1959 MGA Frame-off Restoration : Part 1

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1959 MGA Frame-off Restoration : Part 1

Ok, here goes a frame off restoration of a 1959 MGA.  This is a second owner that had a previous mild restoration and mild front end hit.  After the previous restoration it was never really finished and sat outside for a long time.  Here are some pics from the tear down.  This is a really good vehicle with very little rot and is pretty darn complete.

Just poking around there is a small amount of rust in the corners by the rear door frame area and some in the rocker area of the frame. All areas are going to be an easy fix with welding in new steel. There is some remaining warping in the area behind the grill that was never repaired after the previous hit to the front end. That area will have to be massaged out with hammer and dolly.

There are some pretty interesting features of this vehicle like dual six volt batteries, cantilever shocks, etc. It’s always fun to see engineering from back in the day and their approach to design.

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off Restoration

    1959 MGA Frame Off Restoration

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off Body Support Bracing

    1959 MGA Frame Off Body Support Bracing

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off

    1959 MGA Frame Off

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off Body Support Bracing

    1959 MGA Frame Off Body Support Bracing

  • 1959 MGA Engine Bay

    1959 MGA Engine Bay

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off Restoration

    1959 MGA Frame Off Restoration

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off Body

    1959 MGA Frame Off Body

  • 1959 MGA Front Suspension

    1959 MGA Front Suspension

  • 1959 MGA Body Off Frame

    1959 MGA Body Off Frame

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off

    1959 MGA Frame Off

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off

    1959 MGA Frame Off

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off

    1959 MGA Frame Off

  • 1959 MGA Frame Off

    1959 MGA Frame Off

  • 1959 MGA Front Suspension

    1959 MGA Front Suspension

  • 1959 MGA Rear Suspension

    1959 MGA Rear Suspension