The seat vinyl was ripped and unusable for the driver's seat but in satisfactory condition for the passengers. However it was decided to completely overhaul the seats giving them new foams and leather covers. The seats frames had rust which could be removed by the wire cup brush on the angle grinder, which brought them up to a shiny finish. They were then given two coats of zinc rust inhibiting primer before another few coats of stain black.
With the foams secure, the middle section of the back foam was given a layer of contact adhesive, to match a layer on the inside of the cover. This helps stick the cover in place and reduces movement against the foam thuis reducing wear. The cover was then slipped over and held tightly down whilst the layers of glue were pressed together. The base cover was easier to fit, with attention being drawn to the line of beading around the cover, ensuring it was consistant. With a satisfactory position the 'c' clips then secured the cover in place, resulting in an impressive result.
New sound-proofing material was glued to the floor pans as per the original items which had been during restoration.
The window winder, door lock and remote fittings for both doors were then installed, having been completely cleaned, the catches painted, and re-greased. At this time the central locking motors were installed and the connecting rod had to be bent carefully so not as to foul any existing mechanisms. Once correct it was soldered to the original connecting rod and tested repeatedly.
Finally, the hood frame was screwed into place, and the header rail, which had been shotblasted and repainted, screwed to it. The hood was a mohair item without header rail and so had to be fitted carefully.
The car is now completely finished, but required an MOT to drive legally. For piece of mind I trailered the car to Gloucester Centre for MGs where they completely tuned the engine, checked the brakes and fluid, suspension and damping and ensured that nothing would fail the MOT.
A few days later I was able to pick the car up - my first MG driving experience! - And what a ride it was.