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The portable garage I bought for the TF inadvertently turned into a storage building for hoarding. So I bought a property that has a rental house a garage/shop and two boat docks. I'll rent the house and a boat dock. I'll install a separate electric meter for the garage shop, put my MG in it. I'll park my pontoon boat at one dock and let the renters use the other.



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I guess I shot myself in the foot. Years ago when I setup my engine to run on the engine cart I have I put on a misc intake and exhaust manifold, not the ones I had on it when I was running the car. I never realized there was a difference. so first things first. here is the comparison of the manifolds: top 150CD, bottom 150CDSE and later. See how the bottom flange is slightly larger. with the CDSE spacer. You can just see the gap on the top one.



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I guess I shot myself in the foot. Years ago when I setup my engine to run on the engine cart I have I put on a misc intake and exhaust manifold, not the ones I had on it when I was running the car. I never realized there was a difference. so first things first. here is the comparison of the manifolds: top 150CD, bottom 150CDSE and later. See how the bottom flange is slightly larger. with the CDSE spacer. You can just see the gap on the top one.



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Spring has finally come around and the roads are dry enough to get out in Orson so we took a trip to the lake.




 



Oh yeah, I also discovered that there's a little bit of bondo on the bonnet.




 



Today was an investment. First, I painstakingly hung a honkin' big LED clock in the garage. I made sure it was centered left/right and top/bottom above the door. It was *just* what I wanted. I took more video of the interior. I've already been able to learn more about the car by just studying the pictures I've taken so the videos should be useful too. Then, I painstakingly applied Kroil to nearly every reachable nut, bolt and screw on The Beast. I went front to back, top to bottom and right to left. Hopefully this will make it easier to take things apart when I get to that point.




 



Starting to clean up the welds
It was cold again today, started at about 40 and dropped to 33 as the day went on, rained most of the day so couldn't get anything done outside. I used my time today to finish cleaning up the welds on the sill closeout panels. They look pretty good. I found a few thin spots with small pin holes. I will touch those up tomorrow if it is warm enough to pull it outside. I then cleaned up the welds on the rear quarter panel finish pieces. I had also made some welds along the lower edge of the wheel well to close up some gaps I saw when working back there. I cleaned those welds up as we...




 



Cooling hoses that have been replaced are starting
The time has come for at least some parts going back on the car. My entire cooling system is ready to be all new parts: radiator, all the hoses, water pump, thermostat and housing, etc. I'm going to flush out the engine cooling passages as best I can before I seal everything I can before I seal it all back up. Then it's time to stick my new distributor and rebuilt carb back on and move to another part of the car. I think I'll clean out the fuel lines and tank before I start it up, so we'll have a better chance of getting a successful restart of the engine, Wish me luck.




 



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Measure, cut, bend, fit, grind, repeat... I bought a Harbor-Freight sheet metal brake (its not great but ok...) to bend up a aluminum cold air box from that will feed from the high pressure area at the base of the windshield using the MGB fresh air intake. A low profile Spectre air intake will connect to an enclosed late model Corvette reusable air cleaner by Airiad




 



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I have always liked MGBs. As a social worker I never had the money to buy one. One of our daughters (five of our kids are girls) and a son-in-law bought us a '76 MGB for $600. I'm not sure whether it was worth that or not. The body had damage. It had old and faded paint. All the gaskets on the car were old, dry and brittle. It did not run. The previous owner was a mouse in a former life because the wiring was all cut up and a rat's nest of disconnected, pieced together wires and missing components. The carpet, what was left of it, was torn up and discolored. The DPO had also cut hole...




 



This is the guts of a forum post I made a few weeks ago. It's time to start writing it up here: When I recovered my car a few years ago (I say 'recovered' cause it's hardly a restoration) I re vamped the brakes. Cleaned the lines, replaced the rear brake cylinders, replaced all the hoses, replaced all seals in MC ... etc. It was basically new from one end to the other. After sitting for a while recently I was having an issue with the rear brakes binding. It would take a few ks for them to slacken up and function normally. Fronts were fine. Still passed rego and he has always been picky ...




 



I've been away for 3 weeks and the kit arrived while I was away. I have to source some parts locally and have hit a minor snag. Two main parts Hyundai Sonata Rear discs? No problem, easy replacement part about $80 Aus. Festiva Front Calipers? Not so much. Too early, not available (except for OEM) new. So 2nd hand. Problem is in Aus wreckers tend not to keep cars (or parts for that matter) for run-o-the-mill older cars. However, the suggestion is that that particular Caliper was/is used in a whole lot of other vehicles. From Kia rios to Mazda 121s. Part numbers I got with the kit don'...




 



This is the guts of a forum post I made a few weeks ago. It's time to start writing it up here: When I recovered my car a few years ago (I say 'recovered' cause it's hardly a restoration) I re vamped the brakes. Cleaned the lines, replaced the rear brake cylinders, replaced all the hoses, replaced all seals in MC ... etc. It was basically new from one end to the other. After sitting for a while recently I was having an issue with the rear brakes binding. It would take a few ks for them to slacken up and function normally. Fronts were fine. Still passed rego and he has always been picky ...




 



Just posted a video: first walk around of my 1959 Bugeye! The more I dig into this project and compare to some restorations I've seen on line the more I realize what a solid foundation I have to work with! First walk around




 



Hi, I'm David and I have a confession to make. Hi, David Well, maybe two or three. First, I've never restored a car before. Heck, I've hardly ever worked on a car before. It took me three tries to change the oil on my Ford because the drain plug was "too tight." So that's my second confession... I'm a bit of a weakling. Tonight "The Plan" was to set up the cutoff wheel and cut off the remaining bolt from the driver's seat. Well... after about TWO SECONDS of cutting I smelled smoke and stopped. Well, the real thing is that I got the bejeebus scared out of me from all the s...




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