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  • #253704

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    I like it. And apparently so does the chipmunk who is about to bless it with a little flower. Is this the front or rear side?

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #253705

    jebarry
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    @jebarry

    ED.

    You have done a superb job on the dash….Your  finish is  beyond perfection…

    jebarry2013-02-19 10:38:06

    #253706

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Thanks guys. It looks pretty good. It’s nowhere near perfect though, as a close examination will reveal.

    Usually, good enough is good enough.

    #253707

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    The work accomplished on that dash rivals Norm of New yankee Workshop. You keep it up and we’ll start calling you Norm 2! And you did it WITHOUT all his expensive equipment and workshop. Thumbs Up

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #253708

    mrlmd
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    @mrlmd

    Nice job. That looks too good to leave out in the sun and weather. Is that coating going to be UV resistant?

    #253709

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Marc, the Pelucid undercoating with Helmsman Spar Urethane (which is UV resistant) on top was tested for years in the weather and did the best of several combo packs. Another guy in FL did a similar test and got similar results with the Minwax. Given that my car spends all winter and most summer weekdays in the garage, I’m thinking this finish should be pretty durable.

    #253710

    mrlmd
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    @mrlmd

    It looks great and I hope it lasts a number of years. It would be a real pain to have to remove the gauges and switches from the dash and resand it and apply more layers of topcoat. But then it’ll look great for another few years.:-)

    #253711

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Cowl respray. 45 degrees in the garage today but I lit a fire and got it
    into the mid 50s, which is OK for the primer but a bit chill for the
    Duplicolor. We’ll see what it looks like in the a.m.

    #253712

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Well, the photo looks good.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253713

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    It’s not terrible. Warming up the garage again & wil post more pics later.

    #253714

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Ed…is that color MG Red? Looking at the colors used for MG TDs they had two different reds. One was MG red and the other was a darker red. Mine is a brighter red (that I think) is MG red. The can of jet coat that came with the kit doesn’t say what color it is…just red Jelcoat handwritten on the can. newkitman2013-02-24 10:44:28

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #253715

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    My car was green when BCW gelcoated it circa 1980. It was resprayed in the late 90s or early 2000s by the P.O. The color is Ford Toreador Red, which they shot trucks, LTDs and Tauruses with from the mid ’90s through about 2000.

    A metallic pearl formulation of some sort, Toreador Red is nothing like any paint Abingdon would have used on an original TD. This is a fact that a “real MG” owner once pointed out to me, rather curtly, in asking why I had my TD painted that color.

    (You can see both colors below. Sanded last night’s work with 2000 grit and cleaned it, hit it with thinner and then a tack rag and shot two more light coats, allowing some overspray on the top so I can blend it later with compounding paste if needed. I’m gonna let this cure for a week or two and see what it looks like before fussing with it more):

    edsnova2013-02-24 12:10:15

    #253716

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Looks pretty good.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253717

    jebarry
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    @jebarry

    looks like a good match…!

    #253718

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Yeah. I’m thinking the same. I’ll probably roll her out into sunlight next weekend just to be sure, but my feeling is that this is going to work.

    #253719

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    After a bit of work with the 2000 grit and a hand rub, the paint matches well enough. If you’re looking for it you cans see what I did. But you’ll have to be looking for it.

    #253720

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Well almost done now. Just have to figure out how to tuck up/secure the ends of the welting you can see hanging down. Also, gotta secure the tach.

    60 degrees today. Couldn’t resist a test drive today after doing a lot of other chores. There are still a lot of things to do, but the dash is all screwed down, the glove box is in and operational, and electrical stuff pretty much all works. The emergency flashers don’t flash but I do remember shorting out the flasher while messing around under the dash. so that’s probably it.

    Gotta tie up some loose wires, change out the carpet on the rear deck, and then it’s on to the spring revival stuff: grease, tuning, and–I still can’t believe it–putting new/different oil in the transmission??

    Who does that?

    I guess I will.

    Carlysle is coming up fast.

    #253721

    jebarry
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    @jebarry

    love your car..

    #253722

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Ed

    Cut a wedge out of the flat part of the welting (do not cut into the stitching by the head).

    Fold it, glue it, and trap it between the dash and the fiberglass. PMOSSBERG2013-03-11 11:19:31

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #253723

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Ha! Stitching? We ain’t got not stinkin’ stitching!

    The welting is already between the ‘glass and the wood. On the originals it folds under and, I assume, gets tacked to the back of the dash. If I were thinking ahead I would have attached it to the dash back all the way around before I installed the dash. And I would have put some kind of hook or loop on the glovebox or the back o the glass to tie off the welting.

    I will figure it out though.

    Wait! Hook. Loop….

    I think I got it….

    #253724

    gkesseru
    Participant

    @gkesseru

    Open up the welting a bit and remove the cord/plastic tube back to the point where you want to fold. It will be easier to fold it back and hide the excess.

    #253725

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    And . . . done. I used stick-on velcro. And yeah, took the last bit of rope out, refolded, trimmed.

    Here’s the side I shot with Duplicolor. Looks a tad better than the door top, which has some fisheye. I guess I’ll have to get to work with the wheel if I ever want it to look as good as Schu’s or Roy’s.

    #253726

    royal
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    @royal

    Ed, If I could, I would trade my dash for yours.  It looks terrific and it’s unique.  It’s home-made and it has personality.  I’m jealous, but not so jealous that I want to undertake all the work that you put into it.  Whoever steals your car, will never be able to join the tdreplica.com club.

    #253727

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Sure they can join. We’ll take anyone! Evil Smile

    Seriously…GREAT work  Ed!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #253728

    schu
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    @schu

    Ed,

    Nice – now all you need is some plaid pants and you will matchEmoticons. Looking forward to seeing in person.
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