Wandering Wednesday

This Corvette Blogger article reports that a federal judge has ruled that the “Corvette Cracked Wheels” lawsuit can continue against General Motors. This is relevant to me because C7 Z06 wheels are one of the two sets that have shown a propensity to crack, the other being C7 Grand Sport wheels.

So, why haven’t I yet purchased third-party C7 ZR1 wheels to replace those on my car? Can you say frigus pedes? I think that’s “cold feet” in Latin.

My inability to find a satisfying, fulfilling career after baseball has caused me to second guess almost all major decisions. It’s as if I have spent much effort to compose great photographs and more than half the time they end up blank or blurry. I don’t think it’s the money, honestly, because I can have the bolt-on power upgrade AND the third-party wheels for less than I originally budgeted just for the engine/exhaust work.

Maybe it was the less than stellar performance of the customer service rep of the wheel/tire company that is giving me pause. More likely it’s just that I am not sure of my decision-making process, anymore.

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In the wake of the recent skirmish between Israel and Hamas, heated debates and, sadly, physical assaults were common all over the world. In my opinion, institutions like universities should allow debate but not be part of that debate. In a rare show of common sense, University College London has done just that. This was part of a recent statement made by Provost Michael Spence:

 

“It follows from this conception of the university, which I share, that it is not a participant in public debate, but a forum in which that debate takes place. While our staff and students should loudly argue for their conceptions of truth and value, the university, as an institution, should refrain from doing so lest it chill the exercise of the ethical individualism of its staff and students.”

 

Unfortunately, in the US too many universities practice policies that, indeed, “chill the exercise of the ethical individualism of its staff and students.” What do you think “cancel culture” is all about?

Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences, but it does mean that an “unpopular” speaker should almost always be allowed to speak unless their speech explicitly calls for violence. The fact that someone espouses a position with which you disagree does not mean that person is inherently evil, is calling for violence and should not be given a public forum. NO ONE has a monopoly on truth and wisdom and neither does ANY ideology.

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I have a thought experiment. Think how elegantly sober quiets unruly actors’ delinquency.

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Have you ever seen one of these?

 

mgb

 

If you’re reading this anywhere except the UK, then the answer is almost certainly no. From this recent ClassicCars.com article comes a picture of an MGB-GT V8. Yep, a V-8 in an MGB-GT.

The car was introduced in 1973, same year as the Arab Oil Embargo. The car-buying public, in general, became more concerned with MPG and not so much with HP. Only 2,591 of these were sold before production was discontinued in 1976.

The car shown is one of only 16 known to exist in the US. I have always had a thing for the looks of the MGB-GT.

Even though the aluminum V-8, which Rover/British Leyland licensed from Buick, actually weighed less than the original inline 4-cylinder engine found in these cars, I think a modern V-8 would put too much weight on the nose. I wonder if a Ford Ecoboost 4-cylinder would fit? Yes, I have restomod on the brain. So sue me.

 

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4 thoughts on “Wandering Wednesday

  1. I am in complete agreement with your comments above on free speech. That is two, how many more can we expect?

    I have seen an MGB-GT in the showroom except not with the V-8. A Ford Eco-Boost would very likely fit within the confines of the engine compartment. Re-wiring the car would be called for in order to fit the engine computer. It would also be an opportune time to replace the horrid Lucas electrics with which those cars were saddled. If you want a V-8, there some nice aluminum small block V-8 crate motors which could be shoe horned into the car.

    We will be able to find a source for forged aluminum, after market wheels to your liking from a reliable source. Serious trolling of the Internet is required.

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    1. Many thanks, Philip. It’s almost incomprehensible to me how many people want to stifle free speech in the name of “justice.”

      I think a restomod MGB-GT might be unique. It’s too bad I don’t have a spare $150k and more garage space…

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  2. As a previous owner of an MGB, I considered the GT unworthy of the badge… a top that couldn’t be removed? No thank you. >grin< Seriously, I hadn't heard about the V-8 version before. Thanks for pointing out this variation.

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