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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

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

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Color starting to go on
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 09, 2010 09:47PM

Went by the body shop to check progress... It's slowed a bit but they're still making progress & expect it'll be done in about 2 weeks if the body/paint man doesn't get pulled onto something else.

Lizard skin underneath with semi-gloss black over that. Also in the cockpit & will go trunk and under the hood (but body color over it there) too. What do you think of the way they did the rear wheel wells? I think they did the inner 1/2's body color because that's what you're likely to see once on the ground, but it looks odd to me. Seems like it should be either all body color or all black...
2010-01-09 MG Body work progress pics (2).jpg
2010-01-09 MG Body work progress pics.jpg

Engine bay has also been painted. They also have to correct the frame rails. The sides of the frame rails that are visible from the engine bay aren't supposed to have the lizard skin on them & are supposed to be body color. The guy I've been dealing with was quick to let me know they were going to correct that.
2010-01-09 MG Body work progress pics (5).jpg
2010-01-09 MG Body work progress pics (4).jpg


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 10, 2010 10:34AM

Rob,

the wheel wells are cute, but unnecessary labor & paint. Maybe flared fenders are different. With MGBs being low to the ground & fender wells full of tire, I haven't really seen any of the inner fender well. I'd tell 'em to paint it black. It's gonna get dirty. How you gonna clean it?

It will look great when they get the red on the top side!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2010 10:36AM by MGBV8.


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: Color starting to go on
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: January 11, 2010 08:34AM

Rob, I like the idea of only painting the inner half of the fender wells, the outer side won't be seen anyway and having the body color on the inside will really make your tire and wheel combination pop. It looks strange from this point of view, but once it's on the ground I think it will look a whole lot better to you. Nice color by the way, this one will certainly turn some heads at Indy.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: January 13, 2010 12:24PM

That color really pops, Rob. Going to look great! I agree with Bill about the wheel wells. It will give you the protection where the stones hit while leaving the show car look.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: January 13, 2010 07:53PM

Just a matter of opinion, but why not paint the whole body chassis colour - isn't that the way most cars come from the factory?


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 14, 2010 01:09AM

Graham, are you questioning why not paint the bottom & the wheel wells fully body color? I think it's a matter of material cost. I shopped around to keep the painting costs down & this shop was one of the lower ones. I'd have preferred to have the bottom body color, but the black is a color they buy in bulk. It's a single stage where the body color is a base/clear so more material & more labor. The less of it they use the lower the paint job costs.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: January 14, 2010 09:20AM

I can understand the Economics, Rob....it plagues us all!
Regardless, it will be a real head turner in Indy.



Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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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: Color starting to go on
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: January 14, 2010 05:04PM

Rob, as long as the rear is painted that's all that most people will be seeing anyway! LOL


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 15, 2010 01:15AM

It looks like an awesome red that you picked, Rob.


Doc Hopalongfoot
Marc Weitzman
Huntingto Woods, MI
(58 posts)

Registered:
01/22/2008 11:45PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB roadster ford 302

Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: Doc Hopalongfoot
Date: January 15, 2010 11:21PM

Looks great Rob, can't wait to see it in Indy.
Marc


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: Color starting to go on
Posted by: Mr. T
Date: January 17, 2010 07:06PM

1) Carl's comment - ditto.

2) Rob - that looks similar to candy apple red in pics - especially engine bay - "sweet"!


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
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Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 17, 2010 09:21PM

Its actually a GM burgandy color -- called Merlot Jewel Metalic. Found on lots of GM's -- everything from Saturn Sky's to Suburbans to trucks (even Hummers as of this year according to the paint shop). I saw it on a saturn in my neighborhood & then saw this Sky on a Sky/Solstace web site. I pm'd the guy on that site and he sent me the paint code.

The camaro in the background of the 1st & last pic above is a red similar to tartan red; you can tell the difference in those shots. It has a little more red than the mg burgandy & has some pearl in it which does give it a bit of shimmer.
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Other choice was a deep blue color but I liked the burgandy better.


mgbreis
Ryan Reis
Beatrice, NE
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07/16/2008 11:07AM

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Re: Color starting to go on
Posted by: mgbreis
Date: January 18, 2010 10:03AM

Ahhh, jealousy! It's going to look amazing. The wheelwells tell me one thing - you found a shop that is willing to go the extra little bit for their customer. If they did that on their own I'm impressed.


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: Color starting to go on
Posted by: Mr. T
Date: January 18, 2010 09:28PM

VERY nice ......and the racing stripe on the Sky ain't to shabby Rob ;)


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2642 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: Color starting to go on
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 25, 2010 11:20PM

They're getting close. A few areas to fix & then it just needs to be color sanded & buffed out. I"m hoping to get it back this weekend; worst case the following weekend. All depends on other work they have going.
2010-01-21 MG Painted (2).jpg2010-01-23 Body Shop Progress (3).jpg
2010-01-23 Body Shop Progress (11).jpg2010-01-23 Body Shop Progress (5).jpg



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