MGB GT restoration: shot blasting the body shell

This white MGB GT was sold by us in the summer of 2018. Being a 1970 model, it had the typical rare split rear bumper set up, exclusively fitted on the MGB in that one model year. This was a good driver quality car, with a few cosmetic flaws. Although it was the new owner's intention to treat the car to a thorough restoration, he first enjoyed the car as a daily driver during the summer months.


When autumn came, it was time to strip the car completely. The naked body was mounted onto a rotisserie before being brought back to us. We were on a mission to get the car completely rust free. Starting by chemically and mechanically stripping paint off vulnerable areas, the car was then degreased and steam cleaned. Ready for the next step: shot blasting.


As expected, we did not unveil a lot of rust damage. Other than the sills and lower front and rear fenders, the MG was still as good as rust free. After shot blasting, the clean metal received 2 coats of epoxy primer. This ensures a high-quality build up, while also keeping moist outside and protecting the metalwork. The owner will now proceed with welding in new sills and repair panels and rebuilding the drive train.

When restoring a car, it is essential to apply a durable paint system. Multiple layers of old paint will often hide rust problems or bad repairs underneath. Due to different chemical substances and levels of flexibility, these old coats often do not interact well with a new paint system. Common medium to long term problems include blistering and cracks, while chemical interaction can lead to lifting or wrinkling during the application process. Starting with clean metal and being precise and thorough in your approach will help the DIY restorer achieve a professional, high-quality result. Dandy Classics can help you start off with a clean canvas for your DIY restoration. We have our own media blasting facility and paint booth.

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Jaguar E-type V12 FHC restoration: on the road to Santiago

Every restoration is a callenge of its own. The level of dedication and perseverance required can make it somewhat of a spiritual journey for its owner (if not for the ones around him). In the case of this E-type Jaguar, it was the car itself that went on a pilgrimage on the Camino Real.

The 1973 Jaguar E-type S3 V12 2+2 coupé featured here was not really in a bad condition. Having been sold new in the USA, it became part of a multi-car collection after being imported to the Netherlands. For over 20 years, the big cat was kept indoors, only to be taken out for a yearly 'spin-around-town' on dealer plates. With 75.000 mls, it had never been restored and was in running and driving condition. Time had left its marks though; the body had several flaws and the Jaguar needed to be brought back to a state of preventive maintenance.


1973 Jaguar E-type V12 2+2

The e-type in unrestored condition. Sold by Dandy Classics, to a new Spanish owner.


We sold the E-type to a new caretaker from Galicia, Spain. With a thorough approach and with respect to originality, a restoration was started. The body was taken down to bare metal, before being refinished in its original silver colour. Mechanically, the car has been freshened up, with complete rebuilds of front and rear suspension, carburettors and cooling system. The interior was kept original, preserving the leather seats rather than reupholstering them.


The new owner can be proud of his achievement of turning this monumental car into a stunningly beautiful and reliable driver. It must be a treat to drive a car like this on winding Spanish coastal roads. If you ever visit Galicia, watch out for this big cat leaping up from behind.

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MGA frame restoration

MG MGA chassis frame restoration

MG MGA 1600 roadster


Having started the restoration of our 1960 MGA 1600 roadster, the first step is in restoring the MGA chassis frame. This was quite the challenge, as the chassis had suffered from severe corrosion, and various attempts to keep the rusting metal together. With a methodical approach and some perseverence, we saved this chassis from the scrapheap and turned it back to as-new condition.


Step 1: chassis preparation

As this car had already been disassembled by the previous owner, it only required a couple of bolts to be removed. No surprise they had been stuck, after almost 60 years. WD40 and some heat solved the problem. Next, we welded an X-cross in place, using leftover pieces of square steel tubing. This serves to keep the structural integrity of the frame intact, before removing large sections of the side rails. Of course, before doing all this, we made sure that the frame's dimensions were still intact. Luckily, there was no sign of bending or collision damage.

MGA chassis frame restoration 

With the strengthening tubes now in place, sections of the frame side rails and the rotten round tube at the rear were cut out. This would allow us to actually clean out the inside of the chassis, as far as we could. Imagine a rusty piece of metal that is only shot blasted on one side - there will be a risk of further corrosion from the inside, especially when the inside metal is full of rust flakes.


Step 2: shot blasting

Everything now neatly prepared, it was time to get the MG chassis back to bare and clean metal. As we suspected, a lot of rust flakes came out of the inside of the side rails. All small bits and pieces belonging to the MGA frame were cleaned as one batch. Shortly after the media blasting, we applied a thin coat of red oxide primer (weld-through primer), to prevent the surface from rusting any time soon.

Chassis rear tube MGA 1600 MGA chassis media blasting


Step 3: welding the MGA chassis

MGA frame restorationTime to turn the solid bits of metal back to a structurally strong MG chassis. We started by removing the square crossmembers and side rails (one side at the time, as to prevent the frame from bending). The crossmembers were fabricated in-house. For the side rails, we used reproduction repair pieces, and made the non-available sections ourselves. The round tube at the rear of the frame was replaced from side to side, including repair work to the end of the side rails. The front round tube had been severely dented, as this is actually the lowest part of an MGA chassis. This was resolved by installing an air valve and slowly heating up the tube, while putting the inside under pressure. Finally, new floorboard rails were welded in place.

