[Mgs] Got the car out yesterday - today was bad.

Paul Root ptroot at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 10:35:22 MDT 2016

I just went on the archives, and saw that there were four replies. I didn't
get one. Joy, now I have to figure out why/how gmail is blocking.

So a few questions to follow up.

The pilot bushing is the bushing that goes into the hole on the end of the
crack shaft right? So Charles, your method is forcing the grease you are
using between the wall of the hole in the crankshaft and the bushing, thus
bringing it loose? Is that about it?

Also, I see in Moss, for 5 main engines (mine is a 18V, car is 1977) there
are 2 bushings, they call "bushing spigot". One is 1" long, the other 1
1/2". How do I know which one I need?

Also, I'm guessing the rear crank oil seal should be replaced? What's
involved there? I guess I should pull out Bentley.

New lock plate and bolts.

New clutch set.

I'm going to call Quality Coaches (Minneapolis) later today and see what
they have flywheel/ring wise.

I have this ambition to make this a 1 weekend job. I'm dreaming. Last time
(13-14 years ago when I bought the car with a bad clutch) it was a month or

I got the new starter from O'Reilly, they warranted it even though it was
my fault. That was sure nice.


On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM, Paul Root <ptroot at gmail.com> wrote:

> My son and I got the MG out yesterday, after charging the battery for a
> day and a half. It got it started and home. But I was planning on replacing
> the battery, it wouldn’t hold a charge at the end of the season last year.
> Afterward, he and my wife went out shopping, he needed somethings before
> going back to college today. Anyway, they both thought the car sounded
> funny starting for the return trip. So they decided not to take the
> freeway. Probably smart.
> Half way, it stalled on them and wouldn’t restart. He punched it across
> the 4 lane road and up a little incline to a parking lot, and the called
> me. I came to the rescue, such as it was. Battery pretty much dead, we bump
> started it and got it home. Charged the battery over night, and this
> morning, tried starting it. The starter spun but did not engage, great.   I
> pulled the battery and went and got a new one. I had a group 26R in it, but
> decided to get the ‘proper’ group 24. I think that was a mistake. It fits,
> but with no room for error. And I had an error, my mounting bracket for the
> battery had threaded rods that were just too short for the group 24. Back
> to the store for longer rods.
> While there, I talked with the guy behind the counter, we both said it
> sounded like the solenoid not engaging, so after finally getting the
> battery secured, I pulled the starter, and back to the store again.
> It tested fine.  Then the guy noticed the teeth were chewed up.
> I think the funny sound was the starter was still spinning and bouncing
> off the flywheel gear ring.
> I tried looking down in the starter hole, and it sure looks like the teeth
> are angled all the way around. I bumped the engine around.
> So my options are replacing the ring gear and replacing the fly wheel. A
> machine shop can replace ring gears right?
> I’m in the twin cities, so is that something Qualtity Coaches does,  or do
> they just send it to a machine shop?
> I guess I’m pulling the engine.   Let the engine alone/engine and
> transmission debate begin!
> Paul.
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