Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline September-October 2010

Club Officer Elections

The club election cycle will start with the October meeting. It is where nominations will be accepted for the 2011 offices of: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations will continue with the November meeting as well. Then members will receive a ballot with their December Driveline (along with the dues envelope as well). All members are encouraged to consider running for office. This is your opportunity to give back to the club, to make a difference. We are always looking for some new blood in “management”. With new blood comes new ideas. It’s those new ideas that keep us strong as a club overall. If you are interested in running, feel free to call any current officer to learn the requirements of that particular office. Or speak with any of the officers before or after a club meeting.
-- Bill Reece
Fall Color Tour
"The Leaf Peepers"

Last year I was lucky enough to be able to get the day off work to head out and make a road trip with Dan Herman. There were only three of us last year (Dan Herman, Bill Reece, Barney Gaylord). The colors didn’t cooperate with us too much (but we did see some gorgeous trees) but still it was lots of fun. Dan is planning another fall color tour this year as well. He is hoping to make it happen sometime between October 3rd and the 14th.
If you might like to take part in this, please contact Dan via email at to get on the email update list.
-- Bill Reece

Fall Tune Down and Chili Party
Sunday November 7, 2010 - 10 am - 4 pm
82 King Drive - Streamwood, IL

This has been a big hit the last several years, so don't miss it. Cowboy has a low lift drive-over hoist so we can do some underbody inspection, maybe a few oilchanges, some tuneup work or minor repairs. Bring your own parts, oil and a jug for oil disposal (and yes, you will take your own away). Chili and drinks will be provided. Pictures and such from past year’s event can be seen at There is also a map link at

Cruise to the Rock
November 26, 2010

To be driving our cars after most everyone else asstopped driving theirs, we have our traditional tops down cruiseto celebrate the first automobile race in America on Thanksgivingday in 1895.
We meet at 9:00 AM at the historical race monument(the rock) at the west side of the Museum of Science and Industryin historic Hyde Park. Click for map and directions. Expectlocal cable TV coverage.
Lunch afterward at Stage's Restaurant - 657 W 31stStreet, Chicago, several blocks west of the Dan Ryan expressway.
1895 - The first automobile race in America began, assix cars traveled from Jackson Park in Chicago to Waukegan,Illinois. J. Frank Dureyea was the winner, traveling at a blazingspeed of 7 and 1/2 miles per hour! It took him 7 hrs. 53 minutesto make the trek (bathroom stops not included). He won $2,000for the effort.

Tech Time
The Tach Now Works

Tachometer repair ... an elegant solution.
When I bought my 1980 MGB LE, the tachometer needle would stick in the 2-3000 rpm area. The problem would disappear as the system warmed up, so it was no big deal. Over the past years, the problem became worse and the needle would free itself only with aggressive tapping on the tach glass, but would stick again when back in that range. Time to investigate!
Once the tach was out of the dash and open on the workbench, I could easily duplicate the problem by simply moving the needle by hand. When the needle would stick, I found very slight upward pressure on one side of the inside of the dial face would free the needle. Same with upward pressure on the top of the metal casting holding the meter together. Obviously, something in the framework had warped, putting a bias on the meter movement.
Lacking a better solution (expert repair was quoted at $175 + shipping) I took the Rube Goldberg approach. I fashioned a small stick of wood, about 1/8" in diameter, and just long enough to wedge between the plastic meter frame and the underside of the dial. In my case, the pressure spot is just on the center side of the 0 on the dial. With my splint wedged in, the meter is free as a bird. Did I mention that my problem was temperature sensitive, worse cold, better to non-existent when hot? I checked operation cold (two hours in the fridge) and it still worked perfectly Also rechecked hot to about 110 degrees in the residual heat of the kitchen oven with no problems.
Satisfied with the operation, I put a few drops of quick -cure epoxy around each end of the splint to secure it, and the tach is back in its case, in the car, and operating properly. Crude, but works and is free! (see picture on page 15). --
-- Bill Cole

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