Many miles of happy motoring have now been had in my B and I can safely say
I've never had as much fun as this.
Over the past few months I've been watching the list and reading about many
peoples MG problems thinking that most of these mechanical troubles would not
befall me. Evidently someone was watching and I now have a worrysome prob with
my MG that I would like some guidance on.
Since buying it I have used the car regularly for the last three weeks and
continually been checking the oil, water, timing, gaps electric's etc. and
listening for noises - all checked out OK, but for one thing - the car uses
and LOTS of oil... By which I mean will go from Max to Min on the stick in the
space of 300 motorway miles...Driving at 70mph.
Otherwise it runs really well, does not appear to smoke, does not leak oil (at
least when parked in the garage).
Car has had a head rebuild 1 year ago according to the PO and the Haynes manual
points to a dodgy rebuild with the valve oil seals left out as a probable
culprit for excessive oil usage.
1. Can you see if the oil seals are in place by just taking off the rocker
cover and having a look ?
2. Can anyone give some pointers as to other sources of the problem which can
be checked out prior to me pulling the Cylinder Head and re-sealing all the
3. If the oil seals are the most likely problem any pointers on the oil seal
change job would be most appreciated. I have done the change on an engine
that did not require the head to be taken off but have never (yet) taken
the head and used the g-clamp style valve compressor for the task.
4. If I do take off the head, while I'm in there is there anything else worth
looking at or swapping out ?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
'74 MGB Roadster.