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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - MG V8 News letter
|I haven't received a MGV8 News Letter in a long time. What happened to them, are they still in business? Has anybody received one lately? |
After letting my subscription lapse, I sent a check in June. It was cashed, but I haven't received anything. My email inquiries have gone unanswered. Doesn't look good to me.
My son has also not received a news letter. I sent them an email with info about my MGAV8, and have not received a reply.
|I had the same experience as Joe. However, I did get my third attempt at an e-mail answered. The guy in charge replied that I would be receiving my newsletters. That was months ago and still no newsletter. I would advise to NOT send any money for subscriptions. Too bad, it was a great source.|
|I received one issue for this year. I think we are to get three per year.|
|I did the same in June, but have yet to receive anything.|
|I e-mailed Dan Masters (editor)this week about the newsletter since Don Rausch will not return e-mails. Dan maintains that he is waiting on Don for some advertisements and the mailing list. I too have sent in a years subscription and received one issue. Does anyone know him personally to ask the future of the newsletter?|
|Since Kurt S. handed over the newsletter to Don, it seems to have fallen into a black hole. When Kurt ran it it was informative and dependable--I anticipated its' arrival with excitement. I know that Kurt spent an enormous amount of time on it and that is why he gave it up. I do think that the present "owners" owe the subscribers an explanation at least, if not a partial refund. And what about the advertisers?|
|I've not received anything either, even though I sent my money. Here we go again with more theivery and dishonesty. Kurt, where are you?|
|Too bad that a good source of info is gone(for the moment) Maybe we all should try to get on touch with Kurt and ask what can be done to get the V8 newsletter back afload. I am sure there are other MGV8 enthousiast that are willing to restart this source of info. Let's get working on it. Maybe somebody can investigate with Don Rauch what has happened and what the reason is for not publicing the newsletter.|
Sources like Glenn Towery, D&D, TSI and many more must see a big publicity loss.
|Werner Van Clapdurp|
|This issue is floating on the V8 email list.|
Dan Masters is aware of the issue and a bunch of folks are working on a long term resolution. The key to it right now is getting the mailing list from the current list holder as well as the subscription $$, the subscription and mailing list duties were handed over from Kurt to a new party. Once Dan M has the $$ and the mailing list he can send the current newsletter to the printer, then mail them out.
I have not been on the bulletin boards at all because of time constraints (actually I only check my E-mails about once a week!) Tom Rosser called me a advised that I check this site. I too have been in touch with both Don Rausch and Dan Masters. Dan has had an issue ready to be mailed since August. He has certainly done a great job, even investing a considerable amount of money on a high volume printer so he does not have to depend on an outside printing company. He has also put together quite a few articles himself, so Dan has held up his end of the Newsletter and much more.
The problem appears to be Don. Despite multiple promises, he has not been able to get a subscribers list to Dan. I do not know exactly why, but I feel it is f'ing inexcusable, to say the least! My feeling is that the Newletter, at least in the present form, is dead.
In our last conversation, Dan broached the subject of my becoming involved again. For a couple of days I seriously considered it, partnering with Dan. However, reality set in and I know that I just cannot find the time. I have not even driven my MG, except for a short drive at Thaksgiving from which I am still thawing out, since the D & D Fabrications party a few months ago. I will not bore you with all the stuff going on right now, suffice to say I cannot.
However, if someone or a group decided to give Dan a hand and start a Newsletter up again. I would be more than willing to commit to technical articles every issue and what help I could muster. I would suggest that if a revival is organized, it not be a rescue of the old Newsletter. That would involve tremendious complications with existing subscriptions, who is paid, how many they are owed, etc. etc.The whole financial and recordkeeping is in complete chaos and, I belive, beyond redemption.Rather, a completely new publication with no financial ties to the old newsletter. Current subscribers would have to take up the issue of refunds with Don.
Also, I was up in Grand Rapids last weekend and met with Steve Carrick. He has done a great job of initial preparations for the 2002 MG V8 meet.(It wil be officially "The British V8 Conversion Meet") It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday 8/16 and 17 in Grand Rapids. For those interested, Steve has rented the Gratton roadrace rack for half a day on Thursday 8/15. For a fee, anyone who wants to can do hot laps for hours. The perfect opportunity to get to play seriously with the cars. Info any contact numbers will be in sevral publications shortly. Steve has a copy of the Newsletter mailing list prior to 1/1/01 and is sending out announcements. Should be tremendous fun!!
