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Subject: compression test
From: "MonteMorris" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 20:50:06 -0500
My wife and I had a good time at MG2003 this weekend and was happy to meet
several listers there. There were many superb B's in attendance. Someone
said there were over 250 registrants (Chuck?). We couldn't stay for Saturday
evening, but I would imagine the baby blue 64 B with whitewall tires(owned
by Paul and Kathleen? of Maryland) won the concourse event. It was his first
show and he entered his beautifully restored car in the concourse event! He
was very nervous, and said that it would be his last concourse since it took
way too much work.

I did my first compression test today on the 67B. Starting with #1 cylinder
the readings were 140, 140, 130, 140. I believe that I remember that less
than 10% variance is OK? The car runs great, and seems to have good power; I
just put on 600 miles this last weekend at speeds exceeding 70 mph on the
Even though it runs well, the car uses/loses about a  quart of oil every 350
miles. It leaks some right above the oil dipstick-best I can figure it's
from the head gasket area. I also have a few leaks onto the floor as it sits
overnight, but the biggest one seems to be right below the tranny drain
plug. I suppose when it's on the road the oil leaks get enhanced, but the
useage seems excessive. Thoughts?
          79B, Carmine, maybe 2 more weeks in paint shop-yeah, right!
          67B, BRG
          74 1/2 Rust, parts car

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