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To: Jeremy Anthony Kinsey <>
Subject: Re: MGB WONT START !
Date: Sun, 09 May 1999 10:06:25 -0700
Hi all,

Oftimes, after someone has done a bee-youtiful job restoring his or her engine,
the car won't turn over.  The problem is usually the 16 layers of hand-rubbed
lacquer on the engine backing plate preventing the starter from grounding.  The
solution is to take a razor blade and scrape off all of that paint.

Just a thought.

Denise Thorpe

Jeremy Anthony Kinsey wrote:
> Ok, after 5 years we have our B just about there.. I cannot get the
> engine to turn over.  It ran last about 4 years ago and only has 17k
> miles after the rebuild.  I am wondering if half the junk that I took off
> and have put back on (electrical system) has a fault some where?  I have
> power on the starter (via my handy little test light) and when I turn the
> key, I don't even here a click out of the starter.  Is there something I
> am missing relavant to allowing this car to start?  I have it out of gear
> and pushed in the clutch.. I am wondering if this problem is related to
> the fact that in the early 70's a lot of cars had that "seat
> belt/starter" thing???  If this is the case, is there a way to bypass
> this?
> Anyway, this is a 74 1/2 MGB.
> thanx,
> Regards,
> Jeremy Anthony Kinsey
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