As planned, my first job on my roadster when I returned from AZ was an oil and filter change. Of course that meant a trip to the parts store for oil and filter. I started out in a gentle rain that got harder as I went. Fortunately the wipers worked well. Unfortunately, the defroster didn't work at all, so I drove with the windows down a bit in order to keep the glass clear.
The Steering Column
Left Hand Drive
from our President
I didn't get too wet from the open windows but since I didn't have a passenger for the car to drip on, it found someway to drip on me instead. Fortunately, it hit me mostly below the knees so my wet jeans didn't look too suspicious..
The Sea Foam I added to the gas last fall, at "Cowboy's" suggestion seemed to make starting easier this spring. The clerk at the parts store where I bought the Sea Foam on the way home from the tune down party said he preferred Lucas oil additive. Over the winter I encountered others who swear by Lucas products (oil not electrical) so I used some Lucas oil additive when I changed the oil. Today I learned from a mechanic who specializes in old cars and recommends Lucas, that Lucas also offers a product with zinc in it. Last year I added 2 DDP. Next change I'll try the Lucas product..
Today I was checking the list of things to do in the Spring to get our cars ready for the season. I'm going to try to do as many as possible before the Tune-up Party in order to see if there are any tasks I need help with. One ongoing concern is the sound of the engine. Every time I've asked a knowledgeable MG person about it I'm told "That's just the way they sound." I'll have the MG "symphony" checked at the Tune-up Party, and maybe get some help adjusting the valves. John Twist made valve adjustment look easy at the tune up seminar, but it seems like black magic to me still.
Bill Reece followed me on the route for the Spring Chicken Tour and was pleased to be introduced to a more pleasant route to Lake Geneva. It's a quiet back-road route with little traffic that I hope you'll enjoy. See Bill's write up elsewhere in this issue for details.
Safety Fast, -- Dave Peterson
I am happy to have Dave Peterson is back to lead our group to a fantastic new season. I have been substituting while he was in Arizona the last three months.
The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive
from our Vice - President
I am also glad to say that spring is finally here it’s time to clean and bring out our cars. First, a quick check list: make sure to inspect the battery, also your lights, horn, turn signal and such. Also please check your lug nuts and tire pressure. Take a look at all of your fluids; motor oil, brake and clutch fluid, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades. Don't forget your auto insurance and Illinois state tags.
We had Ray from Vanilla Gorilla Powder Coating as our guest speaker at the April meeting. He demonstrated powder coating paint on a few car parts and a few other items like a polished baseball aluminum bat. to almost a mirror finish and the incredible colors that he creates. Hopefully the members use his service for some of their car parts. Just a reminder that Jim Evans is having a tech session Saturday, May 8th. There will also be a tech session in June. It will be held at Bob Evans’ house. The date is set for June 12th; the address is 5n774 Acacia in Medinah, Il (Lake / Medina Roads).
Now my next agenda is to put a hold on the rv8 clone for awhile and get the MG limo cleaned up and back on the road for the next road trip. My rear window has disintegrated after ten years. Remember that it has a long top. It looks like l will have to stitch clear plastic to the existing top just enough to stop the rain from getting in the car while I’m driving in bad thunderstorms. The limo started right up so at least engine and trans should be up to par (knock on wood) and also the dash needs a little attention. But it’s just another unfinished project on the to do list .
-- Dino Perez
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.
Robert Wilson - Evanston, IL - 1976 yellow MGB
David Lindberg - Skokie, IL - 1973 white MGB
Frank Kigyos - Sugar Grove, IL - 1964 MGB, 1971 MGB
Peter Hays - Chicago, IL - 1968 brg MGB
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.