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  1. I got my fenders back today, so left work early to pick them up and get some primer on them before they flash rust. Couldn't have asked for a better day to do it, cloudy, 72 degrees, about 60% humidity. I started by wire-wheeling the pitted areas, as the blasters never seem to get everything out of the pits. I at least made it cleaner than it was before. I then hit each panel pre-prep and did one at a time. The rear fenders I hung from my engine hoist (Photo 1). The front fenders were too heavy and big for the junk I had with which to hang them. No problem, used a stand instead. The main goal is to get a base of good primer on to prevent any flash rust and keep them in good shape until I can do the rest of the body work on them. As you can see on (Photo 2), the front fenders are both roached at the rear lowers, while just the front lowers on the the rear fenders are shot. Painting outside is my only option for now, but no big deal with just the rough primer. Will have some dust, bugs, and lint to sand out, however. One of the rear fenders I already patched (mentioned in the blog a couple months ago) and it will just need a little cleanup before it's ready for some light filler and final sanding/primer. The other fenders will need extensive work with patches and a few other small pinholes in some other areas. One of the rear fenders had a pretty major smash in it. It looks like someone welded a very large tear on the back of the rear fender and they did an excellent job with the weld, but there is a noticeable bead still renaming and quite a few depressions and small wrinkles that will need some grinding and some filler to make right. Overall, they did a pretty good repair. I'll be putting these on the back burner while I complete the rocker panel work on the body. I got an email from the British shop and they are now powder coating my engine block and associated block parts, then they will add all the ancillary parts that I provided. No timeline for completion as of yet, but any communication from them is a good sign. Due to budget constraints, I won't even think about having the body blasted until spring 2020. I'll use the fall and winter to hopefully get the engine in, put all the floorboards and completed related parts on the chassis, thoroughly clean the chassis, re-upholster the seats, finish stripping the paint from the steel frames of the doors, hood, and trunk, and continue on the smalls I have lying around, which will include farming out the gauges and continuing to get things chromed. The chromer is now backed up for about 6 months! Seems like I'm making some big progress now, but I still have so much work to do, I still have a few more years left.
  2. These guys have two great projects, an MGA and a Morgan. http://www.ktvintagecars.com/sale.html
  3. Thanks. Looking forward to more updates from your Merc.
  4. Here's a before pic of the master cylinder assembly. Note the caulking or who knows what that they added to seal areas where proper rubber seals should be.
  5. Made some decent progress today. I broke out my 4 fenders and I'm getting them ready to send out to the pro blaster (Photo 1). Too much to do with the Clogmaster 2000. I'll get those to the shop sometime this week. Next, I continued to work on the driver's inner rocker. Got some primer and weld-thru primer on the rest of it (Photo 2). Discovered a few weld-thru's and some cleanup to do, so there will be a little more welding. I test fitted the outer rocker, and it's just as crappy of a fit as the other side. I'll have to cut a small portion out from the tops of either side in order to get it to seat horizontally against the vertical rocker support panel. The arc on the lower part of the panel is too shallow, just like that on the other side. I tried a little bending on the other side, but didn't get it good enough. It will probably work out once I get the panel riveted in (2 rivets on the top on each side from the factory), plus I was able to adjust the door hinges reasonably well. For the driver's side, I'm going to have to try something else and get a deeper arc. I'd like it to fit without me literally wrestling with it to make it work. Finished my latest side project, the master cylinder assembly (Photo 3). Turned out really well, was able to reuse all the parts, except the rubber parts.
  6. What a beautiful resto. Congratulations, you must be very proud, satisfied, and maybe relieved that it's pretty much finished. Just read above you're trying for Hershey, can't wait to see it in person. You'll probably have a line of us waiting to meet you. And if you need to lose 20 lbs., Hershey is the best way to do it, just walk the whole thing and you'll be down 20 lbs in no time. Just lay off those pizzas at the bottom of the bridge stairs.
  7. Today I finished the rest of the spot welding where the vertical door pillars meet the inner rocker. Turned out nicely, although the metal is weak, so may add some more small patches for support. Ground down all the other spot welds to get them looking half way normal. I'll see about maybe adding some more metal to some of my crappier welds that got a little melty towards the bottom of the weld. Also put rust inhibitor on the first section of the inner rocker (Photo 3). On the side, I broke out the Clogmaster 2000 and got in some blasting time. Lots of clogging, but I'm pretty good at clearing the clogs and getting back to it quickly. Just slow as I'm either running low on air, or the metal is so pitted that it just takes a while to do it right. Here's the brake master cylinder support bracket with two inner fender splash panels right before I started (Photo 1). Here's a few of the smalls I was working on the side (Photo 2). I should have the entire master cylinder and assembly finished tomorrow. I'll do a before and after. It started out looking like someone nuked it. A previous owner decided instead of replacing the rubber seals in and around the master cylinder that he would just use some type of crappy black caulking. What a mess. At least it was fairly easy to remove.
