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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…..