Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2016

The Steering Column

David Novak
Left Hand Drive
from our President
While watching the news the other day, Tom Skilling mentioned that we are in a deficit period this May, meaning that weíve been significantly below the average for this time of year. It seems a bit hard to believe that weíre knocking on the door of June, and the top of the B is still up! Luckily, the next week or two will fix that.

As I write this, Iím sitting on my deck, itís barely 10 AM on a Sunday morning, and itís a lovely sunny and 70F. Which makes me think that itís time to pull the top down on the B, and take her for a spin before the roads get too congested for my liking. But alas, now that the weather is decent, thereís a lot to be done around the house. I spent the bulk of yesterday pulling weeds and generally making the house look presentable. Something I learned, again, yesterday. Rose bush thorns hurt, and not just when they prick you, but the whole next day as well. Why is that? I donít know, but I guess that is just one of the joys of homeownership.

The other joy of homeownership is a garage. A garage that keeps our pride and joyís sheltered from the weather, and safe from door dings and unkind birds. Now that the temperature has risen higher than my refrigerator, so has the temperature on the garage. This means itís time to start making evening pilgrimages to the garage to tinker with this, and adjust that, in the quiet cool solitude of the cement and brick palace where our B snoozes.

Once June gets underway, Iím sure weíll all be top-down in our roadsters, until then, keep on driving!

-- Dave Novak      

Auto Appraisal Group

Ray Hansen

The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive  
from our Vice-President  
The end of May finally brought us August weather. Iím not complaining since the beginning of May had March weather. It seems like the temperature is either too cold or too hot. Just canít make me happy. I enjoyed the Spring Chicken Tour hosted by George and Jana Phariss. The weather was a little bit cool, but some brave souls did have their tops down. The beautiful roads soon made you forget the temperatures, and the food and camaraderie at the Pharissí made for an excellent start to the driving season. Thanks to George and Jana for a great day.

On another note. I successfully replaced my rear brake shoes thanks to the help of Rich Meservey at the spring tune up. As I have mentioned before I am not Mr. Auto Mechanic, especially when it comes to little British cars. This slight success has given me a new attitude. I actually enjoyed the experience and I hope to do more work on Maggie in the future. Nothing too difficult, but I am now at least willing to try. There are a few things that I learned at the Spring Tune Up that I think I can do. Notice I said think. I will still most likely solicit some assistance just in case. Now, how do I find the time for these minor repairs? If the weather is nice, I will be eager to be driving instead of fixing. If the weather is bad, I will want to stay inside instead of lying on the garage floor. As I said, just canít make me happy. Since I also have a to-do list longer than the phone book (remember them?) I may only be planning on car repairs instead of actually doing them. There is always some satisfaction in completing a project, but getting started is always my downfall. Susan has a way of getting motivated for most chores (in husband lingo thatís called nagging). Now, if Susan can prioritize the way I would like them prioritized may see some progress. As you know, just canít make me happy.
~~ Ray Hansen & Maggie    
(AKA Little Red)

British Wiring
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