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Cleaning The Engine Bay of a MGB GT

The car’s engine bay isn’t an trouble-free portion to tidy.  You may think steam cleaning but this will only be a waste of time and you might accidentally infuse water into the electrical wires and bullet connectors. You have to wipe out the dirts, greases and gunks that already deposited on the engine. After you finish detailing, the engine will look like it’s new.

An engine bay is the space where the engine is placed. It is usually located under the bonnet or hood of a car. When a car has not been detailed for a couple of years can be in pretty bad shape. It will need cleaning and restoring. To clean it up , you will be using a couple of products including an engine degreaser and brushes. It is best to use wheel detailing brushes together with finer makeup brushes to be able to get in the small cracks.

Whenever you are working on a car, you want to use the right product and properly apply it. For cars that are really dirty, it is best to use a strong degreaser that can remove all the grease on it. There are usually two types of degreaser – original and heavy duty.

When you are working on an engine, you want to take a look at what you’re working with before you start the cleaning process. You have to familiarize yourself first with the different wires and kinds of tubes. Be careful not to get hit with a power washer.

Listed below are the steps on how to clean the engine bay of a MGB GT. The good news is – you don’t even have to remove the engine at all.

Step 1

Spray on the areas that you want to clean using a degreaser. Get a brush and agitate all the important areas. Make sure that you are not missing out on those dirty and heavy areas. Afterwards, spray it with a power washer.

Be extra careful when you are using a power washer to clean your engine bay. You must not damage any battery connections, wires, cables and tubes because it is expensive to have it repaired. The important parts of your engine bay are the power steering hoses and brake boosters. Try not to be aggressive on the air intake. You will also be working on the hood.

Step 2

Using a mother’s wheel brush, you start agitating the engine to get all those gunks out. Make sure that enough of the product is applied. The power steering area is a chamber where all the fluid is stored. It is a sensitive are so you need a smaller brush to clean it.

The metal parts under the hood should be cleaned with stiff bristle brushes. Start by using plastic bristles and if you think they are not aggressive enough to remove the dirt then you can use brass bristles.

Make sure that all the nooks and crannies are agitated with a throwaway paintbrush before you hose off everything. This process may be messy but it will take care mostly of the bulk of grime that has settled on your engine.

Step 3

After making sure that everything is rubbed and scrubbed, you can now rinse it using a power washer. Once you have dried it properly, check the engine again for spots that you may have missed.

Step 4

Clean off the engine with an electric blower. You may want to repeat the process again for extremely dirty engine bays.

Step 5

After making sure that your engine is completely clean, you can also put engine dressing on the spots that you want such as the engine cover.


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MGB GT: A Template For The Modern British Sports Car

Everybody must have wished at one point of their lives to own a vintage automobile. A vintage car can be the envy of car enthusiasts wherever you are. However, classics can be pretty expensive. The MGB GT is indeed a beautiful beast. It is a sports car that possesses the sophistication of a grand tourer. It is a stunning union of an Italian aesthetics and British sports car. The MGB GT is a little hatchback that has toy proportions and low-slung body. It actually fits a ten year old.

The MGB became the epitome of the contemporary British sports car. This stunning model was launched in 1962 and nobody knew that it would be the last of its kind to be built. It was the best-selling MG model that was created. There were many variants of MGB that spawned after. On October 1965 the GT version was announced.

They say that once you are behind the MGB GT’s wheel, you will feel that the British are really an expert in their crafts. The steering is precise and light and the engine reminds me of the growling of an English bulldog. It’s a blast to drive. However, the car can be pretty harrowing when it’s time to bring it to a halt. The earlier GT models were lacking with power brakes. It is quite difficult to stop a 220-lb car that is in a hurry. It’s a good thing that you can now add power brakes to give cars like MGB GT a little boost.

The MGB GT still offers an overall pleasurable ride. It is smooth, quick and nimble to drive. Also, the rear seat/shelf can seat a child and its small hatch can provide some storage space. It still needs installation of proper seat belts for added security. It is still a fine daily driver.

Maintaining it is not really that bad. It just requires investment and involvement and also a bit of obsession. These cars need to be tinkered by its owners for it to be maintained properly. Buying an MG does require you to have wrenching skills. Part of its maintenance are replacing its worn wiring and fine-tuning its carburetors as well as keeping the engine clean. the maintenance tasks are all ones that you can pick up along the way – you just need a small toolkit that you can buy in any mechanic store, lots of blue roll for cleaning up grease and so on and the patience to get the car manual out every time you get stuck! It will certainly develop a bond between the vehicle and its owner.