MGA chassis beam repair MGA chassis frame restoration welding MGA cross tube repair

Step 4: preparation and paint

After grinding out the welds, it was time to prepare the chassis for the paint shop. Everything was sanded by hand and thoroughly cleaned. Next, it was sprayed in a protective 2K epoxy primer, after which some of the seams were sealed. Finally, the frame received a shiny new layer of 2K black paint, with a gloss finish.

MGA chassis epoxy primer chassis black paint MG A


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Classic cars for sale project car

Dandy Classics offers a collection of barn find british sports cars for restoration: MG, Triumph, Jaguar and other makes. Many of our customers enjoy the process of completely restoring their own dream car, slowly bringing it back to perfect condition. Are you considering to embark on an epic restoration project by yourself? Take a look at our collection of classic cars for sale.



Parts for your MGA

MG Triumph parts shop

Spare parts for your MG and Triumph sports car can be ordered directly in our webshop. We have our own stock of service parts and offer fast and cost-efficient international shipping. Go to our webshop or contact us with your parts requirements.


MG TD restored

This red MG TD was bought by us in California back in 2015. The car at that time was a running, unrestored project car with a solid chassis and body. We sold the car to a Dutch MG enthusiast, born in the same year as the car: 1952. Having restored several classic cars before, owning an MG TD had always been a dream for him.

unrestored MG TD classic car 


MG TD restoration

The dream became reality with the purchase, but it also meant that he would need to put in a lot of effort to make the car pristine again. Although the MG was still well preserved, it needed to be completely restored. That is why the car was completely disassembled and rebuilt with a lot of dedication and attention for detail. It is noteworthy that everything was done in-house, with the exception of bead blasting and spray painting.

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motorrevisie MG XPAG TD interieur onderdelen MG TD

The TD now looks great and is ready for it's 2nd youth. Clearly a result to be proud of.


MG TD model history

MG TC MidgetThe 1950 MG TD Midget was an evolutionary model in the T-series, which originated in pre-war TA and TB sports cars. Because of their conservative design and construction, these MGs have a nice classic look. The Abingdon factory used a modified ladder chassis and a body with an ash wood frame. Due to the low weight and at the time modern front suspension (used in modified form until 1980) the car had good handling characteristics. A point of criticism however was the meagre performance of the 1250 cc XPAG engine. MG took the criticism seriously and improved the engine with the introduction of the TD Mk2 competition. In total, almost 30,000 MG TDs were produced; only 1700 of them were Mk2s. The TD was succeeded in 1953 by the further modified TF, which was replaced in 1955 by the all-new MGA.


Classic MG sports cars for sale at Dandy Classics

Dandy Classics has a collection of british sports cars for sale. Are you looking for a project MG to restore? Or do you prefer an already restored car that is ready to be enjoyed? Take a look at our current collection.





Triumph TR2 better than new after epic restoration

The term barn find, although much used these days, does not completely apply to the 1955 Triumph TR2 featured here. We bought this car 3 years ago in Idaho, USA. It had been parked outside under a tarp, awaiting better days.

Triumph TR2 barn find in need of restoration Triumph TR2 barn find unrestored

The short door TR2 was battered up after a rough life as a track car, and was probably stored with good intentions for decades. Although the history has been lost, one could imagine this car having gone through the hands of generations of car enthusiasts with big dreams and little time or means. Who would have thought that it would one day be pulled onto a trailer and brought to the San Fransisco bay area for a container cruise to Rotterdam?.

Autoweek classics Triumph barn findOnce the TR had arrived at our shop, it was featured in an article in Autoweek Classics in 2015, together with a Triumph TR3A in similar condition. A professional photo shoot captured the raw beauty of a worn and weathered sports car for hairy chested amateur racers. But this was still an automobile, not a museum relic. It deserved to be brought back to former glory. This was certainly not going to be a job for just anyone; it needed the dedicated attention of skilled craftsmen.

Luckily, we sold the car to a man who knew what he was up to. As a marque enthusiast, he already owned several other Triumph sports cars. He brought the car to a restoration shop in Zagreb, Croatia.

A nut and bolt restoration was started. Chassis and body parts were bead blasted, and all eaten away metal was either replaced or repaired.  After seeing the first pictures of the restoration, we were very impressed with the level of quality. Definetely a Triumph for the men who brought this car back to pristine condition!

photoshoot restored Triumph TR2

We let the pictures speak for themselves - enjoy the rebirth of a Triumph TR2 in a nutshell!

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Photos courtesy of Auto Partes in Zagreb, Croatia.


Triumph TR2 model history

The Triumph TR2 was introduced by the Standard Motor Company in 1953. It was clearly aimed at the lucrative US sports car market, where it quickly became a succes. The TR2 had succeeded the underpowered and conservatively-styled Triumph sports roadster. Developed on a new ladder chassis, using readily available Standard parts, the TR2 offered superior styling and performance for its modest price.

With a production total of 8636, the TR2 is one of the rarer Triumph sports cars. In 1955 it was succeeded by the TR3, which continued to sell very well. Total TR3 and TR3A sales amounted to almost 75.000.


Triumph TR sports cars for sale at Dandy Classics

Dandy Classics buys and sells classic british sports cars. We have a continuously changing stock of unrestored project cars. The TR2 featured in this article was acquired together with a TR3A in similar condition. The latter car is still in the process of being restored, and we hope to publish pictures of the end result in the near future.


Triumph TR3 barn finds for sale


Interested in a similar project? Go to our collection page for an overview of Triumph TR sports cars for sale.