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Let’s Welcome…

This note from a fellow MG Enthusiast arrived via the Blog.  Let’s plan to welcome Barney  and his son Elliot with our usual Texas Hospitality.  

Name: Barney Gaylord
Email: barneymg@mgaguru.com
Comment or Question: Greetings fellow British car enthusiasts,

My son and I are traveling the country in our MGA (31,000 miles since May 5, 2014), visiting other MG and British car enthusiasts, club meetings, car shows, tour, rally, and whatever may be happening on the British car scene.   We are also fixing cars as we go, mostly things to get cars running and tuned up to be road worthy, occasionally significantly more.

I found your web site, and am trying to find out what might be going on in Texas these days.   There may be a meeting n March 4?   Is there anything else going on in Texas in the near future?  Does anyone have a phone number or street address?

We are currently in Abbeville, LA, headed for Port Arthur (just for starters).  Our schedule is currently wide open, and we expect to be touring in Texas for a few weeks.  Would anyone in your club be interested in a visit?  Follow our follies here: http://mgaguru.com/mobile

Barney and Elliot Gaylord
1958 MGA with an attitude
3000+ web pages of tech info for MGs
Also webmaster for Chicagoland MG Club
Phone: 630-946-3841

Time: February 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm



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Bountiful Breakfast

In Richmond, 28 club members enjoyed a bountiful country breakfast at Another Time Soda Fountain followed by a short drive to two of Fort Bend County Museum’s early pioneer homes.   The docents were genuinely interested in seeing the MG Club have an interesting and entertaining tour of the Jane Long and Moore homes. An investigation of the property has lead to an archeological team possibly having located Deaf Smith’s grave http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaf_Smith

(Thanks to Susan Cannon for the photos and Jim Early for the recap.  Keith Ryder sponsored the event.)

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A Tale of Two Tags

A caveat for purist restorers, or a “Tale of Two Tags”. I have just learned, very nearly the hard way, that one can go overboard and illegal in the process of creating the “perfect restoration”. In the course of restoring “Tar Baby” to as close to as original as possible, my eye was offended by the scruffy, scratched VIN plate attached to the right wheel well. No problem; buy a blank from Moss (or VicBrit) and have it engraved to match (even to the misaligned #) and replace the offending member. Done and done 5 years and many trophies ago. Time passes, interest shifts to newly acquired MGC GT and Tar Baby goes to the auction block. There’s the rub, as the Bard would say. As part of the consignment process, I am stunned to learn that I have violated Federal law by tampering with the VIN plate. It turns out that VIN plates, regardless of condition, ARE SACRED. Thou shalt not mess with them!!! As a result, the auction house refused flatly to accept the car (after they had accepted my $500 consignment fee). About the only thing I did right was a) save the original plate with a photo of it in place and b) have the car fully state inspected (as opposed to antique registry) at purchase, and c) create and maintain a serious paper trail going back now 15 years.  All of the above was humbly submitted to the Montgomery County Auto Theft department as my offering for the VIN inspection process. I sweated out a 90 minute examination of the car and subsequent deliberation (as they did not find the confidential # stamping). In the end, I lucked out and they gave me a pass, which turned out to be acceptable to the auction house. The take away here is; if you’re considering replacing your VIN plate, DON’T. If you already have, you may want to visit your local law enfacement folks, with all the paper you have, to get an inspection/approval in advance of any anticipated sale.  From what I was told by the auction house and the county folks, VIN fraud is getting extremely common on antique/collectible cars such as ours, so scrutiny will only increase over time. In short, a bright, shiny brand new VIN plate will set off all sorts of alarms!!! Cheers!
Roger Sykes
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April 18 Show in Woodlands

Per Roger Sykes….
 The Brotherhood of St Andrew/Trinity Episcopal Church is hosting its 7th Annual Spring Car Show on the 18th of April, from 10-2. $25 entry fee benefits local youth and Scout programs and includes lunch for 2. Second car entry is $10 (if you happen to have 2 drivers). Location 3901 S. Panther Creek, The Woodlands (across the street from the west parking lot of McCullough Jr, High) Judging by participants, awards at 1.  Call 713-899-6910 for info or advance registration.Y’all Come!!!
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Help on 53 TD?

