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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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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Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 17, 2009 10:55PM

Spent the better part of the 3 days in the garage...

First, made a brace that combines to protect the radiator, serve as a jacking point, and reinforce the bottom/leading edge of the front valance -- forgot to take a pic of it though

Next, installed a Hagan fuel door...
2009-03-15 Hagan Fuel Door install (3).JPG

Then, installed remote jumper posts...
2009-03-15 Remote Jumper posts install (2).JPG

Next spent most of the time making some reinforcements for the door skins to hang my mirrors (Chrysler Crossfire)...
2009-03-16 Door re-enforcement for Crossfire Mirrors (3).JPG
2009-03-16 Door re-enforcement for Crossfire Mirrors (5).JPG


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 17, 2009 11:01PM

More... Here's the door with the mirror on it...
2009-03-16 Door re-enforcement for Crossfire Mirrors (7).JPG

Also noticed the "crack of doom" starting on one door, so reinforced that area... It's hard to see, but what i did was weld a piece into bend & tied that into the piece i made to reinforce the skin for the mirrors...
2009-03-16 Fixing beginnings of 'Crack of Doom'.JPG

And, got louvers punched in my hood...
2009-03-17 Hood Louvers.JPG

Phew!


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: Busy few days...
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: March 18, 2009 08:14AM

Nice work Rob! What's the story on the fuel door? I've never seen one quite like that before, slick! Mirror looks good on the car, not too large for the B at all and you've got enought support you'll never see the crack of doom again. I like what you did with the rear flares as well, now I know what you were describing to Jim for the Roadmaster.


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: Busy few days...
Posted by: Bruce Mills
Date: March 18, 2009 09:10AM

Looking good Rob.

Keep at it. It is all worth it in the end.

Just wait until that first drive. Bet you won't be able to keep the smile off your face.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 19, 2009 08:49AM

Bill, Hagan is a supplier to the hot rod market... they make stuff like suicide door hinges/latches, lighting parts, grille shells, etc. They advertise in most of the hot rod magazines & most speed shops carry or can get their stuff but you can also order direct. [www.haganauto.com]

I used the one that has a slight curve (32" radius) & 45* angle to the filler neck. They sell them with the skin attached to the box or unattached; I got mine unattached so I could work the curve a bit. Still wasn't easy because the hinge is attached making it hard to work... I ended up removing the hinge & then welding it back on when I finished getting the curve right. They also have a series with a 7" radius. Not sure, but I think that might have been closer to the curve needed to work where I put it.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5932 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 19, 2009 09:54AM

Rob, that really will look sharp. I'm guessing it's opened with a solenoid? Looks like you're getting pretty close.

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 posts)

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

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Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 19, 2009 11:42AM

It actually opens with a magnetic catch. may add a selenoid later, but probably not.

It feels like i'm close. I have a lot of welding to finish up, but probably can do it all in one full weekend. Then body shop, plumbing & wiring. It's going to be tight to get it done in time for NC.



rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 23, 2009 11:04PM

Here's a pic of the combination radiator/valance protection/jacking point. The 3/4" square tube in the front is curved & fits snugly in the lower front lip of the valance...
2009-03-18 Radiator & Valance Protection.jpg

And here's one of the mod I made to my rotisserie. Original version used two pieces of plumbing pipe, one inside the other as the pivot. I had a bolt that went through the outer pipe to pinch against the inner one to hold the car where I wanted it. After about 6 months I took the car down & when I did I found the inner pipe had been warn almost completely through by that pinch bolt. Modifed using someones idea of using the gear & worm drive from a cheap a harbor freight winch. Should be way safer this time around.
2009-03-18 Rotisserie Modification.jpg


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5932 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 24, 2009 09:26AM

That looks very good Rob, light but strong enough to use as a jacking point. I like it.

Jim


MG four six eight
Bill Jacobson
Wa state
(307 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 02:15AM

Main British Car:
73 MGB Buick 215, Eaton/GM supercharger

Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: MG four six eight
Date: March 29, 2009 12:40PM

Looks good Rob!
I like those mirrors, looks like they belong there.

Bill


t.lay
Tom Lay
Grayslake, IL
(93 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2008 09:53PM

Main British Car:
72 mg b gt

Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: t.lay
Date: May 20, 2009 12:40AM

Nicely thought out. Looks like it's coming along. Got a target date for being on the road?


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 22, 2009 06:11PM

RE: Nicely thought out. Looks like it's coming along. Got a target date for being on the road?


Yeah, spring 2008.

LOL

I"ve quit setting targets.


pawp
Richard Carr
Louisa VA
(10 posts)

Registered:
11/26/2008 12:17PM

Main British Car:
1980 MG B Buick 215

Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: pawp
Date: March 04, 2010 08:10PM

Rob,
I'm a little bit behind you. Where did nyou source them or what kind of side mirrors are you using. I like um
Richard Carr


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 04, 2010 11:25PM

They're chrysler crossfire mirrors. I tried saturn sky, some kind of toyota mirrors, & these. These seemed to fit the best. And, I lucked out because they hang right without haveing to modify the angle where they attach -- like they were made for the curve of the MG door. Couple of things to be aware of -- first, they're pretty heavy so you'd definitely want to reinforce the door skin or you'll get the crack of doom for sure. second, where i placed them, they're in the way of the quarter windows opening more than about an inch or so. I never used those windows much on the prior MG's I had & I have A/C so decided to go with looks over the window function.


mabie1978
Michelle Pierce
Elyria, OH
(111 posts)

Registered:
08/25/2008 07:47PM

Main British Car:
1978 MGB 3.5 Rover V8

Re: Busy few days...
Posted by: mabie1978
Date: March 05, 2010 08:42AM

Looking very good. I especially like the louvered hood, did a shop do that or did you do it yourself? Michelle



rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 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: Busy few days...
Posted by: rficalora
Date: March 09, 2010 12:11AM

Local hot rod shop -- Bill's Hot Rods in Spring TX... turns out Bill & his family are pretty well known in the hot rod circles. I've seen write ups on cars from his shop & his personal '32 in a Rod & Custom, Hot Rod, & similar magazines. I had a heck of a time finding someone with a louver press -- he's the only one around here that seems to have one.


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