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MG MGA - Cork strip seal

I'm reassembling the engine on my 1600 coupe and have a problem with the cork strip seals that fit into the cut outs in the main bearing caps. The cork seals seem to be the wrong size. The cut out in the top corner of the main bearing caps measure 5.5 x 6.0 mm. The cork seals cross-section measures 5.0 x 8.7 mm. Either way round they don't fit. Am I missing something here or are they wrong. I remember fitting cork seals to an 1800 MGB engine a long time ago and don't remember any problem.

Thanks Andy
Andy Preston


They are supposed to be too big. Put them in place and the oil pan will squish them down into place. Don't cut them to length or you will have an incurable leak.

Paul Hanley

This thread was discussed on 01/08/2008

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