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Some years ago a neighbor asked me to take her 12-year-old son fishing. She had obviously seen me loading up the car 2/3 times a week, and we had spoken in the past, as neighbors do. The lad had been given a fishing set for his birthday, all rubbish stuff from China, but he really was mad keen.

What I remember most vividly about this young lad was his constant questioning about what we were doing. At one time I almost said, just watch and shut up, but I didn't.

Clearly, he was a genuine honest lad, that joined a junior match team and still fishes to this day as far as I know?

I grew up without a Dad, so never spent time mending the car, changing tyres, or doing DIY projects. I've mostly had company cars, so never did any jobs for myself. So I find myself at 70 with a nice little sports car, that I know nothing about under the engine, it is why sometimes I ask such questions on the forum that sound ultra-simple to many that know cars inside out. Fortunately, everyone is helpful to a fault, and I'm very grateful to find this place, thanks, guys.
 

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I grew up with a dad and only ever showed mild interest in what he did, car-maintenance-wise. Dad worked for Fords-I think they got 30% off a new Ford, so he always had a newish car-but he always did maintenance stuff on it and when I learned to drive and bought a sh** heap of an Anglia on apprentice-wages, he 'bullied' me into doing maintenance on it, which I hated. But, as the years rolled by (I was a lift engineer before i retired) I found the need to work on cars and motorbikes because again, i couldnt afford not too. I still do and get pleasure out of it. I hated Company cars-they were never what I wanted (escorts, rovers) Latterly in my last employment (as a consultant) I could choose-but the bottom fell out of that, you will recall-when taxation changed in early 2000s and one was encouraged to get out of the scheme.
I've not got an MG at present-long story, but do have a Mini which is 21 years old and keeps me agile doing maintenance to it-I replaced the rear exhaust rubbers yesterday, as the cold wind had gone.

As for asking questions- feel free, we dont have to answer them but most of us will if we can. Just remember that this site and others are run by enthusiasts and you have to sometimes sift out the fact from fiction. There are some well-meaning but quick-fire sorts on any forum that will tell you your misfire is a plug, but in actual fact its the coil-pack...Its sometimes difficult to diagnose from behind a keyboard!
 
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