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MG MGA - Full Service for the New Year!
Time for the bi-annual Japanese inspection (similar to the MOT). I will be $1,000 lighter in the pocketbook but it's unavoidable.
I took this opportunity to perform a much needed and very thorough and comprehensive service. The tires on the car looked fine, but were 12 years old and beginning to crack and were clearly dry-rotted. I replaced them with some vintage-look Vredestien Sprint Classics. They really complement the vintage look/feel of the car and with the taller sidewall they are much quieter and more comfortable. Handling is just fine.
I changed all fluids except the brake fluid (silicon) which was replaced last year when I changed the master cylinder. I will flush it again when I do the front disc brake conversion soon. The oil looked fine but was a year old, a new Napa Gold 1516 completed the service. Don't know what I will do next time as the 20W50 Castrol I have been using for years is scarce. Actually, 20W50 is scarce in Japan anyway and can run over $10 a liter.
Next, I did a light tune-up. With the MSD and custom distributor, the points literally still look like brand new so a quick gad check and all is well. Plugs also look great as well as the HT leads.
I have a supercharger so serviced that and cleaned and re-oiled the K&N filter and topped off the carb damper oil.
Next up is the fender welting. I have some on order from Bob West in the UK. With the exchange rate and shipping it was a good deal.
|Looking good Tom, but $1k for an MOT - wow bit excessive. Also see you are LHD in a RHD country.|
|Thanks, Cam. The inspection lasts 2 years. It used to have to be done annually for older cars but that changed a few years ago. I know of a handful of MGAs here and most are LHDs.|
|I lived in Japan 80 to 82 and noted that British prestige cars were usually imported as Lhd......a strange sort of 'snob' differential to local cars.......|
Loved that colour..what is it?
Do you attend many MG events in Japan?
Have you ever seen a Glacier Blue RHD mga twin cam?
This car, with a VIN number of YD2/1717, was sold in Australia and went to Kobe in Japan.
I have an interest because it has the original Twin Cam engine out of my car. My car was given a new MGA Twin Cam engine after the original engine blew up.
|M F Anderson|
|Image of MGA Twin Cam in Japan.|
|M F Anderson|
|M F Anderson|
Sadly, I don't attend many events anymore. Around my area most of the MG guys have converted to AH's. I will attend various classic cars meets and the like when I have time. Some of the clubs can be rather snobbish. I was once in an MG club 10 or so years ago and while there were 10-15 cars there were only 2 MGs.
I had two friends with A's but both of those are long gone.
The color is ashgreen. One of the stock color for a newer model. Mine was originally black, but after several owners and life on the road it was destined to never be black again! I also had a glacier blue one repainted BRG and a white one repainted red.
For the TC, I might be able to find it thanks to the pic with the plate number visible. I'll see what I can find out. Thank you!
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