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Spring Tune-Up Party Report

by Dennis Trowbridge

Well the club is three for three in the bad weather department this year. We had a bad snowstorm on the day of the Tech-Session, we had freezing cold and gale force winds at Utica, and this yearıs Tune-Up Party was cold and rainy.

The inclement weather may have kept many people away, and that was to bad because those members attending had a great time. All together we had fourteen cars and eight MG's in the shop for work. The short waiting list meant that those in the shop had plenty for time on the lifts. Perhaps because we had so few cars we didn't have any real problems this year. Unlike in the past we didn't have any leaky fuel pumps, bad electrical problems, or shaky wire wheels to deal with. Not one single car even had any major brake work done, and that has to be some kind of first.

Bill Hedrick, fresh back from his third place finish in the Missouri Endurance Challenge, took advantage of his time on the lift to change his oil and lube the car. He also flushed and bled the brakes on his Midget. Ray Glorioso demonstrated the use of the Mighty Vac pump to bleed the brakes with. This little pump can make bleeding the brakes a one man job in many cases.

New member Anders Uhl got a chance to see the underside of his '74 MGB. He changed the engine and gearbox oil, and also replaced the gear oil in the diff with George Geoppner's assistance. The body of his MG is in very good original condition, something we seldom see here in Chicago. Most of the day was spent on routine oil changes and inspections. Dave Woodcock, Dick Lebolt, Oscar Gonzales , Dave Bralich, and Don Anderson all had their cars in the shop. Bill Mennell also had Deb's Sunbeam Alpine, AKA The Plymouth, in the shop. Ray Glorioso also had his MG TC in the shop. Everyone figured it was to keep the seat dry for the ride home. One of the highlights of the day was seeing the look of terror on Calvin Barnes face when Ray gave him a ride in the TC.

Bill Hedrick presented a check to Mark Leuck in thanks of his continued support of the club. Mark has been letting us use his shop for thirteen years now, and the club owed him a big thank you for all his help.

After the work was done we went to Papa Passereos for lunch, and some serious talking and eating. Despite the low turnout it was a very successful event, and Bill Hedrick did a great job of organizing the day.

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