|The MGA With An Attitude
PARCEL SHELF for the MGA 1500 Coupe - CP-126B
Fabrication (Copying the old to make a new one)
Here's a cooperative effort. Mike Dianna in Spring City, PA, USA donated a frame for a MGA 1500 Coupe parcel shelf. Bob Krzywicki (Bobs77Vet on MGA bbs) in northern Virginia, USA is using it to make a copy with templates and hand tools.
"Test fit the rear parcel shelf from Mike Dianna (thanks again) and make templates and take measurements so Barney can make a drawing".
Three sets of templates made. "I don't have any 16ga big enough laying around, but I cant imagine in any case where 18ga isn't going to be strong enough for this application".
"I am making it a tad wider so it can be trimmed to fit perfectly".
On to the bead roller with a tipping die, urethane wheel.
3 passes and
hammering to finish
2 passes and hammer finish.
Proof of concept.
Weld up the top corners. Just holes to drill.
Lets make the small brackets, about 1:45 hrs. This is a simple home made break clamped in the vise. Brackets laid out on 18 ga. First bend is easy, just clamp it down.
Next bend set up a back stop, build it out to the proper thickness, clamp in place.
Lets put the bends in the small brackets, use a "standard" to make the folds and ensure dimensions are uniform.
Holes drilled. Next I will make sure there are no sharp edges and test fit the parcel shelves in my car, and off they go.