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RE: Not Again!!!!! MGB disaster

To: "ch155@FreeNet.Buffalo.EDU" <ch155@FreeNet.Buffalo.EDU>
Subject: RE: Not Again!!!!! MGB disaster
From: patti morris <>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 09:13:08 -0500
This story reminds me of what happened to a friend's engine a while back. 
This is a good story for Halloween ....sorta scary if you are sitting on a 
rebuilt engine you haven't run..hehe.

Anyway, he spent a lot of money having a well known area machine shop 
rebuild short block from his MGB. The shop did a full job including 
grinding the crank, sized the rods, new cam, pistions, oil pump, bearings 
all around, timing chain...the works. I think he only had to put on the 
head and sump and accessories before he put it in his car and drove it to 
work. On the way home, he lost oil pressure and found all sorts of nasty 
noises. The autopsy revealed the cause of death to be shot blasting media. 
The shop had left a pocket of the stuff somewhere and it had gone through 
the entire engine. It was all pretty much junk after that.----------
From:   Scott Gardner[]
Sent:   Saturday, October 18, 1997 9:17 PM
To:     ch155@FreeNet.Buffalo.EDU
Subject:        Re: Not Again!!!!!  MGB disaster

>       Could be that the mechanic just cut corners. That's a problem with
> not doing it yourself. What size bearings did he put in. If he didn't 
> the crank then they would have been standard size. By not turning the
> crank he saved himself some money. All cranks don't have to be turned the
> the marginal ones should be.
> ...Art
        The crank was .010 under when he took it out of the engine, and the
bearings had failed so spectacularly that the crank HAD to be
re-ground, no question.  It's .020 under now.  Haven't talked to him
since we got back from our house-hunting trip, so don't know what
he's found out about the second failure.

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