Daily Archives: June 1, 2003

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Cooling System Fault-Finding

Motoring grace under heat and pressure By Les Bengtson British sportscars have an undeserved reputation for being coolant geysers. One of the most common fallacies is that their radiators aren’t up to the task of preventing boil-overs. The reality is that properly functioning factory cooling systems normally do a sufficient job of keeping these cars’…

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2003 VARA British Extravaganza

Pre-War cars and mud bogs flavor the 8th annual event By Leonard Emanuelson & Tom Morr For the eighth straight year, Moss Motors teamed up with the Vintage Automobile Racing Association (VARA) to produce the British Extravaganza. The largest car show and vintage race of its type on the West Coast, the British Extravaganza attracts…

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Tech Q&A: Summer 2003

By Kelvin Dodd SU Fuel Pump Retrofit I want to re-install the original SU electric fuel pump in my car, but the original steel lines have been cut. Is there any easy way of doing this? —John Campbell The original SU fuel pump is a very reliable unit, so refitting it is a good idea….

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Resto-Mod MGB

Resto-Mod MGB A slalom-crazy wolf in sheep’s clothing By Jonathan Lane, photography by Scott Dahlquist Many cars live out their lives providing basic transportation, occasionally basking in the glory of a fresh oil change or a new set of tires. However, they eventually succumb to the creaks and groans of old age, ending up in…

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MGB Supercharging

Moss Motors’ new MGB force-feeder increases flywheel horsepower by up to 50% By Leonard Emanuelson Resto-mod is a pretty cool concept. It allows you to keep everything you love about your classic British sportscar and change everything you don’t. You may love the way it looks, but hate the lack of power. Love the way…

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Editorial: What’s Next?

By Leonard Emanuelson Nothing pumps up our enthusiasm like attending the VARA/Moss British Extravaganza—so many cars, so little time. In spite of threatening weather, a bumper crop of British sportscars attended. BM editor Tom Morr and myself hit the ground running, literally melting down the batteries in our digital Nikons. The event coverage in this…

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Corralling the Horses

Install a rev limiter to keep RPM under wraps Story and photos by Leonard Emanuelson Racers aren’t the only ones concerned with over-revving their cars. Parents of teenaged drivers who own classic sportscars undoubtedly wonder what kind of abuse their engines undergo when the kids borrow the keys on Friday nights. Installing a rev limiter…

MGB Radiator Replacement

MGB Radiator Replacement The smell of warm anti-freeze and the ’62 MGB’s right-pointing water temperature gauge indicated a serious cooling problem. Lifting the hood confirmed it: green wetness adhering to the soundproofing on the bonnet’s underside. This almost 40-year-old radiator had served well and recently survived a cross-country odyssey. However, the metal top-hose outlet had…

Adding an Electric Fan

By Tom Morr Auxiliary fans are a relatively easy and affordable way to improve cooling performance. They keep the cool air flowing across the radiator’s fins, which can be particularly beneficial in stop-and-go conditions. The Moss catalog lists the recommended fan sizes for various British sportscars; our guinea-pig TR6 here takes a 14-inch kit (231-658)….

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