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1 Jan

Welcome to the first issue of 2015!

I am now in my sixth calendar year of production of TTT 2 and I really do wonder where the time has gone!

Much water has ‘flowed under the bridge’ since my foray into magazine production with the Octagon Car Club ‘Bulletin’ in 1998 (until 2001) then ‘Totally T-Type’ (TTT) from 2004 to 2010 and ‘Totally T- Type 2’ (TTT 2) from 2010 and continuing.

I seem to remember saying in one of the editorials (probably in TTT) that I would re-assess the situation when I reached 65, but at 68 ‘not out’ and hopefully getting to 69 by this coming October, I don’t even want to give it a second thought. So, enough of this navel-gazing and let’s get on with the job!

2014 has been another successful year for TTT 2 and www.ttypes.org The highlight of my year was the TTT 2 Tour of the Isle of Wight. To see so many T-Types in beautiful surroundings and to experience the camaraderie of the crews made it all worthwhile. An added bonus is that we have somehow managed to accrue a healthy balance to put towards this year’s Tour of the Lancashire Lanes and Yorkshire Dales. More on this Tour and the 2016 Tour in the next issue.

Donations in 2014 came in at £1209.35 for which I thank you. The printed copies of TTT 2 almost broke even; this was achieved by changing the printing company (for which I thank Brian Rainbow) and lower mailing costs due to using a mailing house. On the expense side we incurred £568.22 as a result of purchasing 100,000 email credits (approximately five year’s worth) to be used for sending out TTT 2 notifications. It was also necessary to purchase a printer/scanner as the old one ‘gave up the ghost’. We are currently reviewing our web hosting arrangements with the objective of speeding up the site. This is likely to be the only major expense item in 2015.

What’s shaping up to be the major 2015 T-Series and MMM event in the US is featured on our front cover. GOF Central 2015 is being held in Carmel Indiana (an Indianapolis suburb) July 15-19th. The event kicks off with a trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where our MGs will take to the track – the famous Brickyard of racing. Tours, a rally, workshops, movie nights, and other activities are on the agenda. Mike Sherrell, noted TC specialist and author of TCs Forever! is the special guest of this GOF, and will be giving a presentation, doling out advice, and enjoying the company of all. There will be two car shows – a First Timers for newcomers, and Wheels & Wings, the big car show. Wheels & Wings will be at a nearby airfield, combining MGs with a vintage airplane fly-in. Thirty to eighty vintage planes are expected to be on the field, including biplanes, warbirds, and early post-war small planes.

Registration is filling up rapidly – already there are more cars registered for GOF Central than the past several years. The committee’s push to bring new enthusiasts is paying off, as 20% of registrants are new to our events.

Be sure to watch the promotional video of the event on the GOF Central website http://www.hoosiermgs.com/promo.html – turn the sound up loud!

More information and registration details at http://www.hoosiermgs.com/gof.html or GOFCentral.com. Interested in attending and need some help with agendas or logistics? Contact Tom Wilson on the GOF Committee at GOF2015Central(at)gmail.com

Stoneleigh MG Spares Day

This year’s show (again a joint MG/Triumph show) is being held on Sunday 1st March. Details are on the website http://www.mgandtriumphsparesday.co.uk

Once again your editor will be sharing a stall with Brian Rainbow in the usual location in Hall 1, just over the way from Barry Walker’s stand. Brian always carries an amazing selection of spares, particularly those for the MPJG. I look forward to meeting friends, old and new!

“Never throw anything away!”

A seasonal photo (well, it was when I received it!) from Martin Franklin which proves the old MG adage “ Never throw anything away” – even rusty old 4 1/2” x 19’ TC wheels have their uses!

MG Wheel Christmas Tree

And finally􏰀􏰀. there are a number of events in 2015 which I have been asked to publicise. As there is insufficient space in this column you will find them on the ‘Bits and Pieces’ page.

JOHN JAMES


DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Jan

Welcome to Issue 22, February 2014!

I am now in my fifth calendar year of production of TTT 2 and the time seems to have flown by.

It’s worth pausing for a moment to review what has been achieved since the decision was taken in early summer 2010 to launch the totally free bi- monthly magazine Totally T-Type 2.

