WDMGC Memories

Over the years, our newsletter, The Can-Am Connection, has contained a wealth of MG histories, personal stories, technical knowledge and some fun along the way too. Some of it was topical and expected to be ephemeral when written, but much more of it has stood the test of time.

All newsletters produced since mid-2002 were in an electronic format and are still available in our archive, however, wading through them to find the forgotten gems, and those never seen by members who have joined since that time, takes a little work. We’ve tried to do the hard graft for you by extracting what we think are the articles, which are still apropos today, into a few categories and adding a brief synopsis so that they can be browsed much more easily.

So take a look at the list below, we’re sure you’ll find something useful, interesting, funny that you’ve either forgotten or are reading for the first time.

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History

Articles concerning the long history of the MG marque.

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1960s Price List
  Tim Burston gives us an MG dealership price list from the late 1960s

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Look Familiar?
  Paul Lester brings a Japanese car to our attention that looks quite like a British one we know very well

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Alive and Well in Longbridge
  John Zajac tells us about his participation in the “Design the New MGB GT” competition held by the MG World magazine

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The Evolution of Automobile Headlights
  Carter McCollum discusses how headlights have and are changing

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Bill Wyman’s 1966 MGB
  A Rolling Stone decides an MGB is the thing to keep him rolling

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The MG Badge
  Jonathan Wood tells us how the MG octagon badge came to be

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All Good Things Must Come to an End
  John Twist, a part of MG history to be sure, announces his retirement in 2016

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Ken Costelo
  The passing of the man who put the V8 into MGBs

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Killed by a Lie
  Tony Baker tells how Triumph finally won the Battle of the Brits over the MG

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Let’s not Forget our Roots
  Philip Wiltshire recalls some MG milestones

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Memories of Motor Shows Past
  A look at the London Motor Shows of 1957 and 1967

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Great Rivalries
  Sam Smith of Automobile Magazine reviews the great MG vs Triumph rivalry
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MG ZT T260
  A modern MG spotted at Watkins Glen

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MGA cozy when closed
  Bill Vance’s story of the MGA Coupe

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The MGA is 60 this year
  Philip Wiltshire celebrates the MGA’s 60th birthday in 2015

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MGB LE50
  A look at a revival model MGB-GT celebrating the B’s 50th year

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MGeometry
  Rick Astley tells us that there is more to that MG logo than you might think

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MGs on Postage Stamps
  Rick Astley looks at some MGs in miniature works of art

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Museum Collections Centre Project
  The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust is awarded money toward a new museum

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Old Number One
  Steve Finch takes a look at a rather special 1925 MG

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Old Speckled Hen
  Dave Stein tells about the car and the beer

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Remembering Roy
  John Pressnell’s interview with Roy Brocklehurst, formerly Chief Draughtsman at Abingdon

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Roy Brocklehurst
  Steve Finch's tribute to former MG Chief Draughtsman Roy Brocklehurst

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Syd Enever
  Steve Finchs tribute to former MG Chief Designer Syd Enever

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First MGB-GT
  Reprint from Enjoying MG about the development of the MGB-GT

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MG V8 Engine
  Philip Wiltshire reviews the history of the V8 engine

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Why Americans Drive on the wrong side?
  Rick Astley tells us why America got it wrong
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Why Brits Drive on the correct side?
   Tim Burston also looks at why America got it wrong

 

 
   

 

 
   

On the Lighter Side

Some of the not so heavy articles featured over the years, like recipes, British banalities and some silly stuff too.

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Did You Know?
  Things you didn't know, some you may have. Things you may not believe, and some you shouldn't.

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Club Convoying
  Lise Brown’s 2009 reminder of the rules for convoying at club events plus her 2016 update

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Sabrina or Jayne?
  Rick Astley asks the over-riding question

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Frogeye or Bugeye?
  Rick Astley asks the eye-popping question

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Line Dancing
  Rick Astley rants about telephonic line butters

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MGA on TV
  A 2012 TV commercial featuring Jimmy Fallon and an MGA

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British Road Speak
  A quiz on British transportation vocabulary

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MGA Recall
  Ralph Poupard warns of a perilous fault in MGAs. Or is it their drivers?

