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We used to say back in the 60s that there were two kinds of TR3 drivers--ones that had already rolled their car and ones that were about to. John Collier <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: All of this is well documented and a sad tale indeed to read. While MG sports cars were profitable and selling well, Triumph sport cars, which were not profitable nor selling well, managed to garner all the R&D cash that BLM had. They came up with such winners as the Triumph Stag and first series TR7s. Triumph hated MG and made sure they had no R&D funds. Regardless of all we have said about Lucas electrics, and your experiences, an early MGB is one of the best sports cars out there for a hobbyist. John On 7-Apr-07, at 5:53 AM, Brian Ampolsk wrote: > Well, Lucas was certainly part of the problem... but NOT the whole > problem. I bought a new MGB in 1977. It was the first model with > catalytic converter. What a disaster!!! the so-called engineers > had apparently cut 8 or 10 inches out of the exhaust and stuck in a > catalytic converter. Well, that screwed up the balance of the > exhaust system so that it pulled against the manifold creating > space, and then cracking the exhaust manifold. In three miserable > years, I went through three exhaust manifolds and four complete > exhaust systems. When I finally traded the beast in 1980 for a > volvo, it needed exhaust system number 5. Now, there had been a > recall on this. What MG did was to insert a piece of asbestos > between the exhaust system and the manifold. of course, that > also came loose. And, this was only one problem... imagine my > surprise when on the Schuykill Expy stuck in traffic, my car > started to overheat... well (and this may indeed have been > Lucas), it turns out that the radiator fans (there were two) were > electrically driven and thermostatically controlled. Anyway, the > fuses had the wonderful attribute of blowing in traffic. There was > a vast array of other problems with this car. It was my last > british car. _______________________________________________ Leica Users Group. See http://leica-users.org/mailman/listinfo/lug for more information --------------------------------- Bored stiff? Loosen up... Download and play hundreds of games for free on Yahoo! Games.