Meanwhile, back at the ranch...(a BBQ)
I drove the MGB to Oakland for a meeting (losing a wiper arm on the 880), and when I got home and parked, something smelled funny. I couldn’t decide if it was oil burning, or electrical in nature. So I opened the bonnet, and (ta-da!) it was both. The oil cooler had sprung a leak (leaving a puddle on the front valance), and the starter had apparently caught on fire—I say that since the ceramic solenoid boss was blackened, cracked and split in half, dangling below the car from the positive battery lead. All the other starter wires had melted clean through and were just dangling. How it managed this while I was driving (and not using the starter) I’ll never know.
Fortunately I had just picked up a free oil cooler from a guy who was cleaning out his garage. The starter was back-ordered, so it was a while before I could get it back together. Meanwhile, I had plenty of crimping, splicing and heatshrinking to do. And I found another wiper arm in the barn. Yay!