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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:11 am





1977 MG Midget $250. Engine seized, rust, brakes. I will be busy this summer. Smile













Sort of like putting an old Airacobra back together but on a little grander scale. Smile

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Post  GallopingGhostler on Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:08 am

rsv1cox wrote:

1977 MG Midget $250.  Engine seized, rust, brakes.  I will be busy this summer.  Smile Sort of like putting an old Airacobra back together but on a little grander scale.  Smile Bob

Bob, that is quite a transformation, nice job. One would never know the Airacobra was in such poor condition, and now in German self defense force colors at that. Clapping

Yes, $250 is a bargain and in not so bad a shape considering 40 years have passed. I can see that the old MG Midget will rise again. bounce

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Post  akjgardner on Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:07 am

Your p39 looks good, I'm in the process of restoring one now. good luck on the car. I just started restoring a 1977 Jeep J10 pickup truck.
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:04 am

Thanks guys. I used Krylon "Smoke Gray" on the plane, tried to find their plastic "Fusion" paint but either Walmart was out or they discontinued it. It took regular Krylon quite well though. The patched together balsa/plastic elevator is working fine.

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Post  getback on Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:45 am

Hey Bob that's another nicely done restore ya did there , man i am really falling behind on my hobby ... Got to get a plan in order somehow . Ilike the MG better than the corvair also ! Keep us posted on the progress man . Easter Bunny
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Post  RknRusty on Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:16 am

I like your approach the MG restoration. Cleaning up the steering wheel, instrument panel, and dashboard gives one a clear reminder that it's a worthwhile project; that there is light at the end of the tunnel no matter how far away. I don't know if that is an intentional inspirational technique of a hobby-restorer or not, but it certainly inspires a good feeling at a glance, to both you and casual onlookers.
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Post  GallopingGhostler on Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:21 am

rsv1cox wrote:The patched together balsa/plastic elevator is working fine. Bob

Bob, really nice job on the elevator patch. Looking at the photo, I can't tell it was ever repaired.

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Re: Airacobra and new project

Post  rsv1cox on Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:23 am

RknRusty wrote:I like your approach the MG restoration. Cleaning up the steering wheel, instrument panel, and dashboard gives one a clear reminder that it's a worthwhile project; that there is light at the end of the tunnel no matter how far away. I don't know if that is an intentional inspirational technique of a hobby-restorer or not, but it certainly inspires a good feeling at a glance, to both you and casual onlookers.
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Spot on Rusty.  One of the first things I did.  After looking this MG over and thinking "What have I done" I needed some instant gratification and grabbed the Simple Green and Armorall and hit the dash pad and steering wheel.  The "before" picture actually made it look good from what it really was. Smile



Thanks Eric and George, I always enjoy taking lost causes and making something out of them.  I did coat the balsa add-on elevator several times with the water based Minwax sanding sealer, growing to really like that stuff as opposed to Aero-gloss SS.

Bob

Edit add............Today's effort. First layer only, many more to go.







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