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  Chicagoland MG Club:Driveline

Garage “Tex” Session(s)

MG Engine - complete teardown and rebuild.

September 2, 2000 - Naperville, IL
Serious activity starts at 9:00 am

The August 12 tech session was a big success with about a dozen members in attendance. One 1600 engine which was torn apart for inspection was in generally excellent condition, so the bearing caps were reassembled and the pistons were left in the block. The camshaft unfortunately had one slightly worn lobe, so it will be replaced along with a new set of tappets, timing chain and tensioner. The cylinder head had valve seat inserts, and the valves appear to be in good condition at first glance, although the valve gear was not disassembled at this time. Some time was spent in close study of the oil pump.

At the last minute there was a slight change of plans, and for the second engine, already set for reassembly, it was decided to install an early MGB 18 head that had been shaved, as well as a medium lift upgade street cam. The rest of the tech session was then occupied with grinding eyebrow reliefs in the top of the block.

We expect now to be reassembling both of these engines at the September 2 tech session. One engine will require fitting of overthickness thrust washers to adjust the end float of the crankshaft, and special attention to the camshaft timing. With two engines to play with there will be plenty of learning opportunities, so come prepared to tinker if you want the best learning experience.

Directions to the garage:
Take I-88 to Naperville-Wheaton Road exit, which is west of IL-53 but east of IL-59. At the end of the exit ramp (ending on north side of tollway heading east), turn right (south) and proceed under the tollway bridge. Turn left (east) at the first traffic light (Diehl Road) on the south side of the tollway, and proceed two blocks east to 25W151 Lacey Avenue.

Alternately, you can take Ogden Avenue (US-34) to Naper Boulevard and go north about 1/2 mile to the Diehl Road traffic light and turn right.
Phone number there is (630) 505-0866.

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