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  1. Spent a lot of time in the garage today. Completed all the panels in terms of being ready for the next round of primer. Started with the driver's side rear fender. It had a large low spot in it, possibly because of what ever fell on it decades ago. I applied a large amount of filler (Photo 1), then sanded it down. Not as bad as it looks, it's not very deep, but this was needed to fill in the many imperfections from the large amount of damage it had. The doors are better than I thought, they were both about 95% complete already. Just had one small ding I had to fill (Photo 2) on one of the doors. The edges of the doors are high spots, since the aluminum skin is crimped around a steel frame; one final round of about 4 coats of high-build primer should do the job. Doors are nice and smooth at a 320 grit sanding right now. Had a lot of success with the panels today, so kept the momentum going. The trunk was better than I thought it was the last time I worked it, so moved the rear of the body. Here's the lower rear driver's side of the body, adjacent to the trunk aperture and tire (Photo 3). There was more damage here from whatever crushed the fender, in the form of some fairly deep dents. I hammered them out a little, but there is a lot of bracing underneath, so didn't get them as nice as I'd like to. I hammered down the high spot a little to shrink it, and that helped, but the dents still remain. Gave a large part of the rear some filler, but I either didn't get my filler mix quite right, or I'm having some adhesion problems with the green sealer/primer, but probably both. Had to strip it all off again and start over. Very wasteful and time consuming, but mistakes are made. Hit a small section again after stripping most of the primer/sealer down to bare metal and did an extra special job of cleaning it. Worked okay this time (Photo 4). Have since sanded this down and it stuck. Did some touch up as the low spot is still a little low, and will continue sanding the next session. Body is rougher than I thought, so will need some extra work. It appears folks may have sat on the rear deck a lot, as the areas in between the bracing underneath are all low and will need some hammering and filler to be even. Overall, pleased with the progress, but still a lot of work to do with the body and panels.
  2. Jeff, Great photos that show the process/progress. For those two concave strength lines (or are they convex?), do you just not touch them at all because you can either sane thru them or not really get to them? It looks like they were untouched in the photos. Maybe you just hit them with compound towards the end? What the process with areas like those (or something like fender edges) where you could easily sand/polish thru the paint, or not be able to sand it at all? Chris
  3. Beautiful car! Great progress so far, too. That's the way to do it. Attack it immediately and keep the momentum going. Are you going to go with the original color, or go with something else entirely?
  4. Steve, is it possible just mud wasp-related dirt? My MGA looked like a mud wasp city after tearing the car apart originally. Either way, I think the compressed air, breaking it up, and blowing it out should work. Maybe you can use some sort of snake, coat hanger, vacuum; something to get access to all the areas with dirt. I have the same problem with my Jeep Wrangler (although it's from driving through mud, rivers, you name it). Was able to get most of it out. My mechanic recommended and internal frame spray. It has a special nozzle that goes in fairly deep and sprays a protectant/paint all over the insides. This may prevent rust (or further rust) without taking the whole car apart chasing it.
  5. Pretty much hit August now, and I have nothing much planned for the whole month as far as trips or significant time away from home, so I can get in some good work on the MGA on weekends (as well a never slowing to do list with things non-MGA). Today, I got out the sprayer and tried to get more primer on the panels that are ready. Of course, my sprayer "needle" that determines how much, if any, material comes out got jammed in the semi-open position, so primer just trickled out of the front. Lost about 10% of my primer trying to mess around and get it fixed, but it needed a total tear down, so I dumped the primer in another container while I spent a good half an hour taking the sprayer apart and getting things unjammed and further cleaned. Finally got it fixed and was able to spray my battery cover, lower front valance, tail light plinths, rear passenger fender, and trunk lid with more primer (Photo 1). Of course, I ran out of primer before completing the entire rear fender, so that will have to wait. For the battery cover and tail light plinths, this was about the 3rd session of primer after previous primer and sanding events. The battery cover and plinths are now complete and ready for paint. The trunk lid was looking really good before, but needed a few more layers of primer to fill in some slightly low spots. I was not able to get enough layers before I ran out of primer, but I sanded it down again and there are just a couple areas where I need some touch up, then re-sanding, and I should be finished with the trunk lid (Photo 2). The front valance panel had gone thru 3 layers of primer previously, but was such a mess, it needed a lot more work. This round, I got 3 good layers of primer and sanded it pretty straight. I