Clive Wagerfield acquired a Pre-Production Development
MGBGTV8 (Glacier White 0096) from Norman Ward in 2008 and has set about refurbishing
the car. Here he provides a pictorial record of his work on the bulkhead shelf.
The pictorial record is available
as a downloadable PDF file and shows the progressive stages of the refurbishment
of the bulkhead 'shelf'. As MGB owners are aware, fluid from the master cylinders
can leak over the years causing typical damage as can be seen above. This can
also occur on the opposite side where the brake servo is located, although to
a much lesser extent.
do the job properly, Clive decided to completely strip and refinish the whole
area. This also give him the opportunity to refurbish the pedal box assembly with
new master cylinders, replace the original Smiths heater box with an upgraded
matrix, refurbish the brake
servo and finally the windscreen washer brackets.
On seeing the photos,
Barrie Jones commented "paint stripped off under the pedals is to be expected,
but I was amazed to see corrosion under the servo. None of
of the bulkhead shelf ready for reassembly of the brake and clutch master cylinders,
heater matrix, brake servo and screen washer bottle. (Photo: Clive Wagerfield)
cars has ever had such a problem. Since the servo is a remote unit, I cannot see
how it could leak unless a union was undone, or a brake pipe corroded through
with rust?" Clive responded "the corrosion was concentrated in an area
directly beneath the cast iron body of the servo. I suspect one of the unions
had been weeping for some time."
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