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Re: Dave's Diary - Badges without Bars with Overriders [Re: DaveW] #489513
18/12/17 11:10 AM
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Post Photobucket Reboot from January 2009:

From my earlier blog, I was asked to show how this was done in more detail. I braved the cold this morning to fit my Centenary badge - (which I've just noticed is number 258 !!!!!!!)

Here we go then......
This first shot shows the two threaded studs and my angled washers. It's a little bit indistinct, but I've used some rubber half washers angled on some W&D to straighten up the angle of the number plate box.



Next two shots - as it came off. This is an MGB pre75 rear number plate backing plate in stainless steel. They are sold in pairs. The two original mounting holes are grommeted. I've cut two slots to allow the plate to slide over the threaded studs on the car, which diverge significantly. The small brackets towards each end provide a buffer on the MGB so that the plate doesn't scratch the paint. It doesn't matter on this application but I've grommeted them anyway. You can also see how the plate is curved and fitted 'wrong way round', and that the badges are spaced with stainless nuts.





Now here's the Centenary Badge fitted centrally.


And this is how it's done. The mounting bracket is 2/3 of a conventional badge bar bracket, cut and straightened. The only alteration after this shot was that I had to space the bracket with two nuts to get a proper fit. The curvature of the plate is absolutely crucial, so there's quite a bit of trial fitting and removal involved. Don't attempt this if you have no patience or little time!!!!



Back on the Mog and I must say that's a nice jobby. I wondered about a central badge but am well pleased. This job took 3 hours at a leisurely pace. If you're wondering what the four shiny bolt heads are doing - I can only guess that when the previous owner had a personal plate fitted, the fitter butchered the plastic number plate box, because behind there are two rough cut home-made alloy brackets. I smartened them up and replaced the coach bolts with stainless fasteners. Later Mogs have a revised shape, which I'm assuming is stronger - this design is very fragile round those two holes.





And this is how it looks close up from behind.



That's me done for now. Time for a cuppa!!


DaveW
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'16 Yellow (Not the only) Narrow AR GDI Plus 4
Re: Dave's Diary - Badges without Bars with Overriders [Re: DaveW] #489514
18/12/17 11:14 AM
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Post Photobucket Reboot from June 2011:

It's been a while........
I've been acquiring a few badges from E-Bay, and with the new MSCC Diamond Jubilee badge coming this year, it was time to revisit my barless bar.

First job was to re-contour the number plate plinth, thus:
Using my trusty Dremel.........



Compare this to the earlier shots.
Take it slow if you try this, the plastic will melt if it gets hot.
This is how it looked refitted:



This is a new stainless backing plate, marked out and drilled for even more badges. I bought some decent cobalt drills - what a difference - they carve through stainless as if its plastic.



Here's the current ensemble:



Note that I've fabricated two stainless extensions on each end, ready for the extras:



And here's the new arrangement. I wanted the Cornwall MOG 2008 badge because that's the year I bought the Morgan.



I'll post the pictures when I add the final two later in the year.


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Re: Dave's Diary - Badges without Bars with Overriders [Re: DaveW] #489515
18/12/17 11:19 AM
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Post Photobucket Reboot from July 2011:

Anyway......at the same time as fitting the two extra badges, I wanted to replace the simple white capped philips screws with something a bit more secure. My plan was a pair of stainless allen headed setscrews capped with number plate screw finishers.
First I had to fix the nuts on the back. These were fitted to some aluminium L sections using JB Weld. The joining surfaces were cleaned and glued with Araldite to the plastic box.



Then the two badges were added to the end plates. The holes had to be slotted, because the 75 year badge is a bit oversize in comparison to the others, and I wanted a level appearance overall. This took quite a while.



The box was drilled to take the M5 allen headed setscrews.



This shows the plastic fixing washer. The setscrews were lightly greased.



And the cover in place



The fixing screws are very close to the cowl edge - so I've fixed two grommets as protection....here's the nearside.



Finally here's the whole thing completed. Remember that I didn't intend to have any badges.

2017 note: Since I did this, I've reduced the number of badges!



I think that's 'Job Done'.


DaveW
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'16 Yellow (Not the only) Narrow AR GDI Plus 4
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