Pro Street Style MGB GT

Pro Street Style MGB GT

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Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Thursday 11th June 2015
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With all those Webers it was not surprising that one had a seized butterfly spindle so I had to carefully remove the riveted over end piece (at the seized end), then tap the spindle from side to side before I could get it to reluctantly (Very) turn fully open so the butterfly plates could come out, then the roll pin on the accelerator crank had to be drifted out. Finally the spindle was "persuaded" out. The alloy had corroded and so it was all cleaned up and re-assembled......Smooth operation now!

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Tuesday 28th July 2015
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Ye gods - I finally got a bit more done on the BGT!
The Engine mount blocks are now welded onto the chassis rails with the engine in its correct location. The front suspension is getting stripped for refurb ...and I have started on the exhaust manifold welding! Of course, I forgot the camera.......

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Tuesday 28th July 2015
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Here is a pic of a engine mounting block.



And the beginning of the exhaust manifold.



and progress



Plus some brackets for the back end



Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Thursday 8th October 2015
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A bit more fettling to get the front end components in the correct location.




benters

1,459 posts

82 months

Friday 9th October 2015
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i should make sure your clothing is well tethered for when you start the beast up !

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Saturday 17th October 2015
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Thanks Benters
Well here is another part made for the Mega B - well actually I have made two of them - but what are they for???


Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Saturday 17th October 2015
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Anyway, to prevent further revelations/suppositions, the blocks are to be part of the engine supports. I had used 50mm box section on its side, which would tend to "lozenge" under load, so these pieces slip inside and are welded to maintain the square shape of the tube.




Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Sunday 18th October 2015
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Anyway I also had a go at mocking up the steering column.
I had a spare Morris Minor one that I thought would be useful........so I cut it in half and, with a temporary extension, it all fits.:bigsmile:




HughG

2,882 posts

189 months

Sunday 18th October 2015
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Looking good

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Monday 19th October 2015
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Thanks Hugh
I have been cleaning up and checking the front suspension, then painting and putting it back together and on the car. However I need to do a bit of welding to repair rusty areas on the OS - and the Morris 2 door Minor is back, having been sprayed, so the BGT will be on hold......mad

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Wednesday 21st October 2015
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I have cut out the rusty gusset by the back of the wishbone rear bush ready to weld in a fresh section. There is also a bit of "lace" where debris had trapped moisture- below the chassis rail.


Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Thursday 29th October 2015
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A bit of variety from lacy bits.........Gauges!
As I have the old ones from the XJ-S I have investigated re using them in the MeGa B. Basically the Rev counter and Speedometer can be taken out of the old binnacle and will fit in the B binnacle....then I looked at the 4 smaller drum type gauges - and I think I can fit them in the rectangular radio? slot in the centre of the B dashboard. However that involves cutting the plastic binnacle into four sections......so out with the trusty hacksaw and voila!






Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Saturday 31st October 2015
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A bit more careful cutting et voila!









They are only loosely in place and I still have to cut a piece of clear plastic to slot across the faces in the binnacle. Electrics should solder to the tracks on the flexible circuit board.

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Tuesday 3rd November 2015
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Another little job has been to sort out the steering wheel. I had bought a small "Mountney" wheel at the NEC last year "On Spec". I found an old boss in my spares stash but the O.D. of the boss was the I.D. of the wheel........ - the earlier picture of the wheel in place was just a precarious balance job!
So I have now cut out three small aluminium tabs out of thick sheet and these bolt onto the hub and the wheel bolts onto the tabs. The spline was slightly smaller than the column spline but with a bit of careful filing and broaching in situ it is all good.smile


Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Wednesday 11th November 2015
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In the meantime, I was able to use the welder today - so I finally repaired my lacy gusset!

Then I got stuck into bendy tubes - or rather stuck bendy tubes to exhaust flanges.





Then I had to put the temporary steering column back into its correct location to put the rear three pipes on.




Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Friday 13th November 2015
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More work on the dashboard - cutting out the clear plastic cover for the speedo and revcounter


Then filing and fitting.........



I also made a frame to attach to the back of the dashboard around the steering column



It is then welded to the chassis rails



The bodyshell can be lifted at the front with the dashboard/steering still in place.




Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Saturday 14th November 2015
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I've also started to look at brakes or more particularly the pedal/servo section. I have an XJ 6 and the XJ-S parts

so will see how one or the other can be used

Flying Phil

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963 posts

93 months

Tuesday 17th November 2015
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I have tried the other servo in place but the pedal is a bit close to the exhaust and I think it might be "over servoed" with the lighter weight and much smaller front discs so I might try using the MG twin master set up without the clutch pedal.



I wonder if this is being read by many people as only "Benters" has commented for the past few months???

tuffer

8,561 posts

215 months

Tuesday 17th November 2015
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I'm reading, keep going.

e600

919 posts

100 months

Tuesday 17th November 2015
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I am sure I speak for the silent majority, who like reading build threads. Well done on your efforts and please keep posting, I enjoy watching how others tackle the various build problems.

Good effort, keep it coming