At the beginning of January this year we reached the landmark of 3,000 ‘subscribers’ which surely makes us by far and away the largest circulation magazine in the world, solely devoted to T-Types.

Our website continues to earn plaudits and the free advertising facility is much appreciated. Also highly valued is the Publications section and the arrangements we have made from time to time to purchase leaf springs direct from an old- established spring maker.

Our T-Database now has over 5,300 cars with photos which have just passed the 3,000 mark.

We arranged our first TTT 2 Tour in September 2012 and judging by the interest in and the numbers who are coming on our 2013 Tour of the Isle of Wight, we are fast becoming the premier T- Type Tour.

All this has been made possible by a combination of hard work and dedication to the cause with wonderful support from you the readers.

Your support has resulted in record donations of £2407. Tight cost control has kept expenditure to a minimum but we needed to review our e-mailing arrangements mid-way through 2012 and we are now using a commercial package to send out the notifications that a new issue of TTT 2 is on the web.

Complimentary printed copies and postage for sending these out were the main items of expenditure but we still ended up with a net surplus for 2013 of £1770.

With this level of surplus we have decided to pre- purchase five years of e-mail credits for the commercial newsletter package at a cost of £550 and arrange for another five years of website hosting and domain names at a cost of £500.

All this assumes that I’ll still be around in five years’ time, but T-Types and my Triple-M cars will hopefully keep me out of mischief!

The 2014 Totally T-Type 2 Tour of The Isle of Wight – Friday 29th August to Monday 1st September – 3 nights.

As soon as this issue is ‘put to bed’ I’ll be sending out a ‘round robin’ to those who have secured places in the Tour hotel and to those who have booked in elsewhere (the Tour hotel having been fully ‘spoken for’ as soon as the Tour was advertised).

Three crews have booked accommodation in The Grange and another crew have booked in at The Keats Green.

The 2015 Totally T-Type 2 Tour

The 2015 Tour will probably be based in North Yorkshire – further details to follow in the April issue.

An opportunity to ‘star’ with your TC!

Participants on the Tour of Rutland will know that we have been very supportive to a Film Production Company who are making a TV programme, scheduled to appear later this year, about the iconic TC. Indeed it is highly likely that scenes from the Rutland Tour will be shown.

The programme will feature, inter alia, the restoration of a ‘barn find’ TC. This is now nearing completion and should be finished by the end of February.

The finale to the programme will be the ‘unveiling’ of the restored car, hopefully on Saturday 8th March, to be joined by two TCs which are in regular use. Then on Sunday 9th March a further twelve TCs (including the two Saturday TCs) are invited along. The purpose is to show the programme’s fully restored TC to a group of like- minded owners and to capture some group driving convoys and sequences, with interviews with some of those taking part.

The dates still need to be confirmed (it will surely have stopped raining by then!) and the likely venue will be the Hertfordshire area.

I hope that we can really get behind this event and I will try to be there on both days. If you would like to come along please contact me via the website contact form, or phone 0117 986 4224 or e-mail me direct at jj(at)octagon.fsbusiness.co.uk {please substitute @ for (at)}.

Hopefully there won’t be any low flying aircraft!

JOHN JAMES

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 May

Welcome to Issue 12, June 2012. Twelve issues equals two year’s worth of magazines – it seems like only yesterday that Issue 1 ‘hit the streets’; reminds me of something funny I saw the other day (I think on the tabc site) as follows:

Growing up is optional, growing old is obligatory.

I posted the following message on the ‘News’ section of the website on 18th April:

“Sometime during the past week we passed the 2,000 milestone for subscribers to TTT 2. At the time of writing we have 975 members. A subscriber is defined as somebody who has ‘signed up’ to be notified by e-mail whenever a new issue of TTT 2 is launched. A member is defined as somebody who has registered in order to be able to access certain sections of the site – e.g. Publications, Membership Benefits.

The number of downloads recorded for the current issue of TTT 2 (April) is just over 1,200. The difference between this number and the number of subscribers is explained by the fact that many subscribers prefer to read TTT 2 by clicking on the individual articles under the Contents button on the left hand side of the TTT 2 screen.

A digitally printed full colour version of TTT 2 is available on subscription – the Editor will be pleased to forward details to interested parties.”

