Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline April 2011
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have any questions about this event, I recommend that you come out to the April meeting. More experienced MG Autocrossers will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have and get over the hump to give it a try.

At the February Business Meeting we presented the awards and recognitions for the 2010 Driving Season. The report didn't make it in the last Driveline, but Editor Victor promised me to find some room in this issue. Please take a look, and let it inspire you to drive your MG as much as you can in the upcoming season. And who knows, your name may very well be on the list next year. Also in June, at the end of the Month we’ll have the New Lucas Rally, but more about that in the next Driveline. For now, the April, May and early June activities will keep you busy and promise to be a Mighty Good start of the 2011 Driving Season. See you out there!

Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions at 847 909 7564 or

"The more you drive, the more you smile".

-- Reinout Vogt

MGB Brake Caliper Rebuild
March 27, 2011 - Streamwood, IL

A few MGs and half a dozen club members assembled at Cowboy's garage to rebuild a couple of MGB brake calipers.

The thin metal dust seal retaining ring is tricky to install without damage, so one objective was to test a new dust seal assembly tool. It is essentially a quick adjust C-clamp with a machined clamping plate that will center the caliper piston and press the dust seal and retaining ring into place. At first glance the tool looks like it might be a good design idea, but in practice it falls somewhat short in execution.

Turns out it is hard to keep it straight to align the dust seal square away with the caliper, and a couple of seal retaining rings were smashed with the fiddling. In the end we went back to the tried and proven technique

Spring Tune Up Party

Get your MG out of hibernation, cleaned up, tuned up, change the oil, and get back on the road for the new driving season. Join us for our annual Spring Tune-Up Party for oil changes, lube jobs, light work and tuning, etc. Use the lifts. Bring your own oil and filters and any other fluids and tools.

Please sign in when you arrive. First come, first served. Club members and MG’s have priority. Guests and other cars may be scheduled if time allows. While you are there, please say hello and thanks to Mark Leuck for the use of his facilities. This is Mark’s 26th year of hosting us at his third location!!! The Post-party Party will be at Roundhead's well known from our Natter 'n' Noggin. It is at 2001 63rd Street in Downers Grove, only a few miles from the Spring Tune-up Place.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2010 - 4:00-8:00 PM
WHERE: Quality Tire & Auto
7255 Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook, IL

Quality Tire is located on the East side of Rt-83, Northbound, just north of Willowbrook Ford, next to Dunkin Donuts in Willowbrook.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact
David Bralich - - 630-289-7915

-- Dave Bralich  

of using a flat board and squeezing the assembly in the bench vice. In this case the machined pusher plate from the new tool was used in place of the board with a large wrench socket to back it up, and the assembly went together easily. Practice makes perfect, as the other three pistons with seals went together in short order with no problem. Sometimes the special purpose tools are a waste of time and money.

To view the complete process used today, visit the CMGC website:

-- Barney Gaylord  

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