Winter Storage
by John Twist, University Motors
13 November 2008.

Ask a dozen classic car owners how each of them stored his special car last year and you will receive a dozen different answers. Methods range from abandoning the vehicle under a tree in the front yard, to complex routines involving raising the classic off the ground and removing the seats. There is not a "proper" method as each owner has slightly different considerations and requirements More...

Painting Insights

The final finish on your classic or special interest automobile can be considered the crowning jewel of the restoration process. It is the single most visible aspect of the finished project and it affects the potential value of the car. Furthermore, it is a direct reflection of the care and pride invested by both owner and craftsman alike. In order to help familiarize you with the art of custom/restoration refinishing, we have compiled the following information More...

Exterior Paint & Interior Restoration / Reconsidering Considerations

Customers ask us about restorations all the time, usually in the form of "how much will it cost to restore my car?" Before we can answer the question we need to agree on a definition of the word "restoration" as it applies to cars in general, then as it applies to the car in question More...

British Wiring Colors Explained

Sometimes the English do something that makes so much sense you have to wonder where the idea came from. If you ever had the opportunity to look under the hood or dash of your British car you would have seen, among other thing, lots of wires, the newer the car, the more wires. All these wires are different colors; some are multi-colored, and all for a very good reason More...

Restorations Defined - Not All Restorations are Equal

Customers ask us about restorations all the time, usually in the form of "how much will it cost to restore my car?" Before we can answer the question we need to agree on a definition of the word "restoration" as it applies to cars in general, then as it applies to the car in question More...

Export or Die - Post-WWII British Car Exportation

At the end of the Second World War, Great Britain had a problem. They and their allies had won the war, but the country was financially destitute. The government had spent all their money (and then some) defeating the enemy. To bring cash back into the island nation, the English government ordered all manufacturers to sell their product to other countries. "Export or Die" became the slogan of those hard times More...

MGA 1500 (Early) Hazard Warning Switch Installation

As we all know, our British automobiles have a reputation for occasional tempermental behavior which sometimes results in the car's unwillingness to propel itself down the road. In other words, it stops running! This can occur any time, and with the density of traffic on the roads today, safety is very important More...

Trunk Supports for later TR7s and TR8s

The boot lid supports for later TR7 and TR8 cars after vehicle ID # 402001 are two gas struts instead of a support bar or single strut as found on earlier models. The inclusion of state of the art trunk supports bring along with it the need for replacement when they wear out. Failure usually is found when the boot lid falls on your head at the most inconvenient time More...

British Car Production Figures

The goal of the list is to determine how many English cars there are in the United States. The first task to accomplish is to determine how many sports cars were made in England. We are only interested in the cars that were made for selling overseas. Next is to determine how many of these cars were imported to the United States More...