  8. Worked some smalls during this week and finished the brake and clutch pedal assembly. Here's a before (October 2016) and after (Photos 1 & 2). This weekend, I'm going to focus on finishing the rest of the spot welds at the base of the door vertical supports, then grinding down the spot welds and finalizing the driver's rocker panel area with primer and black paint. No feedback from the British Car shop, unfortunately. They were supposed to do inventory of all the parts I dropped off, update their engine parts inventory for my engine and update the invoices. I'm giving them until Sep 30th and if I don't hear back, I'll have to call them again and see if they've made any progress and maybe have another talk.
  9. Steve, sounds good. Our next trip to the yard is Sep 11th. -Chris
  10. What a great car. If you are looking for any additional parts, I know of about 5 of them in a junkyard here in Virginia (Not SS427's, of course).
  11. Got in a third day of work today. Was happy enough with the rocker yesterday, so taking a break from it today, plus it was quite hot today. I got out my gauges but decided these need to go to a professional. May need some chrome work and will need to be disassembled and calibrated. The fuel gauge has a mud wasp nest in it I could probably do most of it myself, but will end up doing it twice when the gauges don't work properly as I missed something. Instead, I worked on some more smalls. First, the inner support braces for the windshield. These pieces were heavily corroded, but still quite solid. I had them in evapo-rust the last two days, and that helped (Photo 1). I then gave them a flap wheel and wire wheel treatment, then coated them with rust inhibitor. I don't trust the repro stuff to fit or have the correct tapped threads in the correct location, plus any part that can be saved and reused will be saved and reused, as I've mentioned previously. I then moved on to the brake and clutch pedal assembly. Was able to disassemble them and get them either rust-inhibitor coated and primed, as needed (Photo 2) Will be able to reuse everything except an excessively worn brake pedal pivot and link, as the pivot hole has ovaled out. I started on the brake master cylinder holder bracket assembly, but didn't get too far. That's all for now. Will probably be able to finish priming and painting the rest of these parts and should start grinding and prepping the rest of the inner rocker this week as well. Hope everyone had a great Labor Day.
  12. Got the inner rocker spot welded in today (Photo 1). Went fairly well, but will need some grinding to get the welds nice and flat, and probably a little more fill in where I burned thru a little. Still need to spend some time getting the side flanges on the vertical door supports hammered back into shape and spot welded as well, but these will need a little more time, they are quite sloppy. Outer rockers will have to wait a little longer, while I finesse the inner rocker. Also was able to drill out all the remaining brass screws on the windshield frame, so now the whole mess is ready for chrome. Will need a lot of replacement screws, nuts, and inner support braces. Tried to save as much as possible, but only able to save able half of those parts, due to corrosion or stuck/broken screws. Getting a parts list ready for Fall Hershey and for Moss to get some misc parts and continue working the side projects. The next side project may be the gauges. Haven't touched them at all.
  13. These were used into the 80's on cop Furys and Diplomats, too.
  14. Do you still need this part? If so, I'll be trying the junkyard again on Sep 11th.
  15. Finally, Labor Day weekend! What better way to celebrate than...to labor. Productive 1 1/2 days so far. First, when and saw my engine at the shop. Just a bare metal block at this point. Also dumped off all my engine parts (Photo 1). The shop will start inventory and get the block powder coated and start on the work soon (hopefully). The other owner is very communicative and appears to have taken over the communication part from the other owner, so that makes me feel better about things getting done and me hearing about it. Got my windscreen apart, but still have some hardware to remove before it's ready for chrome plating (Photo 2). Had to heat up most of the interior metal with a propane torch to get some of the brass screws out. Some of them just broke off at the top when I tried to remove them. Will be a lot of work to get them all out, mostly will have to drill them out. Finished minor pin hole repair and did some more grinding and got the driver's side inner rocker roughed in (Photo 3). Fits well overall. Will need a lot of metal work at the base of the door pillars, but should be able to save most of what there after I remove the rust. Will probably have to make a few very small patch panels after the fact. The goal will be to get both the inner and outer rockers welded in this weekend.