At the time of writing (2nd May) we are but 3 away from 1,000 members and well over the 2,000 mark for subscribers.

The price of petrol (average price in UK is around £1.40/litre = £6.36/Imperial Gallon = £5.30/US Gallon, which converts to $8.62/US Gallon at current exchange rates) is definitely having a deterrent effect on classic car gatherings in the UK. I noticed from a quick read of a recent issue of Classic Car Weekly that some clubs have cancelled their national event for the coming season. One club has downsized from three days to two in a move designed to save costs. We shall have to wait and see what level of support is forthcoming but as austerity is being heaped upon us in ever increasing doses, the omens are not good!

The current fuel tanker drivers’ industrial dispute in the UK has focussed attention in some quarters on the fast disappearing independent petrol stations. It is estimated that between 250 and 300 are closing every year and the cause is quite simply down to economics. This is brought into sharp focus when one considers that out of a total of approximately 8,500 filling stations in the UK, the supermarkets, with just over 1300 sites, are fast approaching 50% of total sales. The “pile it high and sell it cheap” style of marketing is obviously not confined to grocery, but of course the grocery sales also benefit as the cash-strapped punters are attracted to the supermarkets to fill up and then do the weekly shop.

I suppose that one comes across a “bad apple” in all walks of life. Unfortunately I have to record one that is closer to home. A TTT 2 ‘hard’ copy subscriber strung me along for far too long with a tale of hardship. This person owed subscriptions from the first issue and at the beginning of January 2012 I had to tell him that unless I received his overdue subscriptions, the January magazine would be the last he would receive. No payment was forthcoming. I know a couple of owners close to where he lives and will acquaint them with the details.

There might have been one “bad apple” but there are over 2,000 “good eggs”!

This issue contains an extra four pages and I’m pleased to be able to provide them. Last year I would have been worried about the extra printing cost, but this year, due to the very healthy state of the finances which have been transformed by donations received over and above the cost price of spares sold (in particular the polyurethane suspension bushes) I am far more relaxed about things. It’s not that I have become profligate – far from it – but that extra ‘cushion’ is really helpful to me.

Brian Rainbow has asked me to give some publicity to the Pre-War Prescott event on Saturday 21st July. There was a really good turnout of TAs last year and you can read about the event, see the photograph of the TAs and download an entry form from the following website: prewarprescott.com

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the Prescott event because I am booked to attend the Silverstone Classic on that weekend. I shall be going with my brother in his Morgan. The website is silverstoneclassic.com. I haven’t been to Silverstone since I left the MG Car Club two years ago and it will be nice to go back there.

Just to let you know that postal charges have increased massively (the postage on the TTT 2 ‘hard’ copies that I send to European destinations has increased by 88%). Fortunately, we have bought ahead and will be holding our regalia postage prices.

Finally, just enough space to say that son, Stephen has asked me to let you know that he’s off on 11th May to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’s trying to raise some funds for a local charity, Weston Hospicecare, so if you would like to support a worthy cause you can donate via the website he has built for the trip at climbingmountkilimanjaro.org – thanks!

JOHN JAMES

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Mar

As I am writing this editorial at the start of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival I thought I would use the verb galloping to describe our progress towards the next milestone of 2,000 subscribers to TTT 2. We hit the 1900 mark at the beginning of March and coincidentally also topped 3900 cars in the T-Database.

For me, Cheltenham is the start of the M.G. year because it heralds the arrival of Spring here in the UK, when a young man’s/woman’s fancy takes to going for a blast in the M.G. Forget for a few fleeting moments all the ills of this topsy-turvy world and enjoy the wind in your hair (while you’ve still got some!)

But do I detect that the world economy is picking up? The US has started to add jobs to the payroll (funny how things seem to get better just before an election!) and two of its automotive industry giants have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, leaner and fitter, and are doing well. General Motors still has to sort out its problems of over capacity in Europe and we wait anxiously for a decision on the future of the Vauxhall plant at Ellesmere Port, here in the UK, as the Germans do over the future of the Opel plant at Bochum.

So perhaps things aren’t so rosy after all and always in the background is the unpalatable fact that petrol continues its seemingly unstoppable rise in price. It is unlikely to ever go down!

