‘There is a certain peace in transforming your car to your own specifications’ RPK
Only after a mere 8 months after meeting Mindy, the MGB became mine. Mindy refers to it as ‘land kayaking’. She is a keeper I guess, Mindy too. More to the point, effective March 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm, I am engaged to be married to Mindy. That is after she agreed to go to the AMOC meet and the ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ car show held at the Gilmore Museum outside Kalamazoo, Michigan. The latter is the crux of this story.
Waking at sunrise with the cool morning air, motoring the back roads to the Gilmore Museum with a thermos of hot coffee, we are one with the universe including every road imperfection. Upon arriving, we are 1 of 4 1970’s MGB’s that are teal in color. In between showing Mindy the finer points of every British car made, we went through the original permanent automotive displays and the new structures. Highlighted, by the hundreds of art deco hood ornaments and original clothing fashions we had lunch at an original diner on site.
As all good things come to an end, we depart. This one time though, the MGB is hard starting with white steam coming out of the exhaust. That weeping head gasket is now in failure mode. We soldier on, and make it home.
If it was indeed just a cylinder head gasket, simply replace the gasket. I am a man, I can do that. The problem is MGB’s have a history of cylinder heads cracking rendering them useless. The worst part is you just do not know if cracks exist until you take everything apart. Hence, if you are lucky, install a new gasket and put the lot back together. Then there is the question of converting the cylinder head assembly to withstand unleaded fuel. Then you have the car apart for weeks on end as other projects take up your time – like meeting with the minister for your wedding.
Spiritually guided at the ‘Kirk in the Hills’, I thought of St. Peter and the answer came to me. Order a fully refurbished performance tuned cylinder head assembly from Peter Burgess! If you own a MGB, buy his book, if you don’t own a MGB, buy it anyway. This is your chance to learn something mechanical other than texting.
Now that my Burgess cylinder head is here, our engagement party (and 2 year anniversary) is over, I can finally get some work done.
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