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Post by Travellerjones on February 14th 2008, 10:29 pm

Well finally got around to posting some pics of my project MGB Roadster. Its a 73 1900cc (I think). The body was in OK shape - gone in the usual places, floor pans, rockers, fenders etc, but the basic chassis, rear quarters and trunk floor were in good shape.
The car sat on the back of a broken down breakdown truck for 4 yrs and then on my driveway for another 2. Its been in the garage for about 3 yrs, but have finally started putting thingfs back together. The welding is all done, bodywork (with the exception of the fenders) has been filled (only rubbing down to go), axles are off and re-furbed (de-seized, greased and painted). So next phase is to finish the fenders and get ready for paint in June. My plan is to have her back on the road by the end of the year (have been saying that for the last 2 yrs) and can actually see the end in sight.

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This is what the car looked like when I got it








The interior is much worse - but I'll get to that later....... lol!

Now here are a few of the body after the "reconstruction" sculpt








Will post more as I go on.....

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Post by megaglow_z on February 14th 2008, 10:32 pm

Good gad man!!!
Hope you know where all the parts are Smile

I will be following this!
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Post by Travellerjones on February 15th 2008, 8:11 am

Finding the parts is the easy bit, its remembering where they go...... Razz
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Post by JMJ Rick on February 15th 2008, 6:03 pm

My biggest fear in tearing apart my truck is having parts spread out and forgetting where they go. You are giving me incentive to start tearing into it.
Keep us posted on the progress.
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Post by Roadking41a on February 15th 2008, 6:23 pm

Very Cool. I always like a MG,until I got in one.It took 2 guys to get me out they couldn't figure how I got in and drove it into the shop with my knees up to my chin. lol!


BTW I'm 6'4
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Post by mazdawg78 on February 16th 2008, 4:22 am

i hear ya there. my boss had an mg and it was beautiful. i was goin to buy it til i tried to get in it. im 6'4 275. so its a no go. lol wierd thing is i got in it better than a miata. and i used to have a 914 and there was more room in it than my f/s truck

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Post by Travellerjones on February 16th 2008, 10:22 am

JMJ Rick wrote:My biggest fear in tearing apart my truck is having parts spread out and forgetting where they go. You are giving me incentive to start tearing into it.
Keep us posted on the progress.

Must admit bought a cheapo digi camera and took pictures of everything as I took it off the car (wires and everything - have loads of photos of stuff I dont recognize LOL). Also bought a mg manual DVD (3 bucks) off e-bay.

However am still expecting a few "extra" bits at the end. affraid

WIll post more as I go on.
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Post by btldigger on February 16th 2008, 9:56 pm

A little late now but ,bag and tag as you go . Makes getting it all back rite much easier. The pics help loads too.
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Post by Matt on February 24th 2008, 9:48 pm

Cool project. Have you decided what color your going with?

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Post by Travellerjones on February 25th 2008, 7:22 am

I was going to go with green, the wife wanted red and my son wanted orange and black (after Rusty the locomotive in Thomas the tank engine whidch was rescued from scrap - hence the car is called Rusty). So - seeing as I bought the car, did all the work, investigated the painting, took all the heat for spending time working on the car instead of on the house, garden etc, - I put my foot down and we are going with RED. Anything for a quiet wife........ Razz
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Post by Matt on March 8th 2008, 3:00 pm

Lol nice, it will look good red.

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Post by Travellerjones on March 9th 2008, 11:15 am

Have been looking around and can easily find Tremclad "Fire Red" which is really for farm equipment, but still looks cool. The automotive tremclad red is harder to find - so my MG will probably be Massey-Ferguson Red - I have always been a farm boy at heart.......
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Post by Matt on March 28th 2008, 1:39 pm

Nothin' wrong with being a farm boy bounce

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Post by Travellerjones on June 23rd 2008, 11:46 am

Well - the week has arrived. I'm off work for a few days and so am PAINTING THE CAR........ affraid

I have a compressor and so am spraying the MG. Am having a few problems with the mixture, it either comes out too thick and leaves blotches, or too thin and runs too easily. However, below is the car after the first coat of Fire Red. It was really just a blast coat to get the color on as a base. It has a few runs, however where it hasnt run looks really good. I have been reading this forum for months study on how some projects are turning out, however am still amazed at the finish even at this early stage thumbs up . Thanks everyone for all the good info. It has helped alot.

Cheers cheers

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All the best and I'll update soon.

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Post by retired plumber on June 23rd 2008, 3:13 pm

Looking good. If I may make a suggestion/comment. The first coat is not supposed to competely cover. That is called a"tack" coat and then it is usually followed by two or three full coats and the last one is almost all thinner (90%0 and misted on from 2ft or so away. This is supposed to help the under coats flow out. Look up some of my recent posts for more information.
I haven't sprayed this paint before so I can't comment on the mix but most car paint is mixed 3-4 paint to 1 thinner so I would "think" this would be the same.
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Post by megaglow_z on June 23rd 2008, 9:58 pm

Yep, i have found that in between 75% ms and 25% paint, and 50% 50% is where i get good flow and no runs.
Was a PITA to learn that 50% 50% would run....Im still finding little runs here and there i have to sand out.

Also using black, i have discovered that the semi gloss seems to be less prone to runs, so I'm using that for my color coats ,then the gloss thinned out as a finish.

The tack coat is there to give the next few coats somthing to stick to, and helps it not run.
Im still playing with the idea of a clear coat.
Im going to test some dupilicolor clear on a test panel i sprayed last week. they sell it at o-reilly's auto parts in quarts to spray in a HVLP.
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Post by Travellerjones on June 24th 2008, 8:44 am

Thanks guys.

Put two more coats on last night - all turned out well except the passenger door which was one big run - obviously played too much.

Will sand down now and hopefully put two more coats on today as per the advice. Very Happy

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Post by retired plumber on June 24th 2008, 3:49 pm

Not to hijack the thread but megaglow, I would think twice about using semi gloss paint and then one coat of gloss for a finish coat because it you have some o.p. and you had to sand it out you would get down to the semi gloss paint and that would show up. Maybe it would all buff out ok tho. I have never buffed semi gloss so I don't know for sure. Might want to try a test first.
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Post by Travellerjones on June 24th 2008, 6:54 pm

Well gave it 2 more coats, thats 5 in all. All was goin well, in some areas the finish was like glass - should have well enough alone at this point. The final 2 layers seem to have "orange peeled". Is there anyway to remove this other than sanding it back down - again?? Evil or Very Mad

Anyhow - here are the latest pics



In this one you can see the orange peel. Sad






Also in this one. Crying or Very sad


Anyhow - we'll see. The finish isnt bad, its just not as good as coats 2 and 3..
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Post by megaglow_z on June 24th 2008, 7:50 pm

Orange peel is only solved by wet sanding it back down flat.
Believe me man, i feel ya, been sanding mine for 2 days now..lol

If you can, give it a full day tho, my paint did tighten up over night and look better the next day.
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Post by retired plumber on June 24th 2008, 8:55 pm

What megaglow said. But then that is a little car. At least it is not a crew cab 4 by 4 like I did. Can you say days? Nice color. I like it.
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Post by Travellerjones on June 24th 2008, 10:04 pm

I've come around to having to sand it once more. Spend a few days on it and see what happens.

Thanks and I'll keep you posted.

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Post by Travellerjones on July 6th 2008, 7:54 pm

Well folks. Sanded it down and finally gave it a couple of final coats. Its come out pretty well now cheers . Still some odd areas of orange-peel and a couple of runs, but good enough for a paint job that cost less than $100 thumbs up . All in all I am pretty pleased with it. Thanks to everyone who helped and shared their experiences. I have had a blast reading through all the posts, the good, the bad and the surprises. Most of all my thanks to Matt for setting up the site. I wouldnt have attempted the sprayjob without it -Thanks Matt.

Anyhow, I'll keep you all posted on the progress of putting her back together (hopefully wont have too many bolts missing or spare when finished Laughing). In the mean time - have fun and for all of those who are just starting, believe me, its worth it. Still few people believe me its Tremclad and I sprayed it myself... Very Happy

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Post by megaglow_z on July 6th 2008, 8:43 pm

they will believe you when you show them your garage floor...lol


I am going to have to pressure wash and clean the pad where i did mine.
Parents pad......lol
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Post by Travellerjones on July 7th 2008, 7:29 am

Yeah - it currently looks like a slaughter house....WIll have to either clean it or paint is entirely (but not red Very Happy )

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