September, 2004


January 13, 2008

Home Beginnings Clean Up Repair & Paint

Chassis Assembly Top Tonneau Links


Engine-Trans Seats Susp-Brakes Dash
Side Curtains Windshield Heater Wiring

Trips Repairs


It really felt good to get the body painted, re-united with the frame, and back at home. I spent a lot of time in the engine compartment since most of the remaining work was in that area. I had bought new wiring and that went in fairly well. I've kept a positive ground system although I'm not sure why. I may change over to negative ground one of these days. The only real change I made in the wiring was to add a cut-out switch in the ground side of the battery. The switch uses a strange looking plastic "key" and is right behind the driver's seat. With the key out, it's hardly noticeable and is my attempt at securing the vehicle from being stolen.

Most of the final assembly was just put into position and fasten, so it went fairly quickly. The carpeting probably gave me the most trouble just because all my pieces were a little on the large side. I guess that's better than being too small, but it meant trying a piece out, trimming a little, trying again, etc., etc. I also added some heat resistant material under the carpeting and that was also difficult since it had to be entirely cut. I used the underlayment pads that came with the carpet set as patterns. I put the insulation on the tunnel back to the shifter and on the floor back to the frame cross piece (just ahead of the seats). I've since driven it in some fairly hot weather and I'm sure it's a lot better than it would be without it. The only negative on the insulation is that it reduces the distance between the tunnel and the accelerator pedal. That in turn reduces the distance between the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal with the result that I have to be careful about what shoes I use when I drive. All in all, though, I'm happy with the addition of the insulation material.

The big day in the assembly process was driving it for the first time. I had owned an MGA 40+ years ago and it felt good to drive one again.  

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