What's involved in a major rebuild of an MGBV8?
This car was featured in an "V8s at risk" article following the discovery of several tired MGBGTV8s by Clive Wagerfield who was concerned they would be broken for spares.
Barrie Jones saw the car was advertised for sale on eBay in April 2008 and bought it as a restoration project. During the work he sent a series of photo reports of the progress which provided an interesting photo record for fellow members.

Barrie says "when we started this series of reports, I had no idea they would become a series of more than 30 episodes. I feel that I should put the record straight regarding who is doing what and where. I can handle anything
electrical, mechanical or trimwork, but I do not do bodywork or paintwork. This has been entrusted to a local body shop - Fred Rendle of Launceston. They work mainly on damaged modern vehicles. However, they like to have one or two classic cars on the go as well, and these are worked on as and when there are gaps in their workload. They are currently working on my V8 and on an alloy-bodied AC Aceca coupe, and they have recently finished an Alvis Grey Lady. The cutting and welding of my V8 has been done by Peter, their main bodywork and paintwork specialist. The mobile roll-over spit was the idea of one of their engineers named Billy. He designed and built it so that it is adjustable to take much larger vehicles than an MGB."
Reports on the rebuilding of MGBGTV8 (Damask 0450)

Barrie Jones with Damask 0548 which was an earlier restoration he sold to Michael Rumelin in Germany.

Damask 0450 seen for sale on eBay
(30.4.08) More

Rebuild report 1
Photo record as a PDF file. (23 & 25.7.08) More

Rebuild report 2
Photo record as a PDF file.
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Rebuild report 3
Photo record of work in progress.
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Rebuild report 4
Photo record of work in progress.
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Rebuild report 5
Photo record of work in progress.
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Rebuild report 6
Photo record of work in progress following a holiday break. (12.9.08) More

Rebuild report 7
Driver's inner step sill was holed in two places, so it needed replacing. (15.9.08)
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Rebuild report 8
Barrie turns his attention to the nearside. (22.9.08)
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Rebuild report 9
Barrie finds a dangerous bodge on the carburettors. (26.9.08)
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Rebuild report 10
Barrie has been working on the nearside out-rigger and spring hanger plus the carburettor needles! (2.10.08) More

Rebuild report 11
Not much to report this week, apart from . . . finding the wing was badly rusted around the tail lamp. (20.10.08) More

Rebuild report 12
I recently separated the overdrive from the gearbox in order to delete overdrive on 3rd gear.
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Rebuild report 13
After a break and some other car servicing, progress has now resumed on Damask 450. Here another rebuild updates. (12.12.08) More

Rebuild report 14
'Tis Christmas, and something was shining inside the nearside A post. But what was it? (19.12.08) More

Rebuild report 15
Into the New Year and Barrie has stripped the rockers and gearbox. (4.1.09) More

Rebuild report 16
This week the work continues - the nearside rear chassis rail is being replaced. (16.1.09) More

Rebuild report 17
The strip-down of Damask 450 is now almost complete. Quality and fit of the replacement panels has been found to be fairly poor. (12.2.09) More

Panel quality concerns
Panel quality concerns - we contacted the BMH Body Plant to clarify the quality concerns raised below. (20.2.09) More

Two pack epoxy primer
In his Rebuild report 17, Barrie Jones mentioned using two pack epoxy primer on a rear spring hanger. Here he provides a brief note on Lechler's product. (20.2.09) More

Rebuild report 18
This is the turning point. There is no more rusty metal to remove - so the rebuid begins! (19.2.09) More

Rebuild report 19
After a 7 month break, work has resumed two weeks ago and Barrie has sent in a report. (9.11.09) More

Rebuild report 20
Barrie strengthens the rack mountings on the front crossmember and inserts the boot floor. (2.12.09) More


Rebuild report 21
With all the rusty parts cut out, the bare body shell has been mounted on a spit Barrie has built from an old trailer, so now the V8 is ready to go off for sandblasting. (6.2.10) More

Rebuild report 22
Damask 450 is back from the sand blasters and is now coated in 2-pack orange primer for protection of the bare metal. A new heater box base is being fitted. (1.4.10) More

Rebuild report 23
The end is in sight but when preparing for priming and painting, one last area of rust became apparent. More

Rebuild report 24
Damask 450 is back on four wheels and soon
the shell will be ready for painting. More

Rebuild report 25
Barrie Jones notes "standard V8 seats can be a bit uncomfortable on a long journey, so many owners use an extra cushion in the small of the back. I modify the seat frames to provide better lumbar support. More

Rebuild report 26
Damask 0450 is now being painted with the first coats of gloss applied to the interior and engine bay. More

Rebuild report 27
Barrie Jones says "at long last I have the painted shell of Damask 450 back home in my garage." More and Spax

Rebuild report 28
Barrie Jones has been servicing the rear brakes and highlights some problems. More

Rebuild report 29
Damask 450 is now fully painted with the wiring, brake lines, fuel line, dashboard, suspension and brakes. More

Rebuild report 30
A Canadian V8 member, David Looy, wanted to know more of the "spit" Barrie used for the rebuild. More


Rebuild report 31
At the MOT test at last but then a brake failure! Poor quality replacement parts. See Barrie's final report. More & Sequel

Rebuild report 32
Barrie found the gearbox crossmember is handed - a useful tip. More