I've continued plugging away on reassembling the MGB. I put a few hrs in most evenings this week and then one full day on the weekend.
Needless to say I've made a lot of great progress!
I installed the grill, which I had previously cleaned up and re-chromed the surround. This is the original early style grill that has the riveted stainless steel teeth.
I fit the MG logo's on the boot lid, and fit a new boot lid seal too.
I still need to adjust the hinges to get a better fit of the boot lid now that the seal is in place.
I also installed the heater which I had previously rebuilt with new seals and fresh paint. I made sure to get a good seal around all the gaskets and remembered to thread the brass oil pressure line through the firewall with it's grommet before installing the heater.
I still need to make the new screen printed lettering on the heater box face - these earlier cars had screen printed lettering instead of the stickers that are readily available. I'm thinking I may try making dry transfers.
With the heater installed I could hook up the air duct hoses, control cable and heat vents in the cockpit,
With the under dash area coming together I proceeded to install the windshield wiper motor and mechanisms. I made sure to first re-grease the gear mechanisms and line first, and then hooked up the wiring correctly with the flasher unit,
Today I put in a full day and installed the dash with all the gauges, switches, wiring and control cables.
It was a tedious job installing some parts like the heater vent control cables and the radio, but a headlamp for light and a couple of pillows to save my back helped a lot,
I made sure to double check every electrical connection and referenced my wiring diagrams and pics to make sure I hooked everything up again correctly.
I then glued in the vinyl dash top cover and installed the demister vents and chrome finishers on the corners for finishing the door seal ends. These chrome finishers need to go on before the padded dash edge crash rail can be installed,
On the opposite side of the firewall, you can see the black grommets and cables coming through for the oil & temperature gauges.
The choke and heater cables for some reason, originally had brownish/red coloured grommets! I've noticed this detail on just about every original car I've found pics of - for some reason just those 2 grommets were redish/brown, but all the other grommets were black. Curious...
There's lots more to come,
Until next time -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.