MGB restoration, 7 months into a 3 month project 12-11-2015

For the past week I have been getting up at 5a.m. for the purpose of working on these videos for youtube. Glory Days Automotive Restoration has documented the restoration of this 1963 MG MGB roadster in great detail. In the beginning the customer expressed that his desires for his car, was for it to have no ripples, no waves, and no orange peel. His desire is for a near perfect paint finish, and that is our goal. Throughout the entire course of this project the customer has been adamant about the fact that the sheet metal work was done, the body work was done or at least was very close. In fact the car already had primer on it. In our original conversations it was discussed that we would start our process by block sanding the car with a 180 grit sand paper, continuing the work others had done prior to us. Unfortunately from the very first day we started working on this car. We have had to take steps backwards to rework many of the previous repairs that have been performed on this car. The purpose of this videos series is to show the viewers the amount of work that had to go into this car in order for Glory Days Automotive Restoration to deliver the laser straight finish the customer desires.


MGB under carriage complete.

Jason completed the udercarriage of the 1963 MG MGB today. Another hurtle behind us. After replacing both left and right jacking ponts with new sheet metal, for a profesional, clean, long term repair. A moisture cure urethane primer was applied to the entire undercattiage. This type of products creates a moisture and air tight bond with the sheet metal. Once cured we applied red tinted monsterliner, so that the undercarriage is the same color as we are going to paint for the rest of the car. We had stopped there and waited for the customers approval. Evan though the undercarriage looked very presentable, the owner of the car pick out several areas were the monsterliner was thin, and realy not up to his liking. No problem.. but we had used a full gallon of the monsterliner to cover the entire undercariage. We purchased another two quarts for touch up. The fist quart was used for touchup. Once the monaterliner was tack free, we shot a mist coat of body color over the monsterliner, this way we know beyond a shadow of a doudt that the color of the undercariage is exact to the rest of the body. The final step was to shot a coat of clear coat, now the undercarriage is the same color and sheen.





October 2015 MGB roadster update.

We have definitely had some major set backs with our MGB project. That is just how the automotive restoration industry is sometime. Before the car arrived, we had been told all of the sheet metal work was done, the body work was close to being done and the car already had primer on it.  The owner of the car believed that the MGB was almost ready for paint. Since taking delivery of this project it was decided that it was in our best interest to start over.The MGB was sent out to be media blasted so that we had a clean slate to work with.

Jason has been working on the MGB for two month just to get the car to were it is in these photo’s. The first eleven photo’s were taken just before the application of the first coat of Mastercoat. All of the metal has been thoroughly cleaned with various abrasive tools preparing the metal for the application of primer. This specific product had a recoat window of 3 to 48 hours. So we allowed the first coat to set up overnight before the second coat of Mastercoat was applied.


photo 1 before primer


photo 2 before primer


photo 3 before primer


photo 4 before primer

photo 5 before primer

photo 6 before primer

photo 7 before primer

photo 8 before primer

photo 9 before primer

photo 10 before primer

photo 11 before primer

The next eighteen photo’s were taken to show appearance of how the mastercoat looks once two coats have been applied over clean abrasive etched metal. The mastcoat sprays and lays down beautifully. This is the fourth car we have applied mastercoat too, and mastercoat never stops amazing us how smooth the finish primed surface looks.



Monday morning when I arrived at the shop I found  the MGB roadster with the trunk, interior, and engine compartment in red base coat / clear coat. Allow me to say the customer desires a concourse quality finish and so far this car looks amazing. These five photos probably do not do the car justice. I certainly cannot wait to see the finished product.






Be careful, sometimes you get what you pay for.

I wanted to post this video that I edited this morning, here on the blog. In the video we show two of the vehicles here in the shop and the quality of the work do to them in the past. One of the biggest set backs when restoring an automobile can be the previous work that was performed on the cars by other businesses, or other people. In both cases the automobiles in this video were manufactured in the 1960’s. They are both European, and to my knowledge they are both from Kansas.  But they both lived very different lives outside of that.

The first is a 1968 Porsche 911 that was never taken care the way a Porsche should have been . This Porsche started life Slate gray in color. Then for unknown reasons I would guess either rust problems or a front end collision. The car underwent the first of three complete color changes. With no proper repair to the body, only cosmetic work to make the appearance of the car look fresh and new. This is what I like to call shining up a turd.

The second car, a 1963 MGB roadster led a very different life. It has been lovingly cared for by its owner since 1982. In fact although I would say this is the first time the car is being restored. The car does show sign of having sheet metal work done before. As you will see in the video. As you watch this video ask your self would you be happy with the performed on either of these car. Please leave us a comment and please be careful when having work done on your classic or antique auto. Sometime you get what you pay for.


The return of the 1963 MGB roadster from Soft Strip.

Here at Glory Days Automotive Restoration we have started evaluating each car that comes to us for restoration. The intention is that we find any hidden surprises. Just because a vehicle has been worked on by another shop does not always mean that the work performed was up to the highest of standards. Sometimes it might means the opposite. More often than not I see were the work has been done down to a customers budget.


Last month we took delivery of a 1963 MGB . The owner, Robert purchased this car in 1982 and this MGB roadster is his baby. Robert’s wishes are that we bring his MGB to a very high standard. Robert wants a finish that has no ripple, waives or orange peel. while cleaning up excess seam sealer around the left front frame rail extension located in the front left wheel well housing, per his wishes. A hole was found at a seam, with surface rust following the seal. For us working on any customers car this is a big red flag. Although some may not think of this as a problem. This is an unforeseen problem that will continue to grow and spread. In a few years down the road all the money spent on having this car restored will have been a waist of time and money.

We called Robert to inform him of our findings. The decision was made that for the betterment of the restoration. That the MGB be sent down to Soft Strip in Wichita, Kansas. This is the third car I have had Dean and Adam blast for us and I have been extremely happy with their results.

