TMGC Picture Gallery
Pictures from the August 2000 Tech Session
Ed's MGB with a new windshield
Waiting for the hamburgers
Frank helping Jerry Johnson with his 75 B
So, what goes on at one of our Tech Sessions? See the write-up
August Tech Session was a huge success. Just what
the doctor ordered! There were vacuum problems, a speed odometer was removed
(and put back), there was a beautifully restored white 'B' that wouldn't come
back to life after it's 'reconstructive' surgery, other wiring problems were
being seen to in several cars (there were 17 MG's at today's event), and as
Alice could no longer see through the 'looking glass' there was a windscreen
replacement on my (Ed Kehrig) 74B.
Which brings me to the next part. If you haven't been to or have missed a
tech session, you really need to be at the next one and all of them actually. If
you keep an ear 'tuned' to the various happenings you'll learn some really great
tricks of the trade, and if not that - then you'll pick up some useful
information you may not have known before. Did you know that not all screws that
look like Phillips head screws are actually not Phillips head screws! Dah-h-h-h.
And you'll never guess how many hands it takes to screw in one screw on a
windshield. Besides all this, the chow was great . . . bar-b-q a-la-Coors.
A few helpful hints on replacing a windscreen.
- First - have lots of people around. It helps to have others to share in the
misery when things don't go right.
- Second - don't feel bad if you find yourself up against something you don't
understand. Probably there are others there who haven't the slightest idea what
you're up to and are just amazed at your talents. Besides somewhere amongst the
group you'll find at least one person who'll be able to help
- Third - have plenty of spare 'little things' because the smaller the item -
the quicker it'll be lost - even on a driveway or pavement. (you wouldn't
believe how many screws are laying in the grass around Frank's picnic table)
- Fourth - big things can go into little holes if you just grease them up
enough. And if that doesn't do the job completely, get help (someone large -
thanks Bob). And if it still won't go together - then get a large rubber mallet.
Then things are sure to fit. But they didn't so we resorted to the last line of
defense against failure; Bob & I asked Mark Childers for help. Between our
six hands we were able to screw together the windshield frame against the
windshield glass. (I pity the person who has to take that windshield apart the
next time - it'll probably come apart flying like a cocked spring in all
- Fifth - make sure you examine your work. It isn't good if you can see
daylight between the seals and the edge of the windshield glass.
- Sixth - now the easy part of the entire mess (oops) make that -
skilled procedure. Taking out the old windshield frame and glass. There are only
six bolts holding it to your treasured antique. Two on each wing, and two at the
centre post. (that's not a spelling error - we're talking British cars here).
Careful of the centre bolts. Whereas the side wings bolt into the windshield
frame itself, the centre bolts have nuts under the dash. And these nuts are
encased in a wire basket. If your nuts come loose like mine did - Vince might
start talking about crushing the wire basket around your nuts to keep them from
moving! (that almost sounds like something French and hideous) By removing the
side wing bolts first you can get two innocent bystanders to exert upward
pressure / force on the side wings thus creating pressure on the centre bolts
and they just might come off - mine did. Phew-w-w-w!
- Seventh - clean the area previously hidden by your windscreen. A wooden stir
stick (the kind you get when you buy a gallon of paint) works great for this
(chiseling up the gunk left behind). Save the stick to smooth out the new seal
when installing the new windshield.
- Eighth - set the new windscreen in place and use the paint stick to push the
front bottom seal forward. Then just replace the bolts and you're in business.
No problem mahn. You just need to be a little patient mahn.
- Tools needed - anything and everything as long as it works! Frank was
wondering where all his tools went. My passenger side of the 'B' was noticeably
sagging somewhat from the weight. (of course that could have been me - remember
I told you it was a bar-b-q)
Well, it was a great shin-dig and everyone had a great time; and
that's the whole purpose of the club isn't it! Having a great time with great
people! If you weren't there - then you really missed it. Thanks to Frank Linse
and Bob McClaren who hosted today's
By Ed Kehrig.