Welcome to the Summer 2004 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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Tech Q&A

By Kelvin Dodd Jag Balljoint Replacement I purchased a one-piece lower balljoint and tried to install it in my E-Type vertical link. The hole was too small and the rubber boot was damaged. Did I get the wrong part? —Tom Southland Jaguar designed one-piece balljoints for the 1988 XJ6, and the lower one can replace…


New Mini vs. Classic Cooper S

Has BMW bred the Britishness out of the new cutemobile? By Robert Goldman Photos By Bill Delaney While the recently deceased “classic” Beetle may forever hold the position of subcompact sales champion, one could argue that the classic Mini was a car of greater historical importance. Don’t believe me? Go out and purchase a new…


MGB Chrome Bumper Conversion

By Tom Morr Photos By Eric Wilhelm Now rubber-bumpered Bs can go retro thanks to a new chrome-bumper conversion kit. If you’re lucky enough to own a pristine MGB, keep it that way and watch its value increase. For everyone else who doesn’t have a megabuck auction car or 90-point show-stopper, any modifications that enhance…

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Jaguar XJS: Growing into a Classic

By John Rettie Photos by Scott Dahlquist Quick. Note your first reaction the next time you see a Jag XJ-S on the street. It’s a pretty striking grand touring car, isn’t it? However, old-time Jaguar fans’ initial reactions are often ones of disgust. Disgust is perhaps too strong a word, but when Jaguar introduced the…


Editorial: Magazines and Parts Prices

Moss Motors ferrets out the best possible prices for our customers, even when that means squirreling away less profit. Love of British sportscars aside, Moss Motors customers have another common denominator: They aren’t shy. You let us know in no uncertain terms what you thought about our abbreviated edition of British Motoring. That issue was…


British Value Guide: Triumph TR2/TR3

While the Triumph name and competition reputation predate WWII, Americans are most familiar with the robust roadsters and Triumph-badged Standard saloons (sedans) built after the war by the newly formed Standard Triumph Motor Company. Director Sir John Black combined the solid and dependable Standard with the sporty, almost hand-crafted, Triumph sportsters into his own vision…


2004 VARA/Moss British Extravaganza

Number 9 was mighty fine By Tom Morr Photos By Tom Morr Few things are as annoying as a song that sticks in the back of your mind. Personally speaking, the underscore for this year’s VARA/Moss British Extravaganza was number nine, number nine from the Beatles White Album. (The fact that this was the ninth…


Modern Tires For Classic British Sports Cars

One of the most frequently asked questions faced by the Moss Motors technical department is, “What size tire should I buy?” In response, here’s a size-matters look at the four black round things that keep your sports car from dragging on the ground. Luckily, British sports cars were originally designed with a fairly limited range…


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