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Fall 1986

Welcome to the Fall 1986 issue of Moss Motoring. Immerse yourself in a vast range of stories that range from personal profiles, to technical advice, and more. We promise it’s a ride worth your while. Browse the articles below.

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What Causes Brake Fade?

Most of us who have owned British sports cars, especially those fitted with drum brakes, have experienced the frustration of brake fade. That helpless, empty feeling after a series of high speed stops of pushing harder and harder on the brake pedal only to have die cars low down with the agility of an ocean liner….

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VTR Convention: A Huge Success

August and the green, rolling hills around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were filled with Triumphs. The 1986 Vintage Triumph Register Convention attracted more cars of a single British marque than had ever before come together in North America. There were enthusiasts from Arizona and Hawaii, Michigan and Vermont. (A TR250 from Concord, California, won the trophy for…

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Lucas Wiring: A Simplified Approach

Lucas wiring systems as used on virtually all British cars since the 1930’s are a source of frustration and bewilderment to a great many sports car enthusiasts. In fact,  Lucas wiring is clearly engineered around a standardized color code and cable size formula. This system is used on all British sports cars and once understood…

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Fast Idle

Every now and again, I get a letter that has a little dig in it about driving in California. Usually very subtle, they go something like’Too bad your cars wear out so quickly from being driven all year1 or “The reason that there are relatively few cherry MGAs in California must be that you folks…

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Austin Healey 100-4, 100-6, & 3000

The Big Healeys…the name of a book (Moss No. 213-000) and a phrase spoken with reverence by all who love the cars that evolved from Donald Healey’s genius. They were big, in value performance and in the impact they had on the sports car marketplace between 1953 and 1967. The enthusiasm that follows them today…

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Club Corner

The advent of winter severely curtails the use of our beloved sports cars (except for those of us lucky enough to live where snow, salty roads and lots of rain are seen only on the national weather report). Club activities now lean more toward parties than driving events, so I thought we’d devote this month’s…

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Bob’s Garage – Fall 1986

Once before, I described my preparations for a cross country trip. Fortunately, the cursory examination I gave the two cars was sufficient, I might have done something to prevent a wheel falling off the TR6. However, that’s another story best left for others to tell. The Ocean to Ocean T Tourist Trophy provided considerable insight…

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