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  1. Bernie, Glad to see you are back working on the Singer and it looks like some great progress on the tub. Your picture reminds me of the current state of the engine in my MG TD. Having overcome some other obstacles, we are now trying to locate the odd sized compression ring that a prior owner used in the last rebuild. The joys of old British cars. I love your dog kennell...out does any "man cave" Safety fast!
  2. Bernie, Glad to see you back and great to hear that the Lagonda is good to go, once again. I am looking forward to hearing about the work on the Singer re-build. Your metalworking skills are incredible. I have always enjoyed following progress on your many projects (Yes, somewhat of a lurker on the forum). Safety Fast!
  3. Bernie, Welcome back and I am glad that things are getting sorted on your Lagonda Raper. I am fascinated by the concept of the "pre-seIector" gearbox. I certainly hope you will continue to post about the Lagonda as well as your current (and future) restoration projects. They are some of the best reads on any of the car forums that I belong to and I very much enjoy your wit and style. Best regards, Dr Data 1950 MG TD...currently undergoing engine rebuild...sigh...
  4. Mike, Carl, Thanks for your information. Having lived through hurricanes (South Louisiana), blizzards (Great Lakes region), and now fires and earthquakes (Northern California), it is extremely stressful when your life becomes a disaster movie. The necessita of keeping disaster supplies in the basement and your "go kits" in the garage seems unreal. Last October, we evacuated twice...once for a few hours (great response by local fore dept) and once for five days (Kincaide Fire...saw it start from our deck). I certainly hope that our Australian brothers and sisters come thorough to the other side of this disaster soon. For "oldcar" in particular, I hope he reconsiders and rejoins the forum. Otherwise he will be sorely missed. Safety Fast!
  5. I have been a member of the forum for a few years, now. While I don't post much (my main interest is older British sports cars, specifically MG), I do stop in regularly and enjoy many aspects of this forum...the discussions, cars for sale, restoration projects, etc. One of the members whose exploits I have followed, as have many others, is a gentleman from Australia named Bernie, whose handle is "oldcar". A truly amazing person, he has done some serious restorations and the exploits of he, his wife, and their Lagonda Rapier were great reading. Not being very mechanically inclined, I took inspiration from oldcar's postings, figuring if he could do some of the things he does on his open carport, I should be able to do some things in my closed garage with a proper set of Whitworth tools (I have a 1950 MG TD). To my great surprise, I have been able to do things I wpuld not have attempted years ago. The other day I visited the forum and found, to my surprise that oldcar's two threads, one on his Lagonda Rapier and one on his recreation of a Singer speedster, had disappeared. I do recall that he did receive a rather snarky post following his continuing grumpiness over the Australian Border Security Force and the hoops he had to go through to bring his Lagonda back from Europe (every few years, he and his wife ship the Lagonda to Europe, drive around for a few months, and then ship back to Australia). I sincerely hope that this does not become the norm for behavior (extreme snarkiness) on this forum and I sincerely hope that oldcar will reconsider being a member if, indeed, he removed his threads. Perhaps the mods could inform us of what happened. Thanks, and Safety Fast!
  6. As others have mentioned, you may have the later camshaft with .012 clearance. As old as our TDs are, and as swapped around as many parts have been, you cannot trust the valve cover plaque. The rule of thumb is .015 for TDs, unless you have some sort of race cam installed. And, yes, the XPAG is a noisy little beast. However, when right, it sounds like a good sewing machine. I am one of those who have disdained the "modern" rear seal. When the engine was torn down, I opted for replacing with the original type rope seals. I leave a few drips of oil here and there but I rarely have to add oil. My feeling is that dripping oil was an "unintended feature" which kept a steady supply of newer and cleaner oil being added to the crankcase. Why wait for scheduled oil changes? I have greatly enjoyed reading about your restoration. You are making great progress.
  7. Hursst, I've been following your progress and the work is amazing (I am a TD owner). Two observations...first, I hope you did not pitch your old condenser. It is probably still fine. Also, the new ones are pretty much garbage. While there are many anecdotes about them failing, I experienced a total failure within 30 minutes after installation of one from the big parts supplier. Luckily I had the old one which I reinstalled and all was well. Some TD owners have had the same condenser almost 50 years without a failure. While you can buy Lucas points, apparently Lucas is out of the condenser business. Second, the crud in your float bowl isn't all that bad. The filters MG put in the fuel line only capture large crud. The very fine debris from an old fuel tank gets through and needs wiped out every so often (until one gets the tank cleaned and sealed, that is). The carbs are pot metal. Be careful in attempts to polish. Also, I might recommend going to Burlen, in England for any parts other than gland seals and gaskets; they are the SU authorities. Good luck with the resto and I look forward to watching your progress...looks great.