By the way, I drove Steve's MG with the newly installed 365HP Ford 302 crate motor. He is definitely the king of the hill right now!
|I was interested in purchasing the back issue package of the newsletters. Does anyone know if this is still available or do we have the same problem as with the subscriptions?|
Thanks for your info. As a long time subscriber to the newsletter, I can only imagine the hours you committed to the thing. My hat is off to you for the job done. I think your thoughts are correct about starting a new rather than attempting to straighten out the obvious mess of the old newsletter. I hope someone will take up where you left off. The newsletter was such a great source of info. It was what got me started and kept me going in the early days of my project. I hope to have mine on the road by springtime. FINALLY.
|Thanks Kurt for addressing the News Letter issue.|
I would like to piont out that the BBS has been grate
sorce of infomation for us MGB V8 nuts around the
|I can only echo the the comments and feelings of the others about the loss of the news letter and the fine job Kurt did for all those years. I have to hope that Don Rausch is reading these comments and appreciates the contempt held towards him by many. To publish one issue and fold is unforgiveable without at least an explanation yet alone refunds.|
|Would the newsletter be cheaper and better off as a web-based publication? If the newsletter in its current incarnation is going away, could all of the old issues be scanned as .pdfs and acrhived on the same site. I am sure many would hate to lose this valuable resource. I don't know whether you could set it up as a paid membership website, or would advertising alone support the costs and then make it free.|
I wonder if the site which carries this BBS would allow archive storage??
72 BGT soon to be 3.4 FI V6
|There are already talks of moving to a Web based format. Most likely PDF format. Dan Masters is also going to be looking into maintaing a smaller distribution list for the Paper copy since there are many subscribers that do not use computers.|
Ideas have run form maintaining subscription pricing for Paper copy subscribers, and is still open for electronic. Dan M is working on it, though right now I think his focus has been to get this latest issue out 1st.
|I submitted several articles for the old newsletter, and I'm sorry to see it go. Putting it on the web though sounds to me like a good idea. You guys get it going again and I think I can see my way clear to do some articles on 'extreme' modifications.|
|I recieved word that it is now available online. Dan Masters will be adding a link from his main site to the files. They are in PDF format and look great..|
|The new issue of the "British V8 Newsletter" is now available to subscribers online. Dan has done a fine job with no help from Don R, but has received a lot of support from many in publishing via the "net". As far as I am concerned, this is the way to go. |
I am sure Dan would like to have your input as well as your support. If you are a subscriber, but have not received an e-mail from Dan regarding the download site, be sure you contact him <DANMAS@aol.com >
|The Newsletter is still alive and well. As others have mentioned, I have not been able to get the newsletter out because I could not get the list of subscribers to send it to, to say nothing of the $$ required for printing and postage. Even though I don't have the subscriber's funds, I will mail a hard copy of the current issue - the Sept 2001 issue - to any subscriber who doesn't want to or can't use the internet to get a copy. I will be putting copies in the mail in the morning to those who have already asked. If you have asked, but don't get a copy, let me know. I have been under a great deal of pressure the last few days to get the newsletter online, so I may have misplaced a request.|
I apologize to everyone who has been "taken" by the newsletter. I will update the Newsletter website (http://members.aol.com/danmas4/mgv8.htm)with all the details for the newsletter's future in the next day or so.
The current issue, as well as the may-August issue, can be downloaded at:
The May file is 2.6MB, and the Sept file is 1.2MB, so they take a while to download.
|Thanks for putting this on line! If I can help in any way to keep this newsletter going, please let me know.|
I have tried to contact the web pages listed and got a message that the server was not available. Did I do something wrong?
What's wrong is AOL. Keep trying, and if you still can't get through, e-mail me and I'll e-mail you back with a copy. I'll be searching for a web hosting site soon, and transfer all my web pages over if I can find a suitable supplier. Anyone have a recommendation?
