Bric-a-Brac

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Chateau Impney Hillclimb 2019


Video of Oct 5, 2015 Car Run

Michael adds some more background to the first run.

Harv and I meet occasionally for coffee, and on Thursday morning, 1 October 2015, we met at Decades. It was nice and sunny and afterwards we decided to go for a run up beside Cultus Lake. We set off with me in the lead, and when I was on Young having turned off Hoskins, I looked back – and no Harv… I back-tracked and could not see him, so went on for the run on my own.  I called Harv later and asked what had happened to him…. turned out he’d pulled into the Chevron gas station on the corner of Hoskins and Young… and he remarked that the cardinal rule on a run is to keep an eye on the fellow behind – if he stops, you stop… so, lesson learned.

Harv also suggested that a message be sent to all Club members to invite them for an Impulse Run on the up-coming Monday, 05 October, to meet up at the Tim Hortons off Lickman for10:00am. The message was sent out and I got 5 replies. I made out a route map to go out along Cultus Lake and out to the end of Frost Road and then back to have lunch at Duke’s Pub on the corner of Yale and Chadsey. I took a dozen copies with me on the Monday and just as well I did, since a dozen cars turned up. The Run was voted quite the success and, for the monthly meeting on Friday, 16 October, I read out some verse I had put together to encourage members to come on further Runs.

Route map for first run.

IMPULSE RUNS

Said Harv to Michael one day
T’would perhaps be fun,
On an impulse, to go for a run…..
No plan, just meet and then up and away….

Michael thought that’d be great
So they tried it one day,
But things went astray
When Harv took a turn and Michael went straight.

So clearly there must be a rule:
Don’t be blind
Watch out for the car behind!!
Do this, and nobody’s caught for a fool

Said Harv to Michael a bit later,
Let’s take this run idea a bit further
To see if the members’d meet it with fervor If Yes then you be the curator

They drew up a short text
For Rob to put up on the website
It invited any member to write
To Michael if interested for what would be next

So Far only five replies have come
Maybe cars put away for the season
Is a major reason?
Still, a bit surprising with membership now over one hundred and one….

But there’d be those still working
And those who don’t like such events
Then those who take their fun in tents
And those who’ve perhaps yet to see the wording….

So I’d ask you, for the Spring,
Have a think of the fun
To be had on an hour or so’s Impulse Run And send me a YES to go with a Zing!!

03 October 2015


English car owners understand this completely…


The Raising of Lazarus?

The Friday morning crew met at Bill McClure’s place in Yarrow with the purpose to assemble enough muscle to lift the refurbished body of Bill’s Austin Gypsy back onto the chassis. The lift went okay, but on lowering into place, the bottom of the vertical gussen panel hung up on the fuel tank bracket, which had been fabricated as a replacement to the rusted out original…. so had it been made up wrong? An inspection of another Gypsy out in the yard showed that the bracket appeared to be identical – and the lower part of the panel had been moulded to pass over the bracket — so, the solution would seem to be to do a similar profiling…. It appears that Bill will have some more work to make all comfortably fit….

Pictures of the grand Gypsy lift with the numerous individuals furnishing expert advice is presented below. 


An Easy Adjuster for SU Carburettor Jets

Over the weekend I initiated my son Stephan into the mysteries of fine tuning a pair of SU carburettors. The recipient of the treatment was our 1965 MGB which was running a bit rough.

I told Stephan what to do and watched him at it. Having first checked the points and the fuel filter then the float settings for 1/8-in clearance-  all ok – it was on to the  jet settings. Having  removed the air filters and checked free movement of the pistons – both dropped easily with satisfactory clicks, the suction chambers were removed and the jets brought up as far as they would go and then taken down the required two full turns and dabs of white paint put on the outward-facing facets. Back in with the piston / needle/suction chamber and start the engine. After a warm-up it still ran a bit pop-poppy, but much better, so back on with the air filters and out for a road test. Pick-up was not quite what I expected and I reckoned mixture was too weak. Once back home we were about to remove the air filters so as to get at the jet adjusting nuts when I had an idea…. the filters are awkward to re-install – one has to get the bridle in and behind in just the right place to be able to thread the bolts, which is fiddley and fishing for the dropped bridle is a hassle, so can one somehow have access to the jet nuts with the air filters in  place?….Feeling around indicated no, not from the sides – can’t  get the spanner in…but more feeling around indicated one could access the nuts from underneath…. but too stiff to turn by finger and thumb… now comes the point of this message – how about a purpose-bent spanner…. I had an Ikea spanner that had a 14mm jaw… 16mm was needed… over to the vice and file it wider then bend the shaft through 90 deg…. see attached photo… and Sweetness and Light, it worked perfectly and we were able to bring the jets down one more facet and now we have a nice smooth and responsive performance …..and a neat little gizmo for jet adjustment without having to remove the air filters…..

Now, have I merely “discovered” something that has been common knowledge for generations? Whatever, I feel it is worthwhile sharing.

Cheers, Michael Hamilton-Clark


Octane Rating
by Bence


MGB Rack and Trunk Capacities

Michael says…

I went for a food shop and the Nursery for some patio flowers and potting soil this morning and, being a blue-sky day, took Big Red despite my wife’s remark that she was not sure how I thought I’d get everything on board…Well, I had no problem – the 50 litre bag of potting soil fitted just fine on the luggage rack and the three boxes of flowers went in the trunk + the eggs, laundry soap, 4 litre jug of milk, 12 apples and a box of tea, and room to spare…. See photos….. A bit of a Myth-Buster for remarks like “Not much more room than for a toothbrush” etc etc….. 

Cheers, and keep well…


Bence sent us these pictures of someone using their imagination for a Custom Bodied 1960 TR3.
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Color Codes Used In Wiring Harnesses
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Race Car Drivers. Can you guess who is on the far right?
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1934 Morris Cunard Special
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