|Oily Hand's Life with MGs
Just for fun we took a short drive out in the BGT to Saltburn by the Sea for a bracing walk along the seashore and a quick coffee. The climb from the shore to the town is quite steep and twisty as this video shows.
A year, almost to the day since our last visit, a small group of MGCC Tyne Tees Centre members were re invited to Heritage Classics in Middlesbrough where John and his team were willing to show us all the goodies.
Patiently they answered all our questions and demonstrated the use of the English Wheel and a super piece of kit for straightening bent wheels. There were cars in all sorts of condition, from just started to almost completed. The standard of workmanship was superb and I almost needed somebody to follow me to clean up the drool.
From the traditional
To the more modern
And the unusual
As well as full restorations the team are capable and willing to do smaller jobs too. I must stress that I have no affiliation with Heritage Classics, but I do recognise quality when I see it and I saw lots there.
They have also added a powder coating facility capable of taking a full chassis. This is a great idea as powder coating is more durable than paint and cheaper to do as well.
Yippeeeee!!! After a few hours of work, I nearly said sweat but it was too cold for that, the BGT handbrake now works properly and the exhaust is fixed. I got the welding done on Friday. Managed to get a retest and bingo, it passed.
BGT MOT day is here! I set out with high hopes, and came away somewhat dejected. No argument about the pink sheet, they were all fair. I was more disappointed with myself for not spotting the small hole in the inner sill, the slightly loose rear silencer and the fact that my adjustment of the rear brakes didn't do any good, the handbrake wasn't good enough. It's booked in for the welding to be done and I'll have to revisit the brakes and sort the exhaust this weekend.
The Stockton Motor Club were running Rallye 177, starting and finishing at an hotel about a mile from home. This event was a combination of autotests and regularity road sections. Pam & I decided to go to the start for an hour or so to see what was going on. We had so much fun that we ended up being out all day.
Some great cars and some lively driving.
It was clean when we started, honest!
An enjoyable day despite the cold and occasional rain.
Hi, I'm Owen and I've been having fun with MGs since 1970, starting with my 1937 MGTA. Since then I've had three Y types and a couple of Z Magnettes. I now have a 1971 MGB GT along with the TA and my wife and I are still having fun