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Rock Island, IL, USA

Total Posts: 14 Latest Post: 2018-04-15
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Engine Painting

Rich V   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Sunday April 15, 2018 1:39 PM


I traced the exhaust intake gasket for the masking

I traced the exhaust/intake gasket for the masking shape

I taped washers to get the spark plug covers

I taped washers to get the spark plug covers.

I wanted to ensure all surfaces were protected

I wanted to ensure all surfaces were protected.

Block is cleaned and covers reinstalled

Block is cleaned and covers reinstalled.

I masked every mating surface tracing washers on

I masked every mating surface, tracing washers on the masking tape to cut them out.

The Rustoleum paint coated quickly

The Rustoleum paint coated quickly.

Test assembly to evaluate the combo

Test assembly to evaluate the combo.

Test assembly to evaluate the combo

Test assembly to evaluate the combo.




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Carburator Cleaning

Rich V   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Sunday March 4, 2018 2:34 AM


just terrible

just terrible

even worse

even worse

one done amazing comparison

one done, amazing comparison.

before vs after

before vs after

float moves freely on the clean one

float moves freely on the clean one

surprisingly easy process for my first time

surprisingly easy process for my first time.

clean

clean

all parts cleaned

all parts cleaned.




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2018-03-04 22:12:24 # 48850
Rich what did you use to clean the carbs?Joe
2018-03-05 19:08:34 # 48880
Comment by Rich V
Joe, I used a combination of carb cleaner, brake clean, and Zep 505. For tools, a brass brush, a jewelers screwdriver (to scratch off the hard bits and hard to reach bits), and some q-tips. I started by soaking the parts in a mixture of Zep 505 and water to soften them, then hit it up with the wire brush. Once the major grime was gone, I started using carb cleaner and a different brush. Lastly, brake clean was used to finish off and an air hose cleaned the part crevices. Q-tips reached in the cavities and tubes.
2018-03-06 19:10:35 # 48897
thanx for the reply Rich, interesting concoction you have goin there seems to work, I think I will give it a try on my carbs. Joe
2018-03-06 23:10:42 # 48905
Comment by Rich V
I cleaned both in an evening, so it went surprisingly quick despite seeming tedious.

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Head Preparations

Rich V   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Sunday March 4, 2018 2:25 AM


cleaning head surface with an angle rotary tool an

cleaning head surface with an angle rotary tool and scotchbrite pads

head surface cleaned and ready

head surface cleaned and ready.

lifters and pushrods cleaned one has pitting

lifters and pushrods cleaned, one has pitting.

intake and exhaust surfaces cleaned

intake and exhaust surfaces cleaned.

top surfaces cleaned

top surfaces cleaned.

block surfaces cleaned again

block surfaces cleaned again.

rolled it out for some sun

rolled it out for some sun.




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Motor Assembly

Rich V   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Sunday February 25, 2018 9:21 PM


Crank cleaned up and looked good No wear or nicks

Crank cleaned up and looked good. No wear or nicks.

Main bearing clearance was 0 002

Main bearing clearance was 0.002"

Pistons cleaned up and new rings offset to minimi

Pistons cleaned up and new rings, offset to minimize blow-by.

Piston bearing clearance was 0 0015

Piston bearing clearance was 0.0015"

Crank is in and spins well

Crank is in and spins well.

Timing chain on a new tensioner was installed bec

Timing chain on, a new tensioner was installed because chain guide was worn.

Oil pan cleaned up well

Oil pan cleaned up well.

Rear plate installed new main seal and gaskets

Rear plate installed, new main seal and gaskets.




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Rated 8 out of 10 based on 1 ratings
2018-02-26 16:42:09 # 48755
Comment by Chuck Peterson
Rating: 8/10
Hi Rich. Nice job! I picked up an early 948cc that was supposed to be rebuilt. After taking the head off I was appalled to see carbon bbs sitting on the top of the pistons and carbon all over. The lower main bearings are not original. According to the date stamp they were changed out a couple years back and look good. I'd say the engine may have been refreshed not rebuilt. I plan on going through it and doing a complete rebuild. I noticed your pics showing the plastic gage. I'm not familiar with that. How is it used? And why? Thanks, Chuck. My e-mail is cfpindaup@chartermi.net.
2018-02-26 19:32:50 # 48760
Comment by Rich V
Thanks, Chuck. I sent an email but I can summarize here. Plastigauge is smashed between the crankshaft and bearings. This allows for a measurement of the gap.

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Engine Rebuild

Rich V   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Saturday February 17, 2018 9:10 PM


Before vs after piston cleaning

Before vs after piston cleaning.

After cleaning pistons and all caps

After cleaning pistons and all caps.

Crank looked good and measured in spec Needs clea

Crank looked good and measured in spec. Needs cleaning.

Cylinder walls before honing

Cylinder walls before honing.

Honing the cylinders

Honing the cylinders.

Cylinders honed Didn t run a ridge reamer but bet

Cylinders honed. Didn't run a ridge-reamer but better than it was.

Surfaces cleaned

Surfaces cleaned.




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2018-02-18 12:59:58 # 48590
Comment by Kurt B
How long did it take you to get this far?
2018-02-23 23:37:42 # 48690
Comment by Rich V
Kurt, I inherited and started looking into why the car wouldn't run last April. I spent last summer investigating the condition. The head was pulled in May. I worked on the dash and interior cosmetics in June-August. The engine was pulled in October. I'm pretty busy and getting time in as I can.

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The Engine Bay

Rich V   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Saturday January 6, 2018 12:49 PM


I initially cleaned one fender and realized just h

I initially cleaned one fender and realized just how bad the engine bay was.

Leaking brake fluid ate paint inside and out and p

Leaking brake fluid ate paint inside and out and prompted interior removal.

More cleaning and sanding rusted areas

More cleaning and sanding rusted areas.

More cleaning and washing

More cleaning and washing.




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