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Jennifer Orum on http://driving.ca

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Last Friday one of our best customers, Jennifer Orum was featured in the driving section of the Vancouver Sun along with her 1970 MGB.

Journalist Alyn Edwards tells the story of her remarkable travels and reliability over 115,000 km.

She always credits having a good mechanic, which is paramount, but this feat also speaks volumes for the MGB as a usable car; far more usable than most of the expen$$$ive stuff that rolls in the shop.

Have a look here:

http://driving.ca/auto-news/news/west-van-driver-loves-her-little-red-mgb

1969 Lotus Europa S2

With much excitement we purchased this BRG 1969 Lotus Europa S2, chassis +54/1267+, on Wednesday.

The car has been on the island for some time, and was saved from another winter outside. It has considerable dirt and mildew, but retains almost all its original bits which attracted us to it.

I can’t think of better value on the collector car market today. Only 3600 Europas were made in the early configuration and they are still at the bottom of the market. This is a result of the uncompromising design, oddball shape and it isn’t a status symbol.

For Mini MK3 money we got a mid engine layout, lightweight construction and lofty sporting appeals.

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Coils: LA12 vs PBI Park

More anorak goodness!

Off our TF restoration project comes this PBI Park 12V coil that has at least been on it since a respray in the 1970s.

This is most likely a period replacement item as the unrestored, 5100 mile TF on The Original MG TF Miget site has the standard Lucas LA12 which we would expect. LA12 was the standard 12V coil of the period that came on cars like the MG TF, Austin Healey Sprite, early Triumph TR, Morris Minor and Mini Cooper. These are dated on the bottom and the faint 66 on the MSI probably indicates year of manufacture.

Now this MSI Park unit is somewhat of a peculiarity, so we have taken liberties to clean and reuse it. Even the decal mimicks the LA12 look and feel.

Any attempt to search MSI Park 12V coil have drawn a blank on internet search, so maybe someone else out there might have some information?

It is pictured here on the right next to the perfunctory Lucas LA12. There are noticeable departures with the replica piece.

PBI Park vs Lucas LA12 Coil

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Jaguar XJ6 Tool Kit

Today we had an absolutely original XJ6 in the shop from 1968 which was a two-owner car.

In the trunk was the pristine tool roll and the owner let us open it and reveal an untouched set.

We found Shelly Pliers, a yellow plastic valve stem remover, hubcap remover, Lucas .014 Key, and spanners that varied from Eagle, Daimler and Jaguar!

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