Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline May 2009

The Right Hand Drive (continued)
back.  When I put new bushings in the front end of the roadster everything came apart easily so I was caught off guard when it didn't work that way with the GT.  Some parts come apart easily and others seem like they're welded together.  I've tried various penetrating oils and have finally reverted to hydrogen peroxide. (Don't laugh, it worked to free a stubborn axle nut on the roadster.)  I'm back and forth between the wrenches and books trying to make sure I don't do something dangerous.  I hate to admit that I worked hard to remove the lower end of anti-roll-bar link on one side before I remembered that it is one of the bolts that holds the spring pan in place.  The upper end on that side has firmly affixed the bolt to the bushing. Here's hoping the peroxide will break that bond.
I forgot to mention that what got me working on the GT was the result of dusting it off and seeing that it is a presentable looking car.  There's a ton of work to do on it, but at least I can again see some prospect of an enjoyable outcome.  In the meantime, I have the joy of rolling around on the garage floor, skinning my knuckles and all the other fun of taking a 35 year old car apart so I can put it back together.
-- Dave Peterson 

Business Meeting Minutes
Monday, April 20, 2009

Attendance: 38 members

The monthly meeting was called to order at 8:05 pm by President, Jim Evans.

Jim recognized a number of new members attending for the first time and visitors this evening –
Pete Bollard – visitor, Harold Holm – new member, Mike & Mary Kay Cobb – longtime members, Bob Summers – visiting from Nottingham, England.

Current Car Projects – Russ Mehaffey noted that something broke within the cylinder of his 1957 MGA and may need a rebuild. Dean Swanson noted that he repaired his master clutch again – a rather frustrating job getting back together due to work space limitations in the master cylinder area.

Upcoming Events – See details in the Driveline or on the Website of the many events available for club members in the near future.
Spring Tune-Up Party – An annual event used to get your car ready for the driving season will be held again at Quality Tire in Willowbrook. See you there on Saturday, April 25th.
Tech Session
– Midget front-end rebuild. The event will take place at Barney’s garage on Saturday, May 2nd. Seth will be able to use the newly-acquired kingpin tool on this project.
Spring Chicken Tour – This is the first driving event of the season again hosted by Bill Reece starting at his cottage at Lake Geneva, WI. This day event will be on Sunday, May 17th.

Guest Speaker -
Larry Claypool and John Meyer of the Chicagoland Corvair


Enthusiasts (CCE) group provided the club members with a European travelogue of his experience visiting car-related places in a recent family excursion. Larry visited the unique VW manufacturing facility in Germany, vintage micro car museums in out-of-the-way hamlets, and cruised the subways of Paris. We were treated with views of some of the smallest and unique micro cars on the road – TG500’s (Tiger), 3-wheeled Messerschmitt’s, Peel’s - to name a few.

Larry also invited the CMGC members to attend the annual Orphan Auto Picnic to be held in Yorkville, IL at the Kendal County Fairgrounds on August 23rd. This event is sponsored by CCE and is open to all orphan car owners with discontinued makes & models at least 20 years old. A unique Special-event Illinois license plate will be available in limited quantity prior to the event. For more info, check out the CCE website –

Meeting adjourned at 10:10 pm
Respectfully submitted,
-Victor L’Heureux

New Members

The officers and members of the Chicagoland MG Club extend a cordial “MG Welcome” to these new members who have joined our club in recent months. We wish each and every one of you “Safety Fast” and hope you will avail yourself to as many club activities as you can.

Don & Lesley Gottlinger - Forest Park IL 1952 green/tan MGTD
Nathan Peppey - Wilmette IL 1978 primer MGB
Harold Holm - Chicago IL 1979 green MGB
James Wetzstein - Gary IN 1972 yellow MGB GT

Note: Any new member whose name does not appear above, your application may have missed our deadline. If you don’t see your name next month, please call our Secretary, Victor L’Heureux at (847) 516-3093 to verify.

Monthly Garage Keeping

Spring Tune-Up Party
About 15 cars attended this year’s version of our annual Tune Up Party at Quality Tire in Willowbrook, IL. This was the second year for a Saturday afternoon event, as opposed to Sunday morning, and the turnout indicated a growing acceptance of the new schedule. Cars present ranged from T-types to MGA’s and MGB’s. Club members changed oil, checked their brakes, and performed other minor maintenance activities. Host Mark Leuck provided a professional shop environment, with four lifts and all the shop rags and compressed air that we could use. After the car work was done, attendees adjourned to Roundhead’s Pizza Pub in Downers Grove to discuss the day’s activities over refreshments. Thanks to our host Mark Leuck and to our event coordinator Dave Bralich for setting this up again this year.

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