The BL “Standard Squeak”
How enlightening it is to discover that BL have invented, researched and fitted to their cars (at no extra cost) a “Standard Squeak”! (Clive Purnis’ letter, November issue1. I can assure him that his experience is not unique (as far as possessing the squeak is concerned). I own a 1977 MOB CT whose progress along the roads is accompanied by a variety of creaks. squeaks and rattles: like Mr Purnis. I am prepared to go to considerable lengths to try to silence these noises. The intermittent waling from the top of the gear lever in third usually responds to tightening the knob: a rattle from the
front of the engine goes when you change the water pump (I have done that three times now). A chattering comes out of the fresh air vents which has an far eluded me, but I was proud to track down a sort of chiming noise brought on by bumpy roads to the torsion spring inside the reclining mechanism on the drivers seat.
lame have a nearside rear shock absorber with a BL Standard Squeak, and I am indebted to Mr Purnis for his letter which has saved me the bother of ordering a new one from Urnpart. I think twill try the simpler solution of turning the radio volume up.
Finally, I should discredit the assertion that BL are mean enough to restrict the Standard Squeak to the MG marque. A year ago I went to a funeral in a Daimler limousine — that was the only noise it made and it came from the nearside rear. Crewe, Cheshire Dr. ANDREW MARTIN