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July 16, 2018

Lower fender (wing) repairs for TR2-TR3B are quite common, as it was a normal occurrence for water and dirt to make it past the inner “seal” and lay up against the unseen bare metal in this location.  There is a pre-made patch panel available for this area but it is very expensive at $240.00 (today), it doesn’t fit perfectly, and it is much larger than is normally required.  With all of that in mind, we usually create our own and replace just what’s necessary. Almost every time, the lower mounting flange will have to be fabricated, and in many cases it is the only piece that needs to be repaired.  As such, we’ve gotten very good at making a replacement part that looks and fits exactly like the original.  This goes right along with our blog photo from two weeks ago, where we showed that we make replacement parts that perfectly replicate the original areas being repaired.  Our goal is that if the cars ever need to be stripped and painted or restored again in another 40-50 years, no one will look at our work (if they can even find it) and ask “why did they do that?”, as we so often do now with cars that have been previously “restored”.

July 9, 2018

While it may sound simple enough to install a new wooden dash overlay in your TR4A or TR6, this is what it’s going to look like when you get about half-way through the job.  All of the switches and gauges install through the wood, and thus must be disconnected and reconnected once the wood overlay has been changed.  Now this photo is actually a complete restoration going back together, but the process is the same for changing a complete wiring harness or “simply” changing that piece of wood on the dash.  Now if your wood dash could use an update, and the thought of all these loose wires scares you, give us a call.  We’ll change out your wood dash overlay, even without restoring the whole car for you!

July 2, 2018

When fabricating patches for rusty and weak areas, they should ALWAYS be made to replicate the bad section EXACTLY.  Even in an area such as this TR6 rear corner which is never seen, it is important to replicate the details such as this stepped area, or you will have trouble fitting the taillight and rear fender later.  Taking shortcuts here and installing a flat patch or plastering over weak and rusty metal will only cost you time later during final assembly when you have to be more careful and deal with painted parts.  Now it does require special equipment to do this correctly, like a bead roller in this case, but Mark’s a tool junkie and never misses a chance to buy new equipment, so we do have everything that we need to do this kind of work at the highest levels of quality.
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Macy’s Garage
© 2018 - Macy’s Garage, Ltd.

Blog  

   WHAT we’re doing, and HOW we’re doing it!

July 16, 2018

Lower fender (wing) repairs for TR2-TR3B are quite common, as it was a normal occurrence for water and dirt to make it past the inner “seal” and lay up against the unseen bare metal in this location.  There is a pre- made patch panel available for this area but it is very expensive at $240.00 (today), it doesn’t fit perfectly, and it is much larger than is normally required.  With all of that in mind, we usually create our own and replace just what’s necessary. Almost every time, the lower mounting flange will have to be fabricated, and in many cases it is the only piece that needs to be repaired.  As such, we’ve gotten very good at making a replacement part that looks and fits exactly like the original.  This goes right along with our blog photo from two weeks ago, where we showed that we make replacement parts that perfectly replicate the original areas being repaired.  Our goal is that if the cars ever need to be stripped and painted or restored again in another 40-50 years, no one will look at our work (if they can even find it) and ask “why did they do that?”, as we so often do now with cars that have been previously “restored”.

July 9, 2018

While it may sound simple enough to install a new wooden dash overlay in your TR4A or TR6, this is what it’s going to look like when you get about half-way through the job.  All of the switches and gauges install through the wood, and thus must be disconnected and reconnected once the wood overlay has been changed.  Now this photo is actually a complete restoration going back together, but the process is the same for changing a complete wiring harness or “simply” changing that piece of wood on the dash.

July 2, 2018

When fabricating patches for rusty and weak areas, they should ALWAYS be made to replicate the bad section EXACTLY.  Even in an area such as this TR6 rear corner which is never seen, it is important to replicate the details such as this stepped area, or you will have trouble fitting the taillight and rear fender later.  Taking shortcuts here and installing a flat patch or plastering over weak and rusty metal will only cost you time later during final assembly when you have to be more careful and deal with painted parts.  Now it does require special equipment to do this correctly, like a bead roller in this case, but Mark’s a tool junkie and never misses a chance to buy new equipment, so we do have everything that we need to do this kind of work at the highest levels of quality.
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