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A second photo on the Blue Ridge Parkway during the Carolinas Austin-Healey Club annual mountain trip.
Larry Griswold and Fred Wescoe on Aug. 8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Richland Balsam during the Carolinas Austin-Healey Club annual mountain trip. Driving conditions were perfect that morning and about 20 Austin-Healeys from NC, SC, GA and TN participated.
Early 1974 MGB (chrome bumpers)
35,000 miles, 4 speed manual transmission, Mechanically and electrically sound, Black convertible top, full tonneau cover, Pertronix ignition, New tires, Monza exhaust, Updated interior – Moto-Lita wooden steering wheel and shifter, new carpet, Pieces of Eight gas struts for bonnet and boot.
• Several manuals, books, DVD
• Hydraulic jack, jack stands
• Various tools – bullet crimper, bullet closing tool, carb synchronizer
• Second sent of chrome bumpers, miscellaneous parts
All service performed by Made in England and MG Limited in Milwaukee, WI
Service diary and all receipts available for review
Price: $6,000 / OBO
Contact Andrew K. at Andrew.email@example.com or 612-384-5376 with your interest or a test drive.
2002 Jaguar XK8 / 4 liter aluminum V8 with automatic transmission.
The car has 73K miles, is in excellent shape, always garaged.
Exterior color is Pacific Blue with dark blue top. Interior is tan leather, Wilton carpeting with high-quality rubber floor mats. Premium alpine stereo, radio, CD and cassette player and a navigation system in the center dash. 245/45-ZR-18 Continental Extreme Contact tires installed in 2013 (mileage was 64,141). New battery and all service records including all the original manuals. I am asking $10,500.00.
Jon Michael Riley / Phone- 828-699-2801 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our club email address received a message from John Lampley who has some MG Midget parts for sale. He accumulated these parts while racing a Midget in SCCA.
For more information, contact:
John Lampley: email@example.com
Our club email address received a message from Aaron Dison who is looking for a Triumph GT6 to “fix up and turn into something really nice”. He prefers something that doesn’t run and has been collecting dust for a long time. Doesn’t have to be 100% complete as long as it has the chassis, engine and a good percentage of the odd bits. He plans to strip it to the frame and replace/repair almost everything. He lives in Asheville and would like to find a car within a half-day’s drive. Please contact:
Aaron Dison: firstname.lastname@example.org
this will be our new family member, as soon as we get all the paper work complete
If there is any one interested in starting up in powder coating. I have everthing you need for a price that can’t be beat
Our 1967 Triumph Vitesse, in Round Rock TX
New members mark & linda riesch
very nice drive, looking forward to meeting more members
Our second drive hosted by Terry Ramsey was a great success. We tried a new venture. Two groups of cars, one slower group and then minutes later a faster group. The drives were asked to chose which group they wanted. At 10am the first group left with David Wood as the leader. At 10:10am the second group left with Terry at the lead. We all met up at the Lake Lure/Rutherford County Visitors Center for a rest stop, with social distancing. Some of the drivers elected to switch from one group to the other and of we went again 10 minutes apart. We ended our drive at Food Lion in Fairview and as drivers and their copilots got out of their cars they were so excited about the run. They all said please lets try this again, They loved the two group venture. So if we have more than 12 cars signed up for a drive they want to do it again. Thanks to all who went on this drive you all made history.
I just turned in two sets of jacks stands today. No replacements in stock.
ANOTHER SAFETY RECALL. About a month ago, (as seen here in the Comments section) Harbor Freight had a recall on some of their jack stands. Well, some of the replacement jack stands are now recalled because of the weld splitting (breaking). The new recall is for the Pittsburgh 3 ton jack stand, SKU number 56373
They say take them out of service immediately and return them to Harbor Freight for a refund or replacement.
An article has been posted to the Tech Tips page of our website providing complete details:
The bodywork still in progress is worth a quick pic. The new inner fenders required welded crossbars to work for a proper alignment with inner fenders then weld them into wheel wells. He has checked fit of the hood and has my shop manual to remain cognizant of specs. Work slowed down due to covid.
My 1964 Triumph TR4 started in Shelby at Colbertts Auto Restoration for key adjustments for new inner fenders, upper and lower valance to then do paint. Given shop owners knowledge of restoration I elected to have a full frame-off nut and bolt. After full teardown, blasting, cleaning and painting purchased fully complete suspension bushing kits front and back, new front and back all springs, new standard and hydro shocks, brakes disc and drums, etc. Quality finish on my high school car owned for 51 years that was in storage about 12 if those years. Extensive bodywork last few years is a totally separate topic and car is rust free. Last replacement was the trunk floor from Rimmer replaced.
