Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2011

Bill Reece The Steering
Left Hand Drive

Our driving season has begun. As of this writing there have been several events already. It is pretty cool to see all of the cars, not just our cars, come out of storage and be back on the road. On the way home yesterday from school I saw a Hemi ‘Cuda (one of my all-time favorites). It’s kind like watching a nature show on TV when the animals come out of hibernation - The cars are yawning and stretching; testing things out before they take off on down the road.

Start taking a look at your local village schedules. I know in Lombard, our Cruise Nights begin on Saturday, June 4th. Some of the other villages around are starting about the same time as well. This is a great opportunity to be out with your car, hang out with some really cool people, and listen to those…”my dad had one of those, or I had one in high school.” You know how that goes; but it certainly does raise the interest in the MG name.

Recently at a neighborhood gathering, one of my friends who didn’t really know much about MG’s came up to me and said that he had heard about the new ones being made. He continued on with, I remember those when I was in high school. Anyway, he said he was going to continue watching the new MG’s and seriously look into one if the come to the US. (I think most of us are going to be watching that).

I guess that is it, no real words of wisdom…Just get out and DRIVE that great little car(s).

Happy Motoring, -- -- Bill Reese

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 you “Safety Fast” and hope you will avail yourself of as many club activities as you can.

David Newman  Westmont IL   1979 MGB
Don Haag  Plano IL   1972 yellow MGB
Peter Schmalz  West Chicago IL   1978 yellow MGB

Note: To any member whose name does not appear above, your application may have missed our deadline. If you don’t see your name next month, call our Membership Chair, Victor


Dino Perez The Steering
Right Hand Drive

Well once again Lucas turns up when you don’t want it. I’m driving my car at night when a person alongside me says that my brake lights were out. Not a good thing. Well I had to limp the car home to locate the cause. In tracing the wiring, I noticed the brake switch smelled like WD-40 – a water-dispersing liquid designed to repel water and prevent corrosion – not a good contact cleaner/lubricant. I used some QD Electronic Cleaner to repair the switch until I can replace it.

Another small annoyance is my steering wheel faces a little to the right when the car steering is centered. I loosened up the parts and moved them one thread at a time until the steering was centered both left and right. I marked the ball joints with whiteout to have a reference point. If you have any questions ask one of our local MG mechanics. It might not be as simple as you think. I was lucky that everything was clean and not rusty.

Thank you to Bob for inviting us to his farewell run to Brighton. It was a gloomy morning with a short misty rainfall that cleared up before our first stop at a local garage / museum The owner had a couple interesting early Lincoln’s and other American antiques like Ford Model A and T’s. After a short visit we were off to Brighton.

The trip was interesting with about 60 in attendance for a brief lunch with cake and a couple of good old stories. We had a great time.

Don’t forget our Garage Tour scheduled for Saturday, June 11th, and the Lucas (before) Night Rally on Saturday, June 25th.

Saftey Fast
-- Dino Perez

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