Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2010

Dave Peterson The Steering Column
Left Hand Drive

from our President

John Kearns has volunteered to take on the job of Driveline editor. This is his first issue so I want to welcome him and say thanks for his willing-ness to contribute to the club. I also want to say a big, Thank You! to Bill Reece for several years of dedication to getting the Driveline out on time. Bill brought us the new format and the color photos on the covers. Bill is giving John some big shoes to fill, but John has some new ideas of his own, so we may see some more changes. Welcome aboard John and good luck!

After being home a month and a half I finally got some parts ordered for the GT. Little British Car Co. was quicker by far in getting them to me than I was in getting them ordered. The mysterious oil seal col-lar for the inner wheel bearing is a pretty substantial part so I'm still baffled about how two of them disap-peared during disassembly, but stranger things have happened. Things went together pretty well. As usual it was a sticky, greasy job getting the outer bearings shimmed. The right one took the most tries but the end play finally seemed good. The left one only took a couple tries to get it right. However, once I had torqued it and got the cotter pin in, there didn't seem to be any end play at all. This morning I was ready to start over, but when I checked the end play seemed OK.

Jake Snyder gave me some tips I wish I'd had before I did those bearings. He said for set-up, he lubes eve-rything with motor oil so it's not so messy working

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Steve's British Connection


Dino Perez The Steering
Column Right Hand

Many of the members and anyone who has attended the various British Car Shows in past years know my stretch MGB open-top limousine. How did that limo come about? Well, there is an opportunity coming right away very soon that you should be aware of: how I got my start in welding. Yes, it was a CMGC Tech Session where I first learned to weld! The result is a unique stretch limo that has been on the road for years and in countless shows.

Lisa and I were visiting Tom and Jon Josefeck‘s shop in Glen-dale Heights on one of our regular stops there, when the crazi-est thought hit me like a light bulb going off over my head. It all started with a steering wheel and a photo of an MGB on a magazine cover. The front cover showed a MGB, an A, and a Midget. I took two magazines and held them together just to see how they would look together.

My B was getting a little rusty anyway, and in some need of repair. Knowing I was putting a lot of use driving it, the timing was right for the idea that was coming to mind. Everthing was coming together. Coincidentally, the Club project car was also being resurrected. My knowledge of that car was minute and detailed since I was showing up at the Tech Sessions and work-ing on the car. In addition, electrical is my art, and that means Lucas!

Well, one of Tom‘s customers had this B that mechanically ran fine, but had run into a little problem. Bob had taken it to a local mechanic near his home who made a big mistake. I guess he changed a fuel line with an improper air line hose. High gas pressure on a hot day was not good for the that engine bay and caused a fire. The car was at Tom‘s shop for an estimate, and it
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Welcome 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.

Kyle Kruszewski - Chicago, IL — 1973 teal blue MGB
Gerry Sousa - Grayslake, IL — 1969 brg MGC

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.

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