So I have lots of parts from two engines filling up my basement right now and everywhere I go people want me to spend money having machinists clean parts, bore blocks, surface flat areas and countless other items that make the cost of an MGB restoration quickly get out of control. My MGB GT restoration budget is already well out of control so I’m really trying to find less expensive ways to deal with this.

It’s not that I don’t think the MGB is worth the money but many of us really do need to try and keep prices reasonable. When I first mentioned to my wife that I wanted to bring my fathers 1967 MGB GT back to life I told her I could do it for $1,000. I truly believed this but had no idea what I was getting into. The initial cost was close to budget, new seat belts, new seats, redo the brakes. Very quickly I discovered that every piece of rubber on the whole car was either rotted away after 49 years of life or was missing completely. Exhaust fumes in the cockpit, no problemo! But.. there’s more.

The biggest attack on the budget has turned out to be the engine. The original engine was rebuilt 37,000 miles ago which should mean the engine has another good 10 or 20 years of service but the morons that rebuilt it must have done the work after happy hour at the local pub. What an f**king disaster, have you guys heard of a torque wrench! Needless to say, the original engine is in pieces waiting for a rebuild and in the meantime I’m refreshing an engine that appears to be in reasonably good shape.

Thanks f**king morons
Thanks f**king morons

Here’s the good news. I’m almost ready to put the newer MGB 18V engine back together so it can be installed and the wonderful 1967 MGB GT can be on the road again. Here’s some more good news. I discovered Pine Sol. This stuff is cheap at Wally World and loves eating carbon and other ugly crusty crap that deposits itself in MGB engines after years of neglect.

I’ve been soaking lots of parts in Pine Sol for anywhere from a few hours to a day and look at these results.

Ugly MGB exhaust valve
Ugly MGB exhaust valve
MGB valves after cleaning
MGB valves after cleaning

These photos don’t do Pine Sol justice however, I’ll post other parts later. This stuff works well, it smells nice and it’s cheap. More photos to come.. and, I don’t work for Pine Sol, just very impressed with what it does. Soak your parts in Pine Sol, throw it in the dishwasher when your wife is away and dry it on the BBQ. You would think we are working on a Chevy.

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