(but rusty no more)
Welcome to a tale of rust and repair.
site records the progress of my 1968 British Racing Green MGB
Roadster from a good-looking but actually heavily rusted-out
vehicle to a pristine car whose underpinnings are now clean and
free of corrosion, and whose shiny bits include a brand spanking new interior.
this 16-month journey, I have progressed from despair and frustration to
delight and excitement. To find out why, join me via the links on the
left as we follow the state of the car, my realisation of how much it
would cost to fix and how long the project would take, to the sunny
uplands of a shiny new paint job and the open road ahead.
Warning: graphic pictures of rust follow. Not for the faint-hearted.
first sign that all was not well was the car's failure of its
annual MoT test in February 2015, during which the tester pointed
to this hole (above) about 15cm. forward of the front mounting point of
the rear suspension on the driver's side of the car. I hadn't spotted it before.
a hole this big and with clear signs of corrosion inside, you can usually be
sure that it's a lot lot worse inside than it looks from the outside.
And so it transpired...
All photos by me, Peter Flynn, and Peter Mobbs.
Massive credit is due to Peter Flynn, of Peter Flynn Classic Cars,
who performed most of the stripping down, all of the welding and
re-construction work, paint preparation, painting and finish, corrosion
protection (Waxoyl), door re-fitting, windscreen re-installation, and a
whole lot more. My tasks included refurbishing the dashboard and gauges, dismantling the old doors,
re-assembling and re-attaching the bumper and grille, re-commissioning
the electrics, and then refitting the interior - new carpets, then
re-installing seats and belts.