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Chris G Gold Member usa

Author: Chris G Gold Member usa  
Total 50 posts - Started on 2013-05-24

WP 20150620 014

Last Post Time: 2015-07-01 10:01:13
Posted on: The MG Experience

I finally got all the parts in and was able to start the engine rebuild. It’s not that parts are hard to find, it’s just that this stage of the project is the most expensive so I have to pace myself to match my budget. The head arrived all shiny and newly rebuilt with hardened seats ready to take the new stainless steel valves. I have been upgrading parts along the way whenever it made sense and didn’t affect the look. One of the simplest & cheapest upgrades, providing you have the head apart, is to upgrade from the original rubber sealing rings and add a valve seat “cap”. This cap apparently helps prevent oil from running inside the valve stems down into the cylinder. It only happens on the intake side because those are the only valves that have suction pressure. Exhaust valves don’t need these extra seals and only get the donut shaped seal as it came from the factory. Once I got the head reassembled and the bottom end put back together, it was time to reunite the two. They make an upgraded head gasket that has extra protection for areas known to be weak. Another inexpensive upgrade when the engine is already apart so well worth it. Same thing for the new timing chain & chain tensioner, cheap insurance and another “while you are in there” type replacement that just makes sense. Part of the fun for me is doing the little touches, like replacing the original bolts with new shiny ones. Not stainless since those are softer than grade 5 or grade 8 bolts...

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George Heissenberger Silver Member usa

Author: George Heissenberger Silver Member usa  
Total 342 posts - Started on 2006-04-05

MGs lined up

Last Post Time: 2015-06-30 14:03:13
Posted on: The MG Experience

We have a local Wegmans grocery and they put on a nice cruise night every Thursday with food and a DJ. This is from last week showing a line of MG club members cars.

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Gary Brown Gold Member usa

Author: Gary Brown Gold Member usa  
Total 211 posts - Started on 2008-12-28

IMG 0735

Last Post Time: 2015-06-27 14:10:14
Posted on: The MG Experience

While I was at CBA XXXV I met a gentleman in the hotel parking lot who told me he once owned a MGC. Said he still had the original leather steering wheel. I asked if he would be willing to sell it and he said when he got home he would see if he could find it. I got his email and about a week after we got home I contacted him. He found the wheel and sent me some pictures. After a few emails back and forth we settled on a price and it went in the mail today. Needs a little work but should be ok to put on my C.

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Joan Trejo usa

Author: Joan Trejo usa  
Total 79 posts - Started on 2010-03-31

Last Post Time: 2015-06-26 22:51:58
Posted on: The MG Experience

It has been awhile since my last journal post. I've installed the cheap Peel and Seal sound proofing. The sill , wheel arch and area behind the seats have been carpeted. Today I recovered the cockpit rail and passenger door cap with new vinyl that came in the interior kit. The other door cap needs some work on where the chrome end finisher fit, the hole is stripped out. The other car Agatha has new stainless steel side trim, it is best to clean off and use metal polish on them before sliding them on to the new buttons. Hope to get going earlier as it was 93 degrees in the shop with the doors open, the heat did help with stretching the vinyl on the cockpit rail and on the door cap.

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Steve Lyle Gold Member usa

Author: Steve Lyle Gold Member usa  
Total 80 posts - Started on 2008-03-23

The 72 74 class

Last Post Time: 2015-06-08 11:15:33
Posted on: The MG Experience

Pam and I drove 260 miles north to the Kansas City area to attend the 26th annual Heartland MG show. It was a bit tense on the drive up. About 100 miles in, we saw the temp gauge needle start to climb. We were cruising at 65 mph / 3000 RPM in OD. Nothing had changed - all the cooling system bits are new, the system had been flushed coolant replaced in the offseason. It just started to run hotter. So we slowed down a bit - eventually the needle stopped just short of the heavy bar underneath the "H". In addition to the temp issue, the intermittent backfire issue became more prominent. From once every 10 miles or so, to maybe 2-3 times a mile. Fearing we were running lean, I did a quick carb adjustment at a gas station, with the resulting impact I'm sure of putting the carbs on the rich side. While that didn't bring the temp down, it did stop the backfiring. There was a cookout/social event in the parking lot of the host hotel on Friday night, so I took the opportunity to ask the crowd to identify the best mechanic among them, and have him/her come see me. Barney Gaylord, the "MGA Guru" couldn't resist the challenge and took a look at the car. He didn't like the way it sounded, suspecting it was running on 3 cyls, but progressive starts with alternating plug wires pulled showed it was hitting on all 4. He checked out the carb mixture and announced it was running rich (shock!), and quickly adjusted them. We verified that while it was running hotter than norma...

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Steve Sargent usa

Author: Steve Sargent usa  
Total 93 posts - Started on 2010-06-05

100 3006

Last Post Time: 2015-06-07 18:43:36
Posted on: The MG Experience

Since I'm trying to move weight to the back of the car, I decided to move the battery to the trunk. I'm not sure which battery to use, so I took measurements from a late model RX-7 to size the cutout. I plan on using a plastic or stainless box to keep the acid off the paint. After the cutout, I finally fit the drive line tunnel to the rear bulkhead. I would like to start welding the sheet metal in, but it will be easier to fit the seat and seat belt mounts if they aren't in the way.

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egbert hascher nld

Author: egbert hascher nld  
Total 57 posts - Started on 2006-10-01

Saterday may 9 2015

Last Post Time: 2015-05-12 02:29:09
Posted on: The MG Experience

Also a special day for my MGB. My son and Gemma marry, and driving my MG as a wedding car to the city hall in Zwolle (Netherlands).

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David Weyandt usa

Author: David Weyandt usa  
Total 66 posts - Started on 2010-10-11

Last Post Time: 2015-04-11 17:59:18
Posted on: The MG Experience

I took Little White Dove out for a test ride today. She ran great. What a difference the new springs and bushings made on the ride and handling. Tomorrow we go for a 50-60 mile cruise to really test her. I rechecked and tightened all the nuts and bolts and re-torqued the shock mounting bolts which were just a little loose, before I took her out. She has temporarily lost her place in the garage. I moved the 1958 Magnette in. I’ll put it on dollies and shove it to the side in the next couple of days but mean while LWD is in the driveway covered in quilts and a car cover.

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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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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 http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/1110 Catch Up With All Sorts Of Stuff. Remake of the Oil Pressure gauge line. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/2016 100 Entries! Still More Money! Remake of the 1/4 window pivot. - Locating block for jack. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/2033 Last Minute Dash Modification. for vacuum gauge http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/1446 Speedo Miles To Kilometres Conversion Pt 1 http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/1569 KPH Speedo Conversion Pt 2 http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/1579 Using BBQ to Install F/wheel Ring Gear. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/1612 Buckled, Distorted Bonnet And New Seats. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/2372 Rear cockpit rail http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/2557 Rocker assembly error. Catch Up And Engine Disaster. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/2703 Parking Brake And The Wrong Springs http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/2877 LED In Parking Lights http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/4112 Fix For Failing Brake Light Switch http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/4537 Sticking Throttle After Run Yesterday. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/6350 Aux bonnet release using Little Bit Of The New Throttle Cable Left Over. http://www.mgexp.com/journal/sweep/6446 New ...

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Mark M usa

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

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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

20140119 113223

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: http://www.mgexperience.net* 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 PhotoBucket.com 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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