Pro Street Style MGB GT

Pro Street Style MGB GT

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Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Tuesday 26th November 2019
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I have been working inside the car to actually get the interior panels attached, as they have been stacked around the garage for too long!



classicaholic

895 posts

32 months

Tuesday 26th November 2019
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I hope that fuel tank is bigger than it looks, you are gonna suck some juice with the V12!

Flying Phil

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107 months

Tuesday 26th November 2019
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Hi Classic, it is only the top of the fuel cell....it has an 8 gallon capacity, so should be ok for short trips!
More fixing work on the panels inside, next I will be working to fill the gaps and spaces. I have also tried the seats again and they are just too big, so if anybody wants to buy a pair of light Lotus high back seats post/PM on here. There is a picture of the seats on P 7 (6th June 2016)

Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Wednesday 27th November 2019
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I had a very welcome call today from the Aluminium welder......


An excellent job - reasonable price and prompt service, so many thanks to....




Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Friday 29th November 2019
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I have cut up a bit of rubber tube and had a quick trial fit and it all looks good for the radiator bottom connection.

Flying Phil

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107 months

Sunday 22nd December 2019
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As might be suspected progress has slowed to a crawl with the cold and wet weather....however I just popped out to show some festive spirit and shine some light on the MeGa B.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Saturday 15th February 2020
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Well 8 weeks with not a lot happening, I thought that I would venture out into the cold damp garage in-between storms and have a tidy up.
Another picture of the inside panelling just to show how much more needs doing.....I really need to get on with it!!



Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Sunday 16th February 2020
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I need to set myself a deadline (again!) so, running and moving by July 31st! Posting on here also provides a push to keep making progress!

Flying Phil

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107 months

Wednesday 19th February 2020
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A bit more work on panels as I have shaped a bit of steel plate to reinforce the rear frame and shaped the aluminium sheet to go between the wheel tub and new section.

Flying Phil

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Friday 21st February 2020
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The drivers side wheel tub plate has been finished and fixed to the existing sheetwork. The small floor plate has been welded in place.

For those thinking that the bends are a bit crude, I am using fairly basic tooling.....a hammer and vise.




But I have also got the other side completed with just a floor section to fit and weld.(The odd diagonal marking on the sheet is just some staining which will clean off)




Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Tuesday 28th April 2020
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Well two months of nothing being done on the BGT I finally started to make the other (drivers side) exhaust tail pipe section. I recycled various bits of tube to make the "Y" piece and finally got some semi decent weld beads....then the wire ran out.....grrrr



Flying Phil

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107 months

Wednesday 29th April 2020
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As I am waiting for my welding wire to be delivered I decided to look at the battery location options. Ideally I wanted to put it on the passenger side either beside the fuel tank behind the rear wheel (As it was on the Super B...good for traction) or just behind the passenger seat under the aluminium sheet metal around the IRS cage.
The rear location would need much more support structure, the other option didn't look a big enough space.....



However the MX5 has a smaller battery




But it will need to be in a box.....preferably plastic


Flying Phil

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107 months

Wednesday 29th April 2020
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A bit of box cutting and it is a smaller box...... coming together nicely


but does the shroud fit over it?



Just about and with a bit more "adjusting" it looks good. Then I tried possible battery leads. I had a battery isolator which I can mount in the car using the fuel pump bracket as a mounting point and it can project through the shroud.




Flying Phil

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107 months

Wednesday 29th April 2020
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To finish it, I will need to weld a clamping bracket system to locate and support the battery and then buy a longer starter motor battery lead.

As there have been no comments this year is anyone out there???

Turn7

19,580 posts

183 months

Wednesday 29th April 2020
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Yep, still watching.......crack on, you might even get out this year lol

Flying Phil

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107 months

Saturday 2nd May 2020
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....Just you and I then Turn7.....
The welding wire arrived in the post and I was able to spend a couple of hours grovelling under the car on the dusty garage floor.... I was even able to get some welding done. The old XJ-S silencers and exhaust pipes have been re used. The silencers can be removed and replaced by straight pipes if I have the need for V12 sound! The final job is to make suitable mounting brackets for the system.

Turn7

19,580 posts

183 months

Saturday 2nd May 2020
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Have you seen the guy building the Elan at home for Drag racing Phil ?

You may even know him.

Get the kettle on and some biscuits later on......

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Flying Phil

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107 months

Sunday 3rd May 2020
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Hi Turn7
Yes I do follow that Elan thread on another forum and we were racing at some of the same meetings back in the 70/80's, but in different classes. He certainly is a very skilled and well informed engineer...I am in awe!

sooty61

591 posts

133 months

Sunday 3rd May 2020
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I’m watching! Due to infrequent postings I don’t come here that often but please keep it up. I have had a couple of B Roadsters and was a keen member of the MGOC back in the 80’s. I remember aBGT V12 turning up at the Leatherhead show once and was amazed the engine fitted. It was overheating when it arrived though....

Flying Phil

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1,222 posts

107 months

Tuesday 5th May 2020
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For Sooty and Turn7
Well I had a good 6 hours in the garage today....and despite lots of work there is very little progress...
I wanted to run the throttle cable a bit more neatly and discovered it didn't open the carbs. I did some checking and found the centre carb on passenger side had a seized solid butterfly shaft, removed ram pipes to gently tap the butterflies. No way, so off it had to come. Fortunately with WD40, care, and persuasion - it eventually came free. Then put it all back together (2hr) and alter throttle cable run(15min). Decided to check motorbikecharge battery and fire up....runs on 3 out of 4. Plug out, clean, put back. Still doesn't fire.Swap plugs to check coil packs. Still same dead plug. Clean it and cook it on gas stove...replace still dead. Search old plugs stock...find a semi suitable new plug put it in and now back on all 4 (1.1/2 hours).
Back to BGT Need to make a new face cover for rev counter/Speedo housing (I did make one years ago but I think it blew away in the house move saga!). Cut out cardboard template. Need to drop steering column, need to take out dashboard to properly attach steering column as I had only put it temporarily in prior to move, find suitable size perspex offcut (2 hours). Repair drawer as too many bits had overloaded the cheapo 35 year old MDF unit.(30min)......