March 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm #232557
Here is a photo of the on going project of making my kit look like the real thing,here I am installing a 1952 folding windshield, and have a stand up mirror on order. I also ordered a gas cap and am making a spout for the rear bonnet.I will post pictures as I move along with the project.
BillMarch 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm #238410Larry MurphyParticipant
Bill, Your windshield project is looking great. It is really going to make your car look much more authentic. Just curious, did you have to reshape the cowel ,removing the flat spots on each side where the brackets attach or was your cowel shaped as shown in the pictures? Please post more pictures when you get it done. Larry M.March 17, 2009 at 11:53 am #238411
The cowl had a flat raised spot on each side and a 1/2 inch by 3X1 1/2 steel insert bonded in.After removing it I shaped the sides to fit with glass and also glassed the under side. I will use backing plates when I install the unit. My surprise was when the square was removed the wind shield fit to a tee. If I had not found the 52 windshield I was going to use one out of a hot rod book, they are very much alike and if you shop around you will be surprised as to what is out there.I will post more later.Good luck.
BillMarch 17, 2009 at 2:09 pm #238412Larry MurphyParticipant
Bill, Thanks for your reply. The degree of detail you are going to will make your car much better in the long run.Keep us up to date on your progress. Larry M.March 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm #238413Mark HendricksonParticipant
WOW! Looks great. Do you have the rubber flap “seal” that goes along the bottom of the frame to the cowl?March 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm #238414
The Tee seal can be found just about anywhere it is a common type seal used on t-bucket rods and elsewhere.Luck.
BillMarch 18, 2009 at 7:21 am #238415Rich BellefeuilleParticipant
Very nice job! Can’t wait to see it finished.
Are you going to go with the top mounted wipers like the original?
RichMarch 18, 2009 at 9:06 am #238416Mel ZeigerParticipant
Like Rich I am curious where the wipers are going?March 18, 2009 at 10:25 am #238417Mark HendricksonParticipant
Who needs wipers when there’s Rain-X
Serioulsy, post more pics of the project as you progress. It looks A-OK!March 18, 2009 at 10:49 am #238418
Hey Guys, yes about the wipers,look in speedway catalog. They have a motor that is close to the real one with a 90% sweep and short arms the rest I will build. My dash is out and I am building a center as on the real 52, but instead of brass I will use abalone,you can check with Alsa Corp on there FXsheeting, it is great stuff. The nice thing is with the net you can find anything. I will post photos as I move along. Luck, BillMarch 18, 2009 at 10:58 am #238419Rich BellefeuilleParticipant
Geez, all you need is some 1930’s technology Lever Shocks, an underpowered 4 cylinder engine, a few brass name plates and oil leaks and you’ll have a REAL MG!
Keep up the good work!
RichMarch 19, 2009 at 11:50 am #238420
Rich, I am working on that to!!April 17, 2009 at 2:33 am #238421Bob FoardParticipant
Bill, This windshield conversion looks great. I have been considering doing the same for quite a while. Is yours a fiberfab kit? I was surprised to hear that there was some metal reinforcement in the existing fiberglass raised flat areas. I have the 1952 MGTD brackets and have been looking for a windshield frame. My measuring convinced me that the cowl width of the kit was the same as the original MGTD, if the flat raised areas were only not there. You have verified my thinking. I only wish I were as capable of the fiberglass work that you have done. How do you plan to deal with the soft top connection to the upper windshield frame? I think your new windshield is not as tall as the kit one was. I presume you will need to modify the soft top mounting to allow for the lower profile. Please keep us posted as you proceed.
BobFApril 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm #238422
Sorry for the delay on the answer,yes it is a fiberfab kit. I have ordered a Haartz MG top tan to install with the windshield. The old Bimini boat
frame is coming off and I am making a folding frame as on the 1952. I
have found some great pictures of the frame and it looks fairly easy to
reproduce as it is made from flat 3/4 inch steel stock, and so are the curtain frames. I will post when finished. I want to add tank straps to the rear tank and lose the hinges and locks on the hood.The body on the fiberfab kits are very close in measurements to the real car.Good luck.
BillJuly 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm #238423Lee TrumanParticipant
As a beginner ;I need some serious help.
Where can I buy the windshield that folds forward as I see on several MG kit cars? Ihave one that is straight. Any ideas?July 12, 2009 at 9:57 am #238424
If you can not find a original frame some were then you might check with the Speedway catalog, some of the American roadsters and hot rods had fold down frames.They also sell the hardware with it. Plan on spending a few bucks and a lot of modifying ( but it is worth it ) Bill
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