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MGB Videos.com - Valve Cover Gasket for 1980 MGB roadster or other MGB cars

How to stop your MGB valve cover from leaking.
This video addresses the issue of the familiar oil drippings from the poorly sealed valve cover. The slightest leak seems to flow forever -- over the distributor, the engine block and the floor.  Somehow it finds the engine heat, or exhaust -- and then it really starts to stink.  Close examination will discover some problems.  Sometimes the gasket is poorly postured -- misaligned at assembly.  Other times the gasket hasn't been adhered with proper mastic.  And sometimes the bolts need a little twist to tighten up.  Certainly there is little forgiveness in aligning the cover gasket to the limited engine surface.  And only two bolts are available for a snug draw down and dry seal. We'll cover these issues as we describe how to properly seal the valve cover to stop the leaks.  Well, not for a while anyway. Remember, we're talking about MGBs....and they have a habit of dripping a tell tale trail of oil spots.  So, here's a way to stop a few.   As with our other MGB videos, comments and suggestions - we present our personal MGB repairs solely for your reference, assistance and extended pleasure of owning and driving an MGB. We hope our tips are helpful. 
Our 1980 MGB roadster is typical to other MGB cars in many ways.  Most of the time we prefer to brag about the pleasure it provides. But, as with any older vehicle, the MGB sometimes demands attention or slight alteration to keep it reliable, road worthy and fun to drive.
MGB Videos offers hints and tricks related to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of owning an MGB. We show many examples of necessary and/or desirable MGB repair.  The star of the show is our 1980 MGB roadster that has had a multitude of updates, repairs and creative accessories added over the years.  
Why do we do it? First we love the MGB cars. The MGB car is small, easy to push, light to elevate and the simple motor is a joy work on. MGB repairs are easy.  Replacing MGB parts is never a problem-  thanks to readily available parts from Victoria British and Moss Motors.  Catalogs include everything from grommets to upholstery and bolts to mufflers. And EBay always has listing of a for sale MGB.   The MGB cars and used MGB parts are very popular among items for auction pricing. 
The back yard mechanic couldn't ask for an easier car to repair and refurbish without breaking the bank. Improvement components of electronic ignition, carburetion and exhaust systems tend to bring the MGB car quickly to more than a classic cart restoration.  This is a car that quickly holds its own as a safe, reliable daily driver. And it's always easy to park- fun to drive.  With a little paint or polish the MGB roadster becomes an instant head turner...recognized and admired by everyone. 
MGB videos give first hand explanation and examples of many updates and changes done to our 1980 MGB roadster.  Individual MGB videos focus on our installation of various MGB parts -- such as thermostat, seat covers, alternators and cooling fans.  MGB videos of Interesting MGB upgrades include adding electronic ignition, adding fuel pressure regulator, battery cut-off switch and even adding air conditioning to the 1980 MGB.  We even show the simple alterations of adding a prism viewer and repairing the rag top zipper. And we added unusual (we call innovative) features of a side air vent and an special molded air scoop to help ventilate fresh Florida air. 
Our web site -- MGBVideos.com has a sidebar list of many more updates and repairs to our MGB roadster.  Each MGB video is presented with simple personal explanation and easy to follow reference data.  We often include reference to MGB parts, availability and pricing. We prefer to stay within the affordable budget of this easy classic car restoration. 
 The 1980 MGB has provided us the opportunity to join others enjoying the simplicity and fun of fixing and driving the exceptional sports car. When this one is done, we'll post the MGB for sale.  Then, we'll start all over again -- with the benefit of following our MGB videos -- and the feedback from fellow MGB owners.
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