Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline October 2015
Member Car Project

Restoration Project
Jim Compton

One thing leads to anotherĒ is the title of the hit track from the Fixxís 1983 album ďReach the BeachĒ. That tune has been pounding through my brain a lot lately. You see I started an innocent little project on my MG.

I wanted to stop leaking oil like the Exxon Valdez. So I pulled off the carbs, intake and exhaust manifolds to get to the tappet covers. As expected the gaskets were perished. Well I might as well change the hoses and fan belt while Iím doing all of this work. ďOne thing leads to anotherĒ. So I get the covers cleaned up and of course I decide to beautify these covers and manifolds since Iíve got them off. Looking closely, I find my carb heat shield has 2 cracks. When my friend and I try to weld up these cracks we succeed in burning holes in the heat shield. Iíve been told the road to hell is paved with good intentions and it seems Iíve bought an express ticket. Fortunately, a more experienced welder was able to patch it up for me.

So, Iím ready to re-install my newly refurbished heat shield, Painted tappet covers and manifolds when I notice the motor mount plate is contacting the block. ďAmazing what you find when you clean yearsí worth of oil and grime from your engine. So now Iíve got to replace the motor mounts. No sense in just doing the driverís side as Iíll be back to do the other in no time. Might as well do the transmission mounts at the same time. I order up those parts and begin to research the process of changing the motor mounts. For those that havenít yet experienced this joy, the motor mounts have a nut on the backside. On the driverís side the shaft from the rack and pinion steering passes behind the motor mount on rubber bumper cars like mine. This means to get to this nut you have to remove the steering rack. Well I needed new gators and tie rod ends anyways. ďOne thing leads to anotherĒ. I get the rack loose and begin pulling it out and along comes the lower shaft of the steering column. Well, that doesnít look good.

Nowhere, have I read that the steering column shaft should come loose. In fact Iím pretty sure the steering column should remain as a single unit unless youíre in a really bad accident and the column collapses as it is designed to. More research and if find this is a fairly common failure. To fix it you have to remove the steering wheel, another LBC fun job. The procedure is available from the MG Experience (www.mgexp.com). Which if you donít know is a great resource for hints and opinions about everything MG. Well I got the steering column out. Not too bad of a job.


On to my next task I put a jack under the transmission to take the weight and dropped the transmission cross member. The transmission mounts had turned to jelly. Really sticky and gooey. I took me less than an

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