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MGB/GT A/C Installation by John Rachow

1974 MGB/GT Chrome Bumper.
On a summer day in North Carolina this is one HOT ride. That’s why I decided to install air conditioning in it.

I bought a used MOSS Motors A/C kit off Craigslist. The MOSS motors kit is specifically manufacture for MGB’s. The previous owner had removed it from an MGB/GT after only one season of use. He had everything packaged up in original boxes, and had all the hardware bagged and labeled. A new drier was included with the sale.

Installation began with the draining of coolant and removing the radiator and core support. This allowed for removal of belts and alternator. Installed compressor in alternator location, new brackets above compressor. Reinstalled alternator and belts.

Reinstalled radiator support and radiator. Also installed new fan shroud for more air flow through condenser and radiator (recommended by MOSS). To accomplish this oil cooler needed to be relocated, and new location for oil lines below radiator support. Oil line holes will be used for A/C lines.

Next moved on to the installation of the evaporator in passenger’s side foot well. Mounting bracket used existing holes in firewall. Installed evaporator (twice), A/C lines had to be connected before mounting and passed through firewall. Mounted fan and compressor switches. Next installed four A/C ducts and vents, limited space back of dash.

Location of Relays and fuses in the wiring harness found and mounted. Connection of power wire to starter terminal made. Wire to keyed fuse made. Ground connection made. Temperature probe mounted in radiator, completed electrical work.

Installation of A/C lines from condenser to compressor, from condenser to evaporator, from evaporator to compressor were made.

Filled radiator with water and antifreeze. Topped off oil because of cooler relocation.

Once installation was complete (approx. 15 hours), I had Gary Nye of Basically British, charge the A/C system. Have not had the opportunity to really try it out yet but it does blow cold air.

So now being a HOT ride, it is also a COOL ride.

2020 March Madness Drive!

We had a great turnout for this year’s drive with 18 cars and 27 members and guests. The weather was cloudy with moderate temperatures but the rain held off. Our route went from west Asheville into Hot Springs, NC with a stop at Trust General Store & Cafe. Then we headed back along the French Broad River finishing with lunch at White Duck Taco on Riverside Drive in Asheville.
Thank you Tray Houston for hosting this event.
Photos by Terry Ramsey and Gene Carter.

2019 FBCC and BCCWNC Veteran’s Day Tour

Sunday, November 10, 2019 offered beautiful fall weather as Dennis Somerville led his 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Tour with members from both FBCC and BCCWNC.  43 cars participated with a visit to the Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower where Dennis and Kathy recognized our Veterans.  The drive continued to lunch at Mica’s Restaurant in Cashiers.

FBCC Veterans
Denny Somerville USMC – Sgt
Gerald Medford US Navy – AMH3
SFC Rick Pitts US Army – SFC
Jud Chapin US Air Force – Capt.
Wayne Telman US Navy – E6/ET1
Marjorie Holtzclaw US Navy – E5
Jay Coffey US Army – 1st Lt
Bob Bigelow US Air Force – E4
Peter Dejong Dutch Army – Surveyor
BCCWNC Veterans
Fred Wescoe US Air Force – SSgt
Tray Houston USMC – Sgt
Larry Griswold US Air Force – Lt. Col.
George DeWalder US Army – Sgt

Thank you Dennis and Kathy Somerville for hosting this event.
Photos by Terry Ramsey and Kelly Jones.

2019 Mt. Mitchell Circumnavigation

Friday, October 18, 2019 was an outstanding fall day for this event with cool morning temperatures and plenty of sunshine.  We started with a back roads drive from the Folk Art Center to downtown Burnsville with lunch at the Garden Deli.  As we turned left off US Hwy 19E onto Main St. in Burnsville, we passed an outdoor art project featuring a 22-foot-tall solar “telescope” with hand-blown glass bulbs.  Please see this link for more details:
Follow the Light
After lunch, our drive headed south to the Blue Ridge Parkway and on to Mt. Mitchell.  Clear skies made for beautiful mountain views in all directions from the top of Mt. Mitchell.
Thank you Tom Young for hosting this event.
Photos by Terry Ramsey and Gene Carter