Monday, August 22, 2011

Rock on

HI All,

More on the rocker box cover, really to dump some photos so I can repost them around and get some advice (you'll see why).

Okay first, cover clearly was NOT flat which is not great for gasket to seal. MG's leak enough as it is so this needed sorting.

Step one, DIY surface plate.
Flat 25mm ply wood and spray glue.
Voila, "surface plate", well good enough for me.

Lots of water, dash of soap and a large helping of elbow grease.

No Prussian blue but a permanent marker is enough to give a guide coat.
Hmm not good !

 Okay nearly there now.

Bit more flatting and then on to the top and sides.
Normal coarse, medium, fine, super fine wet n dry and then a final polish.

Shiney Shiney - you can see me !

Not a bad result but want to keep it like that. Powder coating seemed to be the best option and I knew I would loose some of the shine but felt it would be okay. So off to the local (only) coaters and . . . .

ARGH !! gets worse

Every where

Problem is the old Aluminum is porous, any dirt and even air comes out of the casting during the heat of the powder coating oven, bubbles and contaminates the surface. I knew it was a poor quality casting but not porous as a sponge.
So out with the nasty chemicals and strip off all the powder coat, big question is now what ?
Just polish again and .... maybe just leave, maybe some car wax, maybe a clear 2 pack epoxy ?

Richard B.

Next . . . . some more polishing and then another big shop at Moss

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rocker Box Cover - Pt1

Hi All,
I know I said next was speedo part 2 but started another project to keep me going while I wait for parts.

A kind neighbour came up to me a while ago while I was working on the car and gave me a nice alloy rocker cover. A left over from when he used to have an MG.

 (The Yellow Paint and Logo are not original)

They need a good bit of work, but a stint in the parts washer and then some paint stripper and voila !

As first stage very impressed with how they have come up.
A few evenings with some (or lots) of wet and dry then some polish and will be lovely.

Richard B.

Next . . . . . . Finish these and then speedo

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Speeding there, or NOT

Hi All,

Ever since I bought the car the speedo has jumped.
The DPO claimed this was the speedo cable and even had a new spare which he just hadn't fitted yet.
Well last night was the time for that job.

Okay car up on stands, remove the cable from the angle drive.
(I know it's cruddy in there, I've got to do the rear seal and will will then give it a good clean)

Tape on the cable to mouse it through.

It is horendouse behind the dash so off with the wheel.

Now get in here

Yes in HERE ! need a gynacologists hands !

Phew all done now back underneath and
The cable is to fecking short, DPO had bought for a RHD so to short !!!!
Moral of the story measure twice cut once and NEVER trust a DPO
grrr, looks like a job for Moss and UPS.

Richard B.
Next . . . . . The same job again !

p.s. DPO = Dodgy Prior Owner, Owners or thier garage.