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Power Corrupts?

In the right hands a supercharger is a beautiful thing It’s rare in life when one gets the opportunity to build a dream car and get paid to do it. The only paramaters I had to work around were body and interior color. The body, a dark, dark blue-ish purple that is almost black—I would have picked myself. And the silver interior I certainly don’t mind at all. Quite honestly the rest of the build was, “Tom, d ...

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Wedgies Anonymous

It has become common practice in modern society to "rewrite the narrative" and look back at the past as we experienced it (at the time) and then recast it as something altogether different with the benefit of hindsight and perspective. Somewhere in the back of our collective memory I am sure we all know that the unloved TR7 was the best-selling TR of all-time. I am equally sure that we rationalize that fact ...

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A little bit of Aston Martin and a little bit of Abingdon

Dick Jacobs already had an MG dealership and was an established racer when he was asked to drive one of the prototype alloy-bodied MGA racers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955 by his friends in the BMC Competition Department at Abingdon. The race, however, was ill-fated for almost all concerned and shortly after the terrible conflagration involving the 300SLR, 100S and D-Type that resulted in the death of ...

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Part of the Family Tree

I drove to work this morning in a Triumph TR4A (which is a near perfect ride for a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway) but due to an electrical gremlin found myself coming back in a bright red Mazda Miata (NC) borrowed from the Moss stable. Many automotive pundits have christened the Miata as the perfect British sports car and during the development process of the original car its designers surrounded them ...

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Part of the Family Tree

I drove to work this morning in a Triumph TR4A (which is a near perfect ride for a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway) but due to an electrical gremlin found myself coming back in a bright red Mazda Miata (NC) borrowed from the Moss stable. Many automotive pundits have christened the Miata as the perfect British sports car and during the development process of the original car its designers surrounded them ...

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An Ebb Tide in the Desert

Searching for the meaning of life at an automobile auction is about as fruitful as searching for your soul mate on a nationally televised dating show. Nonetheless, after seeing all manner of cars cross the stages at the various auction houses at Scottsdale this past weekend I can't help but think back to my teenage self watching the previous night's episode of Black Sheep Squadron on my family's Sony Betama ...

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MGA 1600 MkII: Original Review 1961

From Motor Trend — October 1961 Author unknown This latest variation of the sports car pioneer reemphasizes all of the factors that have made it a best seller. In the jargon of the advertising trade, MG has created for itself a “favorable public image.” Favorable in this sense means that the MG is automatically recognized as a sports car by the U.S. motoring public. No one need make any excuses or qualify t ...

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Frozen Brake Caliper

How am I supposed to get THAT out? When that question comes up, an argument takes place in my brain. Half of my brain tells me I can’t do it, the other side is all can-do. The pessimist side telling the optimist side I can’t do something is like telling a dog he can’t sniff trees and fire hydrants. If you are like me, I like figuring difficult things out. I’ve been refreshing a 78 Midget that hasn’t been on ...

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DIY Rotisserie

While doing the body off restoration on my TR 250 I needed some way of rolling the body over and not dent my new rocker panels. Not having a lot of room in a two car garage and working alone most of the time, it needed to be easy to handle by one person. My brother gave me the idea and I put it into practice. Use 4 pieces of 3/4-inch plywood (the cheap stuff), and cut to shape 1-foot by 4-foot (see diagrams ...

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Crankcase Ventilation

Being a mechanic, not an automotive engineer or lawyer, I suggest you treat the message below as something to think about, not as absolute wisdom or legal advice. Two reasons for crankcase ventilation (a system of positive, purging air flow through the engine): 1) Purging water condensation from the crankcase. We all have seen the nasty effects of non-vented crankcases; a thick whitish paste of oil and wate ...

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