July 2003: Traveling, Wrenching, Discovery


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ROAD TRIP: Boise to KC, 1973 MGB Roadster
Sometimes you know when you've found the right car. It's when you are buying not just transportation, but a valued friend of the family, as we soon discovered on our trip. Being cat people, we knew instantly we had come to the right place when Sheba, the family cat and keeper of the MG, greeted us as we arrived in Boise to drive home our latest addition to the family. 
Sheba wonders who are these people messing with my car?
Hey, I'm serious, this is my car!
Hey, where you going with MY car?
We said good-bye to Sheba and pointed the car towards KC. Little did we know that we would soon be affected by the scorching 100+ degree heat of Idaho and Eastern Utah. Needless today we used many bottles of water and sun screen to get to Western Wyoming the first day. Man, it was like a hot hair dryer!
The car, just like Sheba... purrs along and does everything to hide her 30 years of being on the road. It only has 77,000 miles for all that time, so it's always been somebody's baby. It's never been mistreated and always given proper care. It's the most together British car I've ever seen, and I'm pinching myself that we actually own it.  We did get lots of questions at the gas pumps along the way. Seems lots of people have fond memories about when they had an MG of their own too.  It was getting about 26-28 mpg all the time.
So we started getting cooler as the sun went down in Western Wyoming. I did snap a few pics here of the more beautiful parts of the terrain.
There were a bunch of cones for road construction along the way, even in higher elevations.
And the drafting of semis will definitely starch your hair straight back!
I like the view out the back so I experimented with the camera along the way. You travel light with an MG - the trunk is nothing to store anything in, so the luggage rack is a must! An '02 trunk seems like a room compared to this little car for sure.
So by this time, we've named the car Margaret because it has M and G in the name. It never had a name before we owned it, so we were told. The previous owner was delighted we wanted to name it.
I'm telling you that Western Nebraska is too boring for photos, only semis on I-80 for at least 400 miles!
So we got home with only a small glitch - the point gap was too small and required adjustments to get all the power back. We made it back in 4 days (extended overnight by one day due to the points) and was able to put it into a car show in our town on Sunday. Now that's a new record for us - ownership to show in 7 days!
We had many young kids interested in sitting in the car. It seems that we get the most reaction about this car from young kids riding around in mini-vans or SUVs. It seems they don't yet know what it's like to ride in such a small car... Boy are they in for some fun some day!  I know that I'm a convert - it's just too much fun to drive, especially with the top down about an hour before sunset.  Make no mistake, this is "her" car, not mine - and we're comparing lots of notes about MG/2002 similarities. More on this car as I have time, right now we're just enjoying it and happy to have a convertible in the family for the first time.

 

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