Thanks to Gene Carter for hosting a great 2020 Cabin Fever Drive! I really needed that, and i’m sure most of us did! I’ve been taking my cars out for short drives around East Asheville occasionally and it just wasn’t the same as sharing THIS event with like minded friends. The social distancing prevented all the still-needed hugs, but they’ll just have to wait. As always, thanks to our fearless club leader, Carol Clemens, for helping to us be safe and keep the cars in a manageable line up.
Followed this 1949 RHD MG to the lagoon at the Biltmore Estate this morning. Asked the driver if he is from this area and the answer was “Yes and no, we have a condo in Asheville.” He did not know about our club, so I told him about it and how to find the website and he put the info. in his phone.
comment for June 13 cabin Fever Run
What a great day for our first event since the viris. everyone ( 18 cars-24 people with masks)
ventured out for a two hour drive. everyone voiced their opinion on how nice to be in their
cars again, and joining in with other people/cars for a run. Hats off to Gene Carter our host
for this event. Great job Gene it was perfect. Thank you all for supporting our first run. Hope
to have more in the future. Please stay safe– see you all at the next Zoom meeting.
While I enjoyed Robert’s article on tires, https://www.bccwnc.org/tech-tips/old-tires-by-robert-milks/ , he scared me into replacing my 8-year-old tires on the Tiger. They were only about half worn but maybe my small steering wheel will be easier to turn on the new, softer, thicker 60 series rubber. As the article suggested the possibility, when I went to pick them up I realized they were already 1-1/2 years old! If I understood his date code description, they were made on the fortieth week of 2018 “4018” (Oct. 1-8 of 2018). Will Mary Alice sell it on before the tires are dangerously out date again? Don’t know….hope not. I may contact Discount Tire and speak to the elderly lady who throws tires trough the store-front window and get her advice.
finally installed a smaller battery in the Lotus… just trying to “simplify and add lightness”… and prepping for a 2-day HPDE at Road Atlanta Jun 20 and 21st.
I’ve never seen a Lotus “Hot Wheels”?
Colin Chapman would be proud
teaser pic of something that was dropped off by FedEx yesterday…
We took a drive up US 276 out of Pisgah Forest to the BRP today; great weather and for a Sunday, light traffic. We drove a few miles south on the Parkway and stopped for lunch at an overlook before returning north to the NC 191 exit. I just want to report that the “Grab and Go” area of the Pisgah Inn Restaurant is open, as are the restrooms and the Inn, although the inside restaurant seating remains closed. The old gas station store and its restrooms at the north end of the parking lot are also open. We did not drive on the BRP section between NC 191 and US25, because of new paving and I didn’t want to get involved with that. Maybe someone else has news on that section of road.
To everyone on the tire recommendation. Thank you. I was about ready to ask here if anyone in the club could recommend a tire installer for wire wheels for my MG I will give them (Downtown Tire) a call tomorrow.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Bennett French or his new phone number? He was suppose to repair my rear end and that didn’t happen. He said he found a great used rear end for the TR7 but no longer has a shop or working phone number. I will take any suggestions for someone to look at what I got now and suggest what should be done. Don’t feel comfortable driving it too far these days with the noise.
Ethanol Free Gas Locations
Found this a couple if days ago. Might be helpful when planning a run. Can be searched by State and City. I also like that they publish actual octane levels. https://www.pure-gas.org/index.jsp?stateprov=NC
There has been a recall of 3 models of Harbor Freight Jack Stands. An article has been posted to the Tech Tips page of our website providing complete details:
If you own any of the 3 models, you should immediately stop using them. Harbor Freight will exchange these stands for a gift card equal to the current shelf price of comparable models.
Mitch et al,
Model 61196 are 3 Ton. I have some. Used sparingly.
Group run for H’Ville and Mills River members to Arden?
Just curious about the concept of used sparingly…
If your car almost never falls on you, is that okay? 🙂
I just acquired a set is HIF4 SU carbs and intake to install on my 1980 MGB. Overall, they’re in good shape but they had some modifications for racing that will need to be undone. An idle time project.
OLD TIRES by ROBERT MILKS in Tech Tips
Well, guess what! My “look almost new” tires were made on Week 43, 2009 🙁
Can anyone suggest a tire shop that has the know-how to source and fit new tires on wire wheels?
I have used Hendrix Wire Wheel in Greensboro many times and highly recommend them. 2nd choice locally would be Downtown Tire in Hendersonville.
