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Well I've put over 1500 miles on it since the odometer picture about a month ago.

Yesterday I took the valve cover off and adjusted the valve lash. I can't believe how changing a few thousandths of inch can make such a difference. When I did the adjustment last time the car hadn't been driven in quite a few years or ran for that matter. So it was done cold to .015. This time I did it with the motor warmed to operating temp and set them at .013. Huge improvement in the smoothness of the engine and a bit of power to boot. I replaced the valve cover gasket while I was there and decided to move on to the weber carb....

After watching a youtube video of a Chimp tuning a weber carb successfully I decided I had 50/50 odds of being successful. So I followed the directions tuning by ear, and it made a huge improvement as well. I'll recheck the plugs in a few hundred miles along with keeping an eye on the tailpipe to see how she is running. Fingers crossed I think I did it right!
 

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Here is the reason for all the work, that one thing that makes it all worth while...

Taking my 7 year old daughter to her first classic car cruise-in at Culver's in McHenry!

 

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Well got a fan shroud for father's day to help the cooling system be all that it can be. I'm planning on putting that in this weekend. I also picked up new cooling hoses, T-stat, gasket, and some three point inertia reel seat belts to make it a bit safer.

On the safety front the Brake master cylinder died today on my way to work. Still had some brakes but definitely not where they needed to be. Apparently no one in Chicago stocks this damn thing so it's being over-nighted to the house so hopefully my wife can bring it to the unit tomorrow before she heads out of town for the weekend.
 

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Updates:

1. Got the master cylinder got it in and hand a hell of time getting the brakes to bleed. It was insane how difficult it was to get those damn things right.

2. Had a front rim failing, strangest thing I have ever seen. The rim was bent but on top of it the lugs started pulling through the rostyles on that rim.

3. Found a set of old Datsun 280z rims on craigslist and got him down to $80.00 for set of 4. Got new shoes put on them 195/60/14 Falkens. Really improved the ride quality and handling. Downside is they rubbed in the back wells and they lowered the car about 3/4's of a inch. I did not need it sitting any lower but oh well. So I rolled the fender lips and that helped a bit but it didn't make sense why they were rubbing since others run this combo with no issues. Did some measuring and found the rear suspension is sagging about 4 inches. So that explains that and new springs are going to be ordered soon.

4. Today I cleaned up the rims and got them painted up, I'm damn happy with the results.

 

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Looking good ! Definitely looks a little low rider in back !
 

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Just a bit, gotta find a decent set of used/new leafs. I can't seem to find anyone around here that does re-arching on the springs.
 

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He might be and I hear he works for bananas.

Thanks Justin. I need to get to work on the 110 instead but....
 

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Put some new headlights in the MG today, projector style with replaceable H4 silverstar bulbs. Very happy with the results, I can see in the dark now. The bulbs I took out weren't even halogens....

I'm going to be cleaning up the surface rust spots here and there and smoothing out the cracks in the paint, in prep of plasti-dipping the car. I can't afford a full strip and paint right now so I'm going to do this to protect the body and spruce it up a bit. Attached are the colors I'm trying to decide between let me know what you guys think.... All photoshop'd by my loving wife.

The first pic is how it is now, trust me the paint looks much better in the pic than it does in person.










 

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Appreciate all the input on color guys lol. My daughter decided it will be a satin finish Royal Blue Candy Pearl, the target day to spray is Tuesday if the pigment arrives on time.

I'll let the pics speak for themselves I've been one busy boy on my vacation.











 

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And the work has progressed missed the time line by almost a week due to the weather. Tomorrow is the top coat of Royal Blue. Here is the MGB with the base coat of matte black and one before we taped it off for spraying.








 

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It's coming back together.... Fully assembled pics to follow on Sunday
 

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All back together will post some better pics once it's cleaned up.

 

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Took the MG to the local cruise night, she had expensive neighbors.....





 

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Well it's been awhile since I have updated. The MG has been running great 15,000 miles this season. I've been spending more time working on the 110 though as of late.

I put the original hard top on it a few weeks back for the first time since 1974. Fit like a glove and water no longer pours down on me when it rains.

Life is good as today for the first time in a year I drove both the MG and the 110 on the same day.
 

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Awesome you have been able to run her so much this year ! It looks from your prior pictures that you moved from a two car garage to a three car and still have no room for cars! Been stateside mostly?
 

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Nope same old 2 car garage and barely room for 1 car in it...
 

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Been a long time since a update so here goes.

I've finally installed a radio and some speakers.

The big news is I have finally squared away the suspension. The purists are probably puking in their cheerios but, new springs and poly bushes all the way around and tube shocks replacing the lever arm shocks. I went with QA1 3 way adjustables and it handles like it's on rails.

Here are some pics of the suspension going in:










Here is the rims getting the paint stripped off since the wheel paint was coming off in chunks. Just going to polish the aluminium and call it good.







And finally a shot of it in downtown while I was getting a hair cut...
 

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I don't envy me either. If I could find a place local that did that service they would already be there
 
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