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  • #247387
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

    I don’t have any pictures (not sure what to show) but all the wiring is connected under the dash (still have to neaten things up), the temporary dash is in place and the car starts from the key in the ignition!  Thanks to everyone for their input on the electrical problems I was facing.  You guys rock!

    While my son is finishing up the custom made gas tank I put the red plastic marine gas tank that came with the car under the front hood and hooked it up to the new gas line (remember that?), hooked up the battery and turned the key.  Had to wait for gas to get back to the engine but finally it tried to start.  It kicked in for a few seconds but I couldn’t keep it running.

    Checked everything thing I knew to check and then touched the coil…HOT HOT HOT!  So I pulled it and installed the new one I had sitting on the workbench, turned the key and zoom zoom.

    I did it several times just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke and it started every time.

    The carb needs adjusting but other than that it runs great!

    Now on to the body, upholstery, and wheels.

    Finally….whew.

    #247388
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    WooooHOOOO!

    #247389
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    GREAT news!

    Congratulations!

    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 https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #247390
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Atta boy Rocky!

    #247391
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Congratulations

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

    #247392
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

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    While I???m waiting to get started on the
    body work I began working on things like turn signals, back up lights, etc. to
    make sure I???m ready to go when we finally start assembling things.  Plus I hate not working on the car whenever I
    have time.

    I found some replacements for the brake
    lights and wanted to use the same model for my back up light.  The one that came with the car was rusted,
    cracked, and looked like it was from the 80???s. 
    But the brake light replacements only came with red or amber lenses.  And after what I thought was an exhaustive
    internet search, I couldn???t find anything that would work as a clear replacement
    lens.

    So, after some interesting input from
    friends I found myself at the Dollar Store looking for something I could form
    into a useful lens.  I???m sure I looked
    pretty strange to all the other patrons as I kept picking up items and sizing
    them against the lens housing.  As a side
    benefit I found things in the store that I had no idea they carried…and for
    only a dollar.

    What I ended up with was a clear plastic
    punch bowl with ribbing that looked like it might just do the job….for, that???s
    right, a dollar.


    I outlined a couple of trial spots just
    in case I needed some practice.


    Cut them out with an old soldering iron


     

    Used the grinding wheel to do the final
    shaping and booyah!  Almost looks like I
    bought it that way.


    Now I need to figure out how to build a
    deck under the front hood to cover the gas tank and steering column.  Back to the dollar store

    rockyx2012-07-18 08:38:47

    #247393
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    I applaud your ingenuity.

    Good Job.

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

    #247394
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    I second the applause!

     

    I wish I had been with you at the Dollar Store.

     

    Unspecting store clerk, “Hello sir, may I help you?”

     

    Rocky, “Yes. I’m looking for parts for my ’52 MG TD.”

     

    Clerk, backing away slowly, “WTF?”

    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 https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #247395
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

    My son and I started doing body work last
    weekend to prep for our paint job. 

    Probably one of the least favorite things
    I’ve done so far.  Partly because, since my son does this kind of thing as
    part of his work he is as obsessive about it as I have been about other
    things.  I think it’s good enough and he tells me to get back to work
    sanding.  But I know I will be pleased with the final result.  I feel like the karate kid with all this sanding.

    I washed and degreased all the parts and then he and I started sanding.   We cleaned and filled all the large cracks
    and damage and then primed with filler primer. 
    This would fill all the minor defects and allow us to focus only on the
    ones that needed bondo.  Great idea…it
    was his.

    He is as good with bondo as my other son is with welding.  I didn’t get a
    before picture of the hood but it looked very much like the rear cowl below
    before he fixed it.

    And this is how it looked when he was done.  Very nice

    Here are some other parts. 

     

    We have a couple more repairs to do
    before we???re ready for pre-paint primer. 
    Mainly the door lips and engine cover. 
    But I???m sure he???ll make quick work of those as well. 

    #247396
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Great work!

    And yeah. Sanding. Not the funnest ever job.

    #247397
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Like they always say…its all in the prep work. Keep up the great work and she’ll be looking mahvelous!

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

    #247398
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

    My son finished the gas tank!  We’ve already had an issue with the fuel supply tube breaking but we have a solution that will keep him from having to open it back up.  Frustrating but fixable.