Name: Dan Weeks
Email: dweeks44@hotmail.com
Comment or Question: I am looking for a 1953 MGTD (ID#: XPAGTD220406) that I sold to someone in Texas in 1979 or 1980.  At the time I was living in Anniston, AL and this individual came to pick the car up and trailer it back to Texas (Dallas or Houston???).

I would appreciate any assistance you may be able to provide in helping me locate this car and or individual.

Thanks in advance.

Time: February 27, 2015 at 9:53 pm

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Don’t Forget the Saturday event

MG Breakfast, Feb. 21

In the Southwest of our region, Keith Ryder has arranged an MG Breakfast at the Another Time Soda Fountain & Café, at 800 3rd St., Rosenberg. Join us in Rosenberg (right by Rosenberg Railroad Museum), 9 am to 10:30 am, followed by a tour of the Jane Long-Smith Cottage (500 Houston Street, Richmond). The house/museum tour will be $4. Minimum 15 people, max 30.

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A Road Trip Supreme

Former member Bill Grugnale provided this report on some serious DRIVING in South America.  Be sure to check the link at the bottom.

> Subject: Southern Argentina – Patagonia
> The Adventurers took 2 weeks to reach Ushuaia from Valparaiso, through Chile, and now we have taken another 2 weeks to reach Mendoza, on the same latitude as Valparaiso, but in Argentina – just over 5000 miles, all  told. 
> My first comment is the trip northwards through Argentinian Patagonia was totally different to the trip down through mainly Chile. My second comment is I am surprised at the amount of fettling the MGs have required to keep them powering along…
> So, the trip from Ushuaia. The first half through Rio Grande, Rio Gallegos and Perito Mareno was flat, desolate and barren. The rest of Patagonia to Chos Malal, 1000 km South of Mendoza, was hilly (2000 m hills don’t count as mountains…) desolate and barren – but the rock strata and colours were brilliant – as were the different shades of greens along the river beds!
> An exception was the lakes around El Chalten and Bariloche – which were the first signs of wealth we saw in Argentina. 
> Many of the roads along Ruta 40 are sealed but we still managed to find gravel and road works almost every day! 
> The fettling of MGs. RIP is suffering from fuel vaporisation after a short stop. Red Car is loosing gear oil from the rear seal causing the overdrive unit to drop out, Blue B is suffering with intermittent ignition problems, and after replacing the fuel pump, filters, checking the float bowles, replacing the distributor, the coil, the leads and plugs over a 4 day period with varying success, found the fuel suction hose in the tank soft, thereby sucking closed when the temperature of the fuel increased, Casper’s wooden steering wheel has split all around and is glued and taped up, Goldie is misfiring at high altitudes, Sharaz’s 2-way keeps dropping out and Green Car continues to gurgle along now that the starter motor is repaired! Struth! What next!
> We had the pleasure of meeting Giles Cooper, a Queenslander from the Gold Coast, who drove the Arctic Highway to Alaska in his Lotus last year and is now driving from Canada to Ushuaia (in a Toyota Troopie 6 wheeler – not fair) – in Perito Mereno. Giles shared information of the countries to the north of us while we gave whatever advice we could about the areas we have had the pleasure to see. Thanks Giles, for making the effort to leave Chile just to make the gathering possible!
> Tomorrow, we arrive in Mendoza for a 3 day rest (if one can call 3 days of sight seeing and fettling MGs in workshops, rest!) and to meet 5 of the most enthusiastic MG members in the world! 
> More on that later…
> For more, go to mgpanamerica.mgcc.com.au but don’t read my Blog! I have been slack, but the others have done a brilliant job!

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Does the car come with the house?

When you’re selling your 15 million dollar River Oaks mansion, you naturally want the photos to look the best.  One way of doing this is to park your MG in front of the house.


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Affordable and Drivable Classic Cars

Dave Renner spotted a website that is fun to check.  The auto in the number 1 position is pretty  cool.  It includes the letters M, G, B, G and T.



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