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  • #31
    Recheck my last post above. Pics added.

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    • #32
      steering is sorted?
      if you need a rack, Speedway (and others) sell them by length, I can't imagine it'd be much different then the ones they use on drag racing cars (based on the MII design)....
      Doing it all wrong since 1966

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      • #33
        Originally posted by SuperBuickGuy View Post
        steering is sorted?
        if you need a rack, Speedway (and others) sell them by length, I can't imagine it'd be much different then the ones they use on drag racing cars (based on the MII design)....
        Good enough to steer it around the shop. With new tie rod ends and a couple of boots - and an alignment - I suspect it would be fine for road duty. The steering column has to be in JUST the right place and at the right angle to go thru a tiny little space by the motor mount (I tried taking a pic but couldn't get it to show much) so I think this will have to be application specific.

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        • #34
          My current project was simply to unload the B from the trailer. Easy, right? Not so fast......

          When I was working on the steering rack I dropped a nut which caused me to look under the trailer and had an OMG moment. I towed to Maine and back with a trailer suspension that looked like this: I'm guessing I dripped nuts and bolts all the way like Hansel and Gretel.



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          Once I metaphorically cleaned out my drawers I made a trip to the trailer parts store (not far away) and found out that when I put the trailer suspension together the last time I had used 1/2" bolts with they claimed work "OK". However, the shackles and rocker bar are made for 9/16" bolts - this time I got the lady in the parts department who actually knows stuff. The nuts are supposed to be self-locking but just to be sure I opted to double nut everything this time. Oh, and I redid both sides.


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          Now onto unloading the MGB. Not easy when you can't just drive it off and especially when you're by yourself. Luckily, I had Archimedes to help - levers, pulleys, etc. This first shot won't mean anything to anyone but Lon, Jake, and me but I'll clue you in: the current rear axle assembly is from an MGA and is the same except different. It was stuck under there to make the car roll. However, while the wheel spline size and count is the same the spinner thread is different, maybe Whitworth? Anyhow, the spinners I have are from a '66 and they won't go on the MGA rear. The ViceGrips are to keep the wheels from sliding off the splines as I push it. It works! Not sure it'll pass tech.......


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          After 2 days of hassle here's the end result. Tomorrow it goes up on jack stands.


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          • #35
            I dunno, I like the vise grips - since the failure points of an English car start (pun intented) with electrical, and end in rust.... the real question is whether or not the only thing you'll find after it spending a night inside is the vise grips... charred
            Doing it all wrong since 1966

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            • #36
              Yeah trailers are one of the two places that 9/16" bolts are common and I forget the other one. Good that everything that came apart was at the rockers and could just bounce along there. The trailer-parts store if you have one around will have boxes of the right stuff.
              ...

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Loren View Post
                Yeah trailers are one of the two places that 9/16" bolts are common and I forget the other one. Good that everything that came apart was at the rockers and could just bounce along there. The trailer-parts store if you have one around will have boxes of the right stuff.
                They did. And the right advice once I found the right person.

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                • #38
                  As of yesterday:

                  Hood is off and engine/trans removal has begun.


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                  And the B in the surgery ward:


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                  • #39
                    Engine is out. First I had to reassemble the shop crane as we had taken it apart in Maine to bring it home under Truck's tonneau cover. My friend Dick (the Volvo guy) came over to assist and it went well.

                    Engine leaving it's happy home:



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                    And sitting on the floor:


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                    Engine mystery. According to the online decoder I found this means it's a '67 - '68. No clue how that happened - it's a rubber bumper car and supposedly a 1980. I need to check the VIN next.ез


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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
                      Engine is out. First I had to reassemble the shop crane as we had taken it apart in Maine to bring it home under Truck's tonneau cover. My friend Dick (the Volvo guy) came over to assist and it went well.

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                      And sitting on the floor:


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                      Engine mystery. According to the online decoder I found this means it's a '67 - '68. No clue how that happened - it's a rubber bumper car and supposedly a 1980. I need to check the VIN next.ез


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                      Well, you remember my 1967-1972-197? Mini. And that's only a guess as to what years it sort of was...

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                      • #41
                        Wish me LUK!

                        Now I await the pilot bearing.


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                        Last edited by DanStokes; August 3, 2022, 12:25 PM.

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                        • #42
                          LUK

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
                            Wish me LUK!

                            Now I await the pilot bearing.


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                            That's why I have lathes these days. Need a pilot bearing/bushing, make it myself... well that's what I tell Maggie is the reason why I have them. As well as all of the other oddball machinery I keep collecting.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by dave.g.in.gansevoort View Post

                              That's why I have lathes these days. Need a pilot bearing/bushing, make it myself... well that's what I tell Maggie is the reason why I have them. As well as all of the other oddball machinery I keep collecting.
                              If I had one I'd use it. But even the Genuine GM pilot bearing is pretty cheap so I'll just buy one - it's on the way.

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by DanStokes View Post

                                If I had one I'd use it. But even the Genuine GM pilot bearing is pretty cheap so I'll just buy one - it's on the way.
                                Probably cheaper in the long run...

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