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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6300 on: May 28, 2017, 10:19:44 PM »
I know Doc's intelligent enough to have done it himself, but I also know he's wise enough to hand it off to someone else.

man, I hope the Colonel doesn't see that..... :roll:


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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6301 on: June 05, 2017, 03:53:52 PM »
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6302 on: June 05, 2017, 05:56:10 PM »

hmmmm . . . Modified Sport?

I refuse to run against Udo Horn - I look foolish enough, already!  :wink:

Seriously, though, in GT, if I REALLY wanted to go crazy, I'd be building a hi-zoot Mopar C motor, and shoehorning in between the fenderwells of a Jensen Healey.

Probably be cheaper than building this damndable K-Series.

Yes, I'm still waiting on the block . . .
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6303 on: June 05, 2017, 08:35:50 PM »
"Seriously, though, in GT, if I REALLY wanted to go crazy, I'd be building a hi-zoot Mopar C motor, and shoehorning in between the fenderwells of a Jensen Healey."

I'd guess a single guy could fool-hardedly imagine such a venture.

You'd probably be 150 MPH below that ol' Triumph front-wheel driver.
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6304 on: June 05, 2017, 08:56:40 PM »

I'd guess a single guy could fool-hardedly imagine such a venture.

You'd probably be 150 MPH below that ol' Triumph front-wheel driver.

In GT, the record is 230.

But I AM married, my wife actually kind of likes me, and I don't trust my aging reflexes in a 90" wheelbase at that kind of speed.
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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6305 on: June 05, 2017, 09:07:30 PM »
Chris;

To paraphrase your icon, "Keep Calm and Carry Spare Underwear"   :-D

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6306 on: June 05, 2017, 09:14:15 PM »
Chris --

I was really unfair.  I don't think the Triumph had the 4-cyl.  Maybe the 6.  Those big front tires must have a gyroscopic effect so the back doesn't come around.  What would I know?

Check the video, I think he goes 38-point something.  The decimal must be misplaced.

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6307 on: June 06, 2017, 12:23:54 PM »
Chris;

To paraphrase your icon, "Keep Calm and Carry Spare Underwear"   :-D

Regards, Neil  Tucson, AZ

Neil, I've been going commando since 1979 - it forces you to concentrate and keep your Subaru together . . .
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Well, I guess we're making a LOT of progress . . .  :roll:

We are NOT rebuilding . . . We are reloading.

GOD SAVE MG - The Queen can take care of herself!

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6308 on: June 06, 2017, 12:33:06 PM »
Chris, I've followed your build ever since you started but that last bit of information was a little more then I wanted to know.    :-D :-D

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« Reply #6309 on: June 06, 2017, 06:02:39 PM »
Bill, just like in reading fiction, you need to acquire a willing sense of disbelief.  In other words, he just said that for dramatic effect.

Yeah, sure.  I don't guess I will tell you or my intimate sartorial choices, K?
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« Reply #6310 on: June 06, 2017, 08:03:48 PM »
There's a reason for this, and a true story behind it.

When I was 19 years old, I started work at Menards, driving a 1 ton flat-bed, delivering primarily shingles, immediately following one of the worst hail outbreaks ever recorded in Eastern Iowa.

It was late July, 90+ degree weather, unbearable relative humidity, and I stopped to get a can of Strawberry Crush soda.  In Iowa, we referred to it as "pop".

I wound up spilling the vast majority of it right on to my nether regions.

While my jeans dried up - for the most part - my tighty-whities wicked up all the corn syrup and red dye # 3 they could.

By mid afternoon, I felt like I was wrapped up in a hot, sweaty strawberry tortilla.  I made a drop at a construction site, went to the porta-potty, and pitched what had turned into a vibrant pink Jockey diaper, into the dumper, and never looked back.

TO THIS DAY, the only time I wear underwear is when I'm wearing wool slacks - essentially, weddings and funerals - or when I'm wearing my race suit.

Now Slim, you can question my statement as being grand-standing for dramatic effect, and that's fine - I've been guilty of that - accused, tried and convicted.

But if you want verification of the facts, I encourage you to ask Kate. 

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« Reply #6311 on: June 15, 2017, 08:00:39 AM »
I'm glad I waited a few days before reading that, Chris.  I will not be conducting undies inspections for anyone not of the female persuasion, so let's just move on to other stuff, k?
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« Reply #6312 on: June 15, 2017, 09:56:29 AM »
Agreed.

Fordboy has found a valve supplier in the Charlotte area that he's keen on.  Drawings are going out, I've committed to the purchase, so we should be getting our head in order fairly soon.

Yes, I'm still waiting on the block.  ERL shut down recently, and Steve at Race Engine Development has taken on a lot of the Darton LS block sleeve work.  Once again, I find myself standing in line with an orphaned engine behind a bunch of Chevy guys . . .

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6313 on: June 21, 2017, 11:00:25 PM »
Still waiting - but the last two weeks of down-time has been productive.

Took the truck in for a front-end rebuild.  I really don't have enough garage length to properly tear up a front end on a pickup.  $2200.00 later it still drives like a truck, but at least I can keep it between the fenceposts, it's safe, and I'm less concerned pulling a trailer.

But a far more rewarding expense was personally rebuilding the front end on the MGB.

I've owned two.  The first one, I never did anything with, and while it wandered a bit, it was acceptable for a college student more concerned with beer and grades.  But at the end of the day, it was too far gone to warrant putting any money into.

But the one I've owned for the last 15 years we've put 30,000 miles on.  It's been to Toronto, Sudbury, Killarney Provincial Park, the UP, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, Detroit, Wilmington, and all points in between.

During the build of the Midget, I let a lot of things go south on the B, most notably, the front end.

I attacked it last Wednesday, the shocks arrived today, it's all freshened up, and tighter than a frog's Acura.

No more clunks, no more on-ramp insecurities, no more shaking - even on Milwaukee streets.

Right now, it's the best handling MGB I've ever driven, and the happiest I've ever felt about dropping $600.00 dollars on overpriced parts.

It's like a new damned car.
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Well, I guess we're making a LOT of progress . . .  :roll:

We are NOT rebuilding . . . We are reloading.

GOD SAVE MG - The Queen can take care of herself!

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Re: Milwaukee Midget
« Reply #6314 on: June 21, 2017, 11:57:54 PM »
That's good news Chris. All the road cars are working well. :cheers: