Bolts in your air collector box!
Ron Gammons (Black
1931) the well known MG racer and part of the duo of Brown & Gammons at Baldock
in Hertfordshire has provided this valuable tip based on his own V8 swallowing
a bolt through one of the carburettors. (May 82)
A warning to all
MGBGTV8 owners. Your left hand engine bank of cylinders is possibly in danger
of serious damage and it is all down to the foresight of the Abingdon engineers
in making provision for a LHD car!
On the air collector box - that is
the box that bolts to the carburettors - there are, on the rear face, two studs
one on the right hand side to which the choke cable clip is secured and one on
the left which was provided to secure the choke cable on LHD cars. There have
been a number of incidents
of the left hand stud falling out into the carburettor intake
and being consumed! BL did issue a service note on the subject (17th February
regrettably I only discovered this after my engine had an attack of the colly-wobbles
when the bolt was injested! Luckily it only damaged two valves and nibbled the
piston but while I had the engine apart, new cam tappets and other parts were
deemed necessary - and what a difference they make. Anyway
the remedy for securing the unused stud on the air box is very simple. Fit a No.
10 unf nut and
spring washer locked onto
it to prevent the stud falling into the intake. Judging by the number of MGBGTV8s
we have seen without this modification, it seems very few people have read the
service note! Go and do it now before it's too late!
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