March was - interesting.
Peter completed spraying etch primer on the
body, which now looked smooth and lovely. He then bought some paint,
code GN29, which he's used for years and which we knew from his
swatches from previous applications that it should have been the same
colour as my car's remaining paintwork (engine bay, inside boot and
bonnet, for example).
Except I got a call from Peter who was unsure
at first if the paint he'd ordered was right - it was 'too rich'. I
went up to his workshop and we both agreed that the tin of GN29 was
turquoise than British Racing Green. Yuk!
So we went to another trade paint outlet -
and their code GN29 was turquoise too. Seems as if the formulation has
changed. Peter did explain but I'm still not sure I understand
the chemistry of two-pack paint, except that it's a dye combined with a
sort of glue.
Long story short, we
bought some specially made-up paint that matched his swatches - and
here you see the first fruits of his painting work. (Click an image to embiggen).
the right colour of BRG
The body's first
coat of etch primer is on - but there's more rubbing down to be
The lids and
doors are hanging up, ready for paint - bit like an installation...?
they're all painted, looking good and shiny. Lighting is difficult in
this situation but I think the paintwork looks terrific
painting, I was pulling the window winding machinery, locks and
quarterlight assemblies/window channels out of the old doors. The pivot
and mounting bolts were in poor condition, with the driver's side
quarterlight showing signs of having been seriously messed about with.
It was also from an older model - the early MGBs did not have the
bracing post at the front of the quarterlight, making thme more
susceptible to moving from side to side.
In the end, I
managed to track down a 'new' quarterlight (actually second-hand as new
ones are no longer made) for the driver's side from Welsh MG.
I also bought a
brand new moulded carpet set and quite a few other bits and bobs ready
to be fitted when the time comes...