from Old English White to green moss and rust

The TC was originally set up to run on 5* 100 octane, which is no longer available unless you have a supply of AVGAS (100 octane low lead).

Lead replacement additive is available but there are different varieties and should not be mixed.

Would be worth it to get an unleaded head fitted.
Old cloth covered wiring loom that had male/female bullet connectors. They get furred up so undo them one by one and clean up with a bit of emery cloth. One at a time or you may lose track of what goes where,
Same with the fuse box, old school glass fuses easily broken. Clean them and the contacts
up with a quick rub of emery cloth.


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If it's doable I would suggest turning the oil pump over with a drill or similar, once you've drained and replaced the oil, get the engine pre oiled before you turn it over, even by hand
so ahem, back to the Beetle, the A post repair panel cut and fitted ready to tac in.
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tac welded in, well, a biyt more than that, not too much that I can' cut it out and adjust it when I trial fit the door, I've blown a few small holes, they will have to be welded back up.
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what does this mean? well it means I can't go any further without the passenger door, here it is, and it's in a real state, almost a mini project on it's own.
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so let's take a look at what I have to fix on it, both hinges are frozen, I have two new ones to go on here, the bottom needs cutting off and I have the two panels to go on there too.
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first off, the new repair panel encompasses the bottom hinge mount area, so that's taken care of... draw a line and cut that mess off.
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so the car body on it's dolly wheels, can be moved to the other side of the workshop, making space to work around the bench with the door on it. Fun this innit.
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Apologies for hijacking this fantastic thread, but since we're on the subject of old English metal.......

The wife’s uncle had a few nice motors including a beautiful MGA in creamy white with red leather.

He died a few years back and the car collection was split up among his grandchildren. The MG staying in storage for his youngest grandson.

This lad is 15 now and has started to show an interest. His old man is off the scene and to be honest he lacks a male role model in his life.

He’s asked me if I’ll help him get this thing back on the road and look after it for him until he can drive it. It’d be my absolute pleasure to be honest. He’s a lovely lad and I had a huge amount of respect for his grandfather, the last owner of the car.

The car is a family heirloom and needs to be used and cherished again.

I’m off to dig it out of the garage this weekend. last time I saw it was a good 5 years ago. It was running then, but needed a load of little jobs doing, like a new roof and some minor electrical issues sorting.

I’ll take a fresh can of petrol and some jump leads, but hoping it shouldn’t need too much to get it going.

Anyone know these cars? Known faults to look for etc? I’ve never touched an MG in my life.

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Hydraulic brakes, will most likely be seized or leaking
clutch might be rusted to the flywheel
take all of the spark plugs out and turn it over on the starting handle to get the oil moving
then spin it on the starter with the plugs out and check the gunge flies up
check the tyres for cracks and damage
and the wiring for rodent damage
disconnect the battery when you leave to prevent a fire
and flush the fuel tank out, and remove and clean the float bowls on the carbs
and have a fire extinguisher handy
check the clutch pertaining mechanism as well
cutting off the bottom edge of the door, the rusted hinge just fell to the floor with a bump, didn't even try to hang on and give me grief.
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the only thing keeping that bottom edge on is the bottom bar mount
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held by one 10mm bolt in a captured nut
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the mount is secured by spot welds to the bottom edge of the door, that doesn't come with the repair so I'll cut it off, save and repair it.
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there seems to be a problem here, the profile of the inner repair panel doesn't match.
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the same on the other end
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and what's this, why didn't I notce this before, there is a central support bar, but not on the original door.
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there's not one on this cut off bottom edge, need to do some research.
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using the butt weld clamps, not too much deviation at the front
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there's more deviation at the back, maybe a little more stretching might get me to an acceptable place
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you never get a perfect fit right-away with repair panels, a nudge here and a tap there, eventually get you to where you need to be. I may cut off that central brace piece, just looks odd.
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made a start welding on the inner repair panel
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and the front, they fit ok, but the welds need more work.
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the bracket at the bottom cleamed up, bottom part of it rusted away and so was cut off.
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nasty looking bubble under the paint on the outer door skin
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flap disc made short work of it, lurking under there car cancer, I'll have to take the whole panel back to bare steel to treat it,
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Cut off the bottom edge of the door, not much good metal left, the top edge is nearly three MM thick, if they had rust treated cars as they do today, this would have lasted several lifetimes.
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the new repair offered up for fit
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30mm by 30cm long, to be cut out of the trailing edge
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while tac welding the the bottom panel on, there was lots of flame and black deposite, this piece of material has to come out Doh.
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clamping the bottom edge to weld it, in couldn't be simpler.
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from the front...
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finally, after a long time drilling out the rivits that hold the hinge in, they knocked through with a punch freeing the hinge.
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from inside the hinge panel has almost stayed clear of rust, but the door panels have some rust treatment coming on an old toothbrush.
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the new hinge is a perfect fit, only it's diffy one screw hole.
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