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Gary Brown Gold Member usa

Author: Gary Brown Gold Member usa  
Total 180 posts - Started on 2008-12-28

Master Brake Cylinder

Last Post Time: 2015-02-01 09:03:11
Posted on: The MG Experience

Took the brake master cylinder to White Post, Va. to get rebuilt. While I was there the owner gave me a tour of the facility. My eyes were bugging out of my head looking at the cars that were being restored. I'm talking some serious dollars being spent to bring these cars to the highest levels of restoration. If you ever get the chance to go there you have to check out the work they are doing.

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David Weyandt usa

Author: David Weyandt usa  
Total 56 posts - Started on 2010-10-11

Last Post Time: 2014-12-31 13:50:25
Posted on: The MG Experience

I just took Little White Dove out for her last drive of the year. It was a 1 hour high speed (as fast as safely permitted) run through the farm lands of Berks County. Learned an interesting fact, the difference between driving with the top down at 30 deg. compared to 40 deg. is one more sweat shirt. We closed out the year with 70,300 miles on the odometer. Tomorrow, first run of the new year with an extra sweat shirt. I’m waiting to put her up for a suspension rebuild until my 1958 MG Magnette gets here so I can get them both into the garage. The Magnette should be here in a week or two. It has been a 6 month wait to get the title cleared. It was never titled since it came to the states in 1966.

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George Heissenberger Silver Member usa

Author: George Heissenberger Silver Member usa  
Total 321 posts - Started on 2006-04-05

Taken soon after purchase 1983

Last Post Time: 2014-12-24 09:03:15
Posted on: The MG Experience

Sometime around this date 42 years ago, December 1972, at the MG factory in Abingdon England OURMG was assembled and the little car we have loved so long was born. We've owned the car for almost 32 of those 42 years. After 60,000+ miles, many replacement parts, three sets of tires, two repaints, one major accident and a fresh engine rebuild this past spring our Little Brit Car will go on for at least 42 more years!

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Chris G Gold Member usa

Author: Chris G Gold Member usa  
Total 43 posts - Started on 2013-05-24

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Last Post Time: 2014-12-15 21:41:28
Posted on: The MG Experience

But it doesn't mean I haven't been busy. First, I tried to do the dash in a leather cover instead of using the poly plastic cover you can buy. I came close a couple times before with vinyl but could never get it to cover tightly. The dash curves are tough to work around and you can't heat vinyl like you can leather to get it to shrink. At least, I can't as I fried a bunch of vinyl trying. So I used a space bag clothes storage bag as a make shift vacuum forming setup. That part worked really well.... The leather sat down nicely and after some shop vacuuming, it was on its way. I used steam to soften and stretch the leather into the tight corners of the gauge section. Then once I got that all in, I'd pull and stretch the other sections as much as possible. After that got done, I then set about using a heat gun to shrink the leather around the funny curves....For the most part it worked a lot better than I actually expected. If I had taken better care to prep the surface from my many attempts before, it might have worked. As it was, it came out a bit bumpy from all the irregularities left behind from previous failures. One more piece of leather and another 4 hours, I might just get it right....That's just not going to happen however as I am buying a replacement dash. Just so tired of working with the dash and I am ready to move on. So next I got to put on the door vents and installed all the door guts & glass as well. Not too bad a job and I was happy to find the chr...

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egbert hascher nld

Author: egbert hascher nld  
Total 56 posts - Started on 2006-10-01

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Last Post Time: 2014-11-20 04:44:28
Posted on: The MG Experience

In France, during my trip with my 1973 MGb. ( September 2014 )

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Joan Trejo usa

Author: Joan Trejo usa  
Total 71 posts - Started on 2010-03-31

happy to have her home

Last Post Time: 2014-11-10 10:56:52
Posted on: The MG Experience

I now have Agatha sitting back in our shop. The painted parts are back on the car, I will have to finish painting the hinges on the boot lid . I am getting a parts list made on gaskets needed and other parts that I have to replace. The car has a couple more weeks to off gas before putting stuff back on. Hope to have it finished this winter so I can drive it this summer.

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Steve Sargent usa

Author: Steve Sargent usa  
Total 86 posts - Started on 2010-06-05

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Last Post Time: 2014-11-04 18:03:57
Posted on: The MG Experience

After looking online for a good price on DOM tube, I called one of the most expensive supply shops in town to get a price on 1 3/4" tube. I was surprised that their price was almost $2 per foot cheaper. Since the main hoop has a compound bend on each leg, I asked my son ( engineering student @ SDSU ) to help me with the math. We came up with different numbers for the angle and both of us were wrong. So I didn't ruin any tubing, I did a mockup with 3/4" EMT conduit. I hope when i make the real roll bar, it looks better. Both my sons and I are tall so that's the reason the main hoop is so high. The circled areas will be welded together.

