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Subject: Catchup
From: "John M. Trindle" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Jan 1996 13:40:47 -0500 (EST)
Ah, the joys of vacation.  You stress out from dealing with family and 
get behind in your recreation.  Here's my take on some recent issues.

1) Dashpot oil in cold weather.  In my case, I am using the SU damper 
oil.  When things get below 40F, I have a terrible time before the engine 
compartment warms up.  Throttle response is poor and there is a lot of 
front-fire on upshift (lean mixture with rapid drop in RPMs and opening 
throttle.  HOWever, when the engine compartment warms up (a few minutes 
after the water temperature stabilizes) the car runs perfectly.  Thus I 
am loath to change out the damper oil since I only have to suffer a few 
miles at the beginning of each drive.

2) MGs and born mechanics... well, I am pretty good at computers and 
understand the theory if not the practice of electronics.  I am NOT a 
born mechanic though, and didn't start tweaking cars until I was 31.  Now 
that I am 33 I have done an engine rebuild and a host of parts 
replacements and adjustments.  

2a) Yes, MGs are simple to work on, compared with VTEC or whatever.  
Thank goodness!!  It's not clear to me, however, that they are much 
different than any low priced car of their design era, in terms of 

2b) No, most folks in the general population don't have the time, 
interest, or knowledge base to jump in and start half-turning screws.  
Most folks don't know their cars to a deeper level than their VCRs, home 
computers, or central heating/air conditioning systems.  

3) I think the "priesthood" aspect is fun but doesn't help to spread the 
feeling of joy and self-sufficiency we get when treating the car as more 
than an appliance.  Remember mainframes were the domain of a priesthood 
and PCs the domain of the do-it-yourselfers.

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