Daily Archives: December 1, 2000

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Tech Tips: Winter 2000

Stoplights Yes, those things at the back of our cars that we rely on to warn other motorists behind us that we are applying our brakes. Without these lights, there would be many more rear-end collisions. Since we have little or no protection at the back of our little cars, and the T-series cars have…

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Steering Wheel: Constant Validation

By Alan Paradise As an avid automotive enthusiast, I watch with much interest the current trends in new car design and technology. This observance of the marketplace has revealed two major trends: luxury SUVs and retro-styled cars. Since 1996, both of these categories have accelerated in models offered and units sold. The SUV market is…

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Steering Rack Boot Replacement

By Steve Tom The sparse instructions for replacing the steering rack boot contained in the MGB workshop manual and the more complete instructions provided in the Moss MGB catalog require removing the tie rod end from the steering arm and then counting the turns required to unscrew it from the tie rod. Separating the tie…

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MGB in the USA

By Alan Paradise In the automotive world, there are several measuring points to determine the status of a make and model. First, there is presence, or a simple form of availability. This is pretty standard stuff—even Yugo had presence. Next there is popularity, an objective term that really means people seek or desire to buy…

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Jaguar XK140: Evoluzione English Style

By Harry Newton For several decades (actually since 1955), I have listened to otherwise fair-minded enthusiasts bash the Jaguar XK140 series as a bastardization (my word) of the seminal XK120. I admit my own guilt in this regard. Now, perhaps the perspective of time has at last endowed the XK140 with recognition of its true…

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All that Glitters is not Gold

By Geoff Wheatley “So how many classic cars have you restored?” is a standard question that I get asked at virtually every car show that I attend. The next question is “How much do I have to invest to get a nice car like yours?” This is followed by “So what’s this car worth?” My…

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Abingdon in the 1930s, Part II

To read the first part of this series, click the following link: Part 1 In which Sam Bennett continues his story of life in the MG factory during the emergence of the MG sports car. By Marcham Rhoade I carried on working in the rectification department for some time on the J2s being produced at…

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Where’s the Fun Gone in Motorsport?

By Paul Richardson Things have changed big time in motor racing since the ’50s and ’60s, and many questions are regularly asked to the effect of, “Where’s the fun gone in motorsport?” or “Why are there so many examples of bad sportsmanship in motor racing these days?” In my opinion, it’s a question of character…

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