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Old 05-03-2013, 10:25 AM   #151
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The exterior will be a hundred times easier to paint than the engine compartment! There are so many corners, nooks, and surfaces that it takes a lot of time and paint to get them all.

If you added it all up, the engine compartment alone is probably equivalent to painting three quarters of the rest of the car. Fenders and doors are easy.

In my next life, please God, don't make me come back as a painter.......
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #152
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In my next life, please God, don't make me come back as a painter.......
After seeing the beautiful work you did on the engine compartment, I've decided to bring you back as Van Gogh's understudy.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:13 AM   #153
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Painting the engine compartment was no easy task. *PHEW* This was my first time prepping and painting anything so it was a bit of an interesting experience. The paint went on great the second time around. We used a larger gun and dialed in the settings to lay on better coats. The prep work we did definitely paid off though. I think it looks pretty good for an engine compartment. I won't bother cutting and buffing. I'll save that for the exterior of the car.

In other news, we finally have the Zetec installed in the MGB! Everything fits perfectly. Here's a photo of my car's current condition:


The motor mounts worked out great. I'm pretty pleased with the way these turned out. Dad definitely did an excellent job designing and welding those up.



Next we'll be working hard on designing and fabricating the intake manifold. As you can see, the water pump housing is out. We need to cut and re-weld the water pump neck to be at the correct angle. Now that we've got the big stuff out of the way, we can look forward to encountering a ton of little hurdles. Stay tuned! More updates and photos to come.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #154
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I dig the progress! Your dad has got some skills.
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Thanks! We have 90% of the swap done; only 90% left to do.....

Now we can start working it one system at a time: Fuel, intake, cooling, electrical, brake/clutch pedal box, driveshaft, ignition, exhaust. The nice part is, we can hit those in almost any order or simultaneously.

Once we get the car running and sorted out mechanically we can turn our attention to painting the rest of the car. That should be a piece of cake. No rust, no body damage. Just some door dings to sort out and a couple of minor pieces to weld on for the chrome bumper conversion.
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The bolts being in different directions on the top motor mount picture are killing me for some odd reason, lol. Looking awesome though. Cant wait to see the final pics and some videos of how it performs!
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This thread; I like it.

I'll certainly be checking in on the progress. I'm not sure how I missed it for so many months....and 16 pages...
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The bolts being in different directions on the top motor mount picture are killing me for some odd reason, lol. Looking awesome though. Cant wait to see the final pics and some videos of how it performs!
i 100% agree with this. OCD overload.
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The water pump housing has been modified and welded. Now the tubing comes out straight rather than angled backwards. We'll cut it down the the length we need later. We put assembly lube on the cam lobes and installed my powder coated aluminum valve cover. We also reinstalled the pulleys and alternator so everything looks a little more complete.



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