In July 2006, I started the process of restoring a 1965 MG 1100. So far all I have done is disassembly, parts repair/restoration, cleaning, sorting and collecting new parts for the ones deemed unusable.
"Old Biddy" is now ready for reassembly and this blog is chronicling the restoration. Thank you for visiting and enjoying this adventure with us.
three months of life getting in the way, my great friend and bandmate, Mik,
came to help me get the doors aligned and set. Mik plays drums and I play bass…we
are the rhythm section. And boy, did we get into a nice rhythm when we worked
on the doors!
were only hung on the car and not lined up or even secured properly.
needed total adjustment and fitting.
When it comes to working on cars, Mik knows what he is doing. We made a good team. He held the doors
while I turned the screwdriver.
We opened and
closed the passenger door only three times before both of us were pleased with
the gap evenness and how the body line flowed smoothly.
door was more of a challenge. We had to shim the bottom hinge 3/16ths
of an inch before it was correct.
A little more fiddling and the door went into place just like the other side!
After two hours, we decided to call it quits for the
day. The best part of the day…the blue tape is gone!!
are some scuffs that need to be addressed along with other minor issues which will be taken care of after she is drivable.
the doors are finally set, I can work on getting the latches in place. But the
doors do not close because of the width of the rubber seal, which will have to
be removed and then reinstalled after the latches are set.
the last item on the list that needs to be done before I can take her on her
on summer break so I hope to get more work done next weekend.
is still unseasonably cool outside but at least now I am able to go out to the
shed and not freeze my face off. I am really itching to finish checking off the
final items on the punch list. This week I received a box on my front stoop
that both warmed my heart and brought me just a bit closer to my goal.
arrived from Aaron in Oregon, where it seems there are many more ADO16s than
here on the east coast. He sent me a set of correct sun visors, which are a slightly
different than the ones I have. I will have to use the Magic Eraser on them and
get them all cleaned up. I thought mine were original, but who really knows?
But in the
package was something even more exciting to me…ORIGINAL HARDWARE!!! He sent me
those three grille fastener bolts and five original bumper bolts!!
Last fall it
was suggested to me to screw these screws in to attach and secure the upper
grille to the frame. I was never too happy about how it looked. I am looking
for original quirky stuff that makes these cars unique which some folks may overlook.
out the screws and screwed in the original bolts. It is the small things in life that
make me smile!
ten hours of hard work, John’s SU HS2 carburetors are finally all cleaned up
and inspected. The two in the upper part of the picture just need new jets and
gaskets. Everything else is in excellent condition. But the lower ones need
everything, a complete and total rebuild. Whoever gets them will at least be
happy that they are clean now, which is often half the battle.
thanks go out to Aaron for helping me with advice and those wonderful importantly
insignificant parts. And thanks to all of you readers who have sent me messages
of encouragement and advice this past winter!! Now that Mother Nature will
finally allow spring to happen, I am excited to get back to work on Old Biddy!
there have been no posts for two months is because winter hit us really hard
and really fast this year. Snowstorm after snowstorm made it impossible to get
to the shed to get to Old Biddy. Not to mention the six weeks of relentless
other day it finally went above freezing. I dug a path in the four foot
snow bank and a strip by the door.
was frozen shut so I had to wait a day for melting. I opened it up and greeted
Old Biddy for the first time in nearly seven weeks!!
last two months, I have been working on getting those final bits and pieces
that I mentioned in the last post. Aaron from Oregon, a member of one of the
1100 forum/clubs, heeded my plea for correct grille bolts. He had some and will
be sending them to me soon.
informed me that the sun visors (which I cleaned up and repaired) are
incorrect. He will be sending me a proper set.
longest time, I have wanted to rebuild a set of SU carburetors. John had a
couple of spare sets hanging around and he gave them to me to have a go at it.