  16. Got a call back from the British Car shop. The engine is finally back in their shop and the machine work is complete. Took 11 months and two engines. I will be delivering all the original engine parts I restored/replaced that went to the old block for installation on the new block. I'm hoping that not many parts that we left on my old block are needed for the new block, like mounting hardware. I took most of it off for restoration, pretty much just left the block and head. The shop says they have my original engine ID tag, so I'm hoping they didn't lose it in the last 11 months. Finally, a big step with the MGA, it's been a series of baby steps for quite a while now and low progress. Labor Day weekend is coming up, so I hope to complete the rocker welding, or at least get the inner rocker installed, and I hope to complete my next side project, disassembly of the windshield frame assembly. I already started, but all the screws are quite corroded and are not coming out easily. There will be lots of drilling, I'm afraid.
  17. Hello, Unfortunately, our junkyard trip was postponed due to high heat and one of our group being out. We should be trying again in 2-3 weeks. If you still need this bracket at that time, I can try again. Is the bracket you are talking about the steel colored one that is mostly vertical and attached to the throttle cable and top of the dash pot at the top and what looks like a vacuum rod at the bottom or is it the orange panted bracket that is at the bottom of the dash pot (this may just be a piece of the intake, hard to tell from the photo)?
  18. Well, another two-week pseudo-deadline has passed by and no phone call about my engine, as per usual. I called the shop and was unable to speak with the guy I usually speak with, he was busy all day, even though I left a message. I called back again later, since I didn't expect him to cal me back, and I was able to speak with another one of the owners (there are 3 owners). The other owner, who I've spoken to before told me that the new machine shop had mistakenly done some of the honing at ~60 degree crosshatch angle instead of the requested 30 degree crosshatch, probably due to incorrectly slowing/stopping the honing machine and pulling it out prematurely. I've never done any honing, this is just what I was told, but it makes some sense, so this accounts for the latest delay. I spoke further with owner #2 about owner #1 never communicating after he says he will contact me. I was very polite, but still matter of fact, as an FYI that this is a problem for me and probably for other customers that owner #1 deals with. He took it very professionally and addressed the problem and will have further discussion with owner #1. He then called me back before they closed to give me an update, which is a good thing. He says the machine shop should have this done again by Monday PM and that owner #1 will call if owner #2 doesn't call in the meantime. So, I think I was able to communicate with them that I am not pleased at all with their communication, but in the most polite but direct way possible. The other stuff is a combination of some bad luck, gross incompetence, and poor workmanship and attention to detail on two different machine shops. More than ever, it's hard to find good people. I guess this post is more venting than anything else. In the meantime, I finished most of the seat parts (Photo 1 & 2). Pretty boring photos; more of the same. Now, hopefully onto getting the engine built up and having the shop get it running over the next 2-3 weeks. Also, getting back to the driver's side inner rocker panel and getting that welded in during the same time frame. Fender blasting at a blasting shop will have to wait a ;little while due to funding limitations.
  19. Another hot day here, but I had to tough it out. Got the Clogmaster 2000 out early and had almost 2 hours of run time, although many, many clogs/unclogs. The more I use it, the faster I can get it cleared and running again. although eventually, it will get permanently clogs and I have to quit. The water traps were like waterfalls today, but somehow I pressed thru and got some good strings in between clogging. Blasted the driver's seat frame, the seat bucket mesh, two seat rails, plus two of the flash-rusted dash support brackets (Photos 1 & 2). I also wire wheeled the seat sliding brackets (didn't want to blast them with slider mechanism on there) and the seat back pivot support brackets. I completed all the hardware a few days ago. Right after all this, I was able to get some rust inhibitor on the parts (Photo 3). Did fairly well, as the humidity drops just enough throughout the day to get it to work. In a day or two, I'll get some primer on all these parts, plus the rocker vertical support panel on the body. Getting close to being able to weld on the inner rocker panel. In the next month, I hope to have the rocker work finished, buy seat upholstery and foam, and get all four fenders blasted and in primer. I don't think I'll have time this year to get the body blasted and primed before the weather gets cold, probably wait for the spring. Also, I'd really like to get my engine working and back on the chassis so I can also put all the floor panels and other parts back on the car. I'll be moving the chassis to the back of the garage at that point, thoroughly clean it (it's a dusty mess now), and put a cover on it, then I can have the body up front so it can easily be moved in or out of the garage and I don't have to worry about the chassis being in the way. Overall, pleased with my current progress, even though I'm way behind where I thought I would be.
  20. Would you happen to have a photo of one, so we can see what it looks like in case we find one? I'm headed to a junkyard on Wed that has many Buicks of this era, I may be able to track one down.