One was tempted to ask “Recession, what recession?” judging by the numbers who attended the Stoneleigh MG Spares Day in February. Money seemed to be freely changing hands and I certainly didn’t hear any moans from traders – apart from one who was lamenting the number of competitors (to himself) who had arrived on the scene. It was good to meet Tom Metcalf from the US and Heinz Müller from Switzerland and a gentleman from Australia, whose name I can’t remember – sorry! A PB owning friend of mine is eternally grateful to Carl Drolshagen from Germany, who brought over a brand new double hump scuttle for his car made by the maestro Steve Gilbert over twenty years ago and in perfect condition – talk about hen’s teeth!

Life has been hectic over the past couple of months and I’m not sure where the time has gone since Christmas. Due to other commitments I’ve not had much time to work on the J2 but I’m now back on schedule refurbishing the rear springs (I had two new main leafs made by Brost Forge in London N7 and had the ‘eyes’ made oversize to take a 1/16” leaded bronze bush. Eric Worpe, who did the work for me (don’t know what I would do without Eric!) has just supplied a lovely black gooey mixture of graphite powder and silicone
grease to coat the tops and bottoms of each leaf. Graphite powder is obtainable from locksmiths as they use it for lubricating lock mechanisms and Waxoil can be used as the retention medium for the graphite powder.

As an independent (of any UK Car Clubs) magazine and website, we work closely with the International MG Y Type Register www.mgytypes.org who are similarly organised. The Register has recently invited us to join them in teaming up with Travel Destinations (ABTA Registered) with whom it has negotiated preferential travel rates for its members. If you are planning to travel to or from Mainland Europe (including Spain) using P&O, the Channel Tunnel or Brittany Ferries then please contact Travel Destinations on +44 (0) 1707 329988 and be certain to mention that you are registered as a member of ttypes.org to obtain your preferential rates. These are not only available to your T-Type, but any MG or indeed your normal daily use car.

If everything goes to plan, a web page will be created on 17th March, which will hopefully be in sync with the release of this issue on the ttypes.org website.

We will give further publicity to this membership benefit in the June issue of TTT 2.

Whilst on the subject of travel, David Heath (TA owner) has asked me to mention that a group of MG owners from the Bristol area are going to the Le Mans Classic in July. They have hired a gite from 3rd July to 10th July for which the cost is £98 per head. You don’t have to stay all week (the race is on 7/8 July) but you do need to book your own tickets and ferry. If interested, contact David at s.d ‘at’ tumbleweed20.plus.com

And finally………. my good friend Gabriel Öhman from Danderyd in Sweden sent me this picture. I’ll let Gabriel “do the talking” in his best Swinglish:

“Here’s a quick solution from Stig Andersson(88) when he had to make a promised trip and the dynamo was in for repair at the electrician’s. Some wood and a ballbearing! Ha, ha!”

JOHN JAMES

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Jan

Welcome to Issue 10 and 2012! This is the second full year of the magazine (In 2010 there were three issues; August, October and December), so 2011 was the first full year of publication.

I start the year full of optimism, buoyed up by the wonderful support you all have given me. I occasionally have to pinch myself as a reminder that what I produce from this once tidy fourth bedroom, which has been turned into an untidy study, goes out to an appreciative worldwide audience, but I never forget that none of this would be possible without you, the contributors.

Now to the financials for 2011 and it’s good news!

Donations in 2011 amounted to £676.02; the balance brought forward from 2010 was £197.45 so the balance at the end of 2011 was £873.47. Donations which were received as amounts over and above the cost price of spares I supplied in 2011 amounted to £332.20; the balance brought forward from 2010 was £36.95 so the balance at the end of 2011 was £369.15. Adding these two income streams together (I have amalgamated the general donation fund and the TTT 2 donation fund to make life simpler) the total balance at the end of 2011 was £1242.62.

I made reference in the previous issue to the high cost of the printed copies of the magazine due to the small print run. Despite the fact that most ‘hard’ copy subscribers paid over and above the asked for subscription, the apportioned shortfall between the cost of providing them with the magazine (including postage) and their subscriptions was £125.49. The apportioned cost of providing the complimentary copies was £246.64 so a total of £372.13 needs to be deducted from the figure of £1242.62 quoted above, leaving a net balance at the end of 2011 of £870.49.