After I am done, I will give them back to him to sell. Yeah, I know this has
nothing to do with Old Biddy but…
snow ever melts, Old Biddy’s doors will get aligned and the correct latches
will be installed. Then…her maiden voyage!!!
grip is tight this year so not much is getting done on the car. I decided to
relegate myself to doing a final parts check list and doing a few little
tasks to button the car up so parts do not jiggle off as I take her for her
Such as, I
need the top fasteners for the front grille. They look like little lag bolts without
the point and they are only ¾” long. I checked my parts books and they are neither pictured
nor listed, so there is no part number that I could find.
here. The bottom three grille fasteners are easy to find.
need the screws that hold the dashboard top panel pad sides in place. I think
they are part number RTL 812…the picture in the parts book was not exact. When
I disassembled the parts car, these fasteners were rusted in place and they
sadly had to be cut and therefore destroyed.
back recesses of my cellar, I found the wheels that I want to get powder coated
(black) and fitted with new tires. The radial three tires on the rims now are
an Avon, a Dunlop SP4, and a King GT…quite a mismatched lot! I am taking
suggestions as to what tires I should purchase.
next snow day off of school, I am finally going to clean the sun visors. They
are quite grungy. I have to see if these MG 1100 visors will even fit on to the
Austin America body or if some finagling is needed.
has this hardware, please let me know. I will check around and keep everyone
updated. And so…the hunt continues. This winter I will be re-sorting all the 1100
parts in my cellar now that the car is near completion. Cannot wait to see if
any treasures pop up!
only one good day in the last two and a half weeks when the weather was worthy enough to do
any work on the car. Needless to say that winter looks like it is coming early
this year. Therefore, the decision was made to put the car to bed.
cleaning up our yard for hopefully the last time today, I pushed Old Biddy out
into the driveway to give her a quick rinse off and thorough rub down.
I started her up and drove her back in to cover her up for the season. I always
put sheets or old bedspreads underneath the outer cover for extra protection.
Her battery cables were then disconnected and I said “Night night.” to her.
not mean I will stop working on the car for the winter. Oh no! There are still
many things that need to be attended to such as finding seatbelts, and cleaning
up the sun visors, and the never ending quest to find six of those lag bolt
looking things that attach the front grille on. I would love to hear from readers
on advice to find these parts. Stay tuned.
jumping through, over, and around hurdles the past three weeks, I was finally
able to get back to the local high school shop to fabricate the blanking panels.
These little parts have been holding up progress!
I made two
4 ¾” x 2 ¾” pieces of 18 gauge sheet metal which will become the bases for the
1100 strikers. I used the Austin America striker. as a pattern for the holes.
them home and screwed three ¼” x 28 screws into
the sliding bar nuts (located inside the pillars) to hold them in place. The passenger side
lined up beautifully!
driver side took a little bit more patience to attach, but it fits nice now! Once everything is measured and mocked up on both sheet metal pieces, the holes will be countersunk so that the screws will tighten up flush to them.
The next step
will be to locate the position of the actual MG 1100 strikers and drill holes into the
sliding bar nuts to accept the screws. If the bar nut is not behind a new screw hole, nuts will be welded in place (onto
the new sheet metal bases) to accept the screws of the striker.
But first, although
the doors are already on the car, they still have to be aligned correctly and set up. Thus the reason for the blue tape, to protect the paint. Hopefully that
operation will get done within the next two weeks. It is already getting cold outside!!
thing to do before we take our maiden voyage in Old Biddy is to come up with a
plan to switch out the door latches.
pattern is for the Austin America door of which the body was originally.
mechanism that is on this door is different from Austin America door. I still have the
original Austin America doors, so why not just put the Austin America
doors back on? Because the car is now an MG 1100 so I have MG 1100 doors.
pattern matches later style BMC latches but will not accept the MG 1100 door
I have the
original MG 1100 latches but the hole pattern does not match the Austin America
waiting for my 4 ¾” x 2 ¾” 16 gauge sheet metal pieces. Once I have those, I
can show the plan to rectify the situation. I apologize for the blurry
pictures. I think my camera needs to be recharged or it is finally wearing out
since it does not hold a charge for very long any more.