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Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: February 26, 2013 05:17PM

Wow it's been a long time coming but other than a few details we finally showed our Sebring body kit at the British swap meet
in Wheaton Ill., we had the front fenders etc done last year but decided on some changes to the rear fenders and valance, I tried getting everything done before my back surgery but that didn't happen but my mates all helped out to get the display ready, now i've got to go over everything for the V8 meet in Omaha !
Dave

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DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: February 26, 2013 06:30PM

So...where the hell was this kit three years ago!


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4466 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Moderator
Date: February 26, 2013 06:32PM

I especially like that front valance. It's just a terrific shape.

It's going to be great to see these parts on some racecars! Their integrity is so superior to what's been available until now.

Dave, do you expect people might buy your rear valance for use in chrome-bumper conversion projects?


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: February 26, 2013 09:01PM

Curtis, I definately want to pursue the rubber bumper valance idea, I need a donor car to perfect it on however, so I'm looking for that, I know the race car fanciers like our aero front valances, but we are working on a n old fashioned (read that purist) style
Sebring front valance , the big difference will be that it will fit our front fenders and have the the same flush appearance, no fasteners etc
visible.
Dave, I hear ya, but its taken this long to get where we are, you still have one of the best looking Bs ever !
here's some more development pics;
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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(757 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: February 27, 2013 05:37PM

Looks so much better than the original, especially the front. Nice work


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: February 28, 2013 11:44AM

I really love the shape of the wheel arches. Makes me think I might have to "upgrade" at some point. Dave, do you take trade ins?


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: February 28, 2013 05:09PM

Cmon Dave you know you're dyin to build another one !!
Dave



DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: February 28, 2013 06:16PM

"Cmon Dave you know you're dyin to build another one !!"

Yeah, it would give me a chance to do all of the things I've thought about while working on the current project. Sigh...


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3035 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: roverman
Date: March 05, 2013 08:18PM

Are "Speedster" headlites an option/lol ?? Nice work ! roverman.


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: March 06, 2013 03:45PM

Art, thats a good question, I don't see any reason the headlight covers would'nt work,maybe with a little
heat persuasion ??
Dave


tr8todd
Todd Kishbach

(372 posts)

Registered:
12/04/2009 07:42AM

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: tr8todd
Date: March 10, 2013 08:44AM

I can sympathize with how long it takes to build one off fiberglass parts. I built the fenders on this B from scratch and conservatively, there is 30 hours per fender just to get them to this point. The hardest part is getting them to look the same side to side. The rears are extra thick to add some rigidity to the car, but the fronts are almost see thru thin. Right after I finished the front, I found a set of good used front flares for $20 at a swap meet. I bought them and stored them away just in case. Next time I do something like this, I'll just make them from steel on the wheel. No way it would take as long as it did with the glass.
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nobogez07
Doug Brown
Webster, South Dakota
(58 posts)

Registered:
12/11/2012 05:38PM

Main British Car:
1971 Mk II MGB coupe 1992 302 Ford H.O. EFI

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: nobogez07
Date: May 17, 2013 05:43PM

Dave

You'll be getting my order for all 6 parts in Omaha!! What a beautiful job!! Flares have been a big worry for me. I've really never seen any that I really liked - that is until now!!!

Look forward to meeting you in Omaha Dave.

Till then


MrNick
Nickolas Beckius
Colorado Springs, CO
(30 posts)

Registered:
11/10/2009 03:14PM

Main British Car:
1975 MGB 4.6L Rover V8

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: MrNick
Date: August 29, 2013 09:35AM

Well, looks like I'll be sending Dave a couple thousand dollars once I start doing body work. Top notch job there.


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: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 29, 2013 12:00PM

You really can't go wrong on Dave's body panels. The very finest quality in every single piece I've had the pleasure to look at.

Jim


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: August 29, 2013 02:01PM

Thanks you guys,,, here's some pics of Travis Hallum's roadster Sebring project ( I hope he doesn't mind), Travis is the first one to get our new Classic Sebring style valance and the first kit on a roadster, he's gonna run some wide wire wheels on this baby!
Dave
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RattyBGT
David Martin
Lancashire, UK
(3 posts)

Registered:
10/05/2013 11:35AM

Main British Car:
1971 MG BGT MG B Series 1800 Range Rover EFI 4.0 to go in...

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Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: RattyBGT
Date: December 31, 2013 01:22PM

Hi David,

This project looks awesome, and close to my heart in various ways!

Did you do anything special to strengthen the rear of the GT body when the GRP wings were installed other than beef up the lay-up?

I want to do something similar with my car (only subtly flared though, so no massive gap to bridge to the wheel wells!) but do not want the back end to go floppy as an EFI V8 will also be going in!

Keep up the great work!
David


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: December 31, 2013 04:04PM

David, as you can see from Travis' car he has fitted our wheel arch system which closes off the rear arches to the fender panel and takes a minimum of sheetmetal out of the structure, when the inner is bonded in place it lessens any stiffness lost in cutting into the structure. There is no difference between roadster and GT fitment of the rear assy only the front fenders (wings) are different from GT to roadster at the A pillar area.. you could use our wheel arch system even if you are going with narrower flairs.
Also Travis car feature our classic SEBRING style front valance with the brake ducts.If you e-mail me I will send more detail pics of our bits
Dave
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Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: sebring body kit near completion
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: February 07, 2014 07:38AM

Doug DeLong sent some pics of his car ,waiting on tires and wheels, he just recently moved back to Mich. so I'm looking forward to seeing this beauty,Doug was the first to get one of our kits.
Dave
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