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    Engine Repair

    Hello from the Southeastern USA.
    I'm a new LBC owner and although fairly mechanical I've got some issues with my '67 series V that are out of my comfort range. After removing the exhaust manifold to replace a striped stud I was looking into the "ports"(to see what I could see) and the first two exhaust valves seem ok but the 3+4 don't, they've got a build up on them that looks like fried rubber(I don't really know what it is) anyway I believe the head is in need of a rebuild.. any engine mechanics out there ?? In the Atlanta, Georgia or surrounding areas.
    Any advice from folk not in this area? It would be great to be driving this spring,as we missed most of the fall driving days due to a few other problems.
    Thanks for your advice and comments.
    Tom J
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    Re: Engine Repair

    Tom, welcome aboard. It sounds like the buildup on the valves is baked on oil, usually indicative of either worn valve guides, or bad valve stem seals. If it's not smoking, or only smokes a small amount on start up, I wouldn't be too concerned. If there are other issues concerning the head, when you have it done, ask to have the aforementioned items checked before they knock out the guides, just so you'll know.
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    Thanks Jeff, Actually the car doesn't smoke at all(loose oil by drips) and was running pretty good, although it seemed to be loosing power just a bit. I'm still looking around for mechanical repair.
    Have a good winter. Do you ice fish?
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    Tom, no ice fishing for me. When the temperature drops down below about 50, you'll find me inside with a good book, rather than out in the cold!
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    Re: Engine Repair

    I'm wiht Jeff on this. If it's running OK, a modest build-up on the valves is no big deal.
    You can help reduce this build up in the future by making sure the car has new spark plugs, clean air filter(s), good ignition points, good spark plug wires, etc....in other words, basic tune-up stuff.

    If you do need a mechanic, here's a good place to start (I don't know any of these guys):

    https://www.mgcars.org.uk/garages/Georgia.html

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    Re: Engine Repair

    Wow! How did you find that page?? I looked lots of places and found "nada" At least now I've got a place to start.. many thanks!!
    Tom J
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