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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:24 PM

 

Tinplate Toddler

 

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'72 MGB, Damask Red?

Any color is fine with me, as long as it is BRG - British Racing Green! The one and only color for a British sports car!

Like this? N Scale, so the details are not as crisp.

I guess with convertibles, I better figure out a way to put a driver in there!

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:33 PM

I had an MG for a day or so:

 MG_trailer by Edmund, on Flickr

I think it's 1972?

 MG_side by Edmund, on Flickr

It wasn't originally red but BRG (small spot remaining above the rocker panel) and the underside of the boot is still green:

 MG_boot by Edmund, on Flickr

The fenders weren't original, they were painted "Sandglow" under the red.

 MG_R-Q by Edmund, on Flickr

My wife's dad was "restoring" it and, as these things go, never had time to even begin the project. I gave it to one of the fellows I w**ked with. I guess his brother did get it put together but I never saw any photos of it.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:37 PM

ROBERT PETRICK
I guess with convertibles, I better figure out a way to put a driver in there!

You are simply ahead of the time - autonomous driving is thename of the game!

Happy times!

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:14 PM

CNCharlie

 

TF, I hope your holiday is good one. Sorry about the cold weather you may soon recieve. 

 

CN Charlie

 

 

Thanks Charlie,  you too.

Yes, you're right about the cold coming.  It's coming early this year but then again, so did the snow.  I think I heard a high of 2 degrees by Monday.

We've been a little spoiled up here for the last 3 days,  it's been 38 to 40 degrees.  I've been working inside but going out to the garage in my t-shirt to get things for my job and it felt like a tropical Heatwave.

People of the South think us Northerners are a little crazy for living in this cold weather.  They are probably right,  I know I've been a little crazy for yearsWhistling  

Honestly,  given the choice, I would take the cold over hot and humid any day.  I don't do well in the heat.

Have a good one Charlie.

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 3:44 PM

I liked the MG Ed.  It reminds me of the red Alfa Romero my friend Mark once had.

I really have a thing for classic cars.  If I could hang up my tool belt and restore old cars for a living,  drive them for a day or two before l sell them.  I would do it in a minute.

That would be like getting up in the morning and having fun everyday!  I wouldn't even call that wxxk.

 

 

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Posted by CNCharlie on Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:06 PM

Good Afternoon,

Ed, that MGB could be a '72 or if the knock-off wheels are orginal it would be '67 or earlier as those spinner knock-offs were last used in '67. Also it doesn't have side marker lights so my bet is a '67.

Dave, hope you did get a copy of Ian Wilson's latest book as there are some great shots of Allendale yard and the area all around Barrie that ran steam in the summer of '58. 

We ordered a couple of pannetones today. That is our treat for the Christmas season. You can buy them locally but not the 'good' ones. We order ours from Vancouver. Shipping is a little high but then when you bite into that lovely bread, all thoughts of cost are forgotten. The best one we ever had was from the Cipriani hotel in Venice. You can get them online in the U.S. but they cost $50!  

Plans are a-foot for us to visit our friends in TRF soon so I'll be able to pick up the engine that is waiting for me there. 

Have any of you tasted a Babka? If you like cinammon, they are really wonderful.  You can order them from a place in New York. We'll get a couple sent to our friends place. 

Looks like I'll be a lucky boy this year. 

The temp dropped here this afternoon so I gassed up the car. Hate standing out there when it is -20 with a strong wind. 

Tomorrow I go for my semi-annual glaucoma check. So far it is being held in check by eye drops. I was lucky it was caught early. I inherited that affliction from my Dad and Grandmother. 

Well, dinner time is upon us so best attend to that.

CN Charlie

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:41 PM

I am glad you caught that one early Charlie.  I will keep my fingers crossed that things get better for you and improve.

A wish of Good Karma is my best going out to you besides my chat with the Man upstairs, that things continue to go north for youYes

 

I would also like to thank you for the Canadian Air comming. 

The reason I am thankful is because you tested out the preliminary Sub-Zero and made sure it was safe before sending it down here to our zoneLaugh....... Do you suppose it's too early yet to get the Carhartt's out?Laugh

 

 

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, December 5, 2019 6:38 PM

CNCharlie

Good Afternoon,

Ed, that MGB could be a '72 or if the knock-off wheels are orginal it would be '67 or earlier as those spinner knock-offs were last used in '67. Also it doesn't have side marker lights so my bet is a '67.

I would also vote for a '67, also based on the side lights (or square holes) not being there. The tail lights would give a really good indication.  Those in the photos look kinda small and rounded. By about 1970 the tail lights were more angular and faceted and a little larger when viewed from the side. Also, by about 1970 they added rubber strips to the bumpers, and there is no rubber nor grooves or holes to receive the rubber that isn't there.

