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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: August 09, 2017 08:15PM

Some of you may remember that I had an accident on the way to the MGB 2017 car show at the end of June. It has been hot and humid here in July and I didn't have the ambition to start on the bodywork. I did cut the back off of the fuel tank and clean out the remainder of the peeling sealant that caused the engine to quit on the freeway and the ensuing accident trying to get to the side of the road. My belt sander shed the rubber coating and I have not been able to fit the replacement pieces to fix the tank. I got the refurbished wheels back yesterday and the belt sander is now back in service.

It was cooler in the garage today so I decided to begin pulling the fender and front valence back out . After about 3 hours of pulling and banging it is finally back to the rough shape that it was. I still have some tears to weld up in the metal and some finishing to do but it looks close. I probably have a couple more hours before it is ready for epoxy primer and filler but its a start. I am out of argon for my TIG welder so I need to fill the tank so I can weld in the patch panels in the tank. I want to get it back on the road and drive it some to make sure nothing else was damaged in the accident before I start the final prep for paint. Maybe I can have it painted by Thanksgiving.

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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, 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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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 09, 2017 09:00PM

That's pretty impressive, Jim. Even blowing up the pic it looks like you got it very straight.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: August 09, 2017 09:08PM

Sometimes I surprise my self. It did come out remarkably straight. I'll never be good enough to metal finish something like that so no filler is required but it's close enough that a skim of Bondo will take care of it.


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

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 11, 2017 09:07AM

Darn good body man, Jim!


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: August 11, 2017 10:30AM

Thanks Carl


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

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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: September 20, 2017 09:40PM

Here's how it turned out
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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 21, 2017 10:08AM

As they say, "Gooder'n new!" :)



kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(817 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: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: September 21, 2017 11:34AM

Looks great! maybe a thin skim of body putty, don't know if you can wipe "Bondo" that thin. :-)


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

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: September 22, 2017 11:18AM

Actually there were a couple spots that I wasn't able to raise that required more than a skim coat. The areas where the pinch weld in the fender meet up with wheel arch were just too stiff to move back to level so I had to fill them.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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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: Finally started the post accident bodywork
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: September 25, 2017 03:18AM

Jim, as always, your attitude and determination never fail to impress.
And your skills are not too shabby either!

Live like you mean it.
Fred


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