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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

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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…

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…

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ECCO MGB SU Fuel Pump Review: Part 377-162

The Story of the Kiwi Composite Fuel Pump By: Dr. Michael J. Austin Keeping a classic on the road is a challenge and poses many questions to ownership. Do you restore, preserve, update, or modify? When does a classic, due to modifications, become more of a replica of its original self? When is the “character”…

MGB GT Reborn Electric

A long, long time ago, when my wife and I started to shop for a car we fell in love with an MGB/GT, and this became our first new car in 1968. When our children came along and we needed more cargo space, we purchased a station wagon. Several years later, when our youngsters were…

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The Lucas Uncertainty Principle

One of the basic laws of Physics is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. This states that it is impossible to know both the position and the momentum of a subatomic particle at the same time. Personally, I am astounded that physicists can know either of these two properties. Of course, physicists work in air conditioned laboratories,…

Field Notes: Safety

Protect Yourself When Welding, Cutting and Grinding Fact: Humans by nature will sidestep that which is awkward or difficult in favor of the easy way. If you can’t find your gloves or if you can’t pick up a small piece of hot metal with your heavy welding gloves on, you will probably try to do…

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