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Old May 7th, 2014, 02:59 PM
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Cool field repair for your blown rod

Our sister team's MGA limped to within sight of the finish line at the LeMon's CMP race last weekend. Talk about some ingenuity required to get there. You cannot make this stuff up. In response to my question why they needed a new exhaust, my buddy replies:


Hooo boy. Here’s the timeline of why/how the muffler needed welding…
  1. Ran well all morning Saturday, all drivers got stints…
  2. About 2 pm or so we lost power, maybe 3K rpm max, thought it was head gasket
  3. Cylinder #3 / connecting rod / bearing / piston grenaded itself, did not punch hole through engine.
  4. Phoned all over / net search for spare engine was a fail
  5. Having nothing to lose and 7 more hours of race waiting for us: we pried out what was left of the piston from the top, then jacked up the engine and removed the rest of the bits from underneath it
  6. we then wrapped the crankshaft with hose tape and clamped it with a radiator hose clamp – this sealed the oil hole in the crankshaft that supplies oil to the now-missing cylinder #3’s bearings (if we did not seal it, oil pressure would be super low and cylinder #4 would starve and die very soon).
  7. Put it all back together but left out the push rods for cyl3 so valves would stay closed, left the sparkplug wire off
  8. Tried to do a valve adjustment but since 2 valves didn’t open we couldn’t adjust two other very well … meh good enough
  9. It actually started!!! but shook very violently. Very angrily.
  10. With 1.5 hours left in the race we charged back out onto track. Within 10 minutes the shaking was so violent that the welds broke on the muffler and it fell off, dragging, (thus the photo of the welding)
  11. With that fixed, 45 minutes or so left in race, we get back on track. Corner workers are cheering us on (a few had stopped by through the night so check our repair attempts)
  12. Finally, on the last half of the last lap, she dies. A few cars stop to offer to push us across the finish line, but our driver is in his very first race and not sure if it’s kosher, so he waits for a tow. I think the judges gave us an honorary finish anyway.
  13. We were also given the ‘judges choice award’ for not giving up. It was a grand old time. And I didn’t get a hernia ;-)








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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Old May 7th, 2014, 03:06 PM
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Hahah! That's great...and it's too bad they didn't make it past the finish line!
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Old May 7th, 2014, 05:56 PM
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Now enter it for 24 hours of Lemons
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This makes me want to enter my Rover SD1 that I got for free.



I wouldn't do a thing to it other than put a new clutch in it and the required safety items. Maybe some new trailing arm bushings since they are pretty much non-existent. The tires may as well be made of plastic, its scary to drive in the rain.
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I saw this MG cruising on a trailer behind a bus on route 55 in new jersey on mothers' day.
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They ran the LeMons race at NJMP. It is hard to miss that green minibus towing a gold MGA on the freeway. Not due to its color, but b/c it makes a 2.5NA 110 appear fast.
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Insane - loved how they kept going. Glad they got an award for pushing through.
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They ran the LeMons race at NJMP. It is hard to miss that green minibus towing a gold MGA on the freeway. Not due to its color, but b/c it makes a 2.5NA 110 appear fast.
I can spot cars like a fighter pilot spots an enemy plane. They were across a divided highway and I was like "it is the lemons MGB GT!" and my buddy and gf were like "what?" And I was like "never mind."
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I can spot cars like a fighter pilot spots an enemy plane. They were across a divided highway and I was like "it is the lemons MGB GT!" and my buddy and gf were like "what?" And I was like "never mind."
Haha, sort of know the feeling. Will point out a cool car far away and passengers do the same.

Got the "radar" from my old man - he'd be able to spot cool shit in people's yards like a hawk.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 08:24 AM
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We are easy to find at the track too proudly sporting the Union Jack at our pit including Jay's D-90 Union Jack and CT vinyls on my tools (far left). It is hard to articulate how fun these racing series are whether participating or not.
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My wife wants me to find a 78 to restore and this add is not helping me with my growing desire and constant car restorations "Think one at only think"
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