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MG MGA - 1600 MGB clutch cover change
| After some good info from Barney, I found that there may be some interference with the MGB clutch cover and the MGA bell housing (Borg and Beck clutch cover) due to a possible design change.|
Has anyone done this change recently? What clutch cover did you use? Thanks Neal Turner
|Do you have a 5-spped or not?|
|Thanks for your reply Dominic, I have an 18v engine and a stock trans hook-up and want to use a MGB clutch plate but it seems that there is a bit of diffuculty with the fit of the newer Borg and Beck pressure plate, though I havent tried it yet. I am already set up with an MGB trans cover and bearing fork on a fresh overhaul. I am hoping to find an alternative pressure plate or new old stock Borg and Beck p plate. If not I will have to go to the MBA pressure plate set-up. Thanks, Neal Turner|
|I recently fitted the B clutch in my A. The pressure plate just touched the bell housing in a couple of places but a quick grind with a small angle grinder soon resolved it. It depends on the bell housing casting ( ie thickness ) if it touches or not.|
|A J Dee|
|Thats good news AJ, On Barneys web page CT-102A there is shown an old type Borg and Beck pressure plate with a tapered crown and beside it shows a newer style with a more squared crown. Which one did you install? Thanks, Neal Turner|
|Sorry for the delay. Think it was the older tapered one - got it new old stock at an auto jumble.|
|A J Dee|
| Thanks for your reply AJ, I guess that I will look for another brand of clutch cover.|
Does anyone know of a suitable MGB clutch cover of the same quality as the Borg and Beck? Neal Turner
|I had the same issue with a 5-speed conversion, and also had to grind the bellhousing to solve it. It wasn't the grinding that was the PITA bit the repeated assembly / disassembly of engine to gearbox. It worked fine after the fourth time.......|
|Hello, Looks that I am on the hunt for a new old stock MGB pressure plate by Borge and Beck. If anyone has one that they would like to get rid of please let me know. Thanks, Neal Turner|
|When doing the MGB cover conversion, always do it with engine out and bolt it up on the bench and try and turn it. I had one guy put the whole unit back in the car before trying to turn it and finding out it was seized solid.|
The interference is usually fairly small. If it sezes when the transmission bolts are tightened, loosen them until it will turn and turn it over a couple of times, then remove the trans and have ago at the bright spots inside the bellhousing with an angle grinder.
|Thanks bill, I have just bought a Laycock brand clutch cover from E-Bay (nos). I am also looking for a new old stock Borg and Beck. I have some feelers out but am not getting much. I will keep looking on E-Bay. Thanks, Neal Turner|
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