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Re: repair,rebuild,restore,64B?

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Subject: Re: repair,rebuild,restore,64B?
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 10:05:44 -0800
My understanding is that the change from 3 to 5 main bearings was for
reasons of crank stiffness under extreme loads, not for longevity, so I
wouldn't worry about that in particular.

That said, the bearings are a potential point of failure; and when I bought
a used engine in unverifiable condition, I had the pan removed and the
bearings replaced. This is relatively simple with the engine out of the car,
and not at all expensive. As it turned out, the crank and bearings were in
very good condition, but I still think it was a worthwhile precaution.

on 2/25/03 8:32 PM, WESLEY SMITH at wrote:

> Hi All
> Looking for, as always, words of wisdom from the list.
> I removed engine and transmission from 64B, bought last fall, to rebuild
> transmission.  Engine runs well compression good. No other history on engine.
> I have heard the 3 main bearing engines don't last as long. No real reason to
> remove the head.  Seems it might be simple to remove the pan and caps and
> check and replace bearings and cheap.  Or just leave well enough alone and
> replace a couple of leaky gaskets and timing chain seal and gasket?  I won't
> be driving this car many miles just around town in the summer weather mostly.
> I am inclined to leave things alone. The car is all original but in storage
> for many years before last fall.  Interested in all your thoughts on this. I
> liked whoever said repair, replace, restore a few months back on the list.
> Wes Smith
> 64B


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
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