Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline June 2017

The Steering Column

Ray Hansen
Left Hand Drive
from our President

In early May I had my 70th birthday. I still stutter when I say 70, but as they say it sure beats the alternative. The celebrating lasted for several days. On Friday, the 5th we went to dinner with Susan's brother and sister-in-law, and I received presents (always welcomed). On Saturday, a dear and longtime friend hosted a small dinner party for me, more presents. Sunday was spent doing the Spring Chicken Rally. George, with kind intentions, embarrassed me (with nudging from Susan) at lunch with a birthday announcement followed by a melodious happy birthday song. I was hoping for a present with a win at the rally, not to be. Seems you have to earn the prize.

After the lunch, Susan and I took some time driving with no particular destination in preparation for dinner with my daughter, son-in-law and my two grandsons. Always fun to be with all of them and guess what, more presents. Monday, Susan made me one of my favorite meals (sauerbraten and dumplings) and more presents. I am starting to think 70 isnít as bad as I had thought.

Tuesday, reality came and the gifts stopped. Donít get me wrong I donít need a present everyday but it was nice while it lasted. I enjoy many ďpresentsĒ in my life; good health, family, friends and, of course, Maggie. By the end of the week I was over my birthday celebrating or so I thought.

Susan attended a charity event benefiting Shriner's Hospitals for Children. She won one of the grand prizes and gave me one more present. I am now the proud owner of a framed autographed Kris Bryant World Series Cubs jersey. I have been a Cubs fan all my life having grown up within walking distance to Wrigley Field. As a kid, I sometimes had the chance to help clean the grandstands for free bleacher tickets to the next home game. Susan doesnít agree with me that it should be mounted over the fireplace where it can be appreciated by all.

We have not quite figured out where my treasured keepsake will take its place, but one thing for sure, you won't find it on eBay. Hmmm, maybe on an easel in the front yard.

~~ Ray Hansen & Maggie    
(AKA Little Red)


Jim Compton The Steering Column
Right Hand Drive  
from our Vice-President  

What a wet spring. It seems almost every chance I had this spring to get the MG out, it has rained. Of course, some of the nice days I didnít get it out because, I was working on it. Iíve put in a new starter, fuel tank sending unit, and rebuilt and installed a pair of used HIFís. These were very cruddy. In fact, Iím still having some issues with them.

When I first put them on the car it was a very warm day. I got the car started and after it warmed up it ran good. I was thrilled! Much later, I tried to start the car again on a cold wet day. No joy! If I pour a little gas into the carbs it will start and run for a little bit. I think the cold start isnít working properly. I probably missed some crud when I was rebuilding the carbs. Time to pull them and see whatís what.

So, what about you? What last minute project have you not gotten to yet? Is your car ready for the Landís End Run? This year we will be going south. Sounds like fun. A newóto meóarea. Iím hopeful the weather will cooperate.

If youíre up for something to do Fatherís Day weekend the vintage racers are expected at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. Cowboy tells me, that Saturday is the best. Iíd love to get out there. But, first I need to sort out my carbs.

Safety Fast
~~~ Jim Compton

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The new window stickers are in!!
Contact George Phariss to get yours today!

~~George Phariss

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