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Chris G Gold Member usa

Author: Chris G Gold Member usa  
Total 49 posts - Started on 2013-05-24

bottom of block

Last Post Time: 2015-05-27 08:30:55
Posted on: The MG Experience

Now that the transmission checks out, it was time to dig into the engine. This is the part I have been waiting for as it is so much more fun than sanding! The engine has always looked like it had been rebuilt at some point recently. Since it was a stalled father/son project I figured it had been gone through before they had to sell it due to an unexpected move to California. The problem was that I didn’t know the quality of the work or parts that may have been used. While I had managed to get it started before I took the car apart, I have come across several things that I would have done differently so I decided to rebuild the engine regardless. After lots and lots of photos, I started into the disassembly process. This takes so much time because not only are you cleaning things as you go, you are measuring, labeling, bagging as you go as well. I did a leak down test on the cylinders and found pretty poor results. I assumed it was because of stuck rings from the engine sitting so long and after getting the head off and pistons out, that suspicion was confirmed. Overall though, things looked really good inside. The rod bearings are barely worn, the cylinders are smooth and the pistons only have minimal carbonization. Some of the valves are a bit toasty but nothing is too far gone. The machine shop says the crankshaft measures out good and round and the cylinder bores are in great shape as well. Maybe this car really does only have the 36k miles that the odometer...

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George Heissenberger Silver Member usa

Author: George Heissenberger Silver Member usa  
Total 334 posts - Started on 2006-04-05


Last Post Time: 2015-05-24 17:15:47
Posted on: The MG Experience

Today besides garden chores and planting, I found time to pull off the hardtop. Easy two minute job after finding a place to store it in the garage! Then I took the B for a spin around the block!

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Gary Brown Gold Member usa

Author: Gary Brown Gold Member usa  
Total 209 posts - Started on 2008-12-28

Caravan to Summit Point

Last Post Time: 2015-05-20 09:59:49
Posted on: The MG Experience

The wife and I attended CBA XXXV this past week. Spent a few days enjoying the company of fellow MGC enthusiasts. Had a great time. Met a lot of great people and made several new friends, all of whom share the joys of MGC ownership.

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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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Steve Lyle Gold Member usa

Author: Steve Lyle Gold Member usa  
Total 79 posts - Started on 2008-03-23

The one that works

Last Post Time: 2015-05-03 15:10:23
Posted on: The MG Experience

When I disassembled the car, the door mirrors were in such a sorry state I just tossed them. Probably a mistake. My advice at this point - keep everything, even if you think it's junk. So in one of my part buying binges, I looked up the style of the door mirrors for a '72, and ordered 2, one right, one left. One of the last things I did before hitting the road for French Lick was to install the driver's side door mirror. I had foggy memories of reading posts about problems with the current model of the '72 mirror style - and those memories became clear when I tried using it. It could not be oriented to give a clear view of the area you're supposed to view with a door mirror. Yeah, if you moved your head into an awkward position, you could see where you needed to, but basically, it was useless. It just could not be adjusted to scan "out" far enough. So I didn't bother installing the passenger side mirror, and drove last year without a functioning door mirror. It looked ok, and if a door mirror is required by law (and I have no idea if it is or not), I had one. The lack of usefulness generally wasn't a problem, since I tend to swivel my head for a clear look when merging left anyway. But still, a mirror would be nice... The options seemed to be: find an original, or NOS mirror. Or try the mirror that was used from '74 on. I went with the latter approach. I ordered a repro mirror from VB (the original "Tex" mirrors are available from Moss at about twic...

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Joan Trejo usa

Author: Joan Trejo usa  
Total 78 posts - Started on 2010-03-31

Last Post Time: 2015-05-02 23:10:26
Posted on: The MG Experience

The last several days working on the two cars has been a lot of fun. Por-15 the trunk pan on Godzilla, took me three days total . The paint and rust removal happened during the winter and the degreasing and metal ready treatment took place on Wednesday. While waiting between coats of the black stuff I did little projects on Agatha , the lift-a-dot post are now on the car along with the two chrome top retainers . Hopefully I will get the gas tank back on Godzilla tomorrow.

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Steve Sargent usa

Author: Steve Sargent usa  
Total 92 posts - Started on 2010-06-05

100 2977

Last Post Time: 2015-04-13 08:40:39
Posted on: The MG Experience

I struggled with the E-brake cable routing for a weekend and wasn't happy with any of my solutions. My son figured it out in 5 minutes. Sometimes you get too close to a problem and can't see the answer. I made new cable mounts for the calipers to increase clearance and then had to inset the handle in the drivetrain tunnel so the seat would clear. It's ugly but functional.

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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 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

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:* 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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