I bet your ‘almost new’ tires felt like hard plastic when you rubbed the surface with your hand! I’ll echo George’s response, although I don’t use wire wheels. I do endorse Downtown Tire’s owner Bobby Rowland ; as a SCCA racer, he’s a good source of information and good INSTALLED prices.
George and Robert. Thanks for the recommendations. 5 new tires (tyres) are being fitted next Tuesday at Downtown. The spare may have been from the 80s! I also checked to see that the spare wheel fitted on the new splined hubs…yes! As Robert hinted, old tires were very hard, shiny and almost no give in the sidewalls. And 2 sizes over standard. 185 instead of 165. Looking forward to driving a “new” B next Tuesday.
New Tyres Update:
Good times with Downtown Tire’s owner Bobby Rowland yesterday. He thinks the tyre on my spare was “from the beginning of time” 🙂 Dropped off all 5 wire wheels around 11:30 and picked them up at 5:00. Back on the car by 6:00 and it drives like a different car! (WAY BETTER) Previously needed to arm wrestle the car out of my drive way onto the street – a tight 120° turn, and now it’s almost a 1 handed breeze. Now waiting for the rain to back off a little.
Dreama and I took a ride last Friday in our MGB. Perfect weather! Top down and a full tank of gas, we aimed toward US 64 East to Lake Lure, then a right on NC 9 South to the Cherokee Foothills Pkwy (SC 11). Both are great cruising roads to let the car get some exercise. Then up the hill on SC 130/NC 281 past Whitewater Falls and the entrance to Gorges State Park (maybe a stop for a future drive?). I’d call that road a semi-cruiser, as it has a mix of curves and straightaways. Great fun. Then out to Cashiers on US 64, and finally retracing US 64 East back to home. Thanks to Ingles for providing clean public restrooms. Time stood still for 177 miles!
Working on other cars besides TR6.
MOVING shrubs and continuing spring planting. General yardwork.
I’m looking for a 50th wedding anniversary gift. Anyone have a lead on an AH BUG EYE SPRIT? Please let me know. I’m on Hemmings also looking.
Thanks Grady. FYI My cell is 828 274 7257.
If you haven’t already seen it, the Bring A Trailer auction website is a good reference for classic car information and selling prices. This link has their results on Bugeye sales. A nice one just sold today.
made a trip up to Mount Mitchell with Carl and his Evora S…
Zoom meeting was a success. Nice to see all of our friends even if they were all in a 1″ box.
MGA, MGB and Midget Owners…
With all this new time on our hands and both Moss and Victoria British being closed I needed to find a source for an SU Carb repair kit and a gear shift lever nylon bushing. So I’m now “thoroughly recommending” NorthWestImportParts.com. Ordered the parts late Sunday and they’ll be here this afternoon (Wednesday) USPS Priority Mail all the way from Oregon for $10.60. David
A great discovery.
I’ve added Northwest Import Parts to our Repair Shops & Parts website page.
John Rachow recently installed an Air Conditioning kit in his 1974 MGB/GT. He put together an outstanding article with photos on the work involved. Please see our Tech Tips page to read John’s report.
A very enjoyable, nostalgic article about 1967 cars,
including British cars.
Long Read Rewind: Fall 2017
20 March 2020
Classic cars are relatively simple. Modern cars are more complex but onboard diagnostics help. The check engine light on my Mini came on and the P code pointed to Coolant temperature sensor or Thermostat. Replacing the sensor was relatively easy (and less expensive). The thermostat is part of an assembly and far more involved. New sensor and problem solved. Just in time for the annual inspection.
One positive note on isolation due to the virus, have had time to start tearing down my TR6. Wings, bonnet, boot and interior out along with most electrical and mechanical components. Just a couple of hours away from a bare tub on chassis. Tin worm not as bad as expected but finding a number of PO modifications that need to be corrected. Fun, Fun, Fun as the Beach Boys would say…..
what is it??? WHAT IS IT?!?!? ooh… now you’re curious aren’t you?? well, you will need to scroll down and see it unwrapped!
my next long term project… starting with a bare ’05 Elise chassis. still debating what kind of custom Frankenstein vehicle this will end up to be!
just a quick pic of the LS3 a friend and I are putting in his 1991 300ZX…
Good to hear the LS3 is earmarked for a 300ZX. Colin Chapman always emphasized small and lightweight in his Lotus car designs.
Thanks to member Mitch for a professional resolution to transferring bearings to new axles for MGTD. We will be on the road in short order!
Wow! Was that all it took? I had some masking tape!
