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About hursst

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  1. Great to see the MG again! When you go to bare steel like that on the fenders, is there any pitting remaining? If so, do you put on any rust inhibitor, or is it clean enough to just primer?
  2. I think we all had some good hauls at Hershey this year. Perfect weather, good turnout.
  3. Today was even more productive than yesterday. Got the Clogmaster 2000 out again this morning. Lower humidity today. I also loaded the blaster up with more media than usual and I changed the ceramic tip on the blaster nozzle, as the current one had worn thin and the side chipped off. This made a big difference, the blaster worked much better, faster, and much less clogging today, so I was able to complete blasting all 6 fender brackets (Photo 1). It was such a nice day and I made such good progress, I went right on to priming the parts as well. My sprayer is really dialed in now, and I'm getting better results than when I started. Here are all the brackets (Photo 2). I have all the hardware refinished and primed as well, so these are ready to be installed on the body (when the body is stripped and primed) to be painted all at once.
  4. Another boring week slaving at work and finally another weekend. Got my new top from Moss Motors yesterday (Photo 1). Overall, it looks pretty good, fairly authentic. Even comes with a card signed by the person that hand-made it at Moss In Petersburg, VA. Nice touch. I'll have to farm this out to get fitted and have all the fasteners professionally installed. One mistake and you ruin the top with all the fasteners, clips, and snap placements. Took advantage of the cooler mornings and broke out the Clogmaster 2000. The goal was to blast the 6 inner fender pieces and get them ready for primer. The morning turned out to be fairly humid and the Clogmaster did what it does best, clog up, but I am now able to unclog it and get it going again for a while fairly efficiently. Got about 2/3 of the way finished, then it started to rain, so that ended that. When I emptied my compressor, it looked like it had about 2 gallons of water come out with the evacuated air. Too humid. In the meantime, I welded in the top portion of the outer rocker on the driver's side. Went okay. Once I got it in and sized properly, I found the lower portion to be quite far off, even after I bent the curve in tighter. I decided to fit the door and try to get it spaced enough to get some type of door gap (Photo 2). I got it pretty close, then drilled some fresh holes in the vertical door pillar to re-install the factory aluminum rivets on each side of the outer rocker. The factory holes would not match up properly with the new outer rocker. That gave me a decent setting at the top, which should hold well, but the bottom is still quite far off. I will probably try to buy a large clamp and see if I can continue to bend the radius of the outer rocker tighter so the bottom will line up with the inner rocker support panel. Will be happy when these rockers are finished, probably the biggest pain in the neck on the car. Also continued on some more smalls. I'm now refinishing all the mounting hardware for the 4 fenders. I think each fender has about 80 individual hardware components between nuts, bolts, washers, and shims. I looked at my two parts storage areas and they are looking a little sparse, so making great progress on all the small parts. Once I get the body painted, it should fly together. I'm now thinking I may be able to get close to finishing the car in maybe another year to year and a half. Lastly, no word on the engine. I will call them after Hershey to get a progress report.
  5. Regardless of venue, has there ever been a night-drive on one of these tours? I would think it would be different and interesting, especially for pre-electric light vehicles, to run these cars at night, at least for one night of a tour. Seeing gas lamps, kerosene, or pre-sealed beam headlights, wig-wam tail lights, use of spotlights, opera lights, various early colored lights would be something very unique to see. We never see them during the daylight or in most shows, the lighting is always off.
  6. Here's most of a Ruggles truck in Rockville, VA. Looks like it could be restored with a lot of work.
  7. Try emailing Marge Verdones. I bought a repro set from her in 2012 in stainless steel for my 30U. I do not know if the '29 is the same, but probably is. I do not know Marge's status or if she's still making them or not, but worth an email. -Chris
  8. More parts here:
  9. This guy has bumpers:
  10. This post has a lot of 30U parts for sale: You may have to sign up, but it's worth it. 4-cyl specific blog, with emphasis on 1928-1930.
  11. Took a 3-day weekend. Went down to Moss Motors in Petersburg, VA to buy some parts for the MGA. One of the things I picked up was the seat kit and foam, at 15% off with the special they had. They also had in in stock. They even gave me a tour of the upholstery shop! All their upholstery is made in-house by hand, pretty impressive. I got the black leather with white piping, as original. I read some info on installation on the MGA guru site and chatted on their forum and got some great photos and input. I decided to just tackle it myself, seemed doable by an amateur. This was the only project I did this weekend, I went to the local AACA regional show with my '30 Plymouth on Saturday, then had to replace my steering rack on my lawn tractor (with only 103 hours on it). Some poor engineering there. It turned out to be quite easy, since it's a very simple seat and the upholstery was pre-fab. I used staples to secure the fabric, as that's how most of them were done. The experts say some had staples, some had tacks, some had a combination. Mine appears to be about 80% staples with some tacks thrown in. Decided to just go with staples to make it a little easier. First photo is how I found it (seat folded down) in 2016 (Photo 1), second photo is with the lower frames and seat foam (Photo 2). Here's the finished result (Photo 3). Overall, quite good, no major screw-ups on my part. The arm rest is how it came from Moss, it will need to be sewn onto the middle carpet section, so that's probably a good project for when it gets cold outside. I may be able to salvage the original center carpet section, although the original arm rest is petrified.
  12. Today's a bonus posting, borne out of frustration. The poorly-engineered repro rocker panel really bothered me. Both pieces I bought do not have the correct arc on them, so the top part facing out will be too high once it's welded in, making it impossible to close the door. The one I installed on the passenger side I think I eventually got to work, mainly with a pry rod and door adjustments. It will probably need more work. For the driver's side one, I wanted it to fit when I welded it in, so I decided not to take it to a shop and just figure it out on my own. My solution is crazy, but seems to have worked, at least with the arc problem. Here's the problem, the arc is not enough, so when you line up the rocker at the top door lip, the bottom section hangs past the lip of the inner rocker by almost an inch (Photo 1). Not having any better ideas, and since this is a junk repro part, I decided to find a tree in the woods, wrap the rocker around it, wrap some tree-protector tow straps around it, and pull it tight with my Jeep and winch until at the correct arc (Photo 2). The bad news is that the tree was not perfectly circular, so I ended up putting a little of crease in the rocker. The good news is, I set the radius perfectly and now the panel will fit perfectly when spot welded in (Photo 3). Once it's welded in, I'll have to massage it with some body hammers to see if I can lessen the crease a little, then maybe put some filler in to hide any imperfections, if needed. I said this before, but it costs the same to make a (simple) part correctly than it does to do it wrong, why don't they just make it correct? I'm also assuming that the reproducer, at some point, had to have test-fit the part that they made. I guess they saw their shoddy work, shrugged their shoulders, and sent them off to Moss Motors to be sold to me. For shame.