Daily Archives: March 1, 1999

England in 1999

I’ve lost count of the number of times the following phone conversation has taken place: “Hi Ken, the wife and I are off to England and we’d like to know where to go and what to see, automobile-wise.” “When are you going?” I usually ask. “Thursday,” is the reply, this conversation taking place the previous…

Tech Tips: Spring 1999

My tip concerns the removal of stuck pistons from brake cylinders. Air pressure usually works, but then you spend the rest of the afternoon looking for the parts on the floor! I have taken some old brake line nuts and drilled them out then tapped them to take grease fittings. Now, with a grease gun,…

At Full Chat: Spring 1999

Nostalgia…35 years ago, I served for a year as President of the Westchester Sports Car Club in suburban New York. After a year as Activities Chairman and another year as the club’s Veep, one virtually could rely on being elected president. Club activities included a monthly dinner meeting, complete with a guest speaker and a…

Sprinzel Speaking

As I spent so many years playing with Sprites, folks think I have something against the “Big” Healey, but in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. I started motorsport around the time of the Healey 100’s introduction, and as many of the enthusiasts of the day, coveted one of these great-looking sports cars….

Spitfire Saga

This story starts with the purchase of a 1974 Spitfire body two years ago. The owner of the car body tried to install a 20R Toyota engine and five-speed tranny. This didn’t work at all, so I sold the Toyota gear and purchased a 1972 Spitfire parts car for $250. This car had an engine…

Through the Windscreen: Spring 1999

Well folks, here we go again! After the long winter of our discontent, including military action, political shenanigans, and everyone telling us what’s bad/good for us, we can escape from all this and into the wonderful world of our little British cars during the year ahead. What do we have to look forward to? Many,…

The Top-Down World

There’s one question overheard so often at a British car show that you have to work hard to suppress your natural strangling reflex. After a few idle questions about the paint job and how fast the car goes, the casual observer gets to what he’s dying to ask: “What’s a car like this worth?” We…

Oh the Joys: Spring 1999

Your Editor asked me to pen some words on the practicalities of classic car motoring in Britain, so that these might be compared with how things are done in the USA. Although the cars themselves may be the same, save for the position of the steering wheel, the rules and customs that govern their use…

The Nut Behind the Wheel: Spring 1999

In a recent issue of British Car, there’s an excellent article written by Australian Pat Quinn regarding the restoration of his Austin-Healey BN3. What’s a BN3, you ask? Well, Pat has restored the first of the two prototype four cylinder test vehicles into which Donald Healey and crew stuffed the soon to be introduced six…

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