    I’m not quite ready to anchor it in place but I did a test fit and it’s perfect.

    Here are the pics.  What a talented kid.

    #247399
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Truly beautiful work.  

    #247400
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Great job!

    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 https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #247401
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Beautiful !

     

    He’s welcome to work on mine after practicing on yours.

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

    #247402
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Impressive. 

    #247403
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

    Well it aint pretty and I have a few issues (no reverse, weak brakes, engine will not shut off when I turn off the ignition) but we had our maiden voyage today.  Granted it was only 20 feet but it ran on its own power!

    Here’s the short video (couldn’t figure out how to upload the video)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5-UQZZX6qc&feature=youtu.be

    Now I have to troubleshoot those other issues….it never stops.

    #247404
    ray10
    Participant

    @ray10

    way to goooooooooEmbarrassedThumbs Up

    rocky  I couldn’t get your link to work but i found it.
     

    TDREPLICA Map

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    #247405
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Rocky, In your next test drive, wear your seat belt.  Please.  

    #247406
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    LOL Roy! That was funny!

    Congrats Rocky! First time I drove my Duchess I was sitting on a plastic milk crate. Your “drive” brought back memories!

    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 https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #247407
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

    I know I’ve been quite for a while but I’ve been working on a bunch of little things in prep for the start of final assembly. 

    One item I’ve been working on is trying to get the transmission to go in reverse.  But I have not been successful. 

    Remember, I have an automatic so doing research trying to troubleshoot the problem has been time consuming.  But it looks like everything is pointing to a bad direct/reverse clutch in the guts of the tranny.

    I contemplated breaking it down and rebuilding it myself but it just wasn’t worth it.  So today, I dropped it off at a local VW place.

    While they’re working on that I will be ordering painting and then going on vacation.  So hopefully, when I get back the tranny is ready, the paint is delivered, the paint booth is scheduled and we start moving forward …..aggressively again.

    #247408
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Oh, bad break, Rocky. Hope the transmission place can fix you up without costing you too many $$.

    #247409
    Dale Schumacher
    Participant

    @schu

    Rocky,

    Good time to switch to a standard – sure you want to stay w/ a Auto?
    #247410
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

    Shu,  I’m so close to being done that I’m going to move forward with the automatic.  However, I’ve already started thinking about making the switch to a manual next winter.  I have the clutch cable tube so it’s ready to go when I catch my breath and save my pennies.

    Almost there!!

    #247411
    Rick
    Participant

    @rockyx

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    Ok…the tranny is done!  And I am
    really glad I took it to a VW shop who knew what they were doing.  While
    my partial rebuild in the garage fixed some of the problems the guy at the shop
    said my issues were deeper than I was digging.  Kinda like my personal
    life 🙂

    So he did a thorough rebuild and replaced all the plates (which were burned out
    like I was afraid of) and we???re back in business. 

    So I???ve now reinstalled the tranny and the
    engine and everything is hooked back up and ready to roll.

    Next up….painting.   Finally!! 

    I ordered an epoxy based primer and paint through my son???s work and the
    proper clear coat.  He works as a theme
    carpenter and helped build the Harry Potter attraction at Universal and it???s
    the paint they use on all the fibreglass work they do that sits out in the
    Florida sun all year long.

    I decided, good or bad, to paint the ???skirting???
    at home in my own homemade paint booth. 
    My wife graciously offered here vendor tent that she takes to art shows
    and I went to town with the plastic.  I
    even put in a high tech air flow system.



    Then it felt like we were in chemistry class
    while mixing up the primer and paint. 
    But it all worked out well and my son did a great job painting. 


    All coats went on well but it literally took all day long and we were all pretty tired by the time we were done.  But the result was perfect.




    The cab is on the frame and we decided it
    was not a good idea to try and do that in my homemade booth so we???re going to
    rent a paint booth from my son???s work and get that done next weekend.

     Then it???s time to wet sand and buff.

    I???ve ordered my body welting, hinges,
    bumpers, etc and once the buffing is complete IT???S ASSEMBLY TIME!!

    We???re getting there.

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    rockyx2012-10-22 13:11:11

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