On August 7th, the Friday before our Summer Party, there will be a rallye. The Grand Lake Tour is a challenge to demonstrate the reliability and drivability of vintage British sports cars and is open to all British cars built prior to 1982. This year’s rallye will be run only during daylight hours, between official sunrise (6:48 am) and sunset (8:46 pm) on August 7, 2015. The form and in the information can be found by clicking here.
If you haven’t submitted your entry, you should do so soon. John has decided that 2015 is the last year of the University Motors Summer Party Reunion.
“Next year the MG council is hosting a combination event at Louisville for all the MG registers. Organizers expect perhaps 1000 MGs on the field. As a result, we will not have a summer party next year, nor, I expect, will we have any more in the future.
This year will be our 31st MG Summer party in 39 years. It’s been an interesting run!”
Mike – Please share this with John and Forest. I finished putting my TD back together yesterday and it started on the first rotation after I built up oil pressure and installed the spark plugs, Today I tuned it and it runs better than it ever has in the seven years I’ve owned it. Somethings is wrong, though – it doesn’t leak! I was careful putting it together, but it isn’t even dripping at the rear main bearing. Wow! You guys are good. The roller lifter cam makes a difference. It is too early to do anything but a careful break-in, but I sense I have far more horsepower than I used to and the engine is smooth. I also found the problem of my persistent miss from last year because it came back this year. One of the carburetor clamps on the cross rod was loose so only one carburetor, the rear, was actually doing anything but idling. That’ll mess up even the best mixture adjustment. Here are two pictures – one of my installing the engine and gearbox, and the finished car. My self-rebuilt gearbox needs some breaking in. The howl in first gear is gone and it shifts into third better than ever. Second gear, however, seems tight but in ten miles it has already loosened up a little. With some use it should be fine. Next week I take it back to the body shop to touch up the few scratches I inflicted putting it together, and then it will be buffed out, which was never done. Huzzah, and thank you guys for your hep. – Ray Costa
When we arrived to work Monday morning there was an MGB in the parking lot that we had seen before… “Gee,” John says, “That looks like the guys from Germany’s car…” It was. It turns out that it arrived on a tow truck. It also turns out that MGB’s are happier when there is oil in the sump! Yeah, they ran it dry. John says, “We’ll pull the motor, send the guys (owners) to Engel Imports to pick up the parts, we’ll rebuild the engine, and we’ll have them on the road today!” Three days later, a cracked cylinder head later, a plugged radiator later, an annoying leaking heater valve later, they’re off to tour the USA! You can track their progress on their Facebook Page.
We just got a note from Harry Buberniak who is enjoying his car after having a small bit of engine work done here at UML.
Hello guys, I just wanted to let you know that all is well so far, and the car is running better than I had imagined it would. Thanks again for all your help! Make it a great day! Harry Buberniak
The snow is gone, and LBC’s are awaking from their winter’s hibernation. Our shop is FULL at the moment, and we are working off a waiting list once again. If you have projects in mind for your MG, be sure to give Mike a call so he can get you on our list. Happy Spring!