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Tastes of Summer
  A refreshing salad recipe from Sue Hunt

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Bubble & Squeak
  Lise Brown tells us how to make delicious use of leftovers à la Brits

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Bangers and Mash
  A British sausage and potato pub favorite from Lise Brown

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Beef and Guinness Stew
  For St Patrick's Day, or any other, Lise Brown tells us how to make a tasty dish

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Name that Car
  Make a guess at what MG this is. You may be surprised

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Colour cues
  What the colour of your car says about you by Dee Van Dyk

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Licensed to Save Money
  How Michigan classic car owners can save some cash

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What’s Your Car Called?
  We had asked if members give names to their cars. Rich Wagner tells us how he and Adrienne named theirs

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So Long, it’s Been Good to Know You
  An MG goes gentle into the good night

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What is Vintage Racing?
  Otto Pope instructs gives us some background on vintage racing
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Mustang
   Eurocentric British motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson’s snarky review of an American icon
       
       

WDMGC Stories

Travel stories and  other musings from WDMGC members

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Trip to The British Invasion in Stowe
  Ralph Poupard describes his 2016 trip

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Put In Bay Race Reunion 2015
  Dale Brown tells of his trip to the famous Ohio races

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Waterford Hills Vintage Race
  Steve White and his brother dare to go vintage racing

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NAMGAR GT-32
  Ralph and Kathi Poupard’s 6000 mile trip to Whistler, BC in 2007

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NAMGAR GT-39
  Ralph Poupard tells the story of his trip to the Ottawa event

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NAMGAR GT-40
  The MGA event comes to Michigan

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MG- 2011 NAMGBR Convention
  Ralph Poupard takes the long and “smashing” trip to Reno
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MG- 2012 NAMGBR Convention
Ralph Poupard’s travels to the celebration gathering in Dillard, Georgia

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MG-2014 NAMGBR Convention
  Steve Finch describes the 2014 French Lick, Indiana event

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MG-2016 NAMGBR Convention
  Rich Wagner describes his “Incredible Drive to Gatlinburg

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Road Trip to Watkins Glen #1
  Dale Brown describes the 2013 trip

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Road Trip to Watkins Glen #2
  Dale Brown describes the 2014 trip

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Road Trip Across the Sunny Southern USA
  Dale Brown tell the story of his 2014 east to west coast journey

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Gotta Get Back In Time
  Steve Finch’s trip to the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta

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Trip to Traverse City and Area
  Dale Brown describes his 2013 trip to Traverse City and the Alden Car Show
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Two Weddings, One MG
  35 years separate Ralph’s Poupard’s MGB’s participation in family weddings

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Conch Out at Key West
  Austin Finch leads a dog’s life on a 2013 trip to Key West

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LeMans Classic 2010
  Philip Wiltshire’s travels to the famous French race track

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Alden or Bust
  Sisters Shari and Sandy take their 1949 TC and the 1951 TD to the Alden Classic Car Show

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Nineteen Days in an MGB
  Rich Wagner’s trip to Albuquerque

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1,238 Miles with the Top Down
  Jack Renaud takes his MG and kayak north

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Don’t it Always Seem to Go
  Steve and Donna Finch travel to the 2015 Brits in Paradise event in Key West

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The Long and Twisty Road to a TD
  Phil Lyon’s TD restoration project

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Telegraph Road
  The special meaning the Michigan Road and Dire Strait’s song has to Rick Astley

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The Invisible Car
  The MGB may as well be invisible according to Rick Astley’s experience

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Moss Motors buys Al Moss’s MG TC
  Steve Finch describes how the parts company bought the car that inspired its founder

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MGs In The Movies
  Dale Brown & Steve Finch tells the story of Marilyn Monroe’s 1952 TD

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MG RV8 Impressions
  Philip Wiltshire reviews the history of the V8 engine

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The Great Race
  Heide Basinger tells us about the 2012 time, speed, distance rally sponsored by Hemmings that ended in Dearborn, Michigan
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And then it Just Wouldn’t Start
  Dave Stein’s takes his TD on a memorable errand
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The B in the Woods
  Rick Eisele story of the restoration of a car found in the woods
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Bringing Home Ray’s C
  Fran Lewis tells how she and her late husband brought an MGC home that they bought in California
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No Wining and Dining for this MGB Owner
  Rich Guinta had good reason to whine about his experience at this 2010 event
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A True “Garage” Find
  Aaron Preuss describes his Midget discovery
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My 1953 MGTD Mark II
  Brad Charnas story about his TD

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 The Little Great White in the North
  Dave Barton’s Australian built MGB comes to Michigan

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 My 2010 Winter Project
  Elvin Davis’ work on his red 1980 MGB
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The One I Wanted, The One I Got
  Marty Hunt’s successful quest for an MGB-LE
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The Car that got Away #1
  Fortunately for Sandy Kuivenhoven, she didn’t have to accept the Midget her father wanted for her
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The Car that got Away #2
  Ed Fleming tells the story of the car he wished he'd bought
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Driving Home without a gas pedal
  Rick Wagner's 8-mile trip to remember
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Enjoying the Drive
  Traveling in Michigan and Surrounding States on Two Lane Roads
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It should have been a boat
  Jim Cox never really intended to get an MGB
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Runaway MGB
  Ralph Poupard relates his true winter experience
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Snack Shack
  Sandy Kuivenhoven introduces us to one of her favorite places on the planet
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The only 2 Bonds on the road in NA
  Richard & Sherry Dittmans' 1968 & 1969 Bond Equipes
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The Loose Nut
  Dale and Lise Brown's eventful trip to the Canadian Maritimes
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An Infernal Triangle
  Rick Astley's frightening towing experience
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1957 MGA project
  Ralph Poupard tells the story of his prize winning MGA

