Spring 1994

Welcome to the Spring 1994 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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Just Driftin’

“To all the cars I’ve loved before, that wandered in and out my door, I’m glad they came along and I dedicate this column to all the cars I’ve loved before…” 1956 was the year that I really and truly got hooked on motor sport, I mean all aspects. Rallying, Hill Climbs, Mud Plugs, Ice Racing, (Rubber to…


Club Scene – Spring 1994

To paraphrase Monday Night Football, “Are we ready for some meetings”?! The golden Summer of 1994 stretches invitingly ahead of US with a myriad of spectacular events which ate just waiting for us to attend. If you doubt this, take a look at the page opposite, the Moss Motoring Events calendar, and if you can’t…


From the Cockpit – Spring 1994

Recently I was driving around Los Angeles on one of the myriad freeways that criss cross the City of Angels, although there was nothing at all angelic about this particular day! Raining, six lanes of backed up traffic, accidents all over the place, rowing up and down through the gearbox, stop and start, stop and…


MG YT, A Very Special Sports Car

Back in 1949 we were living in a suburb of Chicago, however I frequently went to New York city on business. Our family car was a Crosley sedan-yes that’s right- tin and cardboard with a brazed steel engine! We were however looking for a better car and eyed Singers, Morris’s, Morgans, Hillmans, Sunbeams, and of course…


The Collier Cup

Regular followers will no doubt look back on the past few years as the “formative ones” in the development of our Moss Motorsports program. From humble enough beginnings, which included a small bunch of dedicated and, no less persistent, weekend racers, our sponsorship program has grown to include over twenty-five race teams and occupies a…


One of the Men Behind the Big Healey

Interview with Roger Menadue, Conclave ’93 In 1939, a friend of mine who was with Armstrong Whitworth, the aircraft manufacturer encouraged me to go and work in their plant. I had always been interested in aviation and it seemed an ideal position. However when the war broke out in September we were ‘frozen’ in our…


Clutch Parts Identification

Do you know what kind of clutch set-up you have in your Big Healey? Do you know what are the correct replacement pans to order to overhaul your clutch? Well, a good friend of mine recently needed a “sanity check” to help identify the clutch parts found in his 3000 MK II BT7 center shifter so…


Tech Tip – Spring 1994

TR3 Cam Replacement Randall Gill, Clearwater, FL Recently, I had to change the camshaft in my TR3 due to a damaged fuel pump lobe. Engine otherwise in excellent condition (head, valves, etc.). I found a way to change the camshaft without the cost and labor of pulling the cylinder head. Remove the rocker arm shaft…


How To Fold and Care for Your Convertible Top

This may sound straightforward enough, but it’s surprising how many people fold their soft tops away incorrectly and then wonder why they fall apart prematurely (the tops, not the people, as far as we know…). Look after your top and it should be able to perform (i.e. look good and keep the rain on side)…


Triumphest 1993 – Sacramento

Triumphest here I come! The TR6 has a full tank of gas, a trunk full of clothes, and the requisite number of spares and tools: I’m off! First stop out of Santa Barbara  is Lompoc to meet Eric Wilhelm with the Moss TR3 and then it’s open road to the Harris Ranch along I-5. Here we…


British Car Fun & Games

Many local clubs arc now contemplating organizing small tests of driving skill in what are known as funkhanas. a word which comes from a juxtaposition of Fun and Gymkhana. It’s difficult sometimes to know exactly what kind of test to arrange which will let the participant have run, and at the same time not damage or…


Origins of the MG Car Company

In the Fall 1993 issue of Moss Motoring we introduced Doug who is a long time MG enthusiast,and we began a series of articles on the history and development of the MG motor car from its earliest days. When we last left Doug he had just introduced us to a young chap called Cecil Kimber, known…


Daddy’s Little Helper

Like most men, I have been an automobile freak since I was a small child. Now that I’m a big child, I own a sports car that I’m in the process of restoring. Two short summers ago, I tackled an engine rebuild with the assistance of my daughter Lisa, who was three at the time….


Heel and Toe, and Double Clutch Techniques

I remember my first drive in a British Sports car quite well. I was five or six years old and the car was an MGA with three large holes in the floor. Being British, the gentleman driving it explained to me that the revving of the engine was partly in aid of “declutching”. Given the…


In Memoriam: MG Enthusiast, Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, of Cleveland Ohio and friend of the Moss Motors family for many years, passed away peacefully on October 24th at the age of 66. Paul exemplified the spirit of the true vintage sports car enthusiast by driving his TC and TD perhaps hundreds of thousands of miles all over the continental U.S. and Canada….

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