I recently picked up my freshly re-chromed pieces from Electro Shine Metal Finishing here in Sydney BC. They did an outstanding job, I am very pleased! highly recommended to anyone needing chrome or plating of any kind.
Any chroming now-days is going to be very costly so I only had a few of the major components that needed it done like my bumpers and grill surround.
Here is my freshly re-chromed grill surround and center plinth going back together with the original riveted stainless teeth (that I hand polished), a NOS 'MG' emblem and new bonnet rubbers...
Here are my bumpers being re-assembled after chroming...
With the bumpers and over-riders re-chromed, I hand painted the backsides with a satin aluminum rust paint to protect against corrosion and give an original look.
That should now cover all of the chrome for the car. My quarter light vents, lights, and other small odds and ends were all still in exceptional condition and the original chrome polished out nicely.
Speaking of lights, I'm still desperately trying to find a working pair or even another single headlight. I'm trying to find the correct Lucas 7" sealed beam headlamps that were so common through the 60's-70's on British made vehicles. They need to be for LHD road spec of course - the RHD ones come up more commonly on e-bay but they're no good to us North Americans because the glass is designed to reflect the light to the wrong side.
I have one and I've bid on a few that occasionally come up on e-bay. But they just keep slipping away from me at the last second. If you have some or know of any that I could purchase, please contact me! - they're going to a good car! ;)
Until next time -
I spent a few hours today fitting some new parts and details to the engine of my Mk1 MGB.
With only 41000 original miles on it before I pulled the engine out, it had a few minor oil leaks (which is pretty typical of a British sports car from the 60's), but she ran well and wasn't burning any oil or coolant. Evidence would show that it has had a new timing chain, thermostat, starter, and oil filter replacements in it's life.
A while ago I gave it a full exterior cleaning/de-greasing followed by a fresh paint job. I replaced most of the outer cover gaskets and seals without removing the head or pulling things apart too far. I refurbished the distributor, fan assembly, drain tap etc.
I did decide to find an original style oil filter assembly on e-bay because mine had been converted to a modern spin on type when I got the car. Today I put the NOS oil filter in place with all new seals and hardware.
I also replaced the plugs, wires, and wire tags with original Lucas suppressors. New points, rotor and condenser. New heater tap, side cover gaskets and seals, rocker cover seals and tags, and new rubber engine mounts.
Finally I fit a new clutch plate, carefully installed using the correct clutch installation tool.
With all that done, I feel confident that the engine should be good to go and hopefully won't leak. I still plan to replace the oil pan gasket when I hoist the engine for re-installation into the car.
The car itself is still waiting it's turn for metal and paint. Once that's done, it will be like re-assembling a big kit - just about everything else is freshly restored and ready to go...
As I'm sure you can guess, I'm very much looking forward to the re-assembly process!
Until next time -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.