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Paul Cummings
Olean, NY, USA   usa

The engine in my 79B is red (after I cleaned all the grundge off). Is this the factory color with a british green body color? I would like to keep it close to the correct color or maybe then I just may spray it black.

paul

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James Woolf
NC, USA   usa
1964 MG MGB

Factory color was black for a 79, no matter what color the exterior was.

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Carl W. French
alfred, Maine, USA   usa

The car may have either an earlier engine or a previous owner may have resprayed it in either MGB Maroon or TD red or anything else he had laying around that day. Blakc would be correct BUT there is something about the red/maroon color that increases it's vintageness? or Britishness?

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Jim Barker
Northeast, IL, USA   usa
1970 MG MGB GT "The Bearcar"

I agree, the Maroon or the Green engines somehow exude a classic, more vintage appearance than the black, but it really all depends upon what style you prefer to display.

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Paul McLaren
Lower Mainland BC, Canada   can
1968 MG MGB
1970 MG MGB "Miss Lou"
1970 MG MGB "Dolly"


Does it have the engine number on it? It is probably a High Compession.

In I think Nov. of 71 the colour was changed to black.



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Larry Adams
Atlanta, GA, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB GT "Jose The GT"
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PRC79MGB Wrote:
Quote: The engine in my 79B is red (after I cleaned all the grundge off). Is this the factory color with a british green body color? I would like to keep it close to the correct color or maybe then I just may spray it black.
paul

Well... that's just wrong.
Or maybe you have an 18GG or earlier motor. But body color doesn't matter.
Then again the motor on my '69 18GD motor, in what was originally a racing green body, is also bright red, with mg maroon valve cover and air filter covers, so maybe I am totally and completely mistaken, and perhaps this is a complementary colour combo devised by Morris Garage to keep us confused but happy?

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Terry Ingoldsby
Calgary, Alberta, Canada   can
1971 MG MGB

It was red up to the 18GK engine, black after that (18V). The exception were the Gold Seal engines supplied as factory warranty engines. I believe they were gold. I got a gold seal transmission and it was sprayed gold.



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Paul Jennings
Locust Grove, ok, USA   usa

PRC79MGB Wrote:
Quote: The engine in my 79B is red (after I cleaned all the grundge off). Is this the factory color with a british green body color? I would like to keep it close to the correct color or maybe then I just may spray it black.
paul


It depends whether you want to restore it as factory original or just anything that suits your taste. The original color is BLACK! ALL 18V engines were black. All previous MGB engines were red / maroon, depending on the year. A red engine in a 79, is like putting your shoes on the wrong feet, it just doesn't fit. Of course you can do anything to the engine compartment you like, as this fellow did by installing a V12 in his. I don't think it would do well in a concourse judging though.









Paul Cummings
Olean, NY, USA   usa

Well thanks for all the replies. One side of the block has stamped pretty large 1800 cc while the other side has these #'s.
D24L8
12H3503
J5091
WYF

I don't have a clue as to what these all mean. So if anyone else can tell me that would be great. BTW, the oil pan is black but the block is maroon. It would be nice to know the exact engine cause I need to order a bunch of gaskets and other parts. Thank you

paul

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Derek Nicholson
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada   can
1961 MG MGA

I'm sure that the people at MG didn't give a second thought to what colour the engine was. It's only relatively recently that they've started using stylists under the bonnet. By all means, paint it any colour you want, if it matters to you. Healey green, pink for your wife or colour co-ordinated with your favorite beer (Strawberry Wheat). My preference for my '73 is the original black (also correct for your your car) with polished (very occasionally) alloy bits. But I'm not out to WOW Martha Stewart while trying to get votes at a car show. I just want presentable and (occasionally) clean so I can work on the car without getting too dirty.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2007-07-04 08:00 AM by Derek up North.

Paul Cummings
Olean, NY, USA   usa

Ok but what about the year of the engine? It doesn't appear to be an 18V engine.

I have decided on basic black for engine color, nothing fancy just clean.

paul

Paul Cummings
Olean, NY, USA   usa

Well I guess I was wrong. I found the tag, it reads 18V890AEL008609. What do all these #'s mean?

paul

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Derek Gale
Victoria bc, Canada   can
1970 MG MGB

copied this from the library section . Might help



MGB 'B' Series Engines.




Prefix Main Bearings Model Market Date if known




18G Three Mk1, GHN3/D3 All Oct 1962/64

18GA ,, Mk1, GHN3/D3 ,, April 1964/Oct 64

18GB Five Mk1, GHN3/D3 ,, Oct 1964/67

18GD ,, Mk2, GHN4/D4 UK/Europe Oct 1967/69

18GF ,, Mk2, GHN4/D4 USA Oct 1967/69

18GG ,, Mk2, GHN5/D5 UK/Europe Oct 1969/71

18GH ,, Mk2, GHN5/D5 Europe Oct 1969/70

18GJ ,, Mk2, GHN5/D5 USA Oct 1969/70

18GK ,, Mk2, GHN5/D5 USA Oct 1970/71

18V ,, Mk3, GHN5/D5 *** Oct 1971 onwards.




***18V was followed by a code which indicates such things as exhaust emission control, evaporative loss control, etc, for the USA market; overdrive, carburetter crankcase ventilation, etc for the UK and Europe markets. If there is a 'Y' in the prefix, it is a Europe spec engine; if a 'F' a UK spec engine; if a 'Z' a North American spec engine, and if an 'AE' ( after 1975) this indicates a catalytic converter, Californian spec engine. You need to see the workshop manual, as it gets very complex. Luckily, the UK spec hardly changed from the 18GG, through the black painted 18V, to the end. 18V engines have casting number 12H3503 on the block.




MGB Cylinder Heads.( UK Specifications only.)




1962 to 1970 part number 12H1326, 18G, 18GA,18GB,18GD, 18GG.

all with double valve springs, and inlet valve 1.562" dia.

1970 to 1975 part number 12H2708, 18V 581, 582, 584, 779, 780.

all with single valve springs, and inlet valve 1.625" dia.

Oct 1975 on part number 12H4735, 18V 846, 847, all with single

valve springs, 1.562" inlet valve, and offset oil feed hole to the rocker's.




Note that the BL 1800, from 1968 to 1975, used a 1.625" dia inlet valve, and that its equivalent 18H ( to the MGB/Marina 18V,) used double valve springs, and is identical to that used on the MGB 1971 to 1974. The 12H1326 heads are prone to cracking between ports, inspect carefully. The small inlet valve was re-introduced in 1975 to make the engine comply with EEC 15 Exhaust Emission Regulations.


Paul Cummings
Olean, NY, USA   usa

The block does have the 12H3503 so at least I can presume it is an 18V engine but there is no way of telling the year? Thanx

paul

Joe Mac
USA   usa

I want to paint my '69 MGB GT engine block in the original color. Does anyone have the correct color name and/or paint code number? Also, can you recommend an online dealer for this item?
Thanks, Joe

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