dust-filled disaster; no way I could get a good paint job there.
  7. Harold, If you can't sell them, maybe a donation to the AACA library would work? They probably don't have them in their collection, or they could sell them at Hershey. Maybe a tax deduction for you thru the library, too? Just an idea.
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Unknown yet. He says he has 5 hours of time in getting the rear extension off. I would compromise with him on it a little bit, but I'm not paying him extra for his lack of expertise. I don't have any parts costs yet. He will probably give me a list he builds from the Moss catalog I gave him, then I'll order them (with my frequent buyer's discount) and drop-ship them to his shop. I'll send you a PM once I get some costs in, but could be a while.
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Quick update. Got word back from the trans guy. He finally got out the rear portion. Turns out that the rear bearing was rusted. He could get the rear portion about 3" out, then it locked in. The friction from the rust was holding it in and he didn't want to force it. Fair enough, I'm glad he didn't force it and break something, but we're 2 months in at this point. He said the rest of the trans is in pretty good shape and it will probably just need some bearings, synchros, and general wear items, but the main items look good to him. It seems like best case scenario so far. I'm a purist, so a replacement trans won't do. I plan on being a long term owner, but won't be putting huge miles on it, just gentle weekend driving, so the original trans should be fine.
  10. Great to see the FOR back o' the forum again. If I recall articles I've seen about the FOR, didn't it have a lot of accessories, like farming implements, dually wheels, and items like that available? Do you have any of those accessories or do you plan on finding any? Would be interesting to see this thing plow a field, like you see demos of the Farmalls and John Deeres doing sometimes. Maybe I'm just thinking of early CJ-3 ads, too. Also, great work so far!
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Got the engine block off to the rebuilder today. ETA for the complete block is late January. Shop will also break in the engine before it's delivered back to me. Here are the finished carbs, minus the right carb's lower brass lever (on backorder) (Photo 1). They turned out very nice, cosmetically. Decided to paint most surfaces due to minor surface rust or corrosion on just about every part before restoration. Will leave it to the experts to tune them properly. Got quite far on blasting the trans tunnel (Photo 2). Only stopped as the clogmaster 2000 sandblaster clogged up, but did last for a good 30 minutes, so I think I have it dialed in the best I can, considering the high Virgina humidity. Should complete it next week, depending on rain or humidity outside. Here's the top or the trans tunnel (on left, in black) and the front license plate braket now in primer (Photo 3). Used high-solids primer and will try to fill in the pitting and low spots. Will probably need to do a little more hammer and dolly work to make it nice. Trying to avoid body filler, but may have to use some due to pitting and the fact that this thing was a pretzel before I started. I now have a lot of nuts and bolts to de-rust, seal, prime, and paint for the engine head, valve cover, and oil pan, as they will be needed whilst the engine gets put back together in a month or two. Shouldn't take too long. Then, time to start on the hood (bonnet!) and get this body in good shape again. Will probably take me a full year, as it's in rough shape an I'm an amateur body man. First step is to strip and etch-prime the aluminum body parts (hood, doors, and trunk), then send the body and fenders out for stripping/blasting to bare metal to reveal all the rust damage, then prime, to prevent flash rust, then start welding in repair panels. In the meantime, I can work the lesser body panels, such as the dash, inner fender pieces, brackets, valence, and smaller pieces. Have a productive Labor Day weekend working on all the great classics on this forum.
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Quick Labor Day Weekend update, but no photos today. Still doing something on the car each day, just mostly small pieces or nothing too interesting to put here. I completed the other carb today, but I have one of the connecting brackets on back order thru Moss, so won't be 100% complete until late Sep, when I get that piece. Will get more photos up soon. Still having issues with my transmission guy. No progress has been attempted in the last month. I will give one more month, then I will pull the trans (now all in pieces) out of there and find another shop. Getting tired of every shop taking on business, no matter what, then lacking the time and the expertise to actually do the job. I don't understand this business model; it causes big issues for me and for the shop, and usually ends up with bad blood, destroyed or missing parts, and loss of money on both ends. Just turn me away if you're backed up or lack the expertise. Engine goes to the rebuild shop tomorrow, so very excited about getting that started. Shop says if everything goes well, should be complete and bench tested around January. Sounds good to me, but there always seem to be problems where ever I go... Started sandblasting the transmission tunnel to get it ready for installation once the engine and trans get back. Should be starting on the hood as the first bodywork part any day now. Will start with the aluminum panels, since they are naturally rust free and should be the easiest to get into primer. Should have some photos included later in the weekend. Cheers.
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    1952 MG TD

    Fantastic and fast work!
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    1952 MG TD

    Jeff, we both did the same exact project yesterday, except I had to farm my throttle shafts out. Great work! Nice to have all those great tools, so you don't have to deal with some of the bozos I've had to deal with. My first machine shop drilled the hole too far away (so the shaft and throttle plate would move laterally in the bore) and he drilled the hole in the idle stop lever at the wrong angle, so destroyed both parts. Found another machine shop that did the job perfectly in 3 hours. The first place took 3 weeks and destroyed all my parts. Again, fantastic work. Now I can start copying what you are doing since you've just about passed me by. -Chris
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Thanks for the recommendation, but have to see where the current guy goes. Should be fine in the end, just hope he doesn't charge me for his time not knowing how to completely disassemble the thing. Been thru Bally many. many times, but it's a little far. There are plenty of other trans shops closer to my area.