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So obviously the license plate lights weren't working as there was no ground, what with the small rubber strips where the over riders meet the bumper. So I did what I thought was the most simple fix and that was to run a ground wire from a bolt holding the light bracket to a ground in the trunk. Success. Next I tackled the non working reverse. After replacing the bulb and checking the wiring it still didn't work so I replaced the entire housing with one from my B and the light worked. My washer pump had stopped working some time ago. So I checked the wires again and there was power going...



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Sealed the drain better than it was we ll see if
I got some time today to work the MGB. The tank had a small leak around the drain, so I drained the fuel out and cleaned up the flange, put in a new sealing washer and added some gas resistant sealer for good measure. I added a gallon of fuel back in and will see if it holds. I dropped the dust shields in some Evaporust and swapped the hub that had been soaking with the other one. I took off the tierods on both sides and fitted new boots on the steering rack. I used some white paint on the threads so I could get the tierods screwed back in the original location, hopefully I the ali...



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Five weeks ago, I selected a cyclecar for inspiration, roughed out a design direction in my head, pulled the motorcycle parts out of the corners of my house, and climbed into a couple of metal recycling bins. I've been very lucky with what I've kept and moved around over the last couple of decades and have been surprised by their alignment with this project. This fortuitous situation has allowed me to dream, design, and build with absolute reckless abandon. This week however was spent crunching some numbers. The Honda CB160 engine parts I'm using, when put together, may produce 16 hp @ 10,000 ...



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It begins this my 73 with a bit more rust than I thought




 



The new drain hole drilled and tapped by the frie
Taken apart, cleaned, painted, and reassembled. Let's hope it works alright—these units are notoriously temperamental, as you all know.




 



frame after2
Well i never said this was going to happen quickly..... Last update was about 2 years ago, and not much has happened since then. I decided to get a bit more serious about this and at least start working on the bits that dont need panel work. As far as i see it, we have to assemble the rear brakes, paint and fit the engine side valance panel things, fit the radiator, fit the engine gearbox and driveshaft. I had some issues last time with the brake adjusters being basically frozen solid, but a year or so of being soaked in a combo of WD40 and diesel has freed them up well. So the "...




 



Onward.... Bled the brakes successfully today and changed the idle speed on both SU carbs to idle at 750RPM. Checked the airflow with the unisyn which was new and kind of fun. Clutch is another issue and I need a new slave cylinder. The nipple just won't seal and leaks everywhere, so perhaps I overtightened it at some point. There is now a small list of things to do. Bleed clutch (awaiting slave cylinder) Lean / Richmixture jets on the carbs (Awaiting temperature gauge to be reconditioned) Install door trim Install seatbelts Install drivers seat. Get on the road!




 



Installed the drilled and slotted rotors from the 71 GT onto the 67 GT. Went pretty smooth. Had the Mowog rotors when I got it. Brand new but surface rust from sitting for the last 27 years. Replaced one of the hatchback supports. Nice to have it stay open. Tried to enlarge holes for the holddowns for the wood floor but it fell on my arm so will be couple weeks until that heals up. Put the tow hooks on the rear of the roadster so I can get it taken to the alignment shop. Tied the hood down as still can't get it to latch. Removed grille to try to straighten to fit better. Did not make m...




 



Firstly I have been tackling my new wiring harness which had me greatly confused with all the loose ends. So taking advice from others on this Forum I laid the old harness next to the new one to find points of recognition. Using the firewall grommit as a center point I was able to orientate both harnesses and elect to start from the far forward point which is the LH headlights. As I had just installed a headlight relay in my GT I was familiar with the wiring at this point. Using a good wiring diagram I was able to compare the two harnesses and transfer connectors and clips off the old on...




 



One split anchor plate one non starting BGT
Sure: it took a few months, but thanks to the generosity of the MG Experience forum members, I was able to remove the starter motor, dismantle it, replace the broken "anchor plate", reassemble the starter motor, get it back in the car, and have it all working again with a minimum of foul language. It's a miracle! This being my first MG repair (we'd had excellent mechanics back in Vancouver and Victoria), I thought I'd record some observations to hopefully help others facing a similar project. Keep in mind that this the perspective of someone who has only ever worked on American iron of the ...




 



So I got myself a hobby! As it's a rubber bumper model 1975 convertible I for some reason want to change it. Looked at Chrome bumper conversion but not financially viable for me. Fortunately I discovered RPS-Ltd. Gary has a history in Kit Cars and has designed GRP front and back ends which need no cutting chopping or welding! And it's about a third of the price of the cbb conversion. As soon as I find out if and how I can upload pics I will.




 



http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,1958070 Fun with plating (DIY zinc plating) http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,1984665,1984763#msg-1984763 Face vents (DIY chrome trim around vents) http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,2064241 seatbelt receiver wrap http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,2086950,2086950#msg-2086950 Cheap DIY valve spring compressor http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,2135295,2136059#msg-2136059 headlight relays http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,2163691 ported vac for HIF carbs http://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?1,2183731,2183811#msg-2...




 



Always fancied driving a Magnette. I remember attending many stock car meetings during the 1970s, 20 or so Magnettes hurtling around the oval circuit. I liked the look of the cars even then! (I was nine) I said to myself that I was going to own one of these one day. A proper Magnette, NOT a stock car. The years slipped by, as they do. I saw a ZA parked up at a garden centre 3 years ago and immediately started admiring it ! "I wonder if you can still get these ? Now was the time to find out ! I had this idea that I would simply hire one and see if they were any good to drive....




 



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Well it has been a while since I updated this journal in any way. I was concerned about the MPG the car was getting, usually under 20. I set about tuning and got the carbs by ear and borrowed a uni sync, set the valves and the points. I changed the points after a while as they had worn unevenly and set the timing. The MPG was on the improve but not where I wanted it to be. I put the car on a rolling road with a O2 sensor on the exhaust and the trusted old school mechanic set the tuning just a little better. I wasn't much out he told me. The mileage was better but I was getting so...




 



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An interesting (I use that term lightly) difference in 68MGB's is the placement of the timing marks. They are underneath the balancer. I was not aware of this, but I took pictures (see Below) of how the rotor- timing marks, and plug wires were positioned so I had a reference point. Since the engine had not started, I was not sure if it was timed as it should be. Thanks to John Dailey's post I decided to try starting the engine the way it was timed when I purchased it. WALLAH. BIG WIPP. WOW. And so on. You all know how that nice, throaty, rumble hits you. 6 weeks of gentle coaxing and I think I...




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