>From: "Palmer, Lew (UCI)" <LEW@p01.uci.com>
>To: MGS <MGS@autox.team.net>
>Subject: Re: oil starvation
>Date: Fri, 01 Dec 95 08:20:00 PST
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>Reply-To: "Palmer, Lew (UCI)" <LEW@p01.uci.com>
>I side with Denise (and a few others) on this one.
>While driving (especially as high RPMs and around long curves) remember that
> all of the oil stays in the sump. It's only when it all drains back into
>the sump that the
> dipstick will register FULL. When the engine is running, the oil is
> throughout the engine, so if you are running less than at least the ADD
> the oil pickup tube may well not be below the level of the pick-up tube.
> Even if it is, going around a corner can slosh all of the remaining oil to
> Suddenly you're running dry. In my TD, I've noticed that the rocker box
> to fill with oil pretty quickly.
>Anything short of running on FULL can cause you to pretty quickly be sucking
>And I leave an oil spot as big as anyone's.
>Lew, my MGB uses a little oil around town but on a long trip recently I found
out that it lubricates the underside of the floor pan through the rear seal!
The loss of oil caused a real problem in the valve gear which started to make
expensive noises after some quick driving on twisty roads, I agree with you
if the oil gets low the intake is out of the soup, and a musical but
expensive rattle is the result. I check the oil every stop on a trip now!!
John [Scotty] Scott.
J2 1933, Restoring from a basket,
1979 MGB-LE [Ex. U.S.A.] Daily driver