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Shamrock Scott Drewa
Oak Creek, WI, USA   USA
Im starting to rebuild the body on the 100-4 . The car is down to the frame and sub-body and I was wondering if anyone has taken the sub-body off the frame to rebuild the frame or if imy asking for trouble.

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simon1966 Silver Member Simon Griffin
.Madison County, IL, USA   USA
1953 MG TD
1954 Austin-Healey 100 "BEV"
1977 MG MGB
This is as far down as Fourintune has taken my 100. Perhaps the amount of repair needed determines how far you have to go?


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Shamrock Scott Drewa
Oak Creek, WI, USA   USA
The body on mine looks a little worse than yours , the good news for me is my frame looks good. I was just thinking I could pull it apart to get to every inch of the frame.

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TomsMGA Tom J
Mamont, PA, USA   USA
Hello,


I am new to the AH forum but I wanted to let both of you know about a Moss distributor I've been buying parts from. He is Ken Lamers and his business is British Sports Car Restorations. His web site is www.bscr.com and he gives discounts off Moss' and British Parts Northwest prices.


Tom Johnson

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Shamrock Scott Drewa
Oak Creek, WI, USA   USA
I do know of him, I have used him myself in the past with good results .

dh100m Tony Chown
Brockville, ON, Canada   CAN
I put a new frame on mine old one to far gone
best advise is to take meticulous measurements Only do one sub at a time
good luck tony

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Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
I just finished one using a Kilmartin frame and sheet metal. And went very smoothly.
All though I bult it on a jigging rack with a measuring pointer tool.
Roger


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Shamrock Scott Drewa
Oak Creek, WI, USA   USA
Looks real good

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thodav Thomas Davis
Owings Mills, MD, USA   USA
I took my front and rear sub frames off of the chassis and installed them on a kilmartin chassis. The parking brake handle holes in the trans tunnel helped me located the rear subframe. Then I worked forward to locate the front subframe. I carefully tack welded the rear and front with the doors temporarily installed and adjusted everything until it all fit.
Don’t do any metal repair until everything is back together.


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filospinato Jake Voelckers
Manassas, VA, USA   USA
Thanks for posting this, Thomas. KAS is currently finishing up a frame for me, I'll be heading down the same road you've traveled. Always good to hear advice from people who've done the same thing.

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Shamrock Scott Drewa
Oak Creek, WI, USA   USA
What I ended up doing is buying all the small pieces from Kilmartin to build a new frame, about $1200 in parts. Then I purchased 3x4 steel tubing and now in the process of welding the new frame. I will agree even though I'm saving thousands of $$$ the process is taking what feels like forever. Hell, it took me 2 weeks just to draw up a print for the frame dimentions on the computer.


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Frameman Martin Jansen
Rockwood, ON, Canada   CAN
I have done in excess of over 600 transfers . We now have an installation video, it is 5 1/2 hours long and provides extensive instructions.
It can be purchased for $350.00.
Martin Jansen
jule_enterprisesah@yahoo.com

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thodav Thomas Davis
Owings Mills, MD, USA   USA
Good move! I totally understand the guys who keep everything original but my frame was badly modified to accommodate a v8. It was not useable. So these days I dry my tears over the loss of originality by driving a 100% structurally secure car way faster than I should with the windshield down.

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Shamrock Scott Drewa
Oak Creek, WI, USA   USA
My frame is stock and unmodified but I was concerned about the integrity of the inside of the frame. The way I see it is it's a 60+ year old frame and with a few rust holes then what rust may be inside.

Mezzo Eric Metzner
Bretten, Baden Württemberg, Germany   DEU
You’re totally right not to trust your frame only looking good from outside. A perfect look from outside or only a small rust hole can look light this from inside the frame. See pics from bottom chassis rail section


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