I haven’t had much time this past month to work on my 1967 MGB GT but finally had the opportunity to star prepping the engine bay in anticipation of removing the engine and transmission. One decision I made (after damaging the oil cooler!) is to just cut the oil and coolant hoses to make it easier and less messy to remove the radiator and oil cooler. This worked well with virtually no fluid loss and so far the process has gone smoothly. I did manage to damage the aluminum oil hose connection on the oil cooler, even after days of Liquid Wrench the old fitting still wouldn’t come off. At least new oil coolers are affordable and I was somewhat expecting this to happen.

Hopefully I can get the engine out of the car within a few days and the fun can begin. I’ll be repainting most of the parts and installing new coolant and oil lines when everything goes back together.

I’m debating whether I should repaint the engine compartment. It sure would look better but there’s something nice about original paint as well. Any thoughts on this?

On the buy list:

  • new MGB GT oil cooler
  • oil lines
  • radiator hoses
  • new foam for the top of the radiator shroud

Here are some photos.

Removing the MGB GT radiator and shroud
Removing the MGB GT radiator and shroud
Almost finished with the radiator shroud removal
Almost finished with the radiator shroud removal
Damaged MGB GT oil cooler
Damaged MGB GT oil cooler
MGB GT engine, very dirty and oil leaks
MGB GT engine, very dirty and oil leaks
Original paint in the MGB GT engine compartment
Original paint in the MGB GT engine compartment

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