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.
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
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.
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.