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  1. Sometimes you do what you just want to...

    Sorting through old cardboard boxes filled with rat nesting material and dead insects, I decided to do something that interested me more than old rusted and greasy small parts. So I took an SU apart and soaked the larger castings in a bucket of carb cleaner.

    When I opened the gallon can of cleaner after two days, the castings were still black but they wiped up with the help of toothbrushes and old tee-shirts. I was forced to smile. Renewal is a powerful effect. I can see the assembled ...
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  2. Illness confirmed

    After weeks fighting the flu I have been thinking about the project in my shop. Found another Spridget - 1965 MG Midget in small town nearby. "Engine locked up"... but it has wire wheels. Photos look like its been sitting for awhile. Going to look at it this weekend. I must have lost my mind! With all of the boxes of parts I already have, what am I doing?
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  3. Making piles of piles

    Had a day to spend on the sprites. Worked on identifying system components and parts of sub-assemblies. Began with water circulation system and listing all the parts that needed to be replaced. Rubber and gaskets are sort of a given for replacement. Soon the lure of the engine was too powerful to resist and I pulled the pan off the 15 year old rebuild to check the condition of the crank and cam. They looked good with no rust on the vital surfaces. So I sprayed the interior with a light oil and closed ...
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  4. Fixin' to start to begin...

    Since this is my first attempt to restore/refurbish a car rather than tackle a single problem on a motorcycle or a daily driver, I'm reading as much as I can trying to determine the best start on this project. Because it is mid-December and my daughter's birthday is only 5 days before Christmas, I will not start in ernest until the new year has begun. Nevertheless, I am thinking about how to proceed.

    Since I have boxes and boxes of parts and a body stripped of fenders, doors, interior, ...
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  5. In the beginning...

    I have succeeded in getting the parts car moved to the workshop although it is sitting outside on rapidly leaking tires, covered with a tarp for the time being.
    With the help of a friend with a tandom axle trailer and the seller I have filled the trailer again. This time with the disassembled project car/tub along with 20-25 boxes of parts and spares.

    I have sorted the pieces into three rough piles: 1) engine bay components; 2) cockpit related parts and pieces; and, 3) exterior ...

    Updated 12-13-2016 at 06:51 PM by JimLaney (add photo)

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