PROJECT 51: Scuttle Ramp. The bottom third of the firewall on the MG is referred to as the "scuttle ramp." The scuttle of a car is known in
as the cowl, and is the body panel directly under the windshield. Over time, it
has come to include the firewall. The scuttle ramp is a separate section of the
firewall, angled upward (hence "ramp"), is located right behind the
engine block, and has a semicircular opening that fits closely around the bell
When Brutus removed the engine and gearbox from the car he obviously had a great deal of difficulty (See the post about the broken mounting flange on the gearbox and the bent up mounting bracket from 12/11/19). While trying to force the engine/gearbox free, he lifted the pair so high (and so hard!) that he bent the bejeebers out of the edges of the scuttle ramp. He even managed to put a split in the sheet-steel panel!
Over the past several weeks, while waiting for engine parts to come back from the shops, I used the time to get the scuttle ramp back into a more presentable condition.
After degreasing it, I set about straightening and flattening all of the damage that included various dents of unknown origin. First, I used my drill press as an arbor press, and using a 4x4 and a 2x4 I was able to get some of the end-to-end bend out while preserving the crease along the top that is supposed to be there.
I got the rest of the bend out by clamping the top edge of the scuttle between 2x4s in my bench vice, and used a wide pry-bar to lift and bend the metal back into alignment.
I then went to work with a body-work hammer to flatten the dents. Finally, I used a modified pair of Vice-Grips to straighten the curled edges.
I welded the split, after which I used my trusty lead filler to level the area. Spot putty was used over the lead and in several dents to get a smoother surface.
The final step was sandblasting, priming, and painting, and now it's ready to reinstall … sometime in the future.
|As removed from the car.|
The circular section should be lying flat.
|Using my drill press as an arbor press|
to flatten part of the bend,
|Lifting more of the bends into line with a pry-bar.|
|Tapping out some of the miscellaneous dents.|
|Split in the sheet steel panel.|
|Split held in alignment by a small bar|
clamped to the underside.
|Spot putty to fill some of the dents.|
|Modified wide-grip Vice-Grips used to flatten some of the curled edges.|
|Primed and painted and waiting for installation ,,, sometime in the future.|