The MGA Restoration Project

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This picture of the left front wheel well shows that body-color paint has been applied to the the visible areas. The parts painted in black Hammerite will be concealed behind the fenders. This finish will provide much better protection than the original light spray of body paint applied at the factory.

Hammerite has also been applied to the transmission tunnel, which will be covered with carpet. Notice the recently-installed transmission visible through the access opening.

The engine is in! Now that the engine compartment is painted, the engine can be installed. Putting it in at this stage in the process guards against damage to the exterior finish if there were to be an accident installing it later.

Even the seat frames have been blasted and primered. Curiously, when the seats were disassembled, it was found that the "new" seat upholstery had been applied right over the factory upholstery! The car must have belonged to a roofer. But it did confirm the factory record that showed the car had black upholstery with grey piping, rather than the much more commor black with white.


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MG left racing in the 1950s, not to return until very recently. This was the last factory-produced racer, EX-186, which never saw action due to the cancellation of the factory racing program. Underneath the radical bodywork is an MGA Twin Cam chasis. This car, believed lost for decades, is now owned by an American collector.

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