Rhod - let's make this perfectly clear. It's all about Nickie's third wife trashing his treasured1963 MGB. I say good riddance to anything that uses a 6 volt, positive ground electrical system.
Sig, I had a 63 TR-4, one of the first off the anvil after the 3A. A work of the devil, best used as a planter or snow brake.Nickie was lucky.
Rhod - British Lucas Electronics, AKA, "The Prince of Darkness."
Having owned an MG once, I say if she wrecked it ... give her a hug, a kiss, and whatever else she wants. Rhoderick, that was clearly over the top. You've now delved into the very ideological topic of women's driving. And what a merry and appropriate topic for the holidays, when thousands upon thousands of women are attempting to navigate mall parking lots in those complicated machines powered by the internal combustion engine.
This is spooky. I owned a 1971 MG Midget MKIII. Just keeping the thing running subtracted years from my life.Rule 1: Carry 4 quarts of oil in the boot at all times.Rule 2: Check oil and tighten all bolts every 200 miles.Rule 3: Sell it to the first person admiring it.
Sig... Youse has got the story all wrong. It was my fifth wife, Franny. And she didn't trash my MG. She trashed my life by running away to Baton Rouge with an MG salesman named Kuntsler.Ironic, huh?
This really is strange. Back in 1979 I DID have a 1963 MGB. With my brother (mostly my brother) we rebuilt the engine (a 3 main crank), new brakes, replaced the hood, trunk deck and doors, lots of wiring, a new rag top - and on my way to work, an SU student driving a VW bug made a left turn right in front of me and I T-boned that stinking little orange kraut rat car. Almost put him through the front window of a bar. The kid almost wet himself when I climbed out of the wreck in uniform - sorta like a real pissed-off T-1000from Terminator II. At least I got the sweat equity out of it from the insurance coompany though. I did hate that electrical system... but a fun car to drive. Nickie - Did the salesman feel the same way about #5?
DC, we found another wild frontier that needs to be paved over with bad taste and rudeness. That's all. It's what we do.Sig, some wag once told me that Brits drink warm beer because Lucas produced refrigerators as a sideline.Nickie,Franny wasn't good enough for you. She was the '71 Midget of wives, picking up speed as she stalled and rolled downhill to Baton Rouge. Good huh?
Sig, when you wrote "SU" I broke into a cold sweat. Strombergs, man, Strombergs.
Rhod - sorry, I didn't make the association until later. I will symbolically burn a Stromberg repair manual in order to drive the demons away.
ROF--and all of that...The Creator did create on an ascending scale-according to my reads -so - I am secure in my LOL.C-CS
Lucas Electrics! Strombergs ! Oh My !I will say my 1972 BSA Rocket III was quite reliable, though once for no apparent reason, melted one of the positive ground circuit wires. I simply cut the offending 2 feet of it off that extended from front to back under the seat and reattached the news ends back to the frame. No more problems.As far as women drivers; I'm telling you, I have been beside women going 70 on the freeway who have the sun visor pulled all the way down staring into the mirror on the back putting makeup on for incredible lengths of time. There's no way they can see the road.
Kid, the road isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Ypu tell him, Opie!!The road is full of icky stuff!
Uh, that's supposed to be "You".
Kid, two words. Rice burner. They never fail.
Only one mate at school had a car, it was an MG BGT, the first time he gave me a lift I eneded up pushing it along the road.I expect that you have patronising Govt. propaganda films as we do in Britain? Thing about Harry Enfield is that he recreates the amateur gormless style perfectly. We used to get them at school trying to prevent us from smoking, drinking or having sex (protected or not), naturally we ignored them all. I don't watch telly but sometimes hear them on the radio, they have not improved.
Banned, a first for GNN! The wonderful word "gormless". Thank you!
Opus, LOL !!Rhod, I liked the BSA a lot. Bit of a heavy though. My next ride was a 1979 Suzuki 750 GSE
TK, for shear beauty, the BSA's and Triumphs took the prize. The Enfleld, made now in India, captures that look, and from what I've read, it captures the reliability. The Suz was/is terrific. One of my sons wanted to buy a Savage when he was 17. I said no; he bought a Honda Rebel instead. Great bike, too.
Rhod, Yes, I never had a problem with the Suzuki. I was just reading your comment and remembering coming back to Phoenix from Las Vegas on it with a passenger, and we did about 40 miles of Hwy 93 at 110 mph (until the passenger couldn't take it anymore)I would regularly pass cops on the interstate at 125, and could almost hear them muttering about how I'd be dead in 10 minutes so why bother.
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