Finally got the seats back in the Mini! Next project – work on fitting the Caterham 7 bonnet and finding the missing cylinder head for the Land Rover Defender. Watch this space!
Suggestions sought for machine shop to press bearings off old axles and press on to new axles at or near Flat Rock. Can email email@example.com or reply to comment.
Hi Ron. Ricker Machine Shop in Hendersonville has received good reviews from bcc members. You might try them. Please leave us a comment on your experience with them.
Ricker Machine Shop
1405 Spartanburg Hwy
A big thank you goes out to Tray Houston for hosting our annual 2020 March Madness Drive today! The weather was great and the drive route was perfect for an escape from the COVID-19!
Delivery and installation of Tom Leenhouts new four post lift. A great day for friendship and work.
Looking for a rear axle assembly for a 1952 MGTD. Let me know if you have any suggestions(firstname.lastname@example.org)
To any members who own a Spitfire, I have a rusty ’70 with a running motor, or it cranked and ran last year, that i would sell or part out. Anyone interested please let me know.
Thank you Alvan and June for being such gracious hosts for the 2020-Red-White-Party! We always have such a wonderful time at your beautiful home! The food was delicious, the company was stellar, and the ongoing projects were delightful and inspiring, (especially all those cars so creatively stored). What fun! You’re the best!
Alvan, next time you move these beauties around, send out an Invite! David
Thanks to Dennis Somerville for hosting a great 2020 Polar Bear Run on 01-25-20! The weather was great, a nice country drive before lunch, and it’s always good to see the FHBCC folks. The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is always a spectacular sight!
Mitch and I presented the check to Buncombe County Meals on Wheels on Thursday 12-05-19. http://www.mowabc.org/about-mow/about-mow
Thanks Dennis and Kathy Somerville for planning and hosting the 2019 FBCC and BCCWNC 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Tour! It was a great success! 43 cars participated and we visited the Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b7AEJW4W1g at 3,553 feet elevation where Dennis and Kathy recognized our Veterans for their dedicated service to our nation.
Lunch at Mica’s Restaurant was again great! http://www.micas-restaurant.com/home.html
Thanks to Tom Young for planning and hosting the 2019 Mt. Mitchell Circumnavigation Drive on Friday Oct 18th. It was a great clear Fall day with great views! The meal at the Garden Deli in Burnsville was great!
Thanks to Gene Carter and Terry Ramsey for the pictures and the write up on the Mt Mitchell Drive.
Thanks also to all who joined us in spite of a reschedule and a cool morning start. We did title this drive the “First Annual”, so I hope there will be many more.
Special notice to John Rachow for all his work in moving the show’s equipment, and his guidance in assembling those tents. Here they are drying on his driveway.
AITM was great this year (2019). Many thanks to all who showed their cars and helped set-up and break-down and a year’s worth of work. Robert Milks and Gene Carter…. huge props for tying up so many loose ends and details and making it all work so well.
AITM was a blast this year. No waiting @ the food truck, no noisy generator, restrooms nearby, music was great. Ended with a bang………or should I say a “splash”. Had my cars drying out in the sun today, like two birds drying their wings so they can fly again.
Thanks to all the AITM committee members and the volunteers for pulling this off!
Thank you Terry Ramsey for organizing a group of BCCWNC members to support an Air Force veterans reunion.
Saturday, September 21 at Mill House Lodge in Flat Rock.
91st TFS and 81st TFW RAF Bentwaters
Richard Jensen……….58 MGA
Scott Monfort…………67 MGB
Richard Dick…………..80 Triumph TR7
Grady Wilson…………74 Triumph TR6
Derek Cook……………59 A-H Frogeye Sprite
George deWalder……75 MGB
Terry Ramsey………..77 Triumph Spitfire
Mitchell Audrus……..66 Jaguar E-Type
Ron Mitchell…………..67 Healey BJ8
David Wood…………..65 MGB
Tom Lenweaver……..62 MGA
Madeleine Pennoyer…87 RR Silver Shadow Cornish II Convertible
Margot Eld…………….62 Triumph TR3B
Photos are available at:
Our showing up with our British cars was a surprise to the Air Force veterans. Hosts Chris and John Hoover planned the surprise and I think everyone had a great time.
A big thank you goes out to Dennis and Kathy Somerville for planning and hosting the 2019 Pisgah Inn Drive and Lunch with FBCC! A special thanks to Robert and Dreama Milks for leading the drive to Aunt Sue’s where we met up with FBCC for the balance of the drive. Perfect day! Perfect Weather! 175 miles round trip in a Tiger.
