My previous restoration post talked about suddenly having a knocking sound coming from my 67 MGB GT engine. Kinda scary when you think about it. Well, I pulled the oil pan after a few hours of WTF crazy BS work and what did I find? A totally annihilated rod bearing that went totally bonkers. This is a bad day. Big bucks, pull the engine, redo the bottom section at least. We were so close! Fortunately there doesn’t appear to be any major damage but we will see at a later date.

What’s really a bummer is that I had gone to the insurance company the day before and got 6 months of insurance, new plates and re-registered the car at a cost of almost $500. I’ll get a partial refund on the insurance but the other costs are long gone and I’ll have to buy new plates again when I get it back on the road. Oh well, it’s only money.

Is there a positive side to all of this? I’m trying to think yes. It will give me the opportunity to clean the engine bay better, paint some more parts and learn about how to rebuild the lower end of an MGB engine. Now I just need the time.

I think I’ve just reached the stage where I have more money invested in this car than what it’s worth. Can’t back down now!

What a scored MGB crankshaft looks like
What a scored MGB crankshaft looks like
A nicely destroyed rod bearing sitting in the oil pan
A nicely destroyed rod bearing sitting in the oil pan
May as well paint the oil pan since it's off
May as well paint the oil pan since it’s off

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