  8. John, Excellent choice with the Z4. We have had a 2005 roadster since new and only two expenses other than gas and oil...a new battery and 4 new run-flats. It is like an Austin Healey where everything works properly and not held together with a bunch of fiddly little connectors. BTW, your headlights look great. Enjoy
  9. Truly heart-breaking to hear the news and see the results of the crash. The Mille had just over-nighted in the city where I live and, by chance, I was able to see and hear the cars and meet several of the owner/drivers. All were great people and willing to share details of their cars and their journey. I did not get a chance to meet the folks in the SS 100. A seat belt likely would not have helped much. This is a right hand drive car and the steering column would have caused severe injury. The rout this year is pretty demanding for cars and especially their drivers. I have traveled Hwy 128 many times and it can be challenging even in a modern roadster. With trees lining the roads, it is unforgiving. Thoughts and prayers to the family involved in the crash.
  10. It sounds like the major issue is connecting to the internet and loading pages fro sites in a timely fashion. One of the issues which can cause this to happen is the installation (wittingly or unwittingly) of various "toolbars", those little lines of "helpful" links that run below the bookmark s and above the browser window itself. The more toolbars you have, the slower the response time is since all of them must load first, before you actually get to the site you seek. Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, and some large game sites love to drop toolbars into your browser since they tend to tie you to the site and the advertising on the site. Also, if you have messenger programs running, in the background, they also tend to hog bandwidth and slow load times. One way to test for this is to install another browser and try it. I would download either Google Chrome or Opera and see if your response time is faster. Both are typically quicker than a clean Firefox or Microsoft browser and much, much quicker than a browser with toolbars installed. Another major issue, especially with Windows, is the anti-viral, protection software you are using. These can be devastating to load times and internet response. Unless you tend to visit "sketchy" sites, you are generally okay using the protection that is built into Windows.
  11. I've had a Medtronic unit running for about 4 years. In terms of machinery, I was advised to avoid ARC welding and powerful leaf blowers. Every 3 months, use a modem to phone in data...you would be surprised how detailed the information is. Biggest issue is no more MRIs...drives the orthopedic guy nuts.
  12. I have a 1950 MG TD which I drive 3 or 4 days per week depending upon weather...doesn't really like hot weather (vapour lock; dieseling) or rain. Generally I have no problem with other drivers. In our town, my head is on a swivel and I try to plan ahead for stop lights. Out in the country, my policy is to pull over and let the giant, life-sucking pickup truck roar past. One policy I am thinking of adopting is not driving anywhere on weekends in any of our cars. We get a lot of tourists (Northern California) who seem to think this is some sort of adult Disneyland where they won't really get hurt. Saturday I was passed on the right shoulder by a large SUV (with out-of-state plates) who then proceed to make a left turn in front of me. Thankfully, the MG's old drum brakes worked. Guess he REALLY wanted to be first at a tasting room. My only gripe is parking. I always try to park any of our cars way out in the nowhere end of the lot. Invariably, I will come out of the store and a humungous pick-up will be parked next to me. Often, I can fit one of my roadsters underneath it.
  13. Chasing Classic Cars is one of the better shows...I especially like Roger, his ace mechanic. Unfortunately, I never will be able to afford any of the cars that Wayne highlights. The other really good one is Wheeler Dealers, even my wife enjoys that show. We would like to get Edd China to live at our house and work on her old 280ZX for a few weeks. The dialogue on the show (between Mike and Edd) is pretty well written and has none of the fake confrontationalism of the other shows (Sheeshh...I wouldn't work half a day in most of those places). Most of the cars are within the realm of collectability for most of us. I especially want the Morgan from last year. Ta-Da
  14. Dave, 2X on Marty's suggestions...you might also cruise CraigsList in a nearby metro area...I'm always surprised what pops up. I once owned a 1959 100-6 (2 seater) which was a great, very tough car. The 6-cylinder engine probably would have lasted forever but everything else disintegrated. No I am riving a 1950 TD whihc is also great fun. But everytime I see a big Healey for sale, I check my bank account and dream...
  15. Took my 1950 MG TD for about 25 miles over hill and dale this afternoon. First time in about 6 weeks and replacing seals in tranny. Felt great to fold the windscreen down and zip around.