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Summer 1994

Welcome to the Summer 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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From the Cockpit

My quarterly homily to you this time will, of necessity, be shorter than usual, (who said ‘Good’?!). The main reason is that we are out and about at your meetings and events with the Moss Road Show and the “Mossmobile”. What with driving out to Washington D.C, then down to Atlanta, over to Arkansas and…

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“Old Sprite Drivers Never Die – They Simply Flail Away!”

How can it possibly be 25 years since I acquired my first Sprite? How could I have gotten so old and still be adolescent enough to drive a Sprite to work every day? I say adolescent because of all the British sports cars, I feel that no other has the youthful exuberance of the Sprite,…

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Tech Tips: Summer 1994

Removing MGB-(1967 on) Door Lock Harry L. Christian, Rialto, CA. Use a small geared hose clamp placed flush with the inside of the door. Draw it tight with a nut driver, and a tap on the doorlock will pop it out with no damage to the paint! By the way I really enjoy “Moss Motoring” and…

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Big Healey Seat Packing

One of the big problems in restoring an Austin-Healey, especially one that has been modified, or disassembled with all parts thrown into bushel baskets (hence the term basket case!), is that the factory parts manuals don’t always tell the whole story. Such is the case with that stuff you sit on. No, I don’t mean any…

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Through the Windscreen – Summer 1994

“Hi de Ho good neighbors”- as Wilson would say! And if you don’t know what I’m talking about you probably don’t watch one of the funniest shows on television – Home Improvement on ABC. In this series Tim Allen plays a do-it-yourself type of guy who has his own TV show on the subject. Hence…

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MG – “The Early Years” Big ‘uns and Little ‘uns!

In which we continue our series of articles on the history and development of the MG Car Company. Written by Doug Beagley of Bremerton, Washington, whom we inadvertently moved to Los Angeles in our Spring issue! Sorry Doug must have been the ‘quake that did it! It was in July 1927 when the Morris Garages were…

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Vintage Racing – Kastner Style

Bill Burroughs and Paul Smock are two of the world’s biggest Triumph fans. Bill owns a TR6 and a TR250, and Paul’s family has a TR4, a Herald and a pair of TR4As. Together Bill and Paul own the TR4A vintage race car pictured here. Bill is one of the principal voices in the Southern California…

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“Through the Dark Night Brightly”

OR ‘How I Learned to love the ground clearance of my Austin-Healey exhaust.’ The Hurst shifter and radar detector cord dangling from the sun visor should have been a dead give away. Larry was considered a novice by the Northern Ohio Valley SCCA and as such was entitled to a get-acquainted run through the autocross course, with an experienced driver before the…

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Further Thoughts on “Trickle Rebuilding”

Last year in the Summer issue of “Moss Motoring”, our R&D Manager, Chris Nowlan, expounded the theory of ‘Trickle Rebuilding”. This resulted in correspondence from several customers and we would like to share a couple of experiences with you here. First from Columbus, GA., Gary Ganaway… Chris’s article certainly hit home with me. I have been practicing…

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TR6 Front End Repair

Or else!” she said, as the car rattled over some rough road on our street, and 1 had to admit those front end sounds had begun to get rather ominous. Since we had just received stock of urethane front end bushings and my good friend (I have to say that for reasons that will soon…

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Triumph Wheels & Hubs

The TR2 through TR6 models came with pressed steel wheels as standard equipment. They ranged in width from 4″ on the early cars to 6″ on later models, all of them 15″ diameter with four bolt holes in a 4 1/2″ diameter center. Unfortunately, over the years these wheels have shown a tendency to crack…

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Forming a British Car Club

Much of the fun of owning a sports car is sharing its trials and tribulations with other people who have the same kind of car. But what if you’ve just bought your first sports car and don’t know of any clubs in your area. Well you could contact Moss Motors who maintain a comprehensive directory…

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Moss Motors British Car Festival

Fun-and-games time comes early this year with the Moss British Car Festival moving into its new summer slot. Scheduled for June 16-19, British Car folk will return to Southern California’s beautiful Santa Ynez Valley for their second annual gathering. Moss Chairman, Howard Goldman, has again invited all British Car enthusiasts to come to Flag Is…

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From the Cockpit – Summer 1994

Well, here we go, heading into the Summer, and what a relief it must be for those of you who have suffered through one of the worst winters on record, especially in the Eastern half of the nation. We knew you must have had enough of it, when customers started asking what the weather was…

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At Full Chat: Triumph Vignettes, Plus a Bit of History

By the mid-1950s, the MG and Jaguar nameplates already were well established in the United States market… synonymous with the term, sports car. But, you knew that already. Two additional nameplates appeared toward the middle of that decade in a quest for sales in a market just above the entry level MG and below the…

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Under the Bonnet – Lucas Generator Charging Systems

The D.C. charging system must provide a generator output sufficient to mcci the normal vehicle electrical load plus keep the battery charged. The generator is designed such that it must always be under some form of control, both to protect it against overload, and to protect the battery against overcharge. A control box (commonly called…

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