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Winter 2013

Welcome to the Winter 2013 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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A Dear School

“Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.” Ben Franklin may not have owned an MG, but he was wise enough to leave that advice for MG owners. Recently I took bits of my MG engine to a machine shop to be examined, ground, bored, and otherwise refreshed, and I realized…


Steel, Leather and Gasoline

Steel, Leather and Gasoline: a combination that can make powerful men weak, weak men feel strong and virtually all men affected. Inauspicious in their origins, yet in their final forms, they are things of wonder, works of art. The blending of these disparate components is nowhere better rendered than in the classic automobile from the…

Cary Smith of Specialized Welding running a MIG bead.

Choosing a Welding Machine

Sparking Controversy: Which welding machine is right for you? Sooner or later it’s going to happen and you won’t resist the urge any longer. You’re going to get a welding machine. But what kind? What type of welding you plan to do. What projects may arise in the future that you might need a better…

Five years after its rescue, the TD made its debut at the Western Washington ABFM, where it won 2nd place in its class.

My Little Red Therapist

Over the years, there have been times when I thought car projects would drive me crazy. My son Jonathan and I both owned MGBs that we maintained and restored. Armed with the shop manual, every MG repair book written, Moss catalogs, and a good supply of parts, I learned a lot about how to keep…


Bucket List

It is not unusual for people to think I’m a little off. We are all entitled to our opinions. Life is a series of lines on a to-do list. We get to choose which lines we cross off before we kick the bucket. When I joined the Texas Triumph Register, I had no idea the…


A Life Well Lived

A group of us bench racers club members were at Al Moss’ house one day. Somewhere during the conversation he casually asked if anyone wanted a sure fire way to win a bet with other car club members. Who wouldn’t want an iron-clad bet winner? Al proceeded to claim he could bend an MG-T engine…


The Things You Do For Love

MyHusbandTheEngineer has a green car. He adoringly calls it a ’57 Austin Healey 100-6, BN4. I would turn it into a planter upon his demise, but he’s sunk too much money in it. The green car has no shock absorbers (“shocks” to the intelligentsia), radio (but you couldn’t hear it over the din of the…


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