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Gary Brown Gold Member usa

Author: Gary Brown Gold Member usa  
Total 168 posts - Started on 2008-12-28

Last Post Time: 2014-10-30 17:39:36
Posted on: The MG Experience

Got a new steam cleaner today so I started steam cleaning the engine and tranny. The engine will get a repaint and the tranny will go up to my tranny guy to check out. Will post pics later.

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George Heissenberger Silver Member usa

Author: George Heissenberger Silver Member usa  
Total 318 posts - Started on 2006-04-05

MGB at the shop

Last Post Time: 2014-10-29 10:05:55
Posted on: The MG Experience

Dropped the MGB off for an oil change yesterday at the shop that facilitated the motor rebuild and new clutch. Last check over from the engine rebuild this spring. Had a small coolant leak at the temp sensor. She is running great. But I got caught in the rain on the way home from work.

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Joan Trejo usa

Author: Joan Trejo usa  
Total 70 posts - Started on 2010-03-31

Parts with paint

Last Post Time: 2014-10-27 23:18:02
Posted on: The MG Experience

Dropped by my Auto Body / Paint guys place, driving thru the parking area I glanced in the doors, I saw something yellow. The car I parked on the other side of the big shop doors and grabbed my camera. Got out of my car and approached with in trepidation. I walked around the corner of the door and there she was in all her glory, Agatha with her new Bronze Yellow paint. Let me tell you I was shaking with excitement. They were in the process of color sanding and hope to be done at the end of the week.

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Chris G Gold Member usa

Author: Chris G Gold Member usa  
Total 42 posts - Started on 2013-05-24

WP 20141021 005

Last Post Time: 2014-10-27 09:46:23
Posted on: The MG Experience

While I haven’t finished the color sanding & buffing, I decided to take a break from that and start some of the re-assembly process, at least the stuff I can do without spending a bunch of money or interfering with the exterior paint work still left to do. Our latest little rescue has cost us a ton with her vet bills so no new parts until after the first of the year. Since it will take me that long before I need anything new anyways, I am good with the wait. (How can you refuse that fuzzy little face?) So I started with a refresh of the wiring harness which includes new connector ends, new couplers, a new fuse box & a re-wrap with new harness vinyl wrap. It was a pain to get out so I figured it would be very much the same going back in. I was very surprised how easy it was to get it back through the firewall. Next I’ll rebuild and install the heater core & fan, the cabin insulation, the steering wheel and then try to recover the dash (again). This time I am going to try it in leather. I have tried it a couple times in vinyl but the complexity of the shape made it very difficult to get it right. Originally they were done in a poly type plastic and I can get a replacement for $300 'ish should DIY not work out. I did find leather with matching grain so I am going to try heating it up and then use a homemade vacuum form setup to see if I can get the leather to shape properly. Since leather shrinks so much better than vinyl, I am optimistic about getting it to confor...

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Paul Mansell Silver Member can

Author: Paul Mansell Silver Member can  
Total 88 posts - Started on 2008-06-16

Sept 13 2014 tow home

Last Post Time: 2014-10-13 21:21:19
Posted on: The MG Experience

2nd test drive and we hit a problem. Drove up to Deep Bay which is 74km up the coast, car ran quite well, lots of power but just not 100% smooth and the trouble light came on after a few km. On the return trip even though the trouble light was on car continued to drive well if not 100% smooth until we were almost back in to Nanaimo and we just lost power and it shut down. Result was a tow home. I sent off and finally received the correct cable and program to scan the engine for trouble codes, and set to scanning for codes, car started no problem and produced 2 codes, 23 and 36. 23 was just the IAT sensor and once cleaned that was cleared. 36 is causing grief as I can’t seem to clear it up. I already have new cam and crank sensors, new ignition module unit and harmonic balancer so running out of ideas. I have thrown in the towel and will be taking it to a shop to have them isolate the issue. I also ran down an annoying battery drain by using a simple test with a test light, by undoing the ground from the battery and bridging with the test light the light will come on indicating a drain to the battery. Pulled each fuse to see if the light went out and no joy, so the drain is not coming from a fused circuit, I then sat back and tried to remember what was done recently to the car. Only thing that came to mind was the replacement of the starter relay, and yes I had it wired wrong which left he coil energized all the time. Re connected it back up correctly and presto the drai...

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egbert hascher nld

Author: egbert hascher nld  
Total 55 posts - Started on 2006-10-01

sheeps on the road

Last Post Time: 2014-10-01 14:49:55
Posted on: The MG Experience

Here some more pictures, I made in september in France.

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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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Steve Sargent usa

Author: Steve Sargent usa  
Total 85 posts - Started on 2010-06-05


Last Post Time: 2014-08-31 14:05:08
Posted on: The MG Experience

After sitting in the Miata seat, I realized that even though the rear bulkhead had been moved back 4", there still wasn't enough room. I Installed the pedal assembly, steering column and dash to test clearance. First, I shortened the steering column housing by 1 3/4". Since I had already changed the steering rack, the collapsible shaft is still serviceable. After I shortened the column, I had to open up the dashboard on the right side of the column to clear the ignition key. Since the cabin was going to be partially assembled, my son talked me into mounting some of the gauges to check for visibility. There still wasn't enough room so I sectioned the fender wells to pick up another 1 5/8". The legroom is comparable to my wife's Charger now but access is a little tight. I had already planned to make a new steering wheel adapter out of 1/2" aluminum instead of 1" steel. I know it doesn't sound like there was a great increase in room but the changes all add up.

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David Weyandt usa

Author: David Weyandt usa  
Total 53 posts - Started on 2010-10-11

Last Post Time: 2014-08-06 19:40:30
Posted on: The MG Experience

I spent the week polishing Little White Dove and painting my Rostyle wheels high gloss black. The high gloss with the chrome trim rings and lugs really look good. This was all set about because I was going to the Pennypacker Mills British Car show on Saturday. I guess it was worth it since she got 3rd place in the RB class. It was a complete surprise. Now I have to fine something to do to move to 2nd.

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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
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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
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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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