I second the breather pipe suggestions. Short of installing most of the MGB
breather arrangement it seems that there is no way to have the MGA engine
NOT drop oil on the highway. Either through the blow-by from the crank-case
out the tappet cover pipe and/or out the rocker cover pipe (from the valve
stem seals). If one connects the rocker pipe to the carbs, then it is
possible to scavenge the rockers, but that still results in oil loss!
You choose, oil past the front oil seal or tappet/rocker breather. Remember
that one of the endearing features of 1950's technology was the way it kept
mechanics and gas stations (Castrol R) in employment!
BTW, I am more than usually absent from the rides this winter. The MGA is in
"my shop" to install new radiator, oil cooler and front shock. I will take
the chance to restore the radiator intake grille as well so I do not mess up
those club pictures next time we all go to Goat Rock.
Now oysters at Marshall could almost make me rush the works in hand but I
know that April will be the earliest I will complete things.
From: "liam oflaherty" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 1:13 PM
To: "North Bay British Car Club" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [Nobbc] Removal of breather pipe? MGA
> Just make sure the breather pipe from the valve cover to the carb air
> cleaner is not clogged. (I run my breather pipe from the valve cover free
> of my carbs just because my carb air cleaner doesn't have a connection for
> the breather pipe.) Also make sure the breather pipe from the tappet
> cover is not clogged. If one of these two breather pipes is clogged you
> will build up pressure in your crankcase and you will be getting a lot of
> oil from your front oil felt seal at your pulley.
> Good luck,
> 57 mga
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mark Darley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "North Bay British Car Club" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 12:10 PM
> Subject: Re: [Nobbc] Removal of breather pipe? MGA
>> It has been suggested to me that removing the breather pipe on the MGA
>> will reduce the oil burned, and also that I should exchange the oil cap
>> for a vented one.
>> What is the logic on the breather pipe removal? Is it simply that oil
>> in the rocker cover will then not get sucked into the carbs?
>> If I remove the pipe will I not have the under side of the bonnet
>> covered in a fine mist of oil? Doesn't sound attractive.
>> General loss of oil has been much improved by simply tightening
>> everything I could get my hands on!
>> The car is running much better for valve and float adjustment.
>> Mark Darley
>> Mobile Phone 415 310 5252
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