I regard the overall financial position as very satisfactory and confidently predict that even without another single ‘general’ donation in 2012, income from a small amount of advertising and from amounts contributed in excess of the cost price of spares (and treated as a donation) will ensure that the ‘balance sheet’ at the end of the year will be stronger still.

The first calendar year of our website ttypes.org has been a resounding success, with a number of essential resources being added, including an online database of nearly four thousand MG T-Types worldwide at the MG T Database. The website has also attracted over 700 new readers to Totally T-Type 2, and going forward into 2012 subscribers continue to grow at a similar rate of two per day on average.

My son is pleased to report that his eBay helper website, MG AuctionWatch, has just undergone a much-needed “rebuild”. MG AuctionWatch now lists more than twice as many T-Type auctions than before, dividing cars for sale, parts and books and manuals into helpful sub-categories, making the current selection of T-Type auctions on eBay even easier to browse. You can test drive the new MG T-Series section of the site at http://www.mgauctionwatch.com/ttype

Doug Pelton is now starting his fifth year in business – I find this hard to believe since it only seems like yesterday that he sent me some pedal spring sets to offer for sale here in the UK when his fledgling business was being established. Doug’s worldwide customer base has grown from 18 countries to an incredible 30 in the past year and he has just brought out the second edition of his catalogue (catalog for our cousins in the US). You can download the latest edition at fromtheframeup.com From The Frame Up LLC is an amazing success story built on service excellence and the supply of good quality parts, which have been painstakingly researched. I raise my glass of Old Speckled Hen to you Doug!

The MG International Show and Spares Day on Sunday 19th February is rapidly approaching so I guess it’s high time I dusted down the display tables and located the new spares which I offer for sale. I will have some XPAG head gasket sets and bottom end sets at roughly half the price charged by some dealers and also plenty of correct polyurethane suspension bushes for TC/TD/TF along with my usual offerings of kingpin sets (now only a few left) and shackle pins.

I shall be sharing a stand with Brian Rainbow and we shall be located in Hall 1, just over the way from Barry Walker’s stand. Brian always carries an amazing selection of spares, particularly those for the MPJG.

I leave you with a ‘shot’ of a freshly painted J2 rear axle – a mere ‘toy’ compared to the weight of a TC axle. It’s just what the dining room table was bought for all those years ago!

JOHN JAMES

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Nov

Welcome to Issue 9! This is the first full year of the magazine (In 2010 there were three issues; August, October and December).

Looking back at last December’s editorial I see that we then had 875 Internet ‘subscribers’ and 20 ‘hard’ copy subscribers. Twelve months later we now have just over 1600 of the former and 40 of the latter.

Great strides have been made in building up the website during this time, with a lot of work going on “behind the scenes”. The T-Database has received a healthy boost of late thanks to Gordon Lawson’s truly generous offer to share his “T-Numbers” database with us. We would also like to thank Don Harmer for providing us with details of cars belonging to members of the Southeastern MGT Register in the US. As a result, the T-Database now stands at just shy of 3700 T-Types from nearly 40 countries, with over 500 photos uploaded to date. If you haven’t added your car’s details yet, you can do so by searching for your car by chassis number here.

Since the last issue have also added a new section to the website. The History Timeline is intended to be more for fun than anything else, and lists some of the events during the MG T-Type’s production run set against a backdrop of contemporary news events and period music for you to listen to.

Not ones to rest on our laurels, we also have a couple of new features under development which should surface some time early in the New Year, so keep checking back at ttypes.org on a regular basis.

It is about this time of the year when I report on donations, so here goes…..

Donations which were not specifically stated to be for production of TTT 2 ‘hard’ copies amounted to (January to second week in November 2011) £479.54. The balance carried forward from 2010 was £197.45, so the current balance is £676.99.

Donations which were specifically stated to go towards production of ‘hard’ copies of TTT 2 totalled £129.46.

Donations which were received as amounts over and above the cost price of spares I have supplied so far in 2011 amounted to £274.20. Included in this figure is the sum of £35 for two insurance valuations I have supplied during the course of the year. The balance carried forward from 2010 was £36.95 so the current balance is £311.15.

