Feb 12, 2004 update to the MG Midget project car

Hammerform Work

Rusty battery tray.
Rusty battery tray.
Hammerform work.
New parts.
Nice!

Here’s a surprise. We’re still working on the rust. Since there was a big hole behind the heater where the battery belongs, we thought we should fix it. The panel isn’t currently available new, so we had to fabricate one ourselves.

It’s a pretty straightforward piece except for an oval-shaped hole in the front for the heater. Since the hole has a 1/4-inch lip around it, we had to make up a hammerform (see the December 2003 issue of GRM for a hammerform how-to).

Using the hammerform, we banged out the panel pretty quickly and reinstalled it in the car. We are just about done fixing the rust on the Midget. We’ve got to fix the area where the top mounts and some small problems in the rear quarter panels, then it’s time to get out the body filler.

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