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Paul Mansell Silver Member can

Author: Paul Mansell Silver Member can  
Total 89 posts - Started on 2008-06-16

20141101 00348

Last Post Time: 2014-11-01 22:13:19
Posted on: The MG Experience

OK after much consternation I believe I have all the issues finally fixed, The shop managed to fix the majority of the sensor issues, apparently just dirty connections and one ground that was loose…..doh! So with that done went for a run and the car definitely ran smoother and stronger but the trouble light was on again. Hooked up the computer and found a code 44 lean but also it would glitch and 15-20 more codes flashed on then off again. 44lean refers to the O2 sensors and as these were the originals I decided to just replace them, had to get the muffler shop to look at the driver’s side as it was too close to the 2nd pipe. First up I decided to recheck all the grounds and also I moved the main ECU ground from a small screw to the much larger ground that goes from body to engine. Glitches and code 44 now gone, the only code I am getting is the code for an EGR issue however as this has been removed I will have to look at getting the ECU reprogramed to remove this from the unit or find a way to turn off those codes permanently. Next up will be to finish cleaning up the wires and make a blanking plug from the engine to the passenger compartment where the ECU wires come in.

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Steve Lyle Gold Member usa

Author: Steve Lyle Gold Member usa  
Total 77 posts - Started on 2008-03-23

Brits In The Ozarks The entry to the show pic

Last Post Time: 2014-09-15 09:27:46
Posted on: The MG Experience

We went to the "Brits in the Ozarks" show this past weekend - Sep 12-13. It's put on by the British Iron Touring Club of Northwest Arkansas, and they put on a great show. They use the Springdale Holiday Inn as the 'official' hotel. They get a good rate, and the facility is excellent. They have a Friday night parking lot party, that got moved in to the hotel due to rain. Hospitality suite with beer, soft drinks and munchies. The show is at a nice park in Fayetteville - you're on the grass, lots of big trees (shade), which wasn't a big factor this year. The rain stopped for the show, but the weather was unseasonably cool - low 50's in the AM, warming to 70 in the PM. Very nice. The park has a pavilion, with restrooms, a serving area where lunch (burgers and dogs) was available, and weather protection is available, if needed. The classes are arrayed around the pavilion. Over 100 cars, all the usual suspects. MGs, Triumphs, Jags, Lotus. 8 Morgans. Some Minis. 3 Sunbeams. Some really unusual cars. As usual, the B chrome bumpers were the biggest class - 13 of us. I took pictures - you can see what I got at!1328&authkey=!AKslnP2-KHbn4JQ&ithint=folder%2cJPG . Unfortunately, my batteries all died, but I did get the B's, Midgets, T's and A's. A few Triumphs. Check out the supercharged Midget with the Bugeye front end. Very nice. A nice dinner that evening at the hotel. Kas Kastner of Triumph racing fame ...

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Chris W Gold Member aus

Author: Chris W Gold Member aus  
Total 195 posts - Started on 2006-06-18

Last Post Time: 2014-09-12 08:00:24
Posted on: The MG Experience

This is a work in progress. The following list is pretty random and not in much of a logical order but it will get you to the relevant entry that is mentioned prior to each link. Removing Front Brake Calipers Catch Up With All Sorts Of Stuff. Remake of the Oil Pressure gauge line. 100 Entries! Still More Money! Remake of the 1/4 window pivot. - Locating block for jack. Last Minute Dash Modification. for vacuum gauge Speedo Miles To Kilometres Conversion Pt 1 KPH Speedo Conversion Pt 2 Using BBQ to Install F/wheel Ring Gear. Buckled, Distorted Bonnet And New Seats. Rear cockpit rail Rocker assembly error. Catch Up And Engine Disaster. Parking Brake And The Wrong Springs LED In Parking Lights Fix For Failing Brake Light Switch Sticking Throttle After Run Yesterday. Aux bonnet release using Little Bit Of The New Throttle Cable Left Over. New ...

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Mark M usa

Author: Mark M usa  
Total 48 posts - Started on 2011-12-31


Last Post Time: 2014-07-21 17:43:32
Posted on: The MG Experience

After years of work, she is finally done. 1966 MK 1, dispatch date June 2, 1966. only mods are alternator, negative earth and pneumatic lifts for hatch and bonnet.