The MGB GT is an easy vehicle to work on. It has basic technology and parts. It is definitely a car that is suited for those who loves tinkering and wrenching. There are a lot of great teachers out there that can help you in case you are clueless with tinkering. Scrutinizing the brake parts and suspension bits of this car can be exciting.

There are a lot of vintage cars that are easier to handle and have better brakes. So why would anyone purchase a MGB GT? Although the engine of a MGB GT can be withstand long travels. The price of an MGB GT is pretty affordable for a vintage car. Purchasing this nowadays does not seem like a logical decision but in an emotional sense and for the love of vintage vehicles, it is still a decent ride.

Technical Specifications

Engine: 4 cylinder in line
Capacity: 1,798cc
Bore & Stroke: 80.26mm x 88.9mm
Valve operation: overhead operated by tappets pushrods and rockers.
No of bearings: 5 main
Power output: 97 bhp at 5,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 105lb/ft at 2,500 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Carburation: Twin SU’s
Clutch: Single dry plate
Suspension: front; coil and wishbone, rear; live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs.
Dampers: Armstrong lever arm front & rear
Steering: Rack and pinion
Brakes: Hydraulic with servo assistance. Front; 10.75″ dia disc. Rear; 10″ dia drum
Maximum speed: 104 mph
Acceleration: 0-60 mph: 13.0 secs
Fuel consumption: 25 mpg.


The MGB series was one of the most popular cars for MG. It was manufactured and marketed by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), and later by the British Leyland. During its 18 years extended run starting from 1962 to 1980, it was definitely a trendsetter, and when on to establish the concept of two-door open-roof-top British sports car for fanatics all around the globe.

It was in the year 1962, a year later after Jaguar E-type came into the market. Although not so modern and providing only a bit of the performance and beauty of that of the Jaguar, MGB survived in the market because of its accessibility and price. And guess what? It went on to became a huge showroom success. Not only in the UK, but also in overseas with a large number of units being shipped to the United States. This iconic car by the time it became a classic in 1980, had sold over half a million units!

Now coming to the specifications, the car’s monocoque construction was an improvement over the separate chassis construction of concurrent rivals like the Triumph TR4. In 1962, when it was launched, it had the up-to-the-minute specification which meant the drive was a pleasure when compared to its opponents. This advancement was also a step ahead from the MGA. If you are a fan of Dominic Toretto then you must be knowing how important is power for your sports car. So here we have the 1.8-litre B-series engine which was an upgrade and a delight for the enthusiasts. It produced  95 hp (71 kW) at 5,400 rpm and was upgraded in October 1964 to a five-bearing crankshaft. Now coming to speed, the MGB clocked 0-60 mph in just 11 seconds. Now it also comprised of the Four-speed gearbox having overdrive available, rack-and-pinion steering, independent front suspension, and disc brakes. So it was a perfect package from the start. The MGB was one of the first cars to have “controlled crumple zones” which was designed to protect the driver and passenger in a 30mph (48km/h) impact with a static barrier weighing 200 tons.

In 1965, the MGBs appeal was skyrocketing with the arrival of its GT variant. Commonly referred to as the “Poor Man’s Aston Martin” because of its handsome looks, tidy handling, and excellent performance. Now speaking of the mechanical changes, additions were limited to a front anti-roll bar and Salisbury type rear axle. The rear seats were not so spacious, suitable for luggage and small children! So speaking of that, the GT was a pure Roadster.

1967-1969 saw the up gradation of B to MK2 specification. Characterized by the synchromesh of the 4-speed gearbox and an optional Borg-Warner automatic gearbox. In 1970, the BL-style front end was applied to the Mk3 and it was not that much a success. Consequently, the new look failed to thrive in the market and was cast away with but additional improvements kept to coming to keep MGB alive.

In 1974, North American regulations enforced certain standards. A raised ride height along with the polyurethane-covered bumpers was applied onto the MGB. Although hated by the fans, but later it turned out that this Federal improved version was a success when compared with its Italian rivals, notably the X1/9 and the FIAT Spider.

Later on, modifications of the engine in North America resulted in the once a very fast car to be one of the slowest cars of North America.

In 1980, the production of the MGB series of cars came to an end. The announcement of closure was an untimely one because it was just insensitive to announce closure during the celebrations of  50th anniversary of MG cars.

Once Great Britain’s most omnipresent sports car, today is on the list of popular Classic Cars.