From '68 to '73
the MGA was the car of choice for all our summer trips - we
drove it all over the Northeast. Naturally, some roadside repairs were
necessary along the way. This is a picture taken on a road trip in New
England. The original Lucas fuel pump stopped working. We
drove for a while with the battery cover off
and Ken hitting it regularly with a wrench.
Whenever a gear change was necessary, Ken stepped
on the clutch, called out the gear and Melon shifted with her
left hand from the passenger seat! Ah, finally we reach
a town, time to pull it out and attempt a repair......let's
coast into that nice big empty parking lot over there!
Just as I get the pump undone,
a State Trooper arrives. As Melon takes this picture he is
telling me to move the car because a bomb threat was called in for the
adjacent factory building! So that's why the parking lot is empty!!!!
If you look carefully at
the picture on the right, you can see the "washer" Ken made from a
copper paper clip. That fixed the fuel pump problem for the rest of the