On the surface there would appear to be quite a lot of money sloshing about (and I am extremely grateful for all the donations) but in practice this is not quite the case. Due to the small print run, the ‘hard’ copies cost a small fortune and in fact only just break even due thanks to some very generous subscription payments which are over and above what is requested. However, when postage is taken into account together with the cost of complimentary ‘hard’ copies (for contributors) and postage on the complimentary copies, the total sum becomes quite alarming!

In the immortal words of Lance Corporal Jones of the Dad’s Army BBC comedy TV series http://www.phill.co.uk/comedy/dadsarmy “Don’t panic!” – the debt has not reached ‘Sovereign Debt’ proportions and I’m going to consolidate it and explain what I’ve done in the February issue.

Well, that’s enough of the boring financial bits! Looking forward to 2012 (where has 2011 gone?) I hope to be at Stoneleigh for the MG International Show and Spares Day on Sunday 19th February.

http://www.seetickets.com/Event/INTERNATIONAL-MG-SPARES-DAY/Stoneleigh-Park/593448

As usual I’ll be sharing a stand with Brian Rainbow and we’ll be located right opposite Barry Walker’s stand in Hall 1.

‘Hard” copy subscriber, Ted Hack (Ted runs the D-type website, where you can download the quarterly magazine ‘Dispatch’ which is devoted to D-types at www.mgdgroup.org) is an avid MG book collector. He has recently e-mailed me about the book “They Started in MGs” and sub-titled “Profiles of Sports Car Racers of the 1950s”. He has very kindly written a review of the book and this can be found under the ‘Bits and Pieces’ heading on page 18.

I have some news about the polyurethane bushes for the TC, TD and TF models and this can be found on page 18.

Last but not least I have been busy working on my J2 restoration – I try to do something every day, even if it is just for one hour to keep the momentum going – and reproduce below a photo of some painted parts on the washing line (it’s what washing lines are really for!). See you hopefully in 2012!

JOHN JAMES

MG Parts hanging out to dry on a washing line

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Aug

Welcome to Issue 8!

I’m putting this issue ‘to bed’ in the middle of August to ‘sleep’ until the middle of September because my IT man (son, Stephen) is off at the end of this week on his travels to Japan and Taiwan for six weeks. Due to the shorter time interlude between the preparation of this issue and the last one I’ve struggled a bit with sufficient copy but we’ve just about made it.

A healthy supply of copy is vital to keep a magazine like this going and I feel for Vernon Byrom, Editor of the MG Octagon Car Club magazine The Bulletin, who, just lately, has had to make a number of requests for copy and indeed, has had to write some of the articles himself to fill the magazine. I’m in the same boat with Vernon this month in having to write some of the articles; I don’t mind doing this but it does consume more time when I could be in the garage ………dreaming up more articles!

In editing a magazine it is desirable to strike a balance between types of articles featured; in the case of this magazine, which is unashamedly biased towards the technical side of ownership of our cars, I strive to cover every T-Series model and therefore strike a balance between the beam axle models and those with coil spring independent front suspension. I have to say that I feel uncomfortable with the lack of coverage I am able to give to the TD and TF models, but I can only include what I am provided with. Perhaps TD and TF owners would like to take the hint!

Speaking of the MG Octagon Car Club, I attended the Club’s ‘Wings’ Run at the end of July. It was held at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which is a mere 25 miles from me. I was a little apprehensive (as the photograph taken by Steve, just before setting off shows) but this was the first time I had used the car this year.

MG PB

Steve, my passenger ‘shot’ a couple of short videos on the journey; the first, taken shortly after after setting off:

The second is a bit longer and is ‘shot’ in the countryside. Apologies for the squeaky brakes in both videos and don’t forget the PB has a ‘crash’ gearbox!

Encouraged by the performance of the car on the ‘Wings’ Run I took it to David Lewis’ Wiltshire ‘natter’ at Lacock a week later. Even though it entailed a drive back home in the dark, I was glad I attended because there must have been a record number of M.G.s there – at least 20. T-Types were a plenty, but also MGAs, MGBs, V8, YA and ZA,

On 11th August we posted a news item on the website to say that we had reached the landmark of 1400 email subscribers to this magazine. To have attained this number in just under a year (the website was officially one year old on 20th August!) is no mean feat. At the rate that new subscriptions are coming in (current number at 17th August is 1430) we shall soon hit the 1500 mark. Thank you all for your support!

