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Macy's Garage, Ltd.

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August 20, 2017

This photo shows the lower firewall and inner fender support on the left side of a TR6.  We find these mangled and beat-up quite often, probably the result of someone's frustration over needing to get the oil filter canister out of the car.  Damaged panels like this give us a great excuse to make a much needed modification!

We begin by drilling all of the spot welds, and removing the damaged panel.  This also gives us an opportunity to clean and treat the bare metal in the hidden areas where the two panels overlap.  We're not usually too concerned with these hidden areas as we always flood them with Eastwood Metalwash after they return from Redi-Strip, but extra attention never hurts.

We fabricate a new "undamaged" panel from new sheet metal, with all the proper bent edges for strength and attachment, and then we cut a nice round access hole for the oil filter before it is welded back into position.

With the new panel in place, all that's left is to fabricate a cover plate, and install screws and J style clip nuts so that it can easily be removed and reattached with every oil change.  Any 6-cylinder TR owner who's changed their oil more than one time will appreciate this mod!


August 12, 2017
Look closely at the photo of two TR2/3 steering box rocker shafts.  The top rocker shaft is a new unit, and the lower one is a rocker shaft that we removed from a steering box that was sent here for overhaul.  I posted a "How To" page on this website 8-9 years ago, showing how sidescreen TR owners could rebuild their own steering boxes, but instead of giving confidence that you can do this at home, it must have scared most folks away from trying.  We now get a steering box shipped in to us on almost a weekly basis, and we probably overhaul 35-40 of these every single year.  This example is from someone who should have sent it in to us in the first place.

Look closely at the rocker shaft on the bottom.  The photo doesn't do it justice, but you should be able to see all of the vertical "scratches" on the lower shaft, as opposed to the smooth machined and polished surface on the new rocker shaft at the top.  You can also just make out some of the horizontal scratches inside of the bushing that we removed from this same steering box.  What has obviously happened here is that the home rebuilder (or poorly equipped "professional") did not have the required reamer to size the bushing after it was pressed into the box.  It looks like the first attempt was to sand or hone the inside of the bushing, leaving a deeply scratched and gouged surface.  When that failed to open the bushing enough to allow the shaft to pass through, they took the rocker shaft over to a bench grinder and proceeded to remove metal from the shaft until it would fit into the bushing.  A little hand work with a file improved the appearance (slightly), but left the shaft something other than round, and a rough surface that continued to chew away at the inside of the bushing.  The scratches probably didn't do anything to help the lower seal keep all of the fluid inside either!  And I almost forgot to mention, they removed too much metal from the shaft, so it wobbled in the bushing, adding excessive wear to the top and bottom edges, further accelerating the wear and slop.  As you can surmise, the steering box did eventually end up here, and for the lack of a $40 reamer, a $120 rocker shaft was destroyed!  This one certainly belongs in the "False Economy Hall of Fame"!