72 era MG Midget 1275 engine, transmission, various parts available. Contact John at (828) 692-3211.
New Addition to the MG Garage. A series 90 ECO air meter. Just like the one we had at the GULF gas station back in the day.
I hope this is the right place to post this, but I thought that this would be important to club members. I went to Gary Nye’s place (Basically British) in Brevard a couple of weeks ago and there was a sign on the door saying during his recovery that he would be working half days only (the shop was closed at the time) . I went by this morning (Fri, June 7th) hoping to see if he was there because I wanted to talk to him about doing a few things to my MG. Now there is a sign on the door that his shop is closed during his recovery at Mission Hospital. Lets hope for speedy recovery for Gary.
A big thank you goes out to Tray Houston for hosting the 2019 March (April) Madness Tour and Lunch! We went out through Leicester and across the back roads of Madison County into Marshall. Drove along the French Broad river back to Biltmore. What a great drive! The potty break and re-fuel stop was perfect timing. The weather was great! Ended at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Fletcher for a great lunch and social time. Thanks Tray!
Thanks to Alvan and June Judson for hosting the wonderful 2019 Apple Blossom (prickley) Tour and lunch at La Strada restaurant in Lake Lure! The food and service was great! The route contest was the most fun I ever had at 20 mph! Congrats to Scott and Linda Jones as the winner of the contest. Those two are incredibly observant!
Won an award! Hard work pays off. Pixar Pictures award presented for car “most likely to appear in a movie” 4 awards among 400 cars. Best true American( 32 Ford Roadster) Best “Outlaw”( Mercedes 1955 190 SL) with modern drive train. Best Euro (1984 635 BMW 6-series) and mine. Then towed it home!
Looking for mechanic or shop to repair 1952 MGTD brake system. Car is driveable but stopping is a problem. Located at Charleston Garden at Flat Rock. (803)4296730; email@example.com
Heading to Amelia. Who`s in? Taking the car in the attached photo(My 1960 LaDawri Sebring) to the Saturday Cars and Coffee.
Great looking car. Have fun at the show!
A big THANK YOU! goes out to John Condren for setting up today’s joint event with the Foothills British Car Club to tour Blue Ridge Sports Car Inc. http://www.blueridge-sportscars.com/ What a great experience to see such a magnificent shop and collection of special cars. Thanks also to John Rachow for leading the drive.
As it was asked of me at the Jan ’19 business meeting – South Asheville Cars a& Coffee isn’t put on the calendar because it’s not a BCCWNC Hosted event – BCCWNC members are invited to attend. It is the 3rd Saturday of each month – year around – at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. And in September, I would like to feature BCCWNC (and British cars in general)
9a – 11a
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
2625 Hendersonville Rd
Arden, NC 28704
Also, don’t be surprised if there is a short drive (about 1 hour) at 11 that will end up back at Beef O Brady’s for lunch!
… and if you would like to be added to the email list to be notified of the events, then please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to John and Jeanne Condren for hosting the Burntshirt Winery Tasting & Tour 2018 today. It was well planned. It got me over worrying about getting my car wet. I’m looking foreword our next rainy drive!
Many thanks for Gene and Carole Carter’s on going work to improve the website : for sure it really is a tour de force.
Thanks to Kevin and Pat for hosting the “Yaller Cathouse” Run and Lunch 2018. It was a great opportunity to see the back roads of the Brevard area. A beautiful home (and garage). Great food!
The Troyer Drive and Lunch for 2018 was once again an outstanding bccwnc event. The day was cloudy with a few sprinkles but the drive was beautiful. Great lunch at Troyer’s under their pavilion. Then on to the Ramsey’s house for some wonderful desserts. A huge thank you to Terry and Mary Alice.
Had a great time at The First Day of Summer 2018 event! Great weather and a nice place to have a cook out. Enjoyed visiting our car club friends. A big thanks goes out to John C for hosting. (Returned to Fairview @ 7:44 pm with only a few sprinkles on my windscreen 🙂
Great June montly meeting! Enjoyed meeting the new members and catching up on club happenings! Great show afterwards in the “car park”.
Thanks to John Condren for planning and hosting the Synchro-De-Mayo Uno drive! A great drive in conjunction with the members from the FBCC (Foothills British Car Club). A great group and great day indeed! Departure point and time, stops, and meals were well planned. Total mileage was 133 for Mary Alice and I.
Looking foreword to the 10th Annual Great Scot! British Car Show at Furman University on May 26th!
A big THANK YOU is in order for Alvan’s hosting of this wonderful drive! The route was great with views of the “apple blossoms” as the drive was so appropriately named.