Life has happened, and I have not spent as much time on the MG as I would like. The original challenge is that when I got it, my garage would not fit it. In addition to the collection of junk that it is imperative for every American to collect, I had a section of the garage that had been sectioned off long before I bought the place to be used as a toolshed. It took up a lot of room in the garage and really didn’t function too well. Therefore, I spent about three months tearing down walls and generally remodeling and reorganizing the garage. Included in this was not a little de-cluttering.
I was able to get Goliath into his new home and other than the fact that he hasn’t said a thing yet, he seems happy there.
I was able to spend parts of a few days two weeks ago when my father came back into town in early May to work on it. We didnt get it started, but we did make progress. Since its been sitting for so long, we didn’t want to just try to turn it on. We wanted to make sure that the engine moved freely and was not hung up. We started by pulling all the spark plugs and injecting the engine with “Mystery Oil” (availible at O’Reilly’s).
Our original plan was to hand turn the engine from the front of the car on the shaft that the fan is attached to. The problem is that it spins free and will not turn the engine. We weren’t sure what we were going to do until dad came up with the idea of jacking up the rear passenger wheel and turning it. Worked like a charm… the distributor went around happily and the engine moved freely.
We then attempted to start the car, but it didnt go so happily. At most, it would sputter three times in a row, and get no further. I suspect that its not getting enough juice due to dirty contacts. We cleaned all the contacts in the starting system that we could reach from the top, but still couldn’t start it. I need to get under the car and pull the starter and clean its contacts and take it to O’Reilly’s for testing.
In the process, my daughter again expressed her delight in Daddy’s car by trying to clean under the hood.