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Re: Old parts and prices/springs/gas pump filter

To: "Eric R. Stephen" <>
Subject: Re: Old parts and prices/springs/gas pump filter
From: Art Pfenninger <ch155@FreeNet.Buffalo.EDU>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 17:36:12 -0400 (EDT)
        Eric in answer to your first question don't waste your money. Not
often would you need a block and as for the master cylinder and starter
since they don't work they're worthless. The ones that you have could be
rebuilt if needed. For your second question, the gas should not pour out
when replace the filter. In oprder for the gas to leave the tank it
needs to be pumped out. As far as the sawing of the bolt the simplist way
to remove it would have been with an angle grinder. I've mentioned the
Harbor Freight $19 dollar grinder before. After spending 1/2 day
trying to removed a seized bolt I took the grinder and with a cut off disk
removed it in under 60 seconds. The bolt was 5/8 hardened steel but the
cutter went through it like butter. 

On Sun, 5 Apr 1998, Eric R. Stephen wrote:

> ***********************************
> Hello all:
> The PO of my MGA 1600 has informed me that he has a few parts lying around
> that he has just re-discovered.  They include a block (stripped), combo
> master cylinder (clutch/brake) and starter for starters.  All apparently
> need to be repaired in some way.  Any ideas on the price I should consider
> paying for these parts.  He has a TC to rebuild and is looking for some
> repair funds methinks!  Any advice would be appreciated.
> On another note, I began replacing my rear springs yesterday.  Managed to
> get the left side off and on in about three hours.  This included
> replacing the stop, rebound strap and removal and refitting of the
> Armstrong shock unit.  Taking the muffler off made for lots of room.  Used
> the grinder at a local garage to buff 38 years of accumulated dirt, oil,
> rust and whatever off, treated with brake cleaner, repinted
> (actually that came later, subsituted a single malt for the suds
> since it was cold out yesterday) and repainted the parts with Tremclad. 
> The right hand side was a bit more of a challenge.  Followed a similar
> precedure i.e. loosened all the nuts one by one to ensure everything was
> going to come off.  Managed to snap off the front support bolt and
> immediately went to the local (three of them acctually) rental shop to
> pick up a sawzall. No one had one! Every store had rented their stock for
> the day.  I guess everyone was out this weekend replaceing springs or
> trying to remove transmission mounting bolts.  Went back to my trusty tool
> box and hauled out my close-quarters hack saw, inserted a new blade and about
> 40 minutes later, voila, right hand spring was off.  Same story on this
> side with the bumbers, strap and shock.  Today I just have to put the
> second spring back on.
> While under the car, I noticed the fuel pump and thought that I should
> check the filter.  A question:  When I remove the filter is my gasoline
> going to pour out or should I anticipate just a little seepage?
> Anyway, off to put the spring on, I'll check back for the early bird
> responses on the fuel filter question.
> Thanks in advance,  Eric
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