What do you do when you purchase a new used vintage MGB engine? Open it up of course, see what the internals look like and either feel thrilled because you got a good deal or get depressed when you realize you just bought a 300 pound paperweight.
First impressions are good after my initial tear down. While there is a light coating of black sludge on most of the internal pieces everything looks relatively clean. Comparing the wear to my older engine that has about 37,000 miles on it I would guess this engine has somewhere around 50,000 miles or perhaps a little more. I’ll just clean the block and pop the oil pan back on. The lower end looks good.
The cylinder head came off easily and once again looks OK with nothing really standing out as being a problem. It definitely needs to be cleaned, will look closer in a few days.