On 14th August we launched a new section of the website for our visitors: the T-Database. Part gallery, part T-Type “wiki”, the T-Database is an opportunity for MG T-Type owners to showcase their cars on the site. Through the T-Database you may upload multiple photos of your T-Series car, and add limited non-personal information about your vehicle. Alternatively, you may simply wish to browse the records of the cars that have already been added to the T-Database.

In order to post information and photos to the T-Database you need to be a member of ttypes.org; membership is quick and most importantly totally free, and can be obtained by filling out the registration form here. Once you have logged in, you will be able to update your car’s record on the T-Database by searching for your car by chassis number and then by clicking “Edit this Car’s Details”.

Not ones to let the grass grow under our feet, there are more enhancements planned for the website, more suppliers and more items for the Technical Publications section – just need the time!

In the December issue I’ll publish the up to date financial situation. However, I can say with certainty that the sum total of donations is very healthy and the ‘hard’ copy account is in surplus, both due to lots of generous donations.

Just enough space left to thank Fred Weber, Bart Vandonk, Tom Thompson and Trad Harrison for identifying Denis Dunstan’s mystery item. All said that they were fitted to the tappet chest plate – more details in ‘Bits and Pieces’ later in this issue.

JOHN JAMES

 

 

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Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Jul

Welcome to Issue 7! After producing (the now defunct) Totally T-Type (TTT) for six years I am starting my second year with Totally T-Type 2. A four year stint as Editor of the Octagon Car Club Bulletin in the late ‘nineties’ /early ’noughties’ confirms that either I am a glutton for punishment or I have it in my blood, but perhaps the common denominator is the love affair with the cars?

When I started editing the Octagon Bulletin in late 1997 it would have been unthinkable to have produced a primarily web-based magazine and even by January, 2004 when TTT was born “my baby” would not have enjoyed the instant success it did if it had been offered as a primarily web-based publication.

Times change (not always to our liking, but it doesn’t pay to swim against the tide!) and I hear that E-books have overtaken print sales in the US. On the basis that if the US sneezes, we across the ‘pond’ catch a cold, the writing is on the wall for print sales in the UK.

Of course, there will always be a demand for the printed copy and I will continue to offer this option for TTT 2 for as long as the customers ask for it. Indeed, if anybody would like to become a ‘hard’ copy subscriber then you only have to contact me through the Contact Form of this website.

I recently had a productive meeting with my Member of Parliament on the subject of E10 fuel. Naturally, it certainly helped to discover that he is the owner of a 1936 Bentley! He was very well briefed on the subject and considered that the European Union might well start to have doubts as to the wisdom of its pro E10 policy against the background of high food prices and difficulties in satisfying demand for food on a global basis. I’ve received a follow up letter from him and he has promised to write again when he has received a reply from the Minister at the Department of Transport.

As a follow on, I hear that a recent report by a number of high powered agencies, including the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations (UN), urges the end to biofuel subsidies.

Whether or not biofuel remains in favour is in the lap of the gods but at least the case for the subsidies it currently enjoys is beginning to be questioned and without subsidies the proposition is nowhere near as attractive.

Whilst listening to the radio the other day I heard that the State of Nevada is considering bringing forward legislation to allow for driverless cars – I’m sure that it wasn’t a figment of my imagination but I thought I also heard that the only reported accident to date was caused by a driven car hitting a driverless one!

On the subject of accidents and insurance, it has been widely reported that Insurance Companies in the UK lost £2bn last year on car insurance as bodily injury claims soared. Inevitably, increased premiums will soon recover the loss, but I fail to see why classic car insurance needs to be caught up in the mix. I don’t know about you folks in the UK but my classic car premium increased noticeably this year over last.

As UK owners will know, ‘Agreed Value’ policies require an independent valuation, which normally holds good for two or three years. I have been asked to do a couple of valuations recently and have duly obliged. I don’t ask for a fee, but a small donation to the ‘hard’ copy fund of TTT 2 is appreciated.

