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dogeddie Silver Member Andy L
Kaukauna, WI, USA   USA
In reply to # 3886031 by dlrhine Andy, here's some good reading for you...

https://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?3,1674576

That looks like something better left for when I achieve "car guru" status grinning smiley

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dlrhine Dave Rhine
Columbia, SC, USA   USA
Andy

If not Guru, what would you rate your mechanical skills: beginner, intermediate or journeyman?
What prompts you to replace the pan gasket in the first place?
If not very careful & with limited abilities/experience, just replacing the pan gasket can sometimes cause problems.

A pic of me the last time I had the pan off, thankfully I had expert supervision winking smiley



If it ain't broke, I'll fix it until it is! winking smiley


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dogeddie Silver Member Andy L
Kaukauna, WI, USA   USA
In reply to # 3886598 by dlrhine Andy

If not Guru, what would you rate your mechanical skills: beginner, intermediate or journeyman?
What prompts you to replace the pan gasket in the first place?
If not very careful & with limited abilities/experience, just replacing the pan gasket can sometimes cause problems.

A pic of me the last time I had the pan off, thankfully I had expert supervision winking smiley

I have a persistent leak I want to take care of. I am a moderate mechanic - but most of my skill is with motorcycles. So far on the MG I've redone the guts of the passenger door, installed new wheel front bearings, replaced front suspension bushings, tie rods ends, sway bar links. Removed and reworked the steering wheel column. Bled brakes and slave cylinder(sucked). Bought the car with the head off and reassembled all that from books and this forum. Stuff like that.

My supervisor looks ALOT like yours!!



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dlrhine Dave Rhine
Columbia, SC, USA   USA
Meant to get right back to you, been busy the last few days & forgot...

You should be good to go then.
Just be careful not to over torque the front & rear pan bolts, they screw into aluminum blocks.

Good Luck, let us know how it turns out



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dogeddie Silver Member Andy L
Kaukauna, WI, USA   USA
Will do - thanks again

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MGB777 Tim Smith
Oregon, IL, USA   USA
1952 MG TD "The "Abbey"
1960 Triumph TR3A "Patch's"
1966 Triumph TR4A
1975 MG Midget 1500 "Little Bro"    & more
the oil pans aren't flat anymore either from all the ham fisted PO's. Have a tube of your favorite sealant handy ….. a little dab will do ya !

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jmac Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Jere McSparran
Greenup, IL, USA   USA
1971 MG Midget "Joy Ride"
1978 MG Midget "Therapy"
1978 MG Midget "(SOLD)"
Dave's advice is all good.
Something Tim said reminds me that occasionally I have found areas around the bolt holes of the pan to be raised from a PO over torquing the bolts. You may need to hammer those ridges flat or the new gasket won't seal. Just check to make sure the area is flat then don't over torque. Just turn the front and rear bolts down snug, they strip easily... also as Dave said.



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dogeddie Silver Member Andy L
Kaukauna, WI, USA   USA
Good advice - thanks, I will check that out. I got the new gasket, but it is very thin. I guess I was expecting cork or something. I have some Hondabond gasket sealer that I use on bike gaskets. Is there a preferred prep for these gaskets? It just seems like slightly heavier than paper.

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dlrhine Dave Rhine
Columbia, SC, USA   USA
Yep, the gasket I used was pretty thin too, but worked good.
I wouldn't use the Honda sealer, you need something more forgiving.
Motorcycle engine parts machining is MUCH more precise than the parts in our agricultural based MG engines.
You need a sealer that will fill in the imperfections.
I've had good success with Permatex products & used the red hi temp rtv on my pan gasket.
Don't run a thick bead, just put some on your finger & apply a light coat to both the pan & block surfaces, put the gasket on the pan then put it on & torque up the bolts.
It's been a few years (5?) since I did the job & still no leaks...

Good Luck thumbs up



If it ain't broke, I'll fix it until it is! winking smiley



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jmac Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Jere McSparran
Greenup, IL, USA   USA
1971 MG Midget "Joy Ride"
1978 MG Midget "Therapy"
1978 MG Midget "(SOLD)"
Dave X2



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dogeddie Silver Member Andy L
Kaukauna, WI, USA   USA
Thanks Dave!! thumbs up

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