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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 17, 2017 06:12PM

I have been watching Ebay & did leave James a message. Heath Racing in Knoxville may have one, but said it will be a while before he can get around to tearing down the engines.

Meanwhile, Mark Lagrou put on his coal minors hat & dug around in the dark corners of Dan's past. Said he found one just like mine. We will see.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 17, 2017 06:20PM

Meanwhile, I said I have options. Here are my choices for transportation to the Meet in Lewisburg, WV. Y'all are welcome to vote. :)

1. Ol' Red. My beater MGBV8 (provided I can patch her up in time).

2. My dad's Chelsea Grey 1963 MGB (March marked 54 years that car has been in the family).

3. 1994 Harley Wide Glide (just to agitate Ted Lathrop - funny he likes old school cars, yet hates Harley engines).

4. 2005 Honda 919 CB900F

5. 2000 Silverado Z71 pick 'em up truck.


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(477 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: May 17, 2017 08:53PM

Since you asked, I like the order you have things in. ☺


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: Dan B
Date: May 18, 2017 09:56AM

Doesn't your dad have a Miata too? Im in favor of you fixing old red.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 18, 2017 11:19AM

Yes, he has an '02 Miata SE. That is his daily driver. I didn't want to borrow for 5 days. Besides, I would just make y'all look really bad on those WV backroads with his Miata. 😁


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 18, 2017 01:17PM

I haven't asked, but I bet Jim Watson would let me drive his "Taterbug" Brown MGBV8 to WV with a for sale sign. ;)


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: Dan B
Date: May 19, 2017 09:01AM

That would be good. Mark Mason, from WVBCC has expressed interest in it a few times.



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 19, 2017 10:49AM

If, at all possible, I will be driving the MG that fits me like those "ol blue jeans". Mine.

Piston from Mark La Grou is out for delivery on the Brown truck.. Question is, will it be delivered in time for me to get to the machine shop to get the connecting rod pressed on so I can wrench this weekend?




ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: May 23, 2017 04:27PM

Quote:
Question is, will it be delivered in time for me to get to the machine shop to get the connecting rod pressed on so I can wrench this weekend?
Inquiring minds need an update....you've got 2 weeks left.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 23, 2017 04:31PM

It will be a close call.

I see Dan Masters hasn't signed up. Maybe I will drive his car. ;)

I will be at my 20th V8 Meet even if I have ride my Harley!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/23/2017 04:32PM by MGBV8.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
(2310 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 28, 2017 02:51PM

Hey Carl - what's the latest? Piston came in? Right one?


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 28, 2017 08:09PM

No. Piston came after the machine shop closed.

Then I broke my toe.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
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10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: rficalora
Date: May 28, 2017 09:44PM

OUCH!! Not much you can do about tue toe but tape it to avoid movement from what I understand. Right foot I hope?


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 29, 2017 04:48PM

Left pinky toe. Bent out at a 45 degree angle.


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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11/06/2007 01:55PM

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1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: Dan B
Date: May 29, 2017 09:25PM

I did that one time. At Myrtle Beach. Dislocated it I think, but there is nothing you can do. Tape the toes together maybe.



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 31, 2017 01:03PM

I broke the other one many years ago, racing Robin to the bathroom when we took a movie break. Turned the corner & nearly ripped it clean off. It lacked less than a half a mm being broken clean in two. They completely immobolized it. with a special brace. If it moved & didn't heal, then it was going to be surgery & screws.

This one is doing much better. Taped it up. I felt it pop a few times when I accidently put weight on it. Yesterday, the pop really hurt. Today, it looks like I may have popped the joint back into place. No more 45 degree angle. Guess I'll skip the doctor appt & take my piston to the machine shop.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(955 posts)

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10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: May 31, 2017 09:13PM

Quote:
Guess I'll skip the doctor appt & take my piston to the machine shop..

That's what I like about Carl - always got his priorities right!


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3141 posts)

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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 02, 2017 11:14AM

Sadly, Graham, most of my life the opposite has been the norm.

In this case, it was the correct play! My toe is much improved (with just my own first aid) & I now have the new piston on the original connecting rod.

Machinist swapped the piston on the connecting rod & cleaned the carbon from the ring lands for $10 cash. Sold!

Today is my mom's Birthday so may not get much done.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3141 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 03, 2017 12:22PM

Here's my old "slipper" piston next to the full skirt OEM piston sent by Mark LaGrou. ;)

Buick 215 hi comp OEM cast piston.jpg


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5239 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Piston Skirt?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 04, 2017 11:00AM

Is that a 'reverse' slipper?

Jim
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