Technical

Some technical guidance and tips from WDMGC Members

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All that glisters
  A reprint from Enjoying MG about those shiny chrome parts

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An Ounce of Prevention
  A helpful accessory described by Steve Finch

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Adding Auto-Lamps to an MGB
  Rick Astley tells you how to make your lamps come on automatically when it gets dark

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Battery Winter Storage
  Otto Pope provides some advice on keeping batteries in good condition over winter

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Your Fuses may be Overrated
  The method of rating fuses has changed over the years. Are yours correctly sized?

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A Cool Top for the MGB
  The Bimini top. Keeping the sun off, yet feeling the breeze

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Brake Calipers
  All you need to know about brake calipers from Harry Mac Lean
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Buying an MG Midget
  Richard Ladds tells you what to look for when buying a Midget

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Buying an MG TD
  Richard Ladds' guide to buying a TD

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Buying an MG MGB
  What to look for when buying an MGB, by Richard Ladds

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Castrol Speaks
  Gary Morrison forwards Castrol's wisdom on oil for your MG, plus Harry Mac Lean's input on the same subject

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A Cautionary Tale
  Rick Astley warns about over torqued wheel nuts.

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Checking the Age of Your Tires
  How to tell the age of your tires from the coding on the side

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Conventional Cooling Fans
  The ordinary radiator fan is more complex than first appears

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MGB Electric Fans
  Some information about the standard radiator fans fitted to rubber bumper MGBs
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Dash Lighting Rheostats
  Some repro rheostats may not be up to the job

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Battery Sulfation
  Rick Astley describes some new devices to prevent and reverse battery sulfation

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The Story of a Poor Sucker
  Jacking the car up from under the oil pan has some bad consequences

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An Electric Month
  Rick Astley's month in the garage

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Fuel for Thought
  A combination of 2 articles concerning fuel and ethanol

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Refusing to Beat the Heat
  Rick Astley adds some new fuses to his MGB V8, which was getting hot under the bonnet

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Hidden Dangers
  Rich Wagner has some carburetor float problems

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How’s Your Swingletree?
  Rick Astley's problem with a brake component that has a strange name

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MGBs With Leftist Tendencies
  Why your back axle may not be quite central

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MGA 3-point belt
  Ralph Poupard discusses fixing a 3-point safety belts to MGAs

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MGB and Midget Engine Removal
  Some tips on wrangling the engine out of some MGs

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Nuts Screws Washers and Bolts
  All about nuts and bolts

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Old Cars and New Fuels
  Modern gasoline blends are far removed from those for which most collector vehicles were designed

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PCV System
  Harry Mac Lean discusses Positive Crankcase Ventilation
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Power from your MG
  Old cars and modern electronic accessories
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Powering your MGB
  Harry Mac Lean talks about some of the engine options available for MGBs
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PoziDriv Screwdrivers
  That cross-head screw in your MG is probably not a Philips but a PoziDriv
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Principles of Metal Shaping
  Jack Renaud and other MGers go to a metal shaping and fabricating seminar
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A View on the Rear View
  Some passed on wisdom about how to properly set up rear-view mirrors
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Is your B an Inny or an Outty?
  Rick Astley questions whether you have your MGB sidelights fitted correctly

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 Sleeving Brake Cylinders
  Lee Jacobsen introduces a different way of refurbishing master and slave brake cyinders

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 Smoking MGB
  Rick Astley fixes one cause of tail-pipe smoke, only for another to occur
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Sparking Along
  Harry Mac Lean describes the different types of ignition systems available for our MGs
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Speedometer Adjustment
  Rick Astley suggests that you can often calibrate your speedometer yourself
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Speedometer Project
  Bill Reeves describes how he repaired the speedometer in his MGB-V8
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Stay Cool Dude!
  All you need to know about engine cooling by Harry Mac Lean
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Talk Concerning Torque
  Is that torque wrench you bought from Harbor Freight accurate? Test its calibration yourself
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Under bonnet battery
  Dave Barton's down-under built MGB has up-front battery conversion
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Universal Joints
  Why it is important to have two and get them installed the right way around
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WD-40, Who Knew?
  There's more to WD-40 than hits you in the eye