think it just needs a little touch up where I went thru the primer in a few small areas, then this will be done as well. Will try to buy more primer this week. I can't wait to see how expensive it is. I think it goes up in price by the hour. After the primer session, I went back to work with the two front fenders again, sanding them down. They look pretty good and are ready for another 4 good coats of primer before I start the final sanding process. I also took off the driver's rear fender and started sanding that down. This was the only panel left that has just its high build primer on it from many months ago. Found some rust pitting, a dent, and some low spots that need filler, so will continue to work this fender tomorrow to get it ready for a final 4 good coats of primer and hopefully a last sanding to get it ready for paint. This is the fender that was crushed by a tree or accident, and needed serious hammer and dolly work, as well as some filler work. It turned out really nice so far and shouldn't need a massive amount more work. After these few rounds, all that is left for panels are the doors, which are 90% complete already, I think they will just need one last sanding at 320, then 400 grit, then they are ready for paint, too. After the panels, I'll get back to the main body, and get back to the trunk first. It's about 70% complete now, but still needs a lot of final finishing work and maybe even some welding touch up in the spare tire aperture, where it was heavily rusted out. There are still some areas in front the I previously welded I need to work, especially around the cowl panel, but these should be fairly easy. I think I can make some big progress in August since I should have every weekend available.
  6. Completed sanding the driver's side front fender today (Photo 1). Thinking about maybe trying to sell it as modern art; that's a crazy pattern that has come thru with the sanding. Besides the colors and pattern, it seems quite smooth, so I think the next round of sanding of the 4 coats of primer should be fairly easy with minimal reworking/filling in low spots. Will probably hit it with some 220 grit, to give it a more even finish that will allow for more bite of the primer. Almost out of primer, so will have to break the bank and buy more soon. Next will be the passenger side front fender. It's already about 85% finished from the previous work I did, will just need another good block sanding and some minor touch up, and that should be good as well. The only panel I haven't done anything with except basic body work and a first few layers of primer is the driver's rear fender, which will need a lot more work, since it had some pretty major damage before I started on it. It looks like it snowed inside my garage. Will do a thorough clean up of the major areas of the garage when all the panels are finished, but do not want to get it too nice, as there will still be more bodywork with the actual body, which is about 60% finished at this point.
  7. Thanks, I hope I can get some good results at the end.
  8. Been getting an average of 45 minutes in the garage during the week, trying to move this project along. I finished round 3 on the lower valance panel (Photo 1). I practically started over on it a couple months ago, it just wasn't up to standard. In its current guise, it is nice and smooth and seems pretty straight, although you can clearly see all the filler that I needed to save it. It will still need 2-3 more rounds after I apply primer to it, but I think I can get it right now. Also have been putting in a lot of effort on the driver's side front fender. It was just not very even, so I applied filler to most of the panel to try to get a good baseline surface. There is more filler than not, on the surface, so will need a lot more work. I'm currently trying to get a baseline of "smooth" at 120 grit, but had quite a few low spots, hence the glazing putty that I just applied (Photos 2 & 3). Looking for some advice with this, once I sand that glazing putty, the whole thing should be quite straight, but there is more filler than not, on the surface. Should I hammer down the obvious high points in the middle section where it's just bare metal, then re-sand to try to eliminate more of the filler, or should I sand it smooth and leave it be for the next round, which will be 3 or so layers of primer? I'm thinking hammering is the answer, but it could go either way.
  9. Jeff, thanks for the tips, I will definitely use them. Still sanding, filling, priming. So far so good. Can't wait to see your next posting.
  10. Amazing work. I hope I can get just somewhat close to that level of work on mine. Congrats, you're almost there.
  11. Steve, Try Fine Lines or Inline Tubing for your brake lines. For your carb, try Larry Isgro; he's the best in the country, plus he's in New York. He redid my 1974 Z28 Carb (after I had it rebuilt by 5 other rebuilders, yes you're reading the correctly, all of which failed), but Larry was able to sort it out at rebuild me a perfect carb. (516) 783-1041 or you can google him. -Chris
  12. I have seen this before, I think at the Hershey car show but I can't remember exactly which car. There are other makes that had this, or something like it. I want to say Mercer or Locomobile offered it, but I could be way off. Similar to the Vulcan 4-speed electric gear shift, which was one of the earlier automotive recalls, since the system didn't work. Keep trying, someone on this site knows about your shifter.