On Monday June 29th I delivered the MGB to Adam and Dean at Soft strip today, today July 1st 2015 I drove back down to Wichita to pick up the MGB. Now the real fun begins and we can give Robert the kind of finish he desires with the confidence of knowing the his car that he will be able to enjoy his pride and joy for years to come.




Project 1964 Impala SS slide show

I threw together a short slide show video with photos of Mikes 1964 Implala SS. The paint work is approaching completion currently I still have to paint the hood, deck lid, and the steering column. The radiator support core, front wheel well housing, bumper supports and bumper brackets also need to be paint in a flat  black single stage paint. Check out the video see the condition Impala was in when we took delivery of it last April. Compared to it’s current condition, this car has come  a long ways. 

1964 Impala SS body has paint

I have to say it is an absolutely great feeling when you finally complete a major hurdle in what is a year long project. This poor Impala required a great deal of work. We have replaced the complete floor pan, both rocker panels, trunk floor, both quarter panels, the drivers door, the deck lid, the hood, radiator support core, all of the badges and trim. After this we are going to install a brand new interior. This is no longer just a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS, this is now a 2015/ 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS.

While we were working on the body, the owner Mike replaced the frame because we discovered that the front cross member had received a hard impact putting a large dent in it, also buckling the right frame rail and cracking the left frame rail. Mike found a replacement frame, rebuilt the steering, front suspension, rear suspension, and the brakes.












1964 Chevy Impala SS January update

The 1964 Impala SS is moving into the paint booth tomorrow for the second priming. Once I have the Impala blown off, wiped down and in the bright light of the paint booth. I am personally going to do a once over of the Impala to make certain that this car is as straight as it needs to be. Mike has chosen an extremely dark blue, and for all the work that has gone into this car. I do not want any ripples or waves.


I arrived at Glory Days at 7:30 this morning. I spent 8 hours of my day working on getting the Impala fuel door fit to the car. I had to completely redo all of the work that had already been done.






January 5th 1968 Porsche 911 update.

Having time to perform the restoration work, which is how I how pay the bills, monitor employees, shoot videos and edit videos is not very easy. Editing the videos is probably the most time consuming part of the process. Also finding the time to sit down at the computer and compose meaningful content for this blog can be difficult. So allow me to apologize for my lack of updates. When I first started the blog I was imagining that I would be posting twice a week or updating the progress on each of the vehicle here in the shop on a weekly basis.  Maybe I will do better in 2015. 
This video I shot on January 5th. The actual purpose of the video is to give myself a game plan of how to attack this project. Last week we purchased a second car to use for parts, and as I sit here typing I am waiting for the car hauler to arrived here at the shop from a 20 hour drive from North Carolina. Check back because I am going to have more videos for the Porsche to shoot this week

January 16th, the MGB-GT goes home.

I believe that we took delivery of the 1969 MGB-GT back on August 25th. These photo’s were taken on January 15th, the day before the car was do to go home to Dallas, Texas. It is kind of nice to have a car in and out in five months. Being a Texas car it really did not have very much rust. In fact the very little body work at all.












Mark the owner of the MGB-GT requested that we paint the spare tire compartment. I have to say that was a wise decision on his part, it helps to dress up the car that much more.



MGB-GT ready for paint

Last week I spent four days in the paint booth sanding off all the over spray from the walls. Once I was finished with the sanding I blew off the walls and wiped them down with mineral spirits and painted the walls with two coats of industrial paint booth coating. This entire process took a great deal more time then I would of liked  it to have.

Being a business owner there is often more work to be down then there are hours in the day. But the progress on our MGB-GT is moving along nicely and at this very moment the MGB-GT is sitting in our paint booth awaiting to be paint Pepper White.

In these few photo’s the MGB-GT is being taped off





In these five photo’s the sealer has already been shot and the car is waiting to be painted.






More photo’s to come soon.

More shots of Mike’s Impala

Currently we are working on Mike’s car three days a week. It always nice to see majors steps in the progress of the restoration. Currently Cole has the trunk pan cut out, fabricated a few smaller patch panels to repair rusted sections of the upper trunk floor panel, and the outer trunk floor panel.

What’s under the shiny paint part 3. The Porsche returns from the blaster.

Specializing in classic and antique automobile restoration takes complete passion, and it is often heartbreaking when you get a vehicle from the media blaster and your are finally able to physically see the actual condition of the automobile you are working on. In the case of this Porsche, I find the lack of quality performed by previous businesses to be absolute B.S. But it is not just the one or two businesses that have worked on this specific car in the past. It is the collision repair industry, and the techniques employed by the collision repair industry that are to blame.

Below are the photo’s of our 1968 Porsche project needless to say, it is going to be alot more work than was originally anticipated.

As you can see the 1968 Porsche looks nothing like the car we took delivery of on Wednesday June 18th. So often, many cars come back from the media blaster requiring a great deal more labor to restore them back to original than was originally expected.

Our third new customer since May.

The first year in business at Glory Days Automotive Restoration was extremely difficult. There were many days when I was wondering if I should even keep the doors open. But I am happy to say that since May of this year we have acquired the 1964 Impala which is under going a complete ground up restoration. The owner of the car is going through the chassis, engine, trans, and differential. While we at Glory Days Automotive Restoration are working on the sheet metal, body work, paint and the interior.

The second ground up restoration we have taken delivery of was the 1968 Porsche 911, and the third vehicle we took delivery of on Friday August 22nd, a 1969 MGB-GT. For this project Glory Days Automotive Restoration has been contracted to replace the front floor pans, fabricate several small patch panels to fill in hole that had been cut for the air conditioning, fix several small dings, prime and paint the car.

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