CAROLINAS AUSTIN-HEALEY CLUB
Hope everyone is having a great summer.
With the extreme temps, there have not been many driving
opportunities, unless you have Carl Brown’s car, with all the
conveniences of a new Mercedes, air conditioning, nav., CB, etc.
Thank you for allowing me to sit in as the interim president is
Rick’s absence. I recently heard from Rick. He had to come home
earlier after an accident with his motorcycle. He is OK but the
trip had to be cut short due to a shoulder injury.
Unfortunately, to add to his injury, he was delayed from
Charlotte all the way to England causing him to lose his
baggage, due to several airline changes. He lived out of garbage
bags for luggage and stayed at a couple of friend’s homes, he
met there, due to hotels being booked. He even had to sleep in a
campground one night. Not a good trip! But he did say he had a
nice ride through England and met some good friends. When he got
home, he said “It was great just to get in my Healey and drive”.
Rick hopes to be at the next meeting, depending on his shoulder
and if surgery will be required.
Not much going in July in
terms of events. However, I hear Dick and Ted drove their MG’s
to Michigan for an event. Maybe they will give us a presentation
on their trip at the next meeting. If you followed them on
Facebook, you can see many of the pictures. It looked like a
beautiful trip. This will be some of the same territory that
many of you are planning to cover after Conclave.
Grobusky’s are planning to have a hamburger cookout at their
house on July 20th starting at 9am through as long as you want
to stay. Oh! By the way, there will be a tech session to go
along with the cookout. I figured not having an air-conditioned
garage, the only way to entice members to come is to feed them.
I have teamed up with Jerry Price, renown Healey guru, to give
you a session of pulling the rear axle for seal gasket
replacement. If that does not interest you, please send me some
ideas. Keep in mind, any member is welcome to request to have
something repaired on their car. If you would like to use your
car for a tech session project, please send to Stuart and me
asap. I need a definite number of those attending, no later
Fri., 7/19, so I can plan for food.
I have been hard at work
install-ing a 2-post car lift in my garage. It took a lot of
muscle and manual labor to do this. I first had to cut out a
5ft. X 12ft. section of my existing garage floor to assure the
concrete was strong enough to handle the weight. Then after
cutting the concrete, I had to take a jack hammer to break it
into smaller pieces. Once that was complete, I threw all the
broken pieces into a dump truck and shoveled another 8 inches of
clay dirt to have a 1ft pour of concrete. Adding to all that
strenuous work, the concrete truck could not drive on my
driveway; therefore, I used a wheelbarrow to haul 20 loads of
concrete into the garage from the end of my driveway. As you
can see from my picture, it changed my appearance a little.
Peggy is really excited when I take my shirt off. I thought
about walking on the beach and kicking sand into some guys face
and stealing his girlfriend. Don’t be messing with me! I
purchased the North American Auto Group Universal 2 post lift. I
would not advise buying anything from them.
meeting, Peggy Grobusky facilitated a discussion regarding the
club’s interest in regalia. Many ideas and options were shared
among the members. Club members (Debbie White, Fred Dabney, and
Stephanie Delaney) will work with Peggy to plan and identify
potential regalia items. If you are interested in serving on
their team, please let Peggy know. The approach will be to
identify 10 to 20 regalia items that can be ordered which will
include men’s and ladies’ sizes, color, etc. The proposed items
will be presented to the club for review/consideration along
with samples. Once we have the go ahead, an order will be
placed. In addition, Peggy and I will be researching local
companies who may be available to order regalia items. The idea
is to utilize a local company to eliminate shipping costs. Peggy
will be getting with these club members in the near future to
begin work on this project.
Currently, we have the following regalia items for sale:
Thanks again to Stuart for his always informative and funny tech
sessions. At the last meeting, we learned how to clean chrome
and brushed aluminum parts. He also presented some kind of
configuration to mount your air conditioning for your car.
Knowing Stuart, it had to take several turns in description
before determining what this thing really did.
Glad everyone had a great time at Southeastern. It took me
several days to dry out and a few more for our car. But it was
fun and exciting. Rick’s car would not start, on Sunday morning
leaving for home. I went over to assist him and got his car
running. The surprise was finding out the rain gear I had for
many years did not work anymore; therefore, I had a nice cool
and very wet trip home. I was completely soaked. I meant to
bring to the last meeting a new Healey waterproofing kit for
Stuart to present in his tech session. I found them at Home
Depot. It ‘s set of small buckets used for bailing water out
while driving, or hanging in various spots around the Healey to
capture the leaks.