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

To: GUY DAY <grday@btinternet.com>
Subject: Re: [Spridgets] 1968 Austin America / MG1100 - Hydrolastic Suspension
From: "B.Bittinger" <b.bittinger@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:11:58 -0400
Cc: "spridgets@autox.team.net" <spridgets@autox.team.net>, Ben Klopp <benaklopp@gmail.com>
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References: <CAA17JM=1vno=p2GahhoySQdO5U+1XaRiGRY9GVYgKotYrPtFfA@mail.gmail.com> <1404742650.56551.YahooMailNeo@web186106.mail.ir2.yahoo.com>
Wow! Quite the membership list of questions but I'll do my best to answer!

I'm not sure what a wheel chock is yet, but I'm learning.
Cats...I have one, she's awesome! I'm a fan of most cuddly creatures.
I like water guns, and I have no problems with real firearms in the hands
of properly educated individuals.
I also love beer (IPAs preferably), tequila in the summer and whiskey in
the winter. Occasionally a glass of wine if the occasion arises and
champagne on my birthday! Whew, I hope I passed the initial question of

Thanks for the site reference I've been frequenting there quite a bit. I've
also invested in 2 manuals this AM, hope to have them by the wkend. Noted
on the engine/gearbox. Thnx!

On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM, GUY DAY <grday@btinternet.com> wrote:

> Brenda,
> 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?
> Your 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.
> I 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
> http://www.austinamericausa.com/
>   ------------------------------
>  *From:* B.Bittinger <b.bittinger@gmail.com>
> *To:* spridgets@autox.team.net
> *Cc:* Ben Klopp <benaklopp@gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Monday, 7 July 2014, 13:09
> *Subject:* [Spridgets] 1968 Austin America / MG1100 - Hydrolastic
> Suspension
> Hi all,
> I'm new to the group, but thanks to Kevin Valentine, he's graciously added
> me 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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