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drooartz
05-08-2011, 09:32 PM
So I spent three very fun/frustrating/draining years doing the mechanical restoration of the Tunebug. This was my first restoration ever, and there were many times that I felt like giving up and paying someone to take the pile of parts away. I even swore, when the job was done, that I would never do another restoration again (and I never even got into paint or bodywork). I really don't enjoy the restoration work as much as the driving and maintaining.

That said, the MGB has given me some insight into why someone would restore a car. I've done some work on both cars over the last few weeks -- basic test-and-tune stuff. I've come to realize that I really do know that little Bugeye like the back of my hand. I know the wiring is stock because I wired it myself. I know what's in the engine because I know the guy who built it (Hap) and I have all the specs. I really can see all the stuff that is normally hidden. X-ray vision.

With the MGB, while it's in great shape, I just don't have that same x-ray vision. I think the engine is stock, but really I have no idea. I was doing basic tuneup work today, and a big part of that was just familiarizing myself with how the car is set up, getting some baselines, and trying to see how everything is put together. Pull the wheels, check the brakes, crawl around under the car to see what's what. I'm sure now that if I keep the B long term I'll wind up tearing into it at some point, if for no other reason than to really *know* the car.

Billm
05-08-2011, 10:46 PM
Drew-
You are scaring me! You are being absorbed- you are becoming one with the Brotherhood Of Really Goofy carlovers (BORG)!
Welcome to the club!
BillM

Morris
05-08-2011, 11:52 PM
resistance is futile.

DrEntropy
05-09-2011, 05:21 AM
"Be one with the horse."

vagt6
05-09-2011, 06:39 AM
As Drew adeptly notes: We learn by doing.

. . . and doing, and doing, and . . . :yesnod: :cryin: :crazyeyes:

drooartz
05-09-2011, 07:14 AM
Drew-
You are scaring me! You are being absorbed- you are becoming one with the Brotherhood Of Really Goofy carlovers (BORG)!
Welcome to the club!
BillM
I have officially embraced my inner car geek. It's good to be home. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

leecreek
05-09-2011, 07:23 AM
I am still trying to find out where the Restore line starts and fix-up, maintain and personalize stops.

Silverghost
05-09-2011, 09:30 AM
I am still trying to find out where the Restore line starts and fix-up, maintain and personalize stops.

Ok, this makes me go into Jeff Foxworthy mode:

"You may have entered the Restoration Zone if:

1) The accounting department of Moss Motors, etc. send you thank you gifts after every order.

2) Your customer service person at Moss Motors calls you at home - on Sunday evening - so they can place your order on Monday before all the other orders.

3) The above person knows what you need for your car before you do - and ships it to you before you ask for it!

Ok guys....add some more!! <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Basil
05-09-2011, 04:36 PM
You may have the restoration bug if:

1. You can't walk through the Sears tool department without making a purchase.

2. You spend twice as long as necessary on the John thumbing through Eastwood's latest catalog - to the point that both legs are completely dead and non-functional when you finally attempt to raise yourself from the throne.

3. You find yourself sitting on the bare floor boards of your LBC with no engine and only a steering wheel, making zoom zoom noises pretending to shift through the gears.

4. You seriously ponder whether the new paint job would be a better investment than your kids college.

5. You spend as much time on forums like this one as you spend on all other life activities combined, including sleeping.

Falkon
05-09-2011, 10:44 PM
You may have the restoration bug if:

3. You find yourself sitting on the bare floor boards of your LBC with no engine and only a steering wheel, making zoom zoom noises pretending to shift through the gears.


:savewave: Guilty :smile:

DrEntropy
05-10-2011, 07:26 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:] 5. You spend as much time on forums like this one as you spend on all other life activities combined, including sleeping. [/QUOTE]

Ooof. Outed.

BlueMax
05-10-2011, 07:33 AM
I for one know, it can be a bottomless pit addiction!

vagt6
05-10-2011, 09:43 AM
6. You lie awake at night sometimes, thinking about how you'll tackle a big repair job on your LBC.

BTDT. :yesnod:

Bayless
05-10-2011, 10:26 AM
Sometimes even a small repair job.

AngliaGT
05-11-2011, 11:11 AM
Or - Moss calls you because you haven't ordered anything
in over a week.

- Doug

texas_bugeye
05-11-2011, 06:20 PM
You plan your week around being home when UPS delivers.

Silverghost
05-11-2011, 09:10 PM
The British Parliment, Prime Minister and the Queen PERSONALLY send you Thank You cards at the end of each fiscal year!