  13. Thanks Steve! I guess I can say that all of this stuff IS getting done, just slower than I would wish. But you are right, persistence and detail will pay off. I won't be happy with the work until I'M happy with the work, so it will mean 2-5 rounds of bodywork per panel, as I keep seeing flaws as I go. However, each round produces drastically less flaws, so I'm moving in the right direction. No photos today, but I mostly finished the battery cover panel (will need one more thin layer of primer), I sanded down the trunk lid (looking really good, but will need 1-2 more layers of primer in some areas, then a final sanding), and I and doing more body work on the passenger rear fender that I primered yesterday. Sanded out 1/2 of the issues and added more filler to the other problem areas for future sanding. will be bringing two of the panels to my bodywork mentor tomorrow to see his thought on the trunk lid and the battery cover panel, since those are very close to being ready for paint, and appear very straight to me so far. Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July; really happy to be celebrating our freedoms today, including the freedom to work on our old cars and pursue our own personal happiness. Time to crack a beer, eat some great food and celebrate now! -Chris -Chris
  14. Staying home all this weekend, so am able to get in about a 1/2 day on the MG each day, still am overwhelmed with many other house and other car-related tasks. Today, I continued sanding the battery cover panel as well as the passenger rear fender. It was a lot of extra work, there was a lot of damage to the rear fender in terms of very large and very small dents, plus some pitting from rust, especially on the top where the fender meets the body, so I had to use more filler than I would have liked. In addition, there was a lot of work where I welded on the patch panel at the very bottom of the fender (Photos 1 & 2). Thought I got them pretty smooth, so I broke out the primer gun again and completed round two of primer. Turned out pretty well (Photos 3 & 4). The battery cover panel had a little extra filler coming thru, so that will need some sanding, otherwise, it's ready for some sanding up to 400 grit and should be ready for paint. This panel wasn't perfect from the factory, so it will have a few minor imperfections to it. The fender turned out very well overall, but there are some minor problems with filler at the edges of the panel that will need some minor fill-in, the glazing putty at the center front of the panel isn't quite deep enough, so you can still see the small dents there, a couple scratches and pits that I missed at the back, and the accent line where I did the welding isn't perfect and will need some more work. Overall, items that can be fixed very easily and quickly, except maybe the accent line, of which I'm on my second try now. Really trying to keep at it and get this car to paint, as it will be holding me back, potentially, with my pending retirement. Can't move when I have an MG in a hundred pieces and a filthy garage, although I don't HAVE to move soon, but I'd like to. Thanks, also, for all the positive comments, they keep me motivated to keep moving this along. -Chris
  15. Have done zero on the MG since the last post, until today. Went to a Jeep festival, a college friends reunion, and the Camaro nationals, and have had no time. Got back out there today and continued, this time, I got the paint sprayer out to catch up on getting some more primer on some of the panels and continuing the process. Seems the more work I do on these panels, the more work has to be done, although I do see progress each time. Today, I was able to do bodywork on and re-spray the battery cover panel (Photos 2 & 3), three inner fender panels, the gauge cluster, and the trunk lid. I did some more bodywork on them and sprayed some of them again. You can see the ring I made of filler that was made from the spare tire rusting that goes thru the trunk and hangs over/on the battery cover. This was a ring of rust pits, maybe caused by condensation coming off the spare tire and landing on the battery cover panel over 45 years. I was able to get a couple of the inner fender panels done and ready for paint, plus I think the gauge cluster is about ready, but the others are not ready yet, they still need more work. The trunk panel appears to be in really good shape now, and should just need a final sanding with 400 grit. Here it is before I applied more primer (Photo 1). On the other panels, I'm finding a few pits that haven't filled in totally and a few small air bubbles in the filler on some of the other work. Nothing major, but more work to do. I also added some more filler on the front valance panel as well. I still have work to do on the three of the four fenders that I've been working over the last few months, but they need more sanding of the filler I've applied, plus some more primer, which I hope to get to July 4th weekend. Here's one of the fenders currently (Photo 4). This is definitely not a fun part of the restoration. When I'm finished with the panels, I'll have my buddy over who's been doing body work for 20 years, and see what he thinks of my work, just to see if I'm on the right track.
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