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Winter 1985

Welcome to the Winter 1985 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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Continuing the Tradition: Custom Deluxe Seat Kits

Styled in the tradition of the great British coachbuilders, Moss Custom Deluxe Seat Kits offer the rich look and feel of the interiors found in coach trim­med cars such as Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin. The Moss Custom Deluxe Kits feature carefully stitched, thick, padded leather or vinyl covers with matching or con­trasting…

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Care Tip – Leather Upholstery

Easy care is one of the advantages of owning a leather interior. Everyday dirt and grime can be removed with a soft cloth and mild soapsuds in warm water. Dry the surface with a clean turkish towel. Use extra care to get the seams and piping dry. When clean and dry, apply a reliable leather…

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Toggle Turn-On

From Moss Motoring 1985 Toggle switches turn me on. There is undoubtedly something pro­foundly Freudian in this attachment to toggles. But there is no way I want to get into that. Slide switches are disdained. Push but­tons are but tolerated, rockers remind one of the safety fanatics’ fondness for bland switching devices. The Austin America…

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Letters to the Editor

I thoroughly enjoy your Motoring Newsletter and I look forward to receiving it often. The hints are good, the topics cover all my cars, and the personal interest articles are extremely interesting! Thank you for providing the extra touch to your fine Moss Motors service – your sale items are most appreciated, too. Best of luck- from a sea…

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Tech Tip – About Wire Wheels

By Lawrie Alexander One of the less popular aspects of wire wheels is that they tend to go ‘out-of-tune’ and need occasional straightening (or ‘truing’). This is caused by the spokes stretching and by the spoke holes wearing, both of which result in a change in spoke tension; This causes the rim to run out-of-round. Consider that…

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Tech Tip – Stretched Cylinder Head Studs

During an engine rebuild, be sure and check the condition of the head studs. They should be straight, with the threads clean and tight in the block. They should not have damaged threads or be ‘stretched—this occurs after being torqued and re-torqued, used and re-used (a common event in a 30 yr. old engine). This…

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Tech Tip – Bras

A bra will go a long way toward protecting your car from stone chips and bugs, but don’t leave a wet bra on the car. Moisture trapped between the bra and the paint causes paint spotting and rust formation in the body seams. Remove the bra at first opportunity and let everything dry out.    

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Tech Tip – Preventing Dead Batteries

My ’54 TF developed a condition that would result in a dead battery after being parked for more than a month. Normal trouble shooting tests revealed a constant current drain of about .2 amps. The problem was traced to the horns. It seems that rain water had entered them and built up a conductive layer of corrosion…

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Call Incredible Express

From Moss Motoring 1985 When Rick Green called me from St Louis and told me that he had purchased an MG while in California, I thought that was great. ‘Hey, Rick, let me drive it out to St Louis, I’ve never been to that part of the country.’ It took a while to convince him…

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Club Corner – How to Form A Club

By Lawrie Alexander Ed. Note: This is the first in a series of how-to’ features, relating to car clubs. This month: forming a club: future issues will cover organizing rallies, driving events, gymkhanas & social occasions. Contributions are welcome from any of our readers who have comments on what we propose or suggestions of their…

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