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  Chicagoland MG Club:Driveline
MGB Resurection Day
Aug 10, 2003 - Niles, IL

Chalk up another successful tech day with several club members assisting Bob Brownlow with the resurrection of a 1966 MGB that had been in storage since 1974. A generous amount of hydraulic and body work had been finished in advance, so the order of the day was to get this car running and back on the road. (Also see cover photo).
MGB running after 29 years dormant
We did some diagnostic testing, ignition and compression tests, timing and fuel checks, and had to repair leaky float valves and one bad spark plug wire (on two different distributor caps). After oiling up the cylinders we finally got it fired up and proceeded to fog the garage and half the neighborhood for a few minutes until the excess oil burned off. Compression numbers looked pretty bad at first, but came back strong after a few minutes of running time. We needed to reassemble the rear brakes, bleed the hydraulics, get the wheels on and get the car off the jack stands. Then with one final hurrah the old ghost was running laps around the block after not having moved under its own power for 29 years. And the overdrive works too! Score one for the good guys.

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