I was delighted to receive a copy of Doug Pelton’s new catalogue recently. It really is an impressive document and comes highly recommended by me. You can order a copy, or can download it at http://fromtheframeup.com/default.aspx

Here’s what Doug says about it:

Please note: My catalog has been a work in progress for over 4 years. I have finally completed the major components identifying almost every item on the TC down to the last little screw. Although it is referred to as a catalog, it is actually written to serve as a technical manual.

If you are restoring a TC, this is a must have document as it includes assembly orders, parts identification tips, cross references, comparison pricing, Tech Tips, originality information and much much more.

Finally, Dennis Dunstan has asked for assistance in identifying the following part:

Mystery Part 1

Mystery Part 2

Can anybody help, please?

JOHN JAMES

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

Totally T-Type 2 is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

10 Apr

Easter was late this year; in fact it was getting on for the end of April. With all the doom and gloom which currently pervades our daily lives I thought I’d share this E-card with you, which certainly brightened up my Easter!

There seems to be no abatement to the never ending round of motor fuel price increases. A couple of days ago (I’m typing this on 1st May) the price of Brent crude had reached $120 a barrel; at this level we are not too far off the record of $147 a barrel of a few years back. As these ‘spot’ prices filter through to the petrol pumps it is bound to impact on vintage and classic car motoring with the result that owners will be looking at events nearer to home.

Various reasons are advanced for the upward hike in prices; the activities of speculators are cited by some, but it is difficult to escape the conclusion that it is mainly down to the laws of supply and demand. World oil demand grew by 2.8m barrels per day in 2010 (3.3% over 2009) and demand (led by China) has continued to grow in 2011. On the other side of the equation, supply is barely keeping up with demand, especially with the removal of 1.7m barrels per day due to the Libyan crisis. There are, of course, producers who could boost production, but is it in their interests bearing in mind that oil is a finite resource?

“The bitterness of poor quality lasts longer than the sweetness of low price”. This maxim was related to me recently by a garage owner when I was accompanying a friend in his MG L2 for its first MoT test, following a five year rebuild (the car having previously been in the USA). Apparently, it was on a sign in an ale-house, which also prepared meals for its patrons.

At the time I was complaining about the quality of some of the after market spares which are sold nowadays – not always at a low price!

When I started including recommended suppliers on the website http://ttypes.org/ I had the issue of quality very much in mind. I do not charge for advertising, either on the website, or in TTT 2; suppliers are there, either because they have been recommended or because I have personal experience of their quality and service. They do not, or never will, be included because of the size of their wallets!

Some readers will know that I sell, on a non-profit making basis, a limited range of spares. Invariably this is because I need a part for my own rebuild and rather than get just one made, I arrange for a small batch. A good example of this can be found on page 22. The supplier I use for spares such as king pins and shackle pins is Steve Brook of Crick, Northamptonshire. Steve, a precision engineer has been making parts for vintage and classic cars since 1982.

Any parts that I sell quote the material specification and come with either a NDT certificate or a materials certificate. I can’t do more than that!

One bonus of putting together this magazine and keeping the website up to date is the contact with T-Type owners all around the globe. I get a particular ‘buzz’ when I am able to help somebody. One recent example concerned the owner of TB0607 (pictured below) in Sweden. Prior to its recent rebuild the car had languished in a barn in Sweden for thirty years. It had no papers when it came out from England, which didn’t seem to matter much all those years ago, but it certainly did when the time came to register the car with the Swedish Transport Authorities! Through the good offices of my friend Gabriel Öhman and his excellent “Swinglish” we were able to convince the Authorities that the car is a genuine Abingdon product, which left the Factory on 17th October, 1939.

Just enough room left to let TA/TB owners know that there is a pre-war ‘Garden Party and Hill Climb’ meeting at Prescott on 16th July hosted by the Vintage Minor Register. Go to http://www.prewarprescott.com for more details.

 

 

DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

‘Totally T-Type 2’ is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website www.ttypes.org on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

The Editor

1 Mar

Hello! This issue is just over a week late in coming out, mainly because I have been spending time on my cars. I aim to publish each issue on or about the 15th of the month prior to the cover date of the magazine. So, apologies!

My trusted computer let me down just after Christmas; it had been getting slower and slower and one morning finally “gave up the ghