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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    She clearly has potential....
    She's a sweet girl and her Dad drives a 911.
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    Its Brooklands green, does it have the glorious orange / brown striped seats ?
    Mine are usually covered in black seat covers but my son took them off because they ' looked cool' a la natural.
    Gak.

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    I keep toying with the notion of getting another TR3 but,as my son points out, if I got into it, it is unlikely I would get out without help. The joys of ageing! Maybe a Model T? I have never owned one and they are neat, especially the brass ones. Sorry about the thread drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Its Brooklands green, does it have the glorious orange / brown striped seats ?
    Mine are usually covered in black seat covers but my son took them off because they ' looked cool' a la natural.
    Gak.
    Thick seat covers, I haven't seen the originals colour .
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    I'd think the brown door panels might mean a different upholstery colour.
    I'm not sold on mine , having said that it is a fashion colour at the moment. Two friends have painted their front doors on their houses orange.
    The last time it was in fashion was 3 and a half weeks in the 1970's , and there might have been a month in the 90's too.....
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    Petrolicious drops the ball. Its supposed to be a funny article about the woes of owning an old MG

    https://petrolicious.com/articles/i-...with-mg-midget

    Pete had never owned any truly unreliable car, especially nothing as uniquely unreliable as a British roadster. The roof started to misbehave and the car was suddenly a roadster only. Not great in snow-prone Utah but hey, it was summer; we (he) had plenty of time to fix it. The electronics (of course) started having a mind of their own. And then “the incident” happened.Having only owned cars that generally behaved themselves, Pete didn’t realize that when the glaring and angry red oil pressure light comes on in a 1964 MG Midget that it is not a gentle suggestion, nor is it something to fix later. Pete kept driving, at freeway speeds, until Bridget ruefully disgorged a large percentage of her engine onto Interstate 15 northbound.
    Lesson learned about that oil light then.
    Only , no MG of that vintage I know of has an oil light. They have Smiths gauges as all British sports cars should. On the photo below ( ascribed to a 1964 midget)the oil pressure is the top half of the duplex pressure and water temp gauge on the right. The red light in the speedo, oops, rev counter, is ignition. Same gauges as in my MGC , probably with some variation in the rev counter.




    And Electronics? Perhaps my understanding of what electronics is is incorrect , but a coil , condenser and set of points is to electronics as a quill pen and pot of ink is to a laser pointer at a powerpoint presentation as far as I'm concerned.

    Shame on you Petrolicious, I thought you were better than that.
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    Even my TD had a gauge, no light.

    The windscreen wipers motor had a handle on the back for back up and the fold up hood worked and didn't leak after I restitched it by hand.
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    Essentially same engine, but different way round and different gear box to the Mini, and being a super saloon that has oil pressure and water temp gauges either side of the speedo, no oil light. I've got to order a Smiths 80mm tacho and 52mm clock ASAP for my lads 18th birthday. He's taken over the car, rebuilt the engine and has a second body shell he's busy making ready to receive the running gear.
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    I don't see 60's ignition as "electronic" at all. As far as reliability goes, carry a set of points, a condenser, a coil, and some WD40 or the like. Go anywhere - any time.

    I remember one time skiing @ Stowe - it was 30 below & my friend's XK150 was the only car in the hotel parking lot that would start.
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    1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1900 Gran Turismo Spider

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    So we go from English electrics to Italian? That's an improvement? Beautiful car.
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    The only additional equipment I carried in the TD was a bit of aluminium foil for emergency fuses, the wiring had been "got to" by a PO.
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    I remember some guy writing about his trouble with Jaguar E type 'electronics' and he had points . I don't get it , analogue to digital, pencil to keyboard , cross plys to radials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I remember some guy writing about his trouble with Jaguar E type 'electronics' and he had points . I don't get it , analogue to digital, pencil to keyboard , cross plys to radials.
    It's simple really. We're right & he's wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    The only additional equipment I carried in the TD was a bit of aluminium foil for emergency fuses, the wiring had been "got to" by a PO.
    You mean it had more than two fuses?

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    Same venue as the motorcycle show last weekend


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    You mean it had more than two fuses?


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    I saw a guy working on his MGTF a couple of weekends ago , stopped and had a chat. Under a tarp he had an MGA he'd bought ex the US. Rough , it had a US Airforce parking identification sticker on it . A pilot had owned it. The car was very scruffy and interior out, but was rust free, I didn't realise they had Ali bonnets on them( but I should have known , the early MGB's did as well. and MGC's.
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    Bonnet, boot and both door shells, as I recall. I remember seeing evidence of generous use of Alumilastics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    20180514_103104.jpg
    I'd think the brown door panels might mean a different upholstery colour.
    I'm not sold on mine , having said that it is a fashion colour at the moment. Two friends have painted their front doors on their houses orange.
    The last time it was in fashion was 3 and a half weeks in the 1970's , and there might have been a month in the 90's too.....

    Mmmm - orange. Love it. I've got an orange car, an orange boat and four orange motorbikes. Mmmmm.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Same venue as the motorcycle show last weekend



    Brilliant! Love it.
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    I don't know what the collective noun for a gathering of Bristols is,but here is one such assortment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Bigfella View Post
    Mmmm - orange. Love it. I've got an orange car, an orange boat and four orange motorbikes. Mmmmm.
    I'm so sorry.

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    Normally, the collective associated with Bristols is "pair".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcjim View Post
    Normally, the collective associated with Bristols is "pair".
    Aren't two Bristols 'a brace of Bristols?'

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    Austin 7 Meteor





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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcjim View Post
    Normally, the collective associated with Bristols is "pair".
    Strangely enough I have encountered the expression for a duo before as I expect most Brits have.What do we call an odd number of them?

    In a return to normal programming,heres a Prince Henry Vauxhall.
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    30/98
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    Austin 7 Meteor





    Is that period or modern, Peter? Can't say I've seen that before.

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    I don't know John, it's a Pinterest image with no link. It looks "custom" to me, there are a lot of handbuilt 7's out there.
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    Mmmmm

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Peter, were those all inline fuses? It is considered bad practice to fuse headlights...
    Automatic circuit breakers (blink on and off) I have seen, individual right and left fuses even, but not a system that would give you a total blackout while you were driving.

    I was once riding my motorcycle around a sweeping curve (fast, maybe 70 mph, uphill) on a wooded mountain road and had a catastrophic headlight failure. There is nothing else quite like that particular question of live or die...

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    I can't remember the TD details , it's been too long . I had a similar headlight fail on an XT 500 and rode the last 15 miles with my indicators giving me the light. It was in a sweeping corner but only at 50 mph, a shock resulting in some quick thinking but it was a regular route and I knew the corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    I can't remember the TD details , it's been too long . I had a similar headlight fail on an XT 500 and rode the last 15 miles with my indicators giving me the light. It was in a sweeping corner but only at 50 mph, a shock resulting in some quick thinking but it was a regular route and I knew the corner.
    As with that MG TD diagram, low and high beams should have been wired via separate fuses.

    I've encountered a number of headlight failures over the years... and have dealt with them either by using the headlight flasher (engages all circuits), or by switching to the other beam circuit.

    I had an over-the-handlebars incident at 90 mph due to crappy lights when I was a teenager. I've been somewhat fastidious with lights since then.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Peter, were those all inline fuses? It is considered bad practice to fuse headlights...
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