Not sure about the wire wheels. I think there were after-market hubs that were available. You needed a small hand sledge (maul) to change a flat.

Nostalgia.

Robert 

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Posted by cudaken on Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:03 PM

 Eveing Diners!

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer and Dirk his usual.

 Just a quick post tonight.

 Hum MGB? Yea when I was around 17 I wanted one, then I sat in one. Well sort of. At 6' 3" it did not go well.

 Later None smoking Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:11 PM

I still don't know my over the pond cars,  but it reminds me of the Alfa Romero Ed.  I do know it was an Italian car maybe similar to your British car. 

Mark, the owner of that car I knew was Crazier than I am but that ain't saying much. He had backwards lettering on his windshield.  When someone looked in their rear view mirror ahead of him it said (Slower traffic move right).

 

I think I'm going to go play golf at TopGulf tomorrow.  It's cold but they got the radiant heat overhead and the black couch you sit and eat your lunch is hot when you sit on it because it's black

The place is fun.

 

Maybe I'll send you a postcard.

 

 

 

TF

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Posted by gmpullman on Thursday, December 5, 2019 7:36 PM

ROBERT PETRICK
I would also vote for a '67, also based on the side lights (or square holes) not being there. The tail lights would give a really good indication. 

Thanks for the head's up on the MG fellas'. Yeah, when I was a kid you could always count on looking at the tail light lens for the SAE mark on it.

 MG_Right-tail by Edmund, on Flickr

This one does say 67:

 MG_Right-tail_67 by Edmund, on Flickr

It looks to me like the spinners are original.

 Knockoff by Edmund, on Flickr

It even had the T-3 (GM-Guide) headlight lamps in it. Those things must be collectable these days?    The left one is a Lucas.

 T3_Headlight by Edmund, on Flickr

I was a Cadillac man back in the day, Had a few early '60s beasts. Had a '72 ElDorado with front wheel drive and a 500 CID mill. That bad boy would plough through the snow like nobody's business. Rode like cloud nine.

Have a great evening, Folks!

          Ed

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:02 PM

Yes,  this is the 1986? Alfa Romero spider that I do believe my friend Mark owned, I thought I was older.

This is just a example of it.

 

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:09 PM

But No.

His car was older than that.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:13 PM

Okay Kids,  not a lot of communication here,  I'm going to go watch Thursday Night Football.

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:28 PM

Ed you're exactly right.  I got the SAE on the tail lights of my 69 Mach 1.

 

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Thursday, December 5, 2019 8:34 PM

Got game on.

 

 

TF

 

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, December 5, 2019 9:50 PM

gmpullman
Thanks for the head's up on the MG fellas'. Yeah, when I was a kid you could always count on looking at the tail light lens for the SAE mark on it.

My MGB was a '68. It was essentially identical to the 'B' in Ed's pictures but mine was one of the first built with a negative ground electrical system and an alternator instead of a generator that had a positive ground. The generators were typical Lucas engineering. They would eat themselves on a regular basis. The alternator was not much better. Mine would eat the external rectifiers every few months. Fortunately, I discovered that Chrysler was using the same components so the replacements were cheap.

My MGB also started out British Racing Green but one day when I was in a car wash the force of the water from the wand peeled a huge sheet of paint off of the hood. That was just adding insult to injury because the rest of the paint job was already patched up from various rust repairs. I couldn't afford to have the car repainted professionaly so I went to Canadian Tire and bought three cans of paint - red, white and blue! I painted it like a Union Jack, with a brush I might add! I figured if it had to have a lousy paint job I might as well make it an interesting one!

I could go on about that car forever! I coaxed many years of life out of it beyond when it should have been scrapped. If there was a way to jury rig something I figured it out. I should write a book!

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, December 6, 2019 12:07 AM

No need for a thermometer to tell you how cold it is:

 BAR_BL2_CaribouME by Edmund, on Flickr

Caribou, Maine Feb 6, 1970. BL-2, EMD's mongrel.

Cheers, Ed

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Posted by "JaBear" on Friday, December 6, 2019 1:18 AM

hon30critter
The generators were typical Lucas engineering.

 

Joseph Lucas- “Prince of Darkness”.
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Posted by hon30critter on Friday, December 6, 2019 1:47 AM

Joseph Lucas- “Prince of Darkness”.

"Why do the British drink warm beer?".

"Because they have Lucas refrigerators".

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Posted by Water Level Route on Friday, December 6, 2019 6:12 AM

Track fiddler
People of the South think us Northerners are a little crazy for living in this cold weather.  They are probably right,  I know I've been a little crazy for years   Honestly,  given the choice, I would take the cold over hot and humid any day.  I don't do well in the heat.

