I remember struggling to get mine altogether last year. I followed the
However, the latest edition of MG Driver (from NAMGBR) has a tech tip
for making the crossmember much easier to install.
It involve elongating a couple of the hole and drilling a couple of
more for access. I think the elongated holes were for the main mounts
on the sides.
It claims to make the job a 20 minute experience.
I don't have the magazine here, sorry.
Ruggiero Larry Lt Col AFRC/XPXS wrote:
> Hey gang, another question - and yes, you could probably tell by the type of
> questions I've been asking lately that my oh-so-long engine/tranny
> rebuild/reinstall is zipping(?) along toward completion.
> My car's a '72 roadster with the original non-O/D tranny mount setup,
> although an overdrive tranny from the same year car is going back in. I've
> reassembled the tranny mounts with new grommets, the ones that are each in
> their respective V-shaped piece, one to the tranny, the other to the
> crossmember. First, they were a bugger to get in the flared holes, and
> second, when both V-pieces are assembled together, there's a gap of at least
> 1/2" between the two, along the bolt that holds them together. Since there's
> only maybe 1/2" of threads on the bolt, the two pieces can't be snugged
> together when the nut's fully tightened. Now I know that the weight of the
> tranny resting on top of the entire mount assembly will most likely mean the
> grommets press together and the gap transferred to the bottom(?) of the
> nut/bolt. It appears it's the correct bolt, since it's headless and has its
> integral washer at the top. The Bentley manual only shows an apparently
> earlier assembly, the one with the transmission steady-rod sub-assembly. Am
> I missing something here, like a stack of washers to take out the slack? As
> always, TIA...
> Larry Ruggiero '72 Teal Blue MGB
> Warner Robins, GA
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