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New Fuse Box

Doug Johns   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Thursday October 22, 2015 9:01 AM


Before

Before

After

After

Cleaned up wiring

Cleaned up wiring




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Member Comments on Journal Entry: New Fuse Box   ↵
2015-10-23 08:08:02 # 29985
Comment by Don Eller
So I take it you were pleased with the addition? Looking at the same for my 73 I am restoring.
2015-10-23 18:55:33 # 29996
Comment by Doug Johns
Yes Don, very happy! Almost perfect fit, safer, and much more up to date.
2015-10-24 17:26:22 # 30008
Comment by Ken S
Doug - looks very nice. I'm not really restoring at the moment, but am very interested in reliability, especially since my old box looks far worse than yours. Does the box that you installed come with decent instructions or are you left to figure out connections based on your own experience? Where's a good spot in the Forum to start learning a bit more about relays? why, where, etc?Thanks,Ken Stepka
2015-10-26 18:21:56 # 30042
Comment by Doug Johns
Hi Ken. Instructions come with it and are well written. Easy to change over - it even screws into the original holes. Simply unhook the wiring from the old fuse box, remove it, move the wiring harness down fo give a bit more room (really not a big deal), install the new one, and hook the wires back up following the instructions. Very easy to do.
2015-10-27 08:46:03 # 30049
Comment by Ken S
Thanks Doug - I appreciate the encouragement. This looks like a good low-risk project for an electrical newbie like myself. I'd be interested in your plans for relays. I see a lot of folks talking about them for various purposes (such as headlights), but am unsure where to start (or stop).Ken Stepka'74 MGBkstepka@gmail.com
2015-10-27 12:32:52 # 30051
Comment by Doug Johns
Ken - when I purchased the fuse box from Bits4Brits, they had a special on the relays. Kinda a package deal. Buy the fuse box and relay kit, and you get a discount. The extra relay kit I purchased is for the horns and headlights, so it has 3 relays on it (horn, hi beam. and low beam). It plugs right into the new fuse box, and mounts on the left side radiator panel support strut. In my opinion, with the 2 relays on the fuse box, and these 3 additional ones, that should cover everything I need.
2015-10-27 12:35:53 # 30052
Comment by Doug Johns
Sorry, the relay kit mounts on the right side radiator support strut (passenger side here in the states), not the left.
2015-10-27 15:50:26 # 30054
Comment by Ken S
Thanks Doug - I think I'll shop for the package deal. And then drop you a note when I get stuck (if you don't mind).Ken
2015-10-28 07:21:39 # 30064
Comment by Doug Johns
Happy to help!
2015-12-17 02:03:30 # 30950
Comment by Fredrik Nilsson
Hi.. newbie here.Curisous to know what problems this mod cures?Fred
2015-12-30 13:50:43 # 31186
Comment by Doug Johns
Well, the relay kit is to help reduce the flow of current through the switches. I plan to add a brighter headlamp which will require more power to light them. The relays will allow the relay instead of the switch to carry the bulk of the current. The upgraded fuse box just adds a bit of reliability to an old electrical system.

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Auxiliary Bonnet Release

Doug Johns   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Thursday September 17, 2015 11:10 AM


Only had to drill two 3 32 holes to run the cable

Only had to drill two 3/32" holes to run the cable through.

The hookup at the bonnet release

The hookup at the bonnet release.

Run the cable through the wiring grommet

Run the cable through the wiring grommet.

Nylon washer to act as the handle

Nylon washer to act as the handle.




Member Comments on Journal Entry: Auxiliary Bonnet Release   ↵
2015-09-19 12:36:01 # 29201
Comment by Robert Tyree
Looks good, effective and cheap!
2015-09-21 09:17:38 # 29249
Comment by Steven Koster
I did the same, works great.

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Radio And Mirror Removal

Doug Johns   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Tuesday August 18, 2015 3:09 PM


If you look you can see the antenna in the wing a

If you look, you can see the antenna in the wing and the right side mirror.

Another pic showing location

Another pic showing location.

You can see the antenna mount in this picture

You can see the antenna mount in this picture.

An overall shot with the mirror and antenna

An overall shot with the mirror and antenna.

New wing mirror

New wing mirror!

Another shot of the wing mirror It fit the hole

Another shot of the wing mirror. It fit the hole perfectly!

The caps used to fill in the old mirror screw hole

The caps used to fill in the old mirror screw holes.

Finished project Very happy with the results

Finished project! Very happy with the results.




Member Comments on Journal Entry: Radio And Mirror Removal   ↵
2015-08-23 07:37:51 # 28494
Comment by Robert M
Hi DougCongrats on a nice bit of exterior work! My 71 GT has both the antenna, fairly close to the windshield, and the right wing mirror, about 14 inches forward of the antenna. Replaced the antenna recently, and it's location, the wing mirror and it's location, all appear to be factory original. Original BL am/fm radio in the dash. After hearing the news and weather once in the morning, I switch it off and listen to the real music!I'm commenting on your post for a very selfish reason. After getting burned by Paintscratch, twice, and being stared at in my local parts store, even though I had paint codes, I've fallen to repairing surface rust and dings with Duplicolor school bus yellow paint. I must say, with care and effort, it's a decent match, but... May I please ask you if you've sourced and used the correct paint? Your car and mine are OBVIOUSLY the same color. Please put me out of my misery and tell me the code of your color.Robert Matz, NY
2015-08-24 10:14:12 # 28555
Comment by Doug Johns
My car is color code BLVC15, Bronze Yellow. I did get a paint pen from Paintscratch, and although it's not a perfect match, it is close. Not enamored with their product though. My car was repainted in 1999, and although it's spent most of it's life since then garaged, who knows how "exact" the color match was. Under the bonnet and boot are still the original paint, and it certainly looks very close to that color. Good to know about the Duplicolor paint, thanks for the tip! Good luck with the color match!

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First Mod - New Wood Steering Wheel And Shift Knob!

Doug Johns   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Tuesday August 18, 2015 2:12 PM


Old wheel

Old wheel

New Mountney wheel

New Mountney wheel!




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Summer Wiring Fun

Doug Johns   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Tuesday August 18, 2015 1:51 PM


Before showing wiring and fuse mess

Before, showing wiring and fuse mess

Another before showing wiring and fuse mess

Another before, showing wiring and fuse mess

Current state almost finished

Current state, almost finished




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Wire Wheel Cleaning

Doug Johns   USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Monday July 20, 2015 4:25 PM


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After




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