I must quit hitting the enter key. It's great that the newsletter is alive and well. I tried to download the september issue unsuccessfully. The server was busy but eventially I go throught to a blank page. I was able to download the old issue. Keith
Never mind my previous posting--I didn't realize this was a direct down load. For those that have not tried, just be patient, I have a high speed internet connection through our web server at work and it took about 3-4 minutes for the .pdf to appear on my screen.
Thanks for the updates--I like the web format and wish all of the previous issues were in this format. I hope you are successful in the continuation of the Newsletter.
|Thanks Dan. Can't wait to get reading.|
Most people have been able to download both issues with no problems, but for some reason, several folks have had trouble with the Sept issue. I have no idea what the problem is with the Sept issue, but I'll be happy to e-mail a copy to anyone who isn't able to download it from aol.
It's the indent (tab) key that keeps submitting my data premature. ThanX for the sept. issue of the newsletter. I found it informative as usual. Please let all of know how to sign up for the NEW Newsletter. I like the downloaded version and I hope it means colour photos.
Keep up the good work
|Well done Dan. I think you will have the unqualified support of most of the old subscribers. Let us know as soon as you workload has dropped enough to start dealing with new subscriptions.|
Well done Dan ! I could download both copies. Great info, as always.
Can't wait to see the color pictures comin on the website. Still interested on subscribing to a hardcopy.
Keep up the great work ! All the V8 converters are supporting your efforts
|Werner Van Claodurp|
I have updated the British V8 website to reflect current conditions (http://members.aol.com/danmas4/mgv8.htm).
Based on input from you guys, I have decided to make the newsletter available for free from the internet (with color pictures beginning with the next issue), and printed copies available for the same price as before - $15.00 per year, three issues. I just hope I'm not strung up from a tree by disgruntled current subscribers that are not online!
If you wish to subscribe for hard copies, the address is on the website above, and in the newsletter as well.
The British V8 Newsletter
PO Box 6430
Maryville, TN 37802-6430
In case you wonder what DMP stands for, it's Dan Masters Publishing, the name I use for publishing my electrical repair manuals.
I hope to have a web hosting service soon, so I can keep all issues on line for archive purposes. If time permits, and the quality is acceptable, I will get the old back issues on line as well.
I can't promise that I'll always be able to put out a decent newsletter, but I will try my best, and I do promise a full refund if I fail to put out a newsletter at all. And I will LET YOU KNOW if there are any problems, and in a timely manner.
I'm putting together the January - April 2002 issue now, so I could really use some articles!
I hope all this meets with your approval,
|Boy am I glad I was not one of those people yelling at you. I bet their faces are red now or should be. I had faith having obtained your TR6 manuel. Free on the internet is not fair to you for the work. Consider reminding people including me that voluntary contribution of money is helpful. You and Kurt do what we are to lazy to do and free is not fair.|
Dick (UT Law '76)
I second that statement!
What manuals you have for electric repair?
Can you put a list on this bulletin. Would like to buy some. I found the article about the home made fuse box very informative. Might try that one day.
As stated earlier. This V8 newsletter is GREAT ! Glad it is back
|Werner Van Clapdurp|
Currently, I only have one manual available right now - "Triumph TR250 -TR6 Electrical Electrical Maintenance Handbook" . It is a comprehensive, 200 page, detailed, step-by-step repair manual (http://members.aol.com/danmas6/). I am now putting the finishing touches on a similar manual for the TR2 -4A. I had hoped to have it done in time for Christmas, but newsletter problems have delayed it a bit, probably until late January. My next project is to write a manual for the MGB, which will include wiring modifications for V8 conversions. The mgb manual will require as much work as the other two put together, and will probably have at least 300 pages. The long model run of the MGB included many, many wiring variations.
I can't make any promises, but it is my current plan to bring a few completed fuse/wiring panels to the 2002 V8 convention for sale. I have found a source of wiring that will reduce the final cost to about the same as if you built the panel yourself (while allowing me a modest return on my labor), but I have to buy in large quanities ($$$) to get the lower price.
Maybe someday, I'll have time to actually work on my own V8 conversions <G>
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