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Old 12-04-2012, 09:10 AM   #46 (permalink)
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Hello Shadofax-
MGA's.. owned/raced a 59 MGA coupe for 10 years on the vintage circuit..got out in 2004. I still have my 57 MGA with a bored B engine ,Sierra 5 spd etc and it will give the sol a run for it's money.
Me too!! (Sorry to interject, but we MGA racers are few and far between). And yes, one of my other MGAs with 3.4 GM V6 and c. 200 BHP and 2000 lbs, would give an NA Solstice a good run with 10 lbs./BHP vs. around 16 lbs./BHP....(the Solstice will have better off the line performance than a live axle car, of course)

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Hello Shadofax-
I bought the car last Sept ,drove it for a month ,then stored it in my heated mancave. I was actually researching Sols for my wife's friend..really didn't know much about them. I was always a Corvette guy in my younger days and owned new and old ones. Then in 91, I went British..e-type, MGA's.. owned/raced a 59 MGA coupe for 10 years on the vintage circuit..got out in 2004. I still have my 57 MGA with a bored B engine ,Sierra 5 spd etc and it will give the sol a run for it's money. Anyway, I stumbled upon this sly in Mass,thought it was a misprint. Older couple(oops,I'm 64) bought it new. I bought the car sight unseen,and when I got there, it was a loaded option car(except monsoon) with 2871 miles. Our friend ened up buying a VW eos convertible and I got the sol. original window sticker,dealer key fob, cover.. even at this low mileage , it developed the pinion leak, so the recall will be done in the spring. It doesn't have the torque the the A has,but I think we'll enjoy it here in the Adirondack Mts.
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Very nice find. It never ceases to amaze me when people find essentially new cars that are 4-5 years old.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:42 PM   #48 (permalink)
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replaced my Air filter with a KN and noticed a difference immediately. Not horse power but was running much stronger.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:24 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Because of the location of the bolts I never use a torque to tighten the bolts.
As long as they are tight it should be fine.
I usually check them and so far had not had to re tight them.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:49 PM   #50 (permalink)
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k&N and misc ramblings

Johnny D-
Did you use a dry K&N? I heard the oiled up ones(like I run on my MGA) can mess with the MAS?
Latin..did the rubber mallet thing..looks great..even better if I take off the wooden handle. Now I can see my venom brace.
Bill- feels like I know you..perhaps it's because we visit MG forums. Nice twin cam! I have a pic taken from my race car,turn one,Watkins Glen, with the two surviving Sebring coupes in front of me. Did you ever race here in the east?
My venues were Watkins Glen, Louden,New Hampshire, Mosport ,Ontario, Le Circuit de Mt. Tremblant, Que. and Lime Rock, CT dark blue coupe #330. I sold it in 2004 , and can be viewed in 2012 Pittsburgh Grand Prix. It's owned/raced by (I kid you not) a meteorologist named Storm Field. It does very well ..
So you own a Fiberfab Jamacian? In the sixties,while in college, I lusted after an Avenger GT-12. I still have all the original sales brochures for the models Fiberfab produced. I graduated in 69,went for my Army physical and bought a 68 Vette ... 327/350 ,M-21 rock crusher gearbox,,gym.susp ,4 :11 rear,as my daily driver. The co owner/founder of Fiberfab,was Eno Depasquale..I raced many times with him here in the east. The company went belly up, when his business partner went to prison for shooting and killing his wife. Eno raced a Lola in the 68 or 69 Watkins Glen Grand Prix..I have an old 8 mm film of him, long before I met him in 1995. He still has the Lola in his garage.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:08 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Rob-
In my lengthly diatribe, I forgot you! It's true, there are still finds out there. My furnace guy was here today,he just found a long lost 1937 Buick business coupe here in an elderly lady's garage..no one knew..well, someone did.. in the past three years, I have by chance found/bought the following :
1966 Austin Gipsy( land rover type vehicle) very rare
1977 Honda Cb400 f Supersport(rare)
so stuff is out there!
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:40 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Bill- feels like I know you..perhaps it's because we visit MG forums. Nice twin cam! I have a pic taken from my race car,turn one,Watkins Glen, with the two surviving Sebring coupes in front of me. Did you ever race here in the east?

So you own a Fiberfab Jamacian? In the sixties,while in college, I lusted after an Avenger GT-12.
I am a West coaster, is I've raced at Westwood, Victoria, Seattle, Spokane, Portland and for a few years down at Laguna Seca in the early 80s when Stever Earle was just getting started with the Monterey Historics. My buddy Ralph Zbarsky is retired and has hauled his Twin Cams all over the continent including most recently to Sebring. Being retired has advantages for him, but then the pay sucks!

I was always a fan of the Jamaican body and couldn't resist buying a relatively unbutchered one when I got the chance. Re-engined with a 3.4 GM V6 with 200 BHP, it weighs only 2/3 what a Solstice NA does and has more power, so lots of fun.

Kept it as vintage looking as possible.

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