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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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More photo’s to come soon.

Octobers update on the 1969 MGB-GT

So far we have been making good progress on the MGB-GT. We received the MGB-GT back from the media blaster removed and installed new left and right floor pans into the car. Fabricated several small patch panels throughout the car. Sanded the car with 180 grit, performed some minor body filler work. Actually the body on this car is in excellent condition and did not require a lot of work.

Exterior rear shot of the car after getting it back from the media blaster.

Left and right floor pans after they were removed.

New front cross member installed.

Weld through primer applied around the floor pan edge and top floor pan braces

New sheet metal patch panel fabricated and welding into to the battery box surround.

 
 
New floor pans install, welds ground, floors scuffed for adhesion and master series master coat applied to both interior side of floor pan and the underside.

Hood and deck lid have been removed.

Rubberized undercoating has been applied to both the front wheel well housings, back sides of the fenders, and the bottom of the new floor pans.

 

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.

Our second new employee.

With three new customers since May,  we have found it necessary to hire on our second employee. Jesse’s first day was August 18th, and here I have Jesse photographed cleaning many of the engine components to our viper red MG Midget. Jesse spent one day cleaning off all the grease and grime, and sanding the engine components preparing them for paint. The following day Jesse cleaned out the both, taped off the engine component and painted them matte black with Eastwood’s ceramic engine paint.

 
A day and a half of labor really pays off. The appearance of this engine is going to look excellent against the viper red paint inside the engine compartment. Not pictured here because it is not finished
Jesse started polishing the aluminum intake manifold

Viper Red Midget

Initially the owner of this car wanted what most people would consider just a driver level restoration. Then the customer changed his mind and decided that he wanted to change the color of the car. Including the trunk, interior, engine bay, and of course the exterior.I finally had the opportunity to start painting the MG Midget on Thursday March 6th. I found myself being giddy as a school boy, so I had to share some photo’s of the cars progress.  The new color is Viper Red. The exterior sheet metal of the car still needs some minor work, and it will be next month before all the panels are going to be ready for the color change.

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