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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Fender seam annoyance...

    Odd thing. The very forward part of my left front fender seam began to peel back! Don't know why. I figure there has been a failure of the rib into the seam. It also broke off right under the rubber beehive mount. Odd.

    So, I decided I'd try to fully clean the area up and EPOXY it back down. What else could I reasonably do (without turning this into something big)? I used a very high-strength clear epoxy and clamped it back down... and then did a little paint touch-up. I sure hope this holds (otherwise maybe I can rivet it down under the rubber mounting). Ugh.

    2019-09-07 14.55.50.jpg Sprite fender work 11Sept2019 with Michael.jpg 2019-09-12 12.22.06.jpg
    - Mark

    Former 1956 Austin Healey 100-4 (BN2)
    Former 1962 Mk1 Austin Mini (850)
    Former 1973 Austin Mini (really a 1980s Cooperized Mini)
    Present 1959 Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite (with 1275, 5 speed, discs, etc)

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    Re: Fender seam annoyance...

    Great job Mark. I don’t see any signs of the repair.
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    Re: Fender seam annoyance...

    Thanks Elliot. Hopefully this will hold. My touch-up paint is imperfect, but I got some to wick into the side of the bead too.
    Last edited by Boink; 09-13-2019 at 04:49 PM.
    - Mark

    Former 1956 Austin Healey 100-4 (BN2)
    Former 1962 Mk1 Austin Mini (850)
    Former 1973 Austin Mini (really a 1980s Cooperized Mini)
    Present 1959 Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite (with 1275, 5 speed, discs, etc)

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    Re: Fender seam annoyance...

    Was this car chemically dipped by any chance. Residual stripper in there???? I cleaned up Bugsy's seams on the bonnet yesterday prior to paint and discovered a previously unknown dent that had been pulled out. Lots of work so far to get seams cleaned up and careful buildup of bondo to hide this repair. A few more applications and gentle sanding and I'll be ready to flip the bonnet over and start painting the inside.
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    Re: Fender seam annoyance...

    Good question, Jim. I don't know. The previous owner did the body work (where I focused on mechanicals). Wish I knew.
    - Mark

    Former 1956 Austin Healey 100-4 (BN2)
    Former 1962 Mk1 Austin Mini (850)
    Former 1973 Austin Mini (really a 1980s Cooperized Mini)
    Present 1959 Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite (with 1275, 5 speed, discs, etc)

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