John Simion

  • FYI – I didn’t move the brake on my car, the original builder did that.  What I did do with the brake was remove the heater and defroster handles from the unit.  This narrowed down the assembly and took out those pointy little parts, and I also removed the tops of the adjustment screws, something I’ll probably regret later.  My changes, ho…[Read more]

  • Tombstones?  LOL, I never thought of that!  They were just intended to mimic the shape of the dashboard while acting as head restraints but now that you mention it … yeah, tombstones!  Maybe I should also get little skull decorations for the car, too!   😀

    The “engine turned” part to the instrument panel is just an applique to an original TD…[Read more]

  • I finally finished “Murphy” enough to have a photo shoot this morning.  Enjoy.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/148957087@N06/albums

    John

  • I second what the other guys said but based on my experience, I also recommend you make sure the top of the sending unit is level if you can possibly do so.

    My gas gauge works but it’s about as dependable as a broken clock; it’s right twice a day.  It sometimes won’t show full for quite a while after a fillup; then it sometimes continues to s…[Read more]

  • I have an extra rear bumper in my garage.  This was part of the original kit but it’s imperfect enough that I didn’t reuse it on my car.   I originally was going to sell it but decided to keep it based on difficulty in packing and expense in mailing — then I started thinking that I might someday back into something and need it.  Sorry ’bout that.

  • “Which kit has the most correct body, and uses most td trim. lights, etc?”

    It doesn’t matter.  All the kits look pretty much like the real thing.  Just get hold of the Moss Motors and MG Magic web sites and there are plenty of original parts you can either bolt on directly or adapt to fit.  With enough money to burn, you can make any TDR look eno…[Read more]

  • Toller, I drilled the holes for my instruments into 7/16″ walnut veneer plywood with my hand drill using hole saws I bought for that purpose at Home Depot.  These were 4-1/4″ diameter and 2-1/2″ diameter respectively (as I recall, I had to order the larger one from Home Depot online rather than in-store).  Essentially these are just regular sa…[Read more]

  • Toller, I drilled the holes for my instruments into 7/16″ walnut veneer plywood with my hand drill using hole saws I bought for that purpose at Home Depot.  These were 4-1/4″ diameter and 2-1/2″ diameter respectively (as I recall, I had to order the larger one from Home Depot online rather than in-store).  Essentially these are just regular sa…[Read more]

  • johnsimion replied to the topic Dash Repair Woes in the forum VW Based Kits 11 months ago

    I made my dash out of walnut-veneer plywood from Home Depot, and sanded and stained it.  Two things I didn’t like.  The veneer chips easily, and the polyurethane varnish I used caught every dust particle in Las Vegas despite my best efforts.  I wish I could have found solid wood and used Cetol like Toller suggests, that would have been better bu…[Read more]

  • johnsimion replied to the topic Dash Repair Woes in the forum VW Based Kits 11 months ago

    I made my dash out of walnut-veneer plywood from Home Depot, and sanded and stained it.  Two things I didn’t like.  The veneer made tiny chips along the edge while I was cutting it (but repairable), and the polyurethane varnish I used caught every dust particle in Las Vegas despite my best efforts.  I wish I could have found solid wood and used Ce…[Read more]

  • johnsimion replied to the topic Dash Repair Woes in the forum VW Based Kits 11 months ago

    I made my dash out of walnut-veneer plywood from Home Depot, and sanded and stained it.  Two things I didn’t like.  The veneer made tiny chips along the edge while I was cutting it (but repairable), and the polyurethane varnish I used caught every dust particle in Las Vegas despite my best efforts.  I wish I could have found solid wood and used Ce…[Read more]

  • Sounds interesting!  Keep us posted!

  • Steve, I got a good chuckle out of your belief that we wouldn’t use a top here in Las Vegas.  To the contrary, rare would be the day that we would NOT use the top.  It’s not a matter of comfort (it’s in the 70s today) or rain (rain?  I don’t even have side curtains), it’s a matter of the strength of the sun here.  We still get plenty of sun…[Read more]

  • Dunno what this guy actually has, but anyone needing parts might want to contact him.  For the $600 asking price, I expect you might get a lot of parts:  http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/cto/5792069690.html

    The kit is somewhere in California, but there are currently two (2) TDRs for sale here in Las Vegas — I’ve never seen either one of the…[Read more]

  • Awfully sorry to hear about your problems.  It IS heart-breaking.  It can be very hard to balance all the priorities in one’s life and sad when things get out of kilter.  I’m sure everyone on the forum wishes you the best for the future.

    May I inquire further about your car?  Do I understand that you already sold it, or that you intend to?  If…[Read more]

  • Winter preparations?  Heck, gas up the tank and check the oil and the tires.  It’s DRIVING season here in Las Vegas!  Blue skies and 70s by mid-afternoon all winter long.

  • Ha, ha, Toller.  I knew immediately whom you were talking about in that first paragraph …  🙂

  • Ha, ha, Toller.  I knew immediately whom you were talking about in that first paragraph …   😀

  • This is sort of a followup, although it has to do with the drums rather than the Empi discs.  I finally took my wife for a ride in Murphy, and her sharp ears detected that the horrible squealing was from the passenger’s side rear.  I took the car into Mechanic #2, who spent quite a lot of time figuring out what was the problem.  The drums were go…[Read more]

  • I’m very happy for you, Jack!  Your car looks great.  In fact, it looks a lot like my car before I messed with it (originally red with badges on the grill).  In 20-20 hindsight, I probably should have reused that stuff but we have different “styles”.  Now my car is British Racing Green metallic with no badges.  You’ll see in a week or two when…[Read more]

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