“Do what I say – not what I do.” This old adage fits my case. Every spring I use up column inches in OLD CARS WEEKLY telling folks to give their collector vehicles routine maintenance. So what did I do? I overlooked lubing up the steering rack on my MG TF. Then I drove the car 300+ miles to British Car Field Days in Susses, plus 100 miles to Fond do Lac to visit Classics Plus Ltd.
On the way home, my son and I stopped for lunch and when we got back in the car, the steering was extremely tight. After a quick stop at Gordon Skog’s Auto Clininc to make sure nothing was going to fly apart, we limped the car back to Iola.
It appears to need a complete teardown and rebuild of the rack. Available parts alone are over $500. And not all the parts are available.
As you can see, routine maintenance in the spring is still a good idea. So do what I say, not what I do. And if you have a spare MG TD/TF steering rack in your garage, please get in touch with me.