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Mark Williams gbr

Author: Mark Williams gbr  
Total 51 posts - Started on 2010-12-19

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Last Post Time: 2014-06-27 11:21:03
Posted on: The MG Experience

Getting ready for the big trip to France. The event is the Classic Le Mans weekend.

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Mike Ruane Silver Member usa

Author: Mike Ruane Silver Member usa  
Total 48 posts - Started on 2006-06-05

Replaced corss member some patches to the transmi

Last Post Time: 2014-02-01 16:35:22
Posted on: The MG Experience

Well, a lot of little things have been done to the car over the past 16 months, but a basement renovation, adding Air Conditioning into a 1967 MGB GT, and volunteering on a local railroad - The Stewartstown Railroad - but over the past few weeks I was able to do some more body work on Frankencar. The Passenger side sill and rocker repair has been mostly completed, and the missing section of cross member has been replaced. More pics to follow in the upcoming months as I plan to get this restoration back on track.

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O M usa

Author: O M usa  
Total 114 posts - Started on 2009-09-09

Last Post Time: 2013-06-15 15:44:33
Posted on: The MG Experience

Performing routine maintenance on the under carriage of my MG.

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Wilbur Engelsma Silver Member usa

Author: Wilbur Engelsma Silver Member usa  
Total 62 posts - Started on 2006-01-23

Last Post Time: 2012-11-15 13:07:41
Posted on: The MG Experience

Due to financial and health reasons, I have decided to throw in the towel and sell my project car. I would prefer to sell the whole thing, maybe someone can complete it. If not, I will be parting it out and selling it piecemeal. You can check out my progress on my member journal:* mber/Wilbur*[/me] The pluses: 1. The body is complete- all rust replaced with metal, seams welded, gaps are perfect, ready for built primer to sand and finish. 2. The suspension is all upgraded- Quaife diff, disc brakes and 4 link suspension in the rear. Large Wilwood brakes, coil over suspension and power steering rack in the front. Five heavy duty chrome wire wheels and road tires. 3. Drivetrain- SR20DET turbo motor and automatic trans. Both should be rebuilt prior to running, but appear to be in good shape. Custom intercooler and piping, upgraded turbo, intake and injectors. 3" oval pipe exhaust and muffler, 2.5" from muffler over the axle to twin tips at the rear. complete uncut engine wiring harness and control units (engine, auto trans and cruise control) 4. Lots of new parts- Mr Mikes leather seat covers for the Fiero seats, dual hoop roll bar, electric windows, electric seat heaters, new interior panels, seal kit, bumpers, lights, aluminum gas tank with internal high pressure fuel pump. 5. Lots of old/extra parts- convertible top, hardtop, boxes and boxes of miscellaneous parts from this and other cars The minuses: 1. no steering linkage between the st...

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Roland Gotzke can

Author: Roland Gotzke can  
Total 90 posts - Started on 1999-04-21

Last Post Time: 2012-07-11 05:31:02
Posted on: The MG Experience

The new owner of the GT is ecstatic with his purchase. What makes the transition a delight for me, is knowing it is going to a welcoming home. The owner is a young chap with many years experience working with cars and his father used to be a MG mechanic at a dealership in London years ago. The proceeds from the GT sale have funded the purchase of a 24' laguna sailboat. My wife who has absolutely no sailing experience is actually more excited about the boat than me. It's going to be a very full summer roster... RVing, sailing, jag tinkering... (not necessarily in that order)

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Mike Madden usa

Author: Mike Madden usa  
Total 45 posts - Started on 1998-01-01

Last Post Time: 2012-05-13 17:15:29
Posted on: The MG Experience

I bought a cover for my dash. I like the look but I probably will have to take it off to trim it up or attempt to do it in place. I thought I would be able to clamp the dash in place and it would stay in put. The cover is a hard plastic with a vinyl cover on top. I found out the glue will not hold and change the shape of the plastic. As a result I should have trimmed it around the glove box. It rubs there but I'm happy with the rest. My last two things to sort at were electrical. The main thing was the turn signal. I had no right hand turn signal all last year. I went to the back first and noticed the torpedo quick disconnect was loose, but that wasn't it. I went to the front and discovered that one front wires was cleanly cut in two. I believe the problem occurred the winter of 2011. I didn't have a journal entry about it but I installed 3 relays; 2 for my headlights, and 1 for my horns. It was a great improvement on both. I believe when I was up front installing the relays I must have cut the wire. I never changed the horns last year but I lost the high note about half way through last summer. I took it off, blew it out, but was never able to get it working. I went ahead and ordered a new pair because I fiddled with the low note last year and got it working, but I figured it will eventually go out.