  21. Ha! The Machine shop. The next two-week "deadline" is Wednesday. This is when they are supposed to have the engine back from the machine shop and in the British Car facility. Of course, I've received no phone call about this, nor have I ever received a phone call, with the exception of once the first month the engine was in the shop. I'm quite angry at this point, as I will have to call again on Wednesday asking where my engine is and I'll get another vague response. IT has been over 11 months now! Normally, I wouldn't tolerate this, but my only other option is to burn a bridge, get the engine back myself and find another shop to help me out That's problematic as I don't have an easy means to cart an engine around, I have no guarantee that any other shop will be any better, and this shop has an engine test stand, so I'm apt to attempt to ride it out and slowly put some pressure on them to wrap this up. In addition, I see these guys at many of the British car shows, they are advertisers in our club publication and many other club members use them. They seem like good guys, too, but I can only tolerate so much. We;ll see what happens on Wednesday. Ok, since I'm updating again, the humidity is reduced here, but the heat is up. I was able to weld up most of the pin holes and I was able to grind most of the welds down to a"presentable" level. Again, I'm not too concerned with it, as it will all be hidden under the rocker panels anyway. The biggest concern is rust prevention and maintaining a solid structure. I also got the metal ground down to bare metal for the rocker area and I applied rust inhibitor, as there was a little more surface rust here than on the other side (Photo 1). I'll prime this up tomorrow and continue chasing the odd pinhole and probably continue to do some additional grinding. When I'm ready for welding in the interior rocker panel, I'll grind off the primer in that area and maybe use a little weld-thru primer here. I haven't done much to the inside portion of either side of the car at the rocker, other than grind the welds mostly flat. I'll probably just have this all sandblasted with the rest of the car. Also got one of the dash support brackets painted, one a re-rust inhibited, and the other two are surface rusted from last night (Photo 2). So far, no more surface rust on the stuff I just sprayed, although the middle of the rocker support is looking suspect.
  22. No posts in a while. Took some time off to do a 1-week tour of some cool stuff in the mid-west. Also been working overtime and have had almost zero time, as usual nowadays. Finally got another weekend at home to work on the MGA. I've been grinding the welds on the driver's side rocker with some success. Will need to fill in some pin holes, but making slow progress. should be able to do more this weekend. Since I don't have enough time after work to do much, I've been slowly working on the seats and more side projects., as they take minimal time to process. I almost have the seat frames and hardware all finished, but yesterday and today, hit a snag due to 150% humidity. Here's what I have so far (Photo 1). I'll be able to reuse the original rubberized horse hair padding with both seats. The seat lowers will need all upholstery items, but the frames and hardware are all salvageable. Should be buying new foam and leather upholstery in mid-Sep, as Moss is having a 15% off sale for over $1,500 spent. Next side project are the 4 instrument cluster support brackets. Pretty easy. Stripped some metal and tried to prep it with rust inhibitor, but it just flash rusted after treatment almost immediately (Photo 2). Luckily, no big deal, just need to strip it down quickly and try again when humidity is lower. Putting off blasting and stripping of the rest of the seat frame parts due to humidity. Will probably focus on more welding. I've decided to get all 4 fenders into a blasting company, then prime them up before the winter. My blaster is too slow and clogs too quickly for me to strip both sides of even one fender, so will have to farm this out. Spreading it out will allow flash rust to form and I usually don't have multiple days to do it at once, so will have to pay up to get it all done at once.
  23. Last update for the weekend, won't have any other updates for a couple weeks. Today was one of the most productive days I've had. Was able to weld in my new metal to the front of the inner rocket support (Photo 1); Will need a lot of grinding and pinhole filling, along with the rest of the panel, but this is the big step. I will probably hit this from the inside as well, to further strengthen the butt weld. Also got a lot accomplished with the seat. I removed the rust from the lower seat support mesh, primed, and painted it (Photo 2). This piece is ready for foam and seat covers. I also primed and painted the small portion of the seat frame upper that is exposed where it folds. Early this morning, I was able to use my Clogmaster 2000 for almost an hour before it clogged up, due to cooler temps, less humidity, and me keeping the compressor and blaster in the shade and at roughly the same temperature. Finished the instrument panel and the lower seat frame (Photo 3). Was also able to break out the spray gun and put some good etching primer on the instrument panel. Couldn't quite get the spray pattern fine enough, so ended up with a few runs, but it will be fine once I sand it. For now, just trying to get as many sheet metal panels that will have a color coat on them in primer so I can keep away flash rust. This is the passenger seat, not driver's as I said a few posts ago. I'll do some minor assembly of the seat components and all that's left is to have them upholstered, which will probably be in the spring.