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    Default 51 MG restoration.

    Figured I’d start a thread to avoid flooding the Classic car thread with this project.
    Got her home today.
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    Up on jacks already, wheels off and draining the tank.
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    Already got the fuel pump working, bad ground. But the fuel smells like shellac so draining everything and starting fresh before I try to get her started.
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    Brakes come off next. Only been 20 years since my last drum brake job.
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    So far, all electrical checks out but brake lights and heater, which it has. Choke is seized as well. Parking brake cable barely moved so I didn’t force it.

    Need better light in the garage now.
    Time to buy some led strips..
    Cheers.
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    Beautiful!! What a fun project with so much enjoyment when finished. A friend had one just like this in yellow when we were young. Fun car!
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    Awesome - looks like it's going to be a blast....congratulations, know you've been thinking about this for years - looks it great shape actually....if you wanted, how long would it take you to get it running enough for a quick spin around the block?
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    Hopefully tomorrow..
    Or when the snow melts. Just looked outside. Frikkin blizzard.
    Ahh well. Last snow of the season. At least I have her in the garage finally.
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    Congratulations Mike!

    The car looks beautiful. I'm sure that it's going to be one heck of a fun project.

    This is going to be great to watch.

    Pete <:-}
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB52 View Post
    Hopefully tomorrow..
    Or when the snow melts. Just looked outside. Frikkin blizzard.
    Ahh well. Last snow of the season. At least I have her in the garage finally.
    Really? We've got some wind here, but no snow...Easter Parade down the street tomorrow, should be fun, if it isn't ferkin' freezing....winter tires scheduled to come off both cars in the next two weeks....yikes!
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    I'm really looking forward to following your progress Mike.

    By the way, nice work on finding the bad ground. Surprising how many people fail to start with the basic things.

    I can't remember the name of the movie but it was about a guy who had spent years in prison for murdering his mother and her lover but when let out he got a job working on small engines (lawnmowers etc) and a a guy had brought in his mower and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't run. The first thing the ex con did was remove the gas cap and say 'No gas'.
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    Wow, Mike! that brings back memories. My Dad rebuilt a '52 TD when i was in Jr. High/High school. It wasn't as original as yours (someone had put a old Volvo engine in it before he got it). I don't see cars like that very often. i'll be watching with great interest.
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    Very nice project Mike. Are you just going to get it cleaned up and running, or do a full restore on it? Looks like a lot of fun. When my dad retired, he started restoring 59 chevy impala convertibles. Did two a year for a while. Better than off the showroom floor when he was done with them. And he did it all himself. Didn't pay painters or anyone to work on them.
    Good luck and I'll be watching the progress.
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    Oh most fortunate of men, congratulations!
    They are a hoot when in good nick!
    Enjoy the journey!
    ~Richard
    PS, I know you will, but do assure the motor is turning free prior to a starting attempt.
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