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Tech Tip – Random Knocking

From Moss Motoring 1985 Kevin Edgley Duncan, OK A random ‘knocking’ or ‘clattering’ sound at idle on MGBs with the 3-bladed fan may be due to bad rubber grommets in the fan mounting holes. The sound is similar to that made by a bad water pump bearing. To check the fan, rotate it first one…

Trivia Test: TRs at the Movies

From Moss Motoring 1985 by Bea Meyer Fogelsvillle, Pa We all know that the real star of the movie ‘Diner’ was a red TR-3A, but Triumphs have appeared in many other films, both American and foreign. Test your knowledge to see how many of the following questions you can answer correctly. The answers follow. In…

Tech Tip – Bumper Beautification

From Moss Motoring 1985 By Bob Barcus My heart skipped a beat just over a year ago when I got my first look at the deep red 1974 MGB in a garage outside of Cleveland. The ad said it was in ’excellent condition’ and that it was. Stored winters and run only on dry summer…

Automobiles Anonymous

From Moss Motoring 1985  by Pete Cosmides I call it automobilism; the burning desire for things automotive. That’s anything automotive; real cars, models, toys, posters, photos, etc. You know you’re really hooked when you start spending ridiculous amounts of money for an auto part only because its NOS (new old stock) or NLS (no longer…

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Unique MG Twin Cams

From Moss Motoring 1985 by Lawrie Alexander The double overhead camshaft engine fitted to the MGA Twin-Cam models was known as much for its notorious unreliability as for its 108 bhp output. Clearly, this head design extracts more power from a given displacement and some manufacturers achieved solid commercial success with it (Alfa Romeo, Fiat,…

Tech Tips: Letters

From Moss Motoring 1985 OVERHEATING? Just a couple of things I figured out the hard way. First of all, on overheating. If the heater is on when the engine is running hot, and the condition of the heater valve is at all questionable, it is not advisable to turn off the valve. As long as…

The ‘Laws’ for British Sports Cars

From Moss Motoring 1985 By Don Hayward Many distinguished scientists have worked their entire lives to try and figure out why British autos never seem to obey any scientific laws known to man. Most of us are familiar with the physical laws thought up by Isaac Newton, the guy who invented gravity. He said things like…

Tech – A ‘Knock Knock’ That Was No Joke

From Moss Motoring 1985 A knock in a worn engine is relatively easy to diagnose, but-what about a knock-in a freshly rebuilt engine? Especially one which has been assembled with great care in respect of bearing clearances and piston fit? We recently came across a very annoying problem which had an unusual cause… Subject: An…

Additional Leather Tips

From Moss Motoring 1985 by Michael A Mascelli Latham, NY Dear Moss Folks, Thanks for the great newsletter! I read your recent leather upholstery tips and from my long experience with leather seats I would like to offer the following additional tips: 1. Consumers should be aware that while ‘Lexol’ will in fact soften even severely…

A Complete Carburettor Rebuild

From Moss Motoring 1985 Rebushing carburettor bodies and fitting new throttle shafts is a major part of a proper carb rebuild that is often overlooked. Vacuum leaks due to worn bodies and shafts cause rough idle, poor performance and poor fuel economy. Checking the shaft and body clearance is a simple matter of wiggling the…

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