This is the exciting phase where with a little work big changes happen. Most of the components and engine covers that I’m installing now are temporary while I wait for some new bolts (buying fine thread bolts in weird lengths seems to be impossible in Canada!) to arrive. The primary exercise here is to figure out what I require and seal the engine against the elements for the winter.

One of the changes I’ve made is to add a modern high torque starter to replace the clunky old Lucas inertia starter. These new starters produce more power on less current and weigh about 1/3 what the old ones do. It’s not original but I’ll keep the old Lucas just in case I have a desire to some day return the 1967 MGB GT back to the original state.

New high torque starter for the MGB engine
New high torque starter for the MGB engine
Old Lucas inertia starter
Old Lucas inertia starter

I haven’t decided which set of tappet covers (18GB or 18V or a combination) I’m going to use yet but at this point I’ve temporarily installed the blingy 18V tappet covers. They will likely look horrible once I start the engine and the exhaust heat fries them but they look spiffy now! It’s interesting how my silver paint reflects light, the two covers are the same paint but have a very different look.

MGB engine tappet covers installed
MGB engine tappet covers installed

And the other side of the block. Another modification here is the use of the Moss Motors hanging filter adapter. I originally bought this to replace the old canister unit on the original 1967 MGB 18GB engine but it will work fine here.

MGB 18V engine assembly
MGB 18V engine assembly

The original 1972 MGB 18V engine had an inverted oil filter adapter. What were they thinking here? Every time you change the oil half of it will be on your engine. Perhaps this was for rust proofing purposes at the time. While this was a huge improvement over the old canister type I prefer the Moss arrangement.

Inverted oil filter adapter on MGB 18V engine
Inverted oil filter adapter on MGB 18V engine

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