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Re: Early MGB rear panel

To: S & M Barnes <>
Subject: Re: Early MGB rear panel
From: Stuart MacMillan <>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 09:20:01 -0700
My son and I just finished this project.  We cut off the flange only,
and then butt welded the joint retaining the full fuel filler hole.  The
panel needs to be worked into place on the inside of the lower sheet
metal, so a lot of cutting and spot weld drilling was required. I have
photos if you are interested.

A couple of other things we ran into:  The curve of the panel was
greater than that of  the trunk lid, and we had to do a fair amount of
"alignment" (i.e., bashing with a big hammer) to align it with the trunk
lid.  Also there are two extra holes for the later type license plate
holder that you will need to weld plugs into.

It's a PITA, but worth it.
Stuart MacMillan

'84 Vanagon Westfalia w/2.1
'65 MGB (Daily driver since 1969)
'74 MGB GT (Restoring sloooowly)

Personal mechanic for:
'70 MGB GT (Daughter's)

Assisting on Restoration (and spending OPM):
'72 MGB GT (Was daughter's, now son's)
'64 MGB (Son's)

Stripped and gone but their parts live on:
'68 MGB, '73 MGB, '67 MGB GT

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