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Re: [Spridgets] 1968 Austin America / MG1100 - Hydrolastic Suspension

To: "B.Bittinger" <b.bittinger@gmail.com>, "spridgets@autox.team.net" <spridgets@autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] 1968 Austin America / MG1100 - Hydrolastic Suspension
From: GUY DAY <grday@btinternet.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:17:30 +0100
Cc: Ben Klopp <benaklopp@gmail.com>
Delivered-to: mharc@autox.team.net
Delivered-to: spridgets@autox.team.net
References: <CAA17JM=1vno=p2GahhoySQdO5U+1XaRiGRY9GVYgKotYrPtFfA@mail.gmail.com>
You may regret Kevin's actions....
As a new member you are obliged to
tell all about your love of cats.  Wheel chocks or cuddly animals?   
love of guns.  A much needed accessory for local governance or, an invention
held by cowards who think its good to kill from a distance?  (If you think the
latter make sure you exempt law enforcement and military).
Your love of beer /
tequila / whisky or whatever mind enhancing substance you can admit to.
think that is about it - you'll be a fully fledged member if you answer that
lot - but there may be others.   <SMILE>

The suspension height is determined
by measuring from the wheel centre to the top of the wheel arch and should be
in the region of 13-5/8 inches.  The pressure should be 220psi.    
 http://members.tripod.com/austin_america/id63.html      is an excellent site
with information you'll need.  

About the engine / gearbox.  Start by
draining the oil before removing the engine.  Don't loose the nut, but do
replace the copper washer.  If the engine runs leaving it running for 5 mins
or so so that it warms up, thins out and drains off easier.  Be careful 'cause
it does get very hot!

Guy R Day

ps  As you have an Austin America and not a
Spridget you may be exempt from the questions above - but you may well find
other owners who haven't been put through this membership ritual live at    

B.Bittinger <b.bittinger@gmail.com>
To: spridgets@autox.team.net 
Cc: Ben
Klopp <benaklopp@gmail.com> 
Sent: Monday, 7 July 2014, 13:09
[Spridgets] 1968 Austin America / MG1100 - Hydrolastic Suspension

Hi all,
I'm new to the group, but thanks to Kevin Valentine, he's graciously added
to the list. I'm the girlfriend of his nephew, Ben, who was kind enough
to get
me a 1968 Austin America for Christmas.

We've started taking things apart and
it seems to be "ok". I'm new at car
restoration and this one is unique in
itself. I was wondering if anyone
could help with where to start with the
suspension. What to look for to see
if it still works, etc?

Also, where would
a safe place to start be for the transmission/engine,
since they share oil?
Kindest regards, Brenda
(an enthusiastic newbie)

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