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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(596 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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New rear valence
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: September 02, 2015 10:23PM

Just as I was about to start the bodywork in preparation for paint, my old pal Lloyd kindly pointed out how unfinished the back end of the MGB is in the area under the tail lights. It never really bothered me until he pointed it out and then that was the first thing I noticed when I walked up to the car. The stock rear valence curves in way too early leaving the tail light and bumper hanging out there in space. You can see the problem in the first photo and the second picture shows the difference.

Before

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After

Rear valence new (21).JPG

Rear valence new (28).JPG

It is really noticeable with the bumper off and that is why the Sebring body kit fairs the tail light housing into the valence and the valence itself is flush with the rear panel below the trunk lid - smooth's out the back end of the car nicely.

I am running a bumper so I couldn't copy the Sebring kit exactly. I formed the new valence so the top edge would be covered by the bumper but the contours would fool the eye into thinking it started at the tail light housing above the bumper. You can see how far the new valence extends back from the original.

Rear valence new (16).JPG

The lower edge is made from 1/2" tubing bent and welded to the lower edge of the sheet metal to soften the edge. The opening foe the exhaust is 1/4" rod that will be blended in with Bondo to form a slight flare around the pipes. Once the new valence was welded in place, I cut off the lower portion of the original valence. I filled in the recess formed by the tubing edge with seam sealer to prevent water accumulating in the low spot and rusting.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3168 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: New rear valence
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 03, 2015 11:48AM

Much better! Looks more MGB. :)


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(349 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: New rear valence
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: September 03, 2015 03:56PM

Very clean Jimbo !!
Dave


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1199 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: New rear valence
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: September 04, 2015 03:23AM

Looks great Jim.

The car just gets better and better.
Your ability to adapt on the fly is impressive.

Cheers
Fred


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5261 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: New rear valence
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: September 04, 2015 12:37PM

Some pretty tricky bodywork there Jim, nicely done.

Jim


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(596 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: New rear valence
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: September 04, 2015 11:01PM

Hey Jim, I gotta use that English wheel I built for something.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5261 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: New rear valence
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: September 05, 2015 11:20AM

I get it. My HF wheel is a rag rack. And I don't have any noticeable bodywork skills.

Jim



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