Another great week of progress both at work and on the MGB. I was reading up on some interesting details I found on earlymgb.com
I learned that early MGB's exported to Canada were given a BMC grill rosette!
Upon seeing the pic I remembered that I actually have one that my Dad gave to me when I was a little kid. I've had it in a drawer my whole life and not realized that it actually probably came from an MGB grill! (our daily family car in the early 80's was a Mk1 MGB-GT - maybe from that?)
I've never been a big fan of filling up a grill with emblem's etc, but this one I might just have to ad - for authenticity sake! ;)
Speaking of authenticity, I am very pleased to say that I solved my carpet issue! I have searched the planet for a source for the correct type of loop pile molded carpet that was found in these early MGB's and unfortunately no one makes the right stuff.
My original carpet was actually in beautiful shape! totally reusable except for the main tunnel section that had a big glaring section in the middle where the carpet has worn through from peoples elbows.
I was going to have to settle on an expensive new carpet set that was at least molded, but in cut pile with rows only sort of like the original.
Then one night last week I was surfing e-bay and I found it; - a new/old stock section of red carpet still in its original BMC box, the tunnel section only!
Best part is I got it for only about $80 CAD - problem solved! I still can't believe I found this, sitting on a shelf in England for 50yrs just waiting to complete my beautiful original carpet set! A bit of steam will help relieve the creases and get it looking right again.
I also put together a few sub assemblies in the evenings that I'd already restored all the components for like, the Radiator and rad shroud assembly and the engine mounts...
On Saturday I picked up a few odds and ends from Craig at Hunter Classic in the morning and then proceeded to work on adding some details to my freshly painted engine..
I also unbolted the gearbox so that I can hand that off to be properly serviced/inspected by a professional.
I wanted to get a look inside at the clutch because there seemed to be some oil dripping from that area which could be from a leaky rear seal.
As it turned out there was evidence of oil being sprayed around the inner bell housing but not enough to cause any slipping of the clutch.
These early 3 main bearing engines have a reverse scroll rear seal instead of the rubber seals used on later cars. How do I stop oil leaking from the scroll seal? anyone have any suggestions? Is a bit of oil leaking unavoidable?
Until next time -
Classic auto enthusiast, upholsterer, coach trimmer, and fine scale modeler.