Well after a busy work week, I was in first thing Saturday morning to put in another day of work on my B. I was able to borrow an engine hoist for the weekend and brought in a friend for an extra set of hands in pulling out the drive train.
Following the original workshop manuals instructions, I removed the drive shaft and brought in the hoist to support the weight of the engine from above and a jack for the gearbox underneath. I removed the gear shift lever, the engine stay bracket and the gear box mounts and cross member, letting the end of the gearbox rest on the chassis cross member.
Then it was simply a case of unbolting the engine mounts and lifting the whole assembly out with the hoist while rolling the car back as we went along.
As you can see the engine has had a few modern conveniences added; a geared starter motor and a spin on oil filter attachment. Both will be replaced with correct equipment later on. This engine was a good runner, though as you can see she has a few minor leaks. I plan to give everything a proper cleaning/de-greasing, replace and seal all the gaskets and inspect everything along the way, then a fresh coat of paint and detailing.
After the engine was out I took some pics of the few remaining brake and fuel lines as well as the emergency brake cable, before removing them.
I also documented the rad and oil cooler assemblies that were removed before the engine. Note the original oil cooler hose support bracket that attaches to the generator mounting bracket.
In the meantime I've been plugging away cleaning and refurbishing all the various parts at home so they're all working and looking good for when the car goes back together...
It's a labor of love...
Until next time -
Another week has passed, while my days were spent passionately working my job (which this week included making new leather door panels for a 1937 Packard). My evenings and all day Saturday were spent working on my 64 MGB...
I sandblasted and painted several components this week, like the air cleaner housings -
And the heater assembly, I soda blasted the main body sections and painted them gloss black again. I'm plating all the hardware in zinc as original, and the heater core I carefully cleaned by hand. I'm desperately trying to find some way of replicating the original raised letter labels that this early style of heater had - not to be confused with the later style stickers that are readily available. Anyone know of anyone making replacements for these early labels? or even stencils?
I also sandblasted and painted the pedal box assembly and acquired an original replacement brake master cylinder. I still have to rebuild both master cylinders and I'm still not sure how I will refinish the bodies - any suggestions as to the correct original finish on these? zinc or golden cad?
On Saturday I spent the day working under the car documenting and removing more components to prepare for pulling the engine next weekend.
I started by removing the early style gas tank and fuel pump. Noting the original routing of all the wiring and fuel/brake lines.
As you can see in the first pic, my gas tank was a replacement one and is still just painted in grey primer. I'll still use this tank as it is the correct one, but of course I will clean and paint it correctly in gloss black first...
As you can see, the underside of the car is filthy with grease and grime. Someone sprayed a thin layer of black undercoating in some areas but not everywhere. It probably helped preserve the car but will be a chore to remove.
The next things to come out were the complete exhaust and the brake and emergency brake lines/cables...
After removing the exhaust and the exhaust manifold, I was able to get a few pics noting the correct routing of the carburetor overflow pipes...
As you can see it's been a productive week. I now have plenty more parts to go through and refurbish piece by piece. I'm now ready for the engine and gearbox to come out next weekend. Then it will be ready to tackle the metal and paint work.
Until next week -
Ciao for now -
Since pulling the dash out of the B last weekend, I spent a few evenings this week restoring the dashboard and all the gauges and switches..
After removing all the gauges, switches and hardware, I repainted the dash in the correct black "wrinkle finish" paint. I carefully, cleaned, inspected and polished all the instruments, switches and trim. Then reassembled everything.
Until next time -
Well I've been hard at it over the past few weeks, taking loads of detail photo's and carefully cataloging each piece as I continue to disassemble the MGB and prepare the body for metal and paint work.
I carefully removed the steel dashboard, taking pics and notes on each switch and gauge and how it was wired etc..
Details like the routing of the wiring harness along the firewall, the wiper motor and it's original finish, the location of the flasher unit hanging from the lower wiper motor bracket bolt as well as the local ground wires all sandwiched onto the same bolt...
I completely removed the main wiring harness, tagging every junction and connection. This will make it easier to clean and refurbish the entire thing before putting it back into the car.
There were many early details I noted in the engine bay too, like the early style of oil gauge pipe bracket on the firewall, and the small hook for the temp gauge line that comes off the lower heater valve bolt...
The early style of coil bracket that comes off the engine mount, and the early style of oil cooler hose bracket that comes off the rear generator mounting point...
I also captured the small vacuum pipe from the carbs to the distributor, the engine breather assembly and the original green throttle cable.
It's also worth noting all the engine components that have clear evidence of being painted in the maroon engine color - including the generator, starter, and this little vacuum pipe!
The brake and clutch pedals, box and master cylinders were removed. The brake master cylinder is clearly a new replacement that I will be changing out for a correct rebuilt early one. The clutch Master cylinder though is still the earliest style. I'm still trying to verify the original finish on these - I believe they would have been plated in golden cad or zinc, most people do zinc, but I keep seeing more evidence of golden cad - can anyone verify this??
I also removed the heater and all the interior vents and demister assemblies. You can still see the original caution labels fading away on the heater body.
I also started the process of refurbishing some things - like these interior heat vents...
Speaking of refurbishing, I also tackled cleaning and restoring all the lights -
The front headlights and the early clear signal lights were filthy with mud and black undercoating sprayed on them from the inner fender wells. But with a little time and care, cleaning and polishing, they all came out wonderfully..
The tail lights also cleaned up beautifully with a little plastic polish on the lenses and Autosol used for the chrome... I also carefully cleaned and lubricated all of the bulbs (sparingly around the threads only) with dielectric grease, as some were badly corroded and stuck in the sockets.
The original early style of Tudor washer fluid bottle, I cleaned and polished the bottle, touched up the logo by hand with matching paint, and soda blasted, primed and painted the metal brackets. All the screws and hardware I am plating in zinc as original.
The original speaker box had seen better days, the finish had some sort of a spray on it, and there were 2 holes cut in the sides that I had to fill. I filled the holes with 0.80" thick styrene plastic cut perfectly to shape and glued with liquid cement. Then I spread a thin layer of plastic putty over the repairs and copied the texture of the surrounding body in it to make it blend in. After it was dry, I sprayed the whole thing with satin black interior/vinyl paint and reassembled the polished speaker, grill and chrome.
All in all, things are coming along very nicely! I thoroughly enjoy the process of restoring each piece as accurately as possible. When it comes time for reassembly, this car is really going to shine!
The next few steps are to remove the gas tank and then pull out the engine and gearbox. In the meantime there's also lots of original parts to go through and refurbish so stay tuned!
Until next - Caio for now -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.