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FALL 2005

Welcome to the Fall 2005 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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2005 British Extravaganza

Moss and VARA celebrate a decade of success By Ken Smith It hardly seems possible that a decade has passed since I took my little sportscar up to what seemed to be the end of the world. In 1996, Dr. Dan Longacre (who raced a 1964 MGB at that time) and The Vintage Auto Racing…

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TR6 Tube Shock Conversion: Modern Shocks and Competition Coils Give Real Handling Rewards

The rear end of a TR6 responds well to simple upgrades that enhance ride quality and drivability. With a few items from the Moss Motors catalog and a Saturday afternoon, your TR can become a much more civilized and competent driver—with real rewards coming during spirited driving. Positive word-of-mouth from fellow Southern California Triumph Owners…

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"The Auslin-Healey 3000 Sports Convertible is an occasional four-sealer, with clean, stylish lines
presenting a delightfully appealing picture from any angle. Soundly designed from bumper to bumper, the Sports Convertible has a four-speed synchromesh gearbox transmitting power to a hypoid rear axle. Wire wheels, fitted with 5.90-15 Road Speed tires, and a fine range of single or dual-tone colour schemes,
with suitably toned interior trim, are available as standard equipment."

British Value Guide: Big Healeys

Everyone loves Big Healeys: They’ve been the top-o-the-pops sportscars with Americans since the first BNI was dropped on the dock in 1953. The car was designed and developed by British sporting-car legend Donald Healey for British Motor Corporation (BMC). Healey built some mighty fine Riley-based speciality sportsters just after WWII and worked with the American…

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This C’s Worth Seeing: A Look at a Rare GT Automatic

One of the many outstanding cars on display at the Moss 2005 Buttonwillow British Extravaganza was the 1969 MGC-GT owned by Bob and Sandie Swain of Manteca, California. We asked Bob—a professional turf specialist who actually gets paid to spend time on golf courses—to give us a few details on this beautiful Abingdon product. In…

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MGC: The Orphan of Abingdon

I could never understand why there was such a general dislike of the MGC, which was introduced in October 1967. The “Big” Healey had been a pretty popular and successful sports car, but the MGB’s chassis was far superior, lighter, and handled better than the big brother. I also couldn’t quite figure out why there…

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Mighty Midget: One Big Bad Blown Midget

If drivers match their cars, as owners match their dogs, then a glance at my MG midget clearly suggest that I wish to be an irresponsible teenager. Caring not a whit for safety, I am an immortal, screaming down the road with blaring exhaust, and my hair on fire. Please disregard the overweight, middle-aged man…

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Tech Q&A: Fall 2005

By Kelvin Dodd Bushings and Ride Height I recently installed new front and rear suspension bushings in my car and now it doesn’t sit level. How can the bushings change the ride height? —Jeremy Feldman The answer requires a brief description of the three major types of bushings used in British car suspensions: Unsupported rubber:…

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Editorial: Inside Moss R&D

Our commitment to manufacturing exciting new products By Robert Goldman You might think we would have run out of new product ideas by now. After all, it’s been 25 years since the last classic British sportscars rolled off the line. The facts are that we’re busier than ever imagining, designing, and fabricating our way through…

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Britfest 2005

A classic bash without the London weather By Giles Kenyon Despite the forecaster’s predictions that rain and storms would put a damper on Britfest 2005 this past May, the weather at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, New Jersey, was sunny and dry. In typical British fashion, so was much of the humor on the premises….

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