Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2011

Monthly Meeting Minutes
Third Monday, May 16, 2011

Victor L'Heureux

Attendance: 33 members.

Bill Reece opened the meeting at 8:01 pm and welcomed new member Pete Schmalz.

Current Member Projects:
Seth Jones noted he is working on an inner sill crack on the driver’s side along withpatching the floor.
Doug Weaver asked for suggestions on the cause of his ’79 MGB overheating. He has eliminated the fans and radiator. Incorrect sending unit was mentioned.

Past Events:
Spring Tune-Up - 4/30/11 - Cowboy noted 25 cars were at the event hosted by Mark Leuck of Quality Tire in Willowbrook. All four lifts were busy for the four hours.

Bob’s Farewell Tour - 5/13/11 – Over 60 members of the various car clubs – CMGC, VMGCCC and Model A Club – were on hand to wish Bob a safe trip. The short farewell tour started out damp, but cleared into a good day for a drive.

Upcoming Events: - (additional information available on the CMGC website.)
Spring Chicken Tour - 5/22/11 - Bill summarized the tour plan noting the 9:00 am start in St. Charles ending at his Lake Geneva cottage for a Spring Chicken lunch. Please email Bill if you plan to attend. The cost will be $7.00 per person to cover the lunch expense.

Garage Tours - 6/11/11 - Beginning at Ray Hanson’s house there will be coffee and donuts. The tour will go from Libertyville to Lake in the Hills (6 stops total). More information will be forthcoming.

Autocross – 6/12/2011 – This event is sponsored by the Austin -Healey Club. Contact Bill Cantrall for additional details.

Secrets of Jo-Daviess County Tour – 7/15-17/11 – Dan Herman presented a brief update of the popular event.

Road America Vintage Race & Camping trip – 7/15-17/11 – Jake Snyder noted that this event presents cars that cover the span from the 50’s to some that were raced in international competition only a few years ago. This rare treat is up close and personal. To take advantage of all the action, the CMGC group will camp nearby the Road America track.

Midget 50 – 7/18-22/11 – Seth Jones invited CMGC members to attend the 50th anniversary of the postwar MG Midgets. The event will be held after the RA Vintage Races in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Orphan Auto Picnic – 8/21/11 – John Meyer – a member of the Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts – made a presentation for


this event to be held at the Kendall County fairgrounds. British cars will be the marque this year. There is a valid ‘Special Event’ license plate available for purchase from the State of Illinois.

50/50 – Color poster – Ann Snyder; MGA ad – Reinout Vogt; $9.00 cash – Bill Mennell.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm

Respectfully submitted, Victor L’Heureux, CMGC Secretary

Library Muse

This book is essential reading for every MGB enthusiast. The mechanical aspects and the restoration of the vehicle have been written about in numerous publications but the so often maligned electrical system has never before been comprehensively covered. For those new to vehicle electrical systems the book provides a simple primer using mechanical analogies. Each system in the car has its own chapter, with simple and uncluttered circuit diagrams in which each wire can be seen in its real colors. More than a how-to guide, the book also explains the ""why"" of each system and procedure, aiding diagnostics when things don’t go quite as they should. The many fault finding guides help pin those elusive problems down. For those wishing to improve the car for reliability and safety reasons, there are lots of tips and fun-to-do projects.

-- Bill Mennell  

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