I just refurbished my warn out Armstrong lever shocks and the rebuild went well. You can read about this very exciting project at Refreshing the MGB GT Armstrong hydraulic lever shocks if you really care. Bottom line, time to paint these babies.
This is one of the hardest decisions a car restorer has to make, keep it original or make your totally cool restoration project yours. Another factor that comes into play is… how cheap are you? One thing about the MG is it’s likely never to be worth much, unlike a Porsche or Maserati. There are just too many of them around. And I’m cheap. The cost so far on my restoration has by far exceeded the cost of my dad purchasing the car. That’s OK though, I’m having fun and still married!
I was thinking of painting my antique Armstrong lever super duper shocks Dark Canyon Red like the engine of my car. I thought about clear coating the aluminum body and painting the arms black which is likely close to the original. But, you know what? I got lazy and just painted them black like the rest of the suspension.
I’m sure this will irritate the purists. It likely will irritate the hot rod crowd. If I ever sell the MGB GT I’ll probably suffer and lose thousands of dollars because it’s not correct. But.. I had black paint in quantity from a Home Depot run when I was south during the winter.
A minor rant here… why does a can of spray paint that costs $5.40 in the USA cost about $12.00 in Canadian Pesos? How can anyone afford to live in this beautiful country full of bureaucratic BS? Anyway, fortunately I’m down south often so take advantage of the better prices. Enough said, back to painting my MGB front shocks.
I etched the surface of my MGB front shocks with POR-15® Metal Prep. At this point I’ve committed myself to paint as the aluminum doesn’t look very nice anymore.
Two coats of an etching primer and the shocks are ready for paint.
Three coats of gloss black paint and the shocks are ready to dry for a few weeks. Even though supposedly these paints dry quickly I expect it takes about a month to fully harden.
And the finished product. The shocks look great and don’t seem to be leaking oil. I’ll install these once the main suspension parts are on the car in a few weeks.