Same here.  You can always add another layer of clothing.  Can only take so much off! Laugh  I was talking to a gentleman once who moved here to Michigan from Florida, and we were teasing him about going "the wrong way".  His response summed the whole thing up nicely.  He said "Up here, in the winter it's too cold to go outside, so you don't.  Down there, in the summer it's too hot to go outside, so you don't.  It's really the same, just flip-flopped."  

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, December 6, 2019 6:41 AM

Water Level Route
You can always add another layer of clothing.  Can only take so much off!

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I think that is what is most off-putting when I visit places up North, you people just wear way too much clothing.

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It is never too hot to go outside. All you need is some water and a little acclimation. I worked outdoors in South Florida for 22 years.

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There is a difference. If you are hot and you go inside to cool down, it takes 5-10 minutes to feel good. If you are cold and you go inside to warm up, it takes hours. You get "cold to the bone", I have never been anything more than surface hot. A towel dipped in the cooler water can get it done in 30 seconds!

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I live nearly as far South as you possibly can, and it is HOT 10 months out of the year. We wear as little as possible, and it is perfectly socially acceptable. There is nothing wrong with going shopping in your swim suit.

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Then I go to Tennessee, and you can't even tell what the people look like.

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It is going to be 77 today, look at the forcast for next week! Paradise!

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It is doing me good to be at home this week.

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-Kevin

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, December 6, 2019 6:50 AM

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BL-2, EMD's mongrel.

Boy you got that right!  I'm an EMD fan, and I cringe everytime I see one.

Truly a "fugly" offspring!  They make ALCO's look like runway models!

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Friday, December 6, 2019 7:58 AM

Good Afternoon!

A quite miserable day! It so grey and dark, we have to keep the lights on all day long! It´s wet and windy - better to stay inside and enjoy a cup of coffee!

Here is the forecast for the coming week in my neck of the woods:

No improvement in sight!

I am waiting for a response on my enquire into the pricing of the house. I just hope it is within reach for us!

It must be the season:

https://www.facebook.com/kathy.anglum/videos/10214243349973514/

 

 

Happy times!

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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Friday, December 6, 2019 8:37 AM

Hello everybody ...

 

Sadly, Shelley's Mom, my MIL, passed away. She had a very rough year with her health issues, and now she can rest peacefully. 

GARRY

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Posted by Water Level Route on Friday, December 6, 2019 8:39 AM

SeeYou190
If you are hot and you go inside to cool down, it takes 5-10 minutes to feel good. If you are cold and you go inside to warm up, it takes hours. You get "cold to the bone", I have never been anything more than surface hot.

It's funny you say that.  I experience the exact opposite.  Takes forever to cool down after being outside in the heat.  Last weekend I was outside with my youngest daughter having a snowball fight.  Yes I had my jacket on, plus gloves.  On my legs, just my jeans.  And I was soaking wet from laying in the snow behind my "fort".  Legs never felt cold.  
SeeYou190
it is HOT 10 months out of the year
My in-laws have a time share in Kissimmee.  We've vacationed with them there several times and with half the family working for the schools, we can't go until Mid-June.  The first time we went down, we stopped at the welcome center just across the state line.  105 degrees out.  I was sure I had driven too far down and had arrived in hell.  I'm miserable every time we go.  I think it all comes down to what you are used to.  A friend in the same company I work for was originally from the northern US but lives in Dallas now.  He said it was amazing how quickly his blood thinned out.  He struggles when he comes back up north if it's between October and May.
SeeYou190
Then I go to Tennessee, and you can't even tell what the people look like.
You think that's bad?  Come up here during a "polar vortex".  Everybody looks like Randy from A Christmas Story! Laugh

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Friday, December 6, 2019 9:02 AM

Garry - our sincere condolences.

Happy times!

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, December 6, 2019 9:09 AM

I've been to Florida at many times during the year, and really, it's almost always too hot for me.

When I used to ride my bike a lot in the summer, it took me at least an hour to cool down, even inside in the air conditioning.  If I got into the shower before I cooled down, I would still be sweating after I got dried off.

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Friday, December 6, 2019 9:10 AM

Garry,

My condolences I know it has been a rough time. 

 

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Posted by York1 on Friday, December 6, 2019 9:26 AM

Good morning, everyone.

First, Garry, your family has our sympathy.  Even though your mother-in-law suffered and that is over, it is still sad for those of us left behind.

When I lived in New Orleans, I was used to the heat, and I froze when I visited anyone north of Oklahoma.

Now I think I prefer cold to hot and humid.  My dream place would be a cabin in the north woods.

TGIF for those of you putting in time at the salt mines.  I don't mean to make you feel bad, but retirement is great!

John  --  Saints Fan  

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