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Lou A. Platinum Member usa

Author: Lou A. Platinum Member usa  
Total 48 posts - Started on 1998-01-01

Last Post Time: 2012-05-03 06:17:10
Posted on: The MG Experience

Interesting, been wondering why lately my fuel gauge seemed to begin reading low soon after a fill-up. Started to drop to like an 1/8th of a tank and would just sit there for quite a few more miles. Pulled the sending unit from the tank, sure enough - the float is half full of fuel! Fortunately, since my recent acquisition of a 73GT, I pulled the sending unit off of that one and swapped it - now the gauge reads little less than 1/2 tank! Weird too, the sending unit I just took out is only a couple years old... new from Moss. Hmmmm.....

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Simon Dix usa

Author: Simon Dix usa  
Total 59 posts - Started on 2005-11-27

New on the left old on the right

Last Post Time: 2011-12-18 19:35:32
Posted on: The MG Experience

Just keeping track of the mileage due to a speedo swap. Removing speedo reading 51,443 and replacing with 50,541

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Mike Nyholm usa

Author: Mike Nyholm usa  
Total 68 posts - Started on 2007-09-06

the carnage

Last Post Time: 2011-08-05 08:23:28
Posted on: The MG Experience

This winter I would like to have the gearbox gone through so we pulled the engine and box out of the parts car so any needed parts could be salvaged. Engine was pulled the farmer way...borrow one wheel tractor and lift it out with the bucket. Total job took less than 3 hrs.

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Gil Dupre usa

Author: Gil Dupre usa  
Total 95 posts - Started on 2006-11-08

Last Post Time: 2011-03-02 05:29:47
Posted on: The MG Experience

Engine is out and inspected wear of release bearing. The carbon was worn down inside the arm casting so the arm was rubbing against the outside of the clutch pressure plate operating face causing the rattle. Also one of the bearing retainer clips was not in the proper place for retaining the bearing probably causing it to wear un even. The operating arm pivot bolt shows signs of wear so i will replace it and the bushing inside the arm. I plan on using a roller bearing throwout to eliminate the carbon wearing out. Waiting on parts now and cleaing engine compartment and touching up the cross member and engine while it is out. I believe I have all the parts I need to replace gaskets etc. Im replacing the pilot bearing also. Why not? I decided after much thought and seeing a roller bearing, I decided to go back with the carbon faced throwout bearing.

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Sean Kivler usa

Author: Sean Kivler usa  
Total 56 posts - Started on 2009-09-13

Last Post Time: 2011-02-22 18:39:37
Posted on: The MG Experience

Due to my relocation away from SC last summer, I've elected to leave this vehicle and about $3000 in brand spanking new parts and professionally refurbed Leycock Blue Label OD. It was a dificult and painful decision, but it was necessary... Interested parties should call Bonnie Wright (803) in Rock Hill, SC. (listed under Kenneth) This will make somebody an excellent "project car" and has a lot of the elbow grease allready invested. Paint the motorspace and the trunk and reassemble! As the wheels are not on it, and the "lump" is out on a 2 ton capacity crane with leveller, care will be necessary for transporting....! Purchase records and an Exel data base reflecting parts ordered & recieved, and from which distrubtor should also be available from Ms Wright. My efforts and expenditures were very organized and documented; this along with the photos found on will be helpful in the future reassembly. My journal here and many photos of my efforts are accessible through PHOTO Bucket web site under My Red Baron is Making Me Barren. You will agree that a lot of personal effort and financial was put into this car. As one will have to reassemble the vehicle, I feel that you should be able to haggle the price as you will be providing most of the labor and time. Interested parties should know that this vehicle initially bought for $3500. The seller had some issues with standards of care and maintenance, as you will read in my journal entries. I aspired t...

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Mark W. Jackwood usa

Author: Mark W. Jackwood usa  
Total 53 posts - Started on 2003-09-12

Glen and my MGB V8

Last Post Time: 2009-12-04 05:00:52
Posted on: The MG Experience

Glen Towery dropped of some parts this day and although it was a very rainy day, he took the time to drive my car. He didn't say it but it looked like he was having fun. He gave me some pointers on how to improve some things, which was greatly appreciated. It was an honor to have Glen drive my car because he helped me so much with it. Needless to say, it was a good day!

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