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by Tom Brearley
Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: MGB Technical
Topic: Dragging disc brakes
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Dragging disc brakes

I've experimented with taking the backings off the pads and that does stop them binding. So it would appear to be the thickness rather than the shape that's the issue. The pistons can be retracted right back with a rewind tool. But in actual use they always have a mm or two protruding from the calli...
by Tom Brearley
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: MGB Technical
Topic: Dragging disc brakes
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Dragging disc brakes

Well, the pads are the same thickness as standard ones. It's the shims needed to stop them squealing that add an extra mm or two. Investigations will continue!
by Tom Brearley
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: MGB Technical
Topic: Dragging disc brakes
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Re: Dragging disc brakes

Many thanks for all the suggestions. Well, some progress... I have a hydraulic brake switch so I tried exercising the pistons with a smear of red rubber grease, they being a newish pair. But there was no improvement. It then occurred to me that I'd recently fitted new metal shims to the back of the ...
by Tom Brearley
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: MGB Technical
Topic: Dragging disc brakes
Replies: 9
Views: 62

Dragging disc brakes

My front brakes are binding up and dragging , causing the discs to get very hot. And probably not doing much for the car's performance either. This seems to be the case on both sides, so may perhaps be due to lack of use during the lockdown. Could I have your advice on the best way to free them up p...
by Tom Brearley
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: MGB Technical
Topic: Bonnet options ?
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: Bonnet options ?

You could do the repair using several pieces. One for the curved top. Then one for the front edge, and one for the underlip. Alternatively, aluminium bonnets are always coming up in Ebay and were standard until 1970/71. But learn from my mistakes and do NOT get a cheap modern repro. Whatever tooling...
by Tom Brearley
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: MGB General
Topic: Factory record copy Personal Export Delivery
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: Factory record copy Personal Export Delivery

Nice to have that degree of background on your car. I've just restored mine to factory spec so I approve of your direction of travel.

A rub with a maroon Scotchbrite pad and a little WD40 often removes a surprising amount of rust. But rust remover gel might also work well?

Tom
by Tom Brearley
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: MGB General
Topic: Owners or Car Club?
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: Owners or Car Club?

Now although the Car Club doesn't have a spares operation, members do get a discount at David Manners.
I didn't know that. What's the deal?
by Tom Brearley
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: MGB General
Topic: best workshop manual
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Re: best workshop manual

Idlewild, While not a workshop manual, I'd recommend "MGB & MGB GT: Your Expert Guide to Problems & How to Fix Them" by Roger Williams. It's well illustrated and written, containing lots of know-how. If you're new to old cars, an early 2nd hand edition of the AA's "Car Care: H...
by Tom Brearley
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: MGB Technical
Topic: Spot welding sills
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Spot welding sills

I've done some sill repairs but not complete replacement. Like Ian, I used puddle welds with a MIG to replicate spot welds. But the flanges at the top and bottom of the sill structure were spot welded at the Factory, and p. 72/73 of Lindsay Porter's 'Restoration Manual' says a handheld spot welder i...
by Tom Brearley
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: MGB General
Topic: gap between window and seal
Replies: 24
Views: 2692

Re: gap between window and seal

I suppose you could check the seal is all the way on? When I changed mine I had to tap it down all round the door frame with a mallet