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Re: con rods

To: "Mike L" <>, "mgs" <>
Subject: Re: con rods
From: "Kai M. Radicke" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:40:57 -0400
> I have two 1600 motors. On stripping them down the earlier one
> has 1H702 and 1H704 pairs of con rods. Parts book says they
> should be 1H701 and 1H703.
> The later 1600 has the beefier 12H92 and 12H94 con rods.
> Here the parts book calls for 12H91 and 12H93.
> Anybody know if there is any significance to this 'odd vs even'
> parts number discrepancy?

Yes, because the casting/forging number on the rod is not the same as the
part number used by the factory.  They are often very close, as is the case
with these connecting rods... and for some larger castings or forgings like
cylinder heads or crankshafts, the phsyical number on the part and the
actual part number can be further removed from each other.

Here are the part numbers to go with casting numbers... but to save you the
time, your rods are correct (at least for the first motor):

MGA 1500, 1955 through August 1956

Part Number Cyl 1&3:    1G2370   On the rod:    1G2371
Part Number Cyl 2&4:    1G2367   On the rod:    1G2368

MGA 1500 and 1600, Aug 1955 through March 1961

Part Number Cyl 1&3    1H703    On the rod:    1H704
Part Number Cyl 2&4    1H701    On the rod:    1H702

MGA 1622, March 1961 through May 1962 (3main MGB too)

Part Number Cyl 1&3    12H426    On the rod:    12H427
Part Number Cyl 2&4    12H424    On the rod:    12H425

For some reason, I have no notes on 12H91/92/93/94... but if I were to take
a guess, those may be rods from the MGB 3 main motor, as their part numbers
were 12H997 and 12H998.


Kai M. Radicke
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