A British Car That Doesn’t Leak?

Mike – Please share this with John and Forest.  I finished putting my TD back together yesterday and it started on the first rotation after I built up oil pressure and installed the spark plugs,  Today I tuned it and it runs better than it ever has in the seven years I’ve owned it.  Somethings is wrong, though – it doesn’t leak!  I was careful putting it together, but it isn’t even dripping at the rear main bearing.  Wow!  You guys are good.  The roller lifter cam makes a difference.  It is too early to do anything but a careful break-in, but I sense I have far more horsepower than I used to and the engine is smooth.  I also found the problem of my persistent miss from last year because it came back this year.  One of the carburetor clamps on the cross rod was loose so only one carburetor, the rear, was actually doing anything but idling.  That’ll mess up even the best mixture adjustment.  Here are two pictures – one of my installing the engine and gearbox, and the finished car.  My self-rebuilt gearbox needs some breaking in.  The howl in first gear is gone and it shifts into third better than ever.  Second gear, however, seems tight but in ten miles it has already loosened up a little.  With some use it should be fine.  Next week I take it back to the body shop to touch up the few scratches I inflicted putting it together, and then it will be buffed out, which was never done.  Huzzah, and thank you guys for your hep. – Ray Costa

Miami Fan Club

Hi John!  Photos of my GT during and after motor/ OD rebuild.  I made some stress-inducing mistakes trying to get it all perfect, and well – meaning fellow B owners didn’t help in that, but it finally worked out.
8.8 County pistons in a .020 bore
3 angle valve job with 8 new stainless valves and Teflon umbrella seals
head and block skimmed .002 (they were flat already, and crank was in perfect cond.)
Vandervell main and rod brgs
head and manifold port-matched
rods shot-peened & balanced
Delta D9 cam and hardened tappets, and 2-degree offset cam key for proper timing
flywheel lightened a few lbs
new alloy oil pan
At 1800 miles in 2 months it’s running ferociously well, and I just remembered it’s 4 yrs TODAY it came into my life.  I’ll stay in touch, best regards!

Cruise Control

When we arrived to work Monday morning there was an MGB in the parking lot that we had seen before…  “Gee,” John says, “That looks like the guys from Germany’s car…”  It was.  It turns out that it arrived on a tow truck.  It also turns out that MGB’s are happier when there is oil in the sump!  Yeah, they ran it dry.  John says, “We’ll pull the motor, send the guys (owners) to Engel Imports to pick up the parts, we’ll rebuild the engine, and we’ll have them on the road today!”    Three days later, a cracked cylinder head later, a plugged radiator later, an annoying leaking heater valve later, they’re off to tour the USA!  You can track their progress on their Facebook Page.

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April Showers Bring MG’s

The snow is gone, and LBC’s are awaking from their winter’s hibernation.  Our shop is FULL at the moment, and we are working off a waiting list once again.  If you have projects in mind for your MG, be sure to give Mike a call so he can get you on our list.  Happy Spring!

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