I had a lot of time to work on the Spitfire and was very productive.
I started out cleaning up the defroster vents, the finishers on the dash and posts that hold the tonneau on the dash. I spent quite a bit of time on them as they have quite a few nooks and crannies. A flexible sanding pad worked great here. I got a couple of coats of black on them and then moved on to the next job.
The rims around all the lights are chrome and they all looked in sorry shape. So I spent a lot of time buffing them on the wheel. I was rewarded when they all cleaned up great. I also cleaned all of the plastic lenses with Meguiars PlastX. No real need to buy new ones now as I was originally thinking. I do need to order new rubber that goes on each of them though.
I am replacing all of the trim on the back of the car with the chrome versions of the earlier cars. They were originally painted black on my car, but earlier 1500's and MkIVs had chrome. I think the chrome looks better. So far I have three of the 6 pieces so I buffed them up. I also buffed the chrome license plate light covers.
I then cleaned the plastic grill and spoiler. I keyed them both with a sanding block and then cleaned them with mineral spirits. I then painted them both with Rustoleum gloss black plastic paint. Since they turned out nice, I also did the same to the plastics covers that attach to the back of the rear light assembly inside the trunk.
It looks like Scott Harper from Team Triumph in Warren Ohio came through for me on the steering column parts, hopefully I'll have them by next weekend.
I also found some extra time to take the MGB out for a nice drive, with the excuse that I needed some stuff (actually needed some ZDDP additive) from the autoparts store. While there I met a guy behind the counter (Jim Haus) who owns a very nice light blue TR-3A. I have 425 miles on the car since I got it back on the road. I'm gaining confidence in it, this will be my ride to The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix if I don't get the Spitfire done in time.
The chrome light pieces really came out nice!
The plastic paint on the spoiler really improved its looks
The lights are going to look great on the back of the car