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On purpose though :)

spent some time pottering in the garage today as it was such pleasant weather :)

as it was earlier, on my home made garage dolly, first job was to finish off the brake pipes to connect to the shiny new calipers and disks:


then took the seats out to clean the 'pan but found some rust :/


drivers side:


no seats!


fired up the engine crane to lift the car:


it's actually past the tipping point and is resting on the bench seat from my van :]


I'm hoping this is just surface rust :]


lifting straps attached to the roof beams and axle stands to stop it tipping back. It actually needs to be pulled about 5 degrees to reach the tipping point, but it would be daft to not prop it.


most of the floor seems ok, but there are holes at the corners and the sills are shagged, but this gives me access to do the rear brake lines and strip 30 years of cobwebs and dirt from the underneath. Going to have to brace the shell before I poke too many holes in it though, don't want it to fold in half :)
 

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Good to see some progress :)

Are those brakes a standard fitting or off something else (as an upgrade) ?

Is it just picked up with the crane and rolled over onto some carpet ? :eek:
 

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yellow_spider said:
Good to see some progress :)

Are those brakes a standard fitting or off something else (as an upgrade) ?

Is it just picked up with the crane and rolled over onto some carpet ? :eek:
standard replacements, I don't want to spend money on upgrades only to find at the mot station that the chassis rails are knackered etc :) once it has an MOT then I have plans for some more 'sporty' additions ...

and yes, I just attached a lifting strap round the sill using the hole where the gearlever goes and jacked it up till I could just push it on it's side :) ideally I should have used a mattress, but it's so light with no engine/doors/gearbox etc, that it rests on the bech seat of my bus with no problems, well hopefully anyway :)
 

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standard replacements, I don't want to spend money on upgrades only to find at the mot station that the chassis rails are knackered etc
Fair point.

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I just attached a lifting strap round the sill using the hole where the gearlever goes and jacked it up till I could just push it on it's side :) ideally I should have used a mattress, but it's so light with no engine/doors/gearbox etc, that it rests on the bech seat of my bus with no problems, well hopefully anyway :)
Couldnt see properly from the pics what was holding it up, had visions of it sort of falling off if anyone leaned against it or something...

At least while its on its side you can attend easily to some rust areas and check the chassis rails. Is it not a seperate body / chassis on these ? (i have no idea about them!) Cant tell from pics. :)
 

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it looks sort of fun what your doing :)

mainly because its not another VW :lol:

i gotta do some car tipping of a beetle to do a floor pan repair, only i got one of those roller jobbies. :)


good work mr spiny :)
 

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we had a 1972 RWA Midget. A great fun car. Engine upgrade from Minisport plus lots of suspension/brake tweaks made it a firey little package.

Good luck with the project
 

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Cripes! It looks a bit different from the original pics!! Looks like you have your work cut out there Spinster. I suppose that's what you uncover upon investigation. Glad to see someone caring enough to keep another classic on the road. Good luck and keep us abreast of your progress. What are your plans?


:hangloose
 

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plans are:

replace entire braking system - 70% completed
replace sills
fix various holes in floorpan/wheelarches
fit new/secondhand engine + new exhaust system
pray that the electrics still work :)
attempt MOT :)

assuming I don't get too discouraged, I'm hoping for Feb/March for MOT time, then I've got a few months to fix whatever the MOT man finds then ready for some summer top down cruising :)
 

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dub said:
there isnt an mg forum then?
Well, I don't know about you, but I like seeing threads like this.

I like other cars as well as Volkswagens, as do many people on here.

Nice to see you making progress Spiny :)
 

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not bad at all.... not bad at all...
 

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Cracking on then Phil. :)

You don't want an MG forum, flat caps, pipes, no Nic, it'd be boring to say the least. :D

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This is a car lovers forum. :)
I have a vid of a bird riding a gear shift, or isn't that what you meant? :incheek:

And before anyone asks, No I don't want to see a pic of a bloke fucking a princess! :D
 

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cheers all :)

it's nice working on the MG, and though it's turning out to have nearly as many rust issues as my bus, it's a lot easier to work on, it would take me more than an hour and an engine crane to tip my bus on it's side :)

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my van can be seen to the left of the garage (under cover) and my girlfriends golf is parked next to my rover daily :)
 
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