MG Engine Pics pt2 Sunday 03 January, 2010

Big thanks to Carmen for coming out in the freezing cold and photographing my engine assembly process.  The whole process went smoothly and most of the engine is together.  Time to walk through the night. The secret to MG engine longevity is the Gasket Works Copper Head Gasket.  These type of gaskets do not crush […]

Engine Block 1

Head on Engine

Big thanks to Carmen for coming out in the freezing cold and photographing my engine assembly process.  The whole process went smoothly and most of the engine is together.  Time to walk through the night.

Engine Block 2

Copper Head Gasket

The secret to MG engine longevity is the Gasket Works Copper Head Gasket.  These type of gaskets do not crush so need another way to fill in the gaps normally filled by a stock type gasket.  For this I used Copper Gasket Spray, available at your local autozone.  The head studs are new replacements by ARP, able to handle more pressure then the stock units.  There are still several accessories missing from the block, but can easily be installed after the engine is in the car.

Jason and Engine 2

Installing the head

The head itself is cast iron, so obviously it is no light weight.  I didn’t weigh it before installation, but I can see the benefit of a aluminum replacement.  Another surprise to me was the lack of set pins in the head to the block.  I’m certain it’ll work, however next time its off ill have to make a set pin for it.

Engine Block 3

Valve Train

A good artsy photo of the installed head and valve train.  Haven’t done the valve clearance adjustment yet, but will have it done soon.

Jason and Engine 3

Tightening Head Nuts

Me tightening down the nuts.  pre water pump and thermostat housing installed.

Jason and Engine 4

Checking the Head

A final check and on to the next step.  Installing the water pump, thermostat and timing chain cover.

Engine Block 4

Assembled

Shot of the engine with the valve cover in place.  Not to worry, it will be polished by the time its installed perminatly, I was just sick of ripping layer after layer of paint off.  Time for the soda blaster.  Also shown is the double chain timing chain, used in later year B engines.

Jason and Engine 5

Installing Water Pump

Installing the water pump and timing chain cover was an easy task.  New gaskets and silicone all around.  Hopefully there are no leaks.

Jason and Engine

Final Product

Project almost complete.  Good amount of work for the time being.  More updates to follow soon.

Front End

Engine Goes Here

Engine compartment nearly ready for the engine.  Still need to paint a few things before the install and run a few brake lines.  Nothing too relevant to this post, but I just really like this shot.

Jason what is that

WTF Clown Paint?!?

The previous owners must have thought MG Bs were only owned by people going to the circus.  Needless to say nothing in this scheme will be used on my final product.

ARP
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