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  • Les Bengtson23 September 2019

    We have had to use the 10% ethanol fuel blend for quite a number of years in my area of the US. I have had no problems with my MGs, nor my older American made truck. Most of the modern fuel hoses are resistant to ethanol, perhaps because we have had to use it for so many years now. There are reports that a petroleum/ethanol blend does not provide as good a fuel mileage as a pure petroleum blend...

  • Steve Simmons23 September 2019

    Klingersil gaskets are all I use anymore. I've never had one leak. If the thermostat housing is corroded then replace it as well. If the head surface is corroded, a very thin smear of any quality sealer should seal things up nicely. Use anti-seize compound on the thermostat stud threads inside the cylinder head to prevent corrosion. If you use sealer, be sure to get it around the base of the ...

  • Mike Howlett23 September 2019

    I second Bob's thoughts. For cars that do low mileages, keeping ethanol fuel in the tank is not a good idea. The fuel will degrade much more quickly than petrol and after a winter's lay-up could be almost useless. Of course "rubber" components can be swapped for more resistant materials. I have no data on the corrosion of metals like aluminium and brass.

    But another thing that gets me is wh...

  • Bob Beaumont23 September 2019

    Ethanol is a solvent as well as being hydroscopic (attracts water). The impact on classic cars is therefore as a solvent on rubber and component parts like ally and brass on carbs over time. It can also impact on fibre glass. Of course the impact on different materials varies so rubber components like fuel lines will be more quickly effected than metal parts. That's why rubber fuel lines should be...

  • Nigel Atkins23 September 2019

    I think I Mr Graham, he's a good bloke, he's a retired Army General from Nigeria.

  • John Payne23 September 2019

    According to this the level is to increase to 10% from Jan 20 and we're all doomed!

    All sounds a bit 'Broquet' to me.

  • Bill Bretherton23 September 2019

    Grey, I'm from near Blackpool so have been there many times - Yes, I suppose it can be barmy!
    Andy, I should have said "awesome" but I don't want to offend Nigel ;-) Yes, we walked around the valley - I haven't seen rock formations like those anywhere. Didn't see any bears unfortunately. Drove out via Tioga Pass above 9000 feet - highest I've driven.

  • Nigel Atkins23 September 2019

    Guy,
    a couple of professional working mechanical/engineering mates swear by Castrol Magnatec, one in his everyday Spridget (avert your eyes, 10w-40 too! BL specified for the donor A-series Maestro van engine, which is on a Webber and goes very well) and the other mate (I have two!) for his Ford Zetec engined Westfield.

    So how about Castrol Magnatec 5W-40 C3 Fully Synthetic Car Engine ...

  • Nigel Atkins23 September 2019

    Allan,
    unfortunately my vagueness comes from what I've also read recently and stuff I've read more than once. :)

    I was thinking of where the oil was measured at 70c, the bottom of the sump, up from the bottom, elsewhere, as the sump is usually cooled from air going under the car - but it doesn't really matter as I've never really pinned down (or forgot) what temperatures which engines...

  • GuyW23 September 2019

    I think that's true Adrian.
    The only reason it arose is that with a porous sump that needs replacing, l need to be doing an oil change so the first thing is to buy the oil, but should l go for original specification or a slightly heavier option.

    In passing the other thing of note is the capacity which at a meagre 2.6 litres including the filter, is little enough to mean it must all work ...

  • 1951 YA FOR SALE

    UMG-315. Imported to Canada in 2006. Right hand drive. Halogen headlights. New braking system. Heater. Boyce Motometer. Original owner & technical manuals. 11,200 miles since 1996 restoration (possibly less than 22,000 miles in total). Valued at $18,000 US. Quite negociable. Very good condition.
    Photos : https://sites.google.com/view/1951mg-ya/
    Gilles Bachand, Montreal Canada, phone: 1-...

  • 1953 YB FOR SALE

    For sale, my 1953 YB with original YMG number plate.
    Older restoration (1996)and gradually improved in my 14 years of ownership, including re-covered seats and just been re-wired.
    Maintained in my ownership by Peter Edney,Classic and Sports Car, MG Mecca (see their home page photo) and my local garage.
    Photos available. email: graham.mack14@gmail.com or phone 01359408130 (Bury St.Edmunds...

  • URGENTLY WANTED/URGENTLY WANTED

    MGB, MGB GT, Midgets
    Especially fully restored/clean originals.
    Will view/collect anywhere U.K.

  • MGF MGF MGF

    URGENTLY WANTED, URGENTLY WANTED
    MGF MGF MGF
    Low mileage/fine examples please.
    WILL VIEW/COLLECT ANYWHERE UK

  • ANY MG ANY MG ANY MG

    URGENTLY WANTED URGENTLY WANTED URGENTLY WANTED
    ANY MG ANY YEAR ANY CONDITION
    WILL VIEW/COLLECT ANYWHERE UK

  • FROGEYE HARDTOP

    selling as cannot get in and out of car with it on.in white gel coat but will need a respray if going on nice car. i would have used as is, good condition. has perspex window with all rubber seals and fixings.collection only.clips under front lip of screen and has fixings both sides just behind doors. 275.ono.

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