Building Moneypenny – Part 3

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  • #253894
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Sam,

    For engine rebuild kits, the last 11 years I have been using Mid America Motorworks and I have never had a problem with them. No stock owned in them and I’m not promoting them. Just have used them for a long time. Along with other VW parts suppliers. They are located in Effingham IL. I have been to there company several times in my treks between Georgia and Wisconsin. Here’s the links to the two engine kits I’m Looking at.

     

     

     

    Where in WR does your sister-in-law live or work? Its a pretty small city area wise. Only the air base to keep the city going. If you ever come this way let me know and we can see about hooking up for lunch or something.

    newkitman2013-02-10 20:36:40

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

    #253895
    rockyx
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    @rockyx

    My two cents worth is go somewhere other than MOFOCO.  The kit I received had a damaged oil screen and when I called to get it replaced I was shocked by the attitude I got from one of the owners.  He blamed his supplier and took an attitude with me for asking for another one as soon as I could get it.  I was right at the end of my engine build and the screen was delaying me finishing the job.

    Then the one I received was also damaged.  Actually it was just poorly made.  So due to the  treatment I received on my first call I decided to go to Advanced Auto and get what I needed.  The product I received was perfect.

    So I sent an email voicing my frustration with the product I received and the treatment I got and ended up receiving an email from the primary owner accusing me of tearing up the screens myself.

    So, again, my two cents, go anywhere but MOFOCO for your rebuild kit.

    rockyx2013-02-10 20:45:40

    #253896
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Well at long last the TD body is on the pan, aligned correctly and bolted down. What a pain. I guess over the years of being stored up in the rafters, the weight of the body caused the body to flex but its now on and I can progress with the build. First thing are the side cowls, which are cut but have to make certain that each side is the same length. Then I have to paint the trimmed edges with the jel coat and get the front fenders installed. The weather stripping on my kit only goes over the top portion of the body tub and not down both sides. I may do that later after I get her on the road. Now I only need tires, time and my right shoulder to hold out a little longer to get her ready for Carlisle. I’m not sure how long I can go on without some rebuilding on my shoulder. I’m holding off as long as I can. But…I want it done correctly so I may end up at Carlisle without the TD.

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

    #253897
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    After trial fit of the side cowls which fit surprisingly well, I decided to go ahead and add the white rubber welting even though its not used on Fiberfab kits. I ran it from the bottom of one side cowl, over the top to the bottom of the other side cowl. Took my time and got the welting riveted in place. Then installed the left side cowling. It looks really good. Test fit the left front fender and I have a little trimming to do along the front inner edge. It’s contacting the front beam tubes just a bit. I think 3/16th inch trimmed off will work good and give me enough clearance. I’ll do another fit check tomorrow BEFORE I cut/trim anything. But first I’ll get the right side cowling installed before working the fenders in earnest. Now if it’d just warm up. Tonight its going down to 28-30.

    I previously ordered door edge trim molding from MG Magic and it really is not used with Fiberfab kits. But I did find a use for it…it fits great along the top of the side cowling where the hood almost contacts. It makes a nice presentable edge.

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

    #253898
    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Dude! Good progress!

    #253899
    gkesseru
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    @gkesseru

    Allen: How about a few pictures?

    #253900
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    I’ll post a few later tonight after work. I have them in the camera but just got to lazy last night. Must be the Geezer in me. Smile

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

    #253901
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Still having fit issues at the front end. The PO had trimmed the side cowls front ends and they are just a tad bit to short. It now appears that I will have to adjust/trim/remove metal from the grill shell. The lower portion of the grill shell is hitting the heads of the bolts that secure the front beam to the frame head. And the left side of the grill shell is against the steering box. So adjustment is definitely necessary. I need about a half inch. My buddy who has rebuilt several Mustangs will come over today and we will confer. After that I’ll have about four weeks before I’m out of commission for two weeks. At my visit with the doc, he told me the MRI shows 6 disks in my neck are buldged and have spurs and repair will be needed. Surgery probably sometime in July. (Bummer) I told the doc that it gives me at least a month to keep working on the TD. He said as long as there is no severe twisting of my neck that would be okay. But the surgery will hold me back two weeks I guess. So after church….press on with the TD.  Thumbs Up newkitman2013-04-28 10:08:44

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

    #253902
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Never did say what the problem with the floor pan fit and the fix was so I I’ll try this drawing to explain it. Basically the body cavity is SUPPOSED to fit over the raised section of the outer portion of the floor pan. Mine was sitting ON the inner lip of the floor pan. After careful prying and such, the body fit down onto the pan. Here’s the drawing. (Hope posting this works)

     

     

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

    #253903
    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    “After” looks more sensible.

    #253904
    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    After sure does Ed. Plus, just to be on the safe side, I MAY add a couple of bolts through the body and pan on the inside lip like shown with the dune buggy photo in another thread.

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

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