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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Took a big step today
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 17, 2009 12:15AM

Loaded up the car & hauled it to the body shop... a few months & it should come back shiney & ready for wiring, plumbing, interior... and dare I say... Indy!

I have to admit, after working on it for the past several years, leaving it with someone makes me nervous though.
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mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1501 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: mowog1
Date: November 17, 2009 08:45AM

Good news!


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: November 17, 2009 08:57AM

Wow, great progress Rob. First time I've seen a photo of the car together and it does look good. Really like what you did on the flairs and those wheels work great with the car. I know you can't wait to see it finished and in paint. See you in Indy.


Bruce Mills
Bruce Mills
Vancouver Canada
(71 posts)

Registered:
11/28/2007 09:31PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB Roadster 3.5 Rover

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: Bruce Mills
Date: November 17, 2009 09:47AM

When I have to ship my car off for repairs which are beyond capabilities (like body work and painting) I will go visit the guy doing the work, have a beer, dream of what it will look like and visit my car.
Congratulations on getting this far Rob. Your going to love driving it

Bruce



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/17/2009 09:48AM by Bruce Mills.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(1104 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: November 17, 2009 09:51AM

When the fully painted car gets returned, it'll be all donwnhill to the finish line.
A lot of us, that have been following your resto, definitely want to see it in Indy. You can pick up a couple of converts in Dallas on the way up!


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5920 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: November 17, 2009 10:03AM

I've never taken a car to a paint shop, and I'm afraid it shows. No doubt you'll be glad you left that part to a professional. Can't wait to see the results.

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 17, 2009 12:37PM

I was going to do the finishing body work & paint myself Jim, but I've been at this about 4yrs. When I added up the hours left & spread them 2 here; 3 there, it would just take me way too long. I want to get it done so I can drive it!



kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(943 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: November 17, 2009 01:43PM

Rob, it look great. Paint and cosmetic work will finish it off. Glad you were not blinded by the Light at the end of the Tunnel!
Look fwd to seeing you and car at Indy
SAFETY FASTER!


tr6turbo
Dale Knapke
Sidney, Ohio
(169 posts)

Registered:
08/24/2008 09:44PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 Ford 2300, 4 Cyl Turbo

Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: tr6turbo
Date: November 17, 2009 05:22PM

Rob, Looks Good. Can't wait to see it at Indy.


Mr. T
Tony Andrews
Kent Island, Maryland
(153 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 03:59PM

Main British Car:
'75 mgb, '74 grille, morspeed bumpers Rover 3.9

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: Mr. T
Date: November 19, 2009 10:14PM

Nicessshhh....Robbie


Phillip G
Phillip Leonard
Kansas City
(395 posts)

Registered:
02/03/2008 04:12PM

Main British Car:
1992 MG RV8 Rover 3.5

Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: Phillip G
Date: November 20, 2009 08:32PM

Texas Rob,

Lookin' good. Great flare work ! You should be proud.

Do post photos on the return from the body and paint shop.

Keep them on the track,

Phillip G.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(2049 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: mgb260
Date: November 21, 2009 07:39PM

Congrats Rob!! I've had my project around 4 years and I'm only about 1/4 as far along as you are.


MGB SS
Joe Schafer
Central Michigan
(150 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 06:46AM

Main British Car:
1971 Mgb 1991 5.0 Ford

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: MGB SS
Date: November 26, 2009 09:48PM

Good to here Rob. Flares look great. Are those Mustang Wheels they do look and set well

Hope to see/meet you in Indy

Joe



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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 29, 2009 09:03AM

Went down to check on the car yesterday... They've been on it for a few days now & are making great progress so far

Holes are where the Crossfire mirrors mount (reinforced inside the door to handle the weight)...
2009-11-28 Body Shop progress - Fenders & Doors 001.jpg

This is the fender I put a patch panel on & filled the holes & seam...
2009-11-28 Body Shop progress - Fenders & Doors 003.jpg
2009-11-28 Body Shop progress - Fenders & Doors 004.jpg


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 29, 2009 09:12AM

A couple more progress pics...
2009-11-28 Body Shop progress - Fenders & Doors 006.jpg

Omni rear flares widened to cover wider (54" hub to hub) rear track. You can see the seam between the Omni flare & the extension I made toward the back. He was grinding the welds on this one when I got there...
2009-11-28 Body Shop progress - Fenders & Doors 007.jpg



rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Body work updates
Posted by: rficalora
Date: December 12, 2009 11:03AM

Went to check on progress when I got back from Atlanta... He has the fenders/flares blended in on all four corners, fixed some warping I made around the defrost holes when grafting in an early dash cowl, and was smoothing the engine bay when i got there.
2009-12-11 Body work progress @ Masters Paint & Upholstery.JPG
2009-12-11 Body work progress @ Masters Paint & Upholstery (7).JPG
2009-12-11 Body work progress @ Masters Paint & Upholstery (3).JPG
2009-12-11 Body work progress @ Masters Paint & Upholstery (2).jpg


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(1104 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: December 12, 2009 03:23PM

Whoo Hoo!.......Indy, here I come.....


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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More progress...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: December 19, 2009 05:23PM

They're getting closeer. The bottom has been prepped & is ready for the LizardSkin. The can recommends applying when 70* or warmer. It gives a longer cure time before painting when colder but they're concerned about adhesion if applied now so we're awaiting a return call from the factory rep. Luckily the LizardSkin company is right here in Houston & the rep is responsive so should hear from him on Monday. Plan is to do the bottom, then put it back on the suspension to finish the top.

The engine bay is close to being ready for paint, but a couple of areas need to be touched up first. Same with the dash. Here's what those areas look like now...
2009-12-19 Body Shop Progress - Engine Bay & Dash (1).JPG
2009-12-19 Body Shop Progress - Engine Bay & Dash (3).JPG

I haven't decided on switches yet so had them make the dash flat; will drill the holes (carefully) after I decide what'll go where.
2009-12-19 Body Shop Progress - Engine Bay & Dash.JPG


applebit
Jon McCullough
Maple Grove, MN
(18 posts)

Registered:
07/18/2008 08:11PM

Main British Car:
1978 Porsche 924 Chevy LS1

Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: applebit
Date: February 07, 2010 08:52PM

any new updates? I'm liking the wide body :-)


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2676 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Took a big step today
Posted by: rficalora
Date: February 07, 2010 11:41PM

Yeah, It was supposed to be ready to pick up yesterday -- but, of course it wasn't. All that's left is to paunt the under side of the hood and trunk lids and to finish color sanding a few areas & then buff it out. They said they were doing the hood/trunk lids on Sat so it should be ready by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Its a small shop and they bring all the cars in at night so it was packed in there Sat morning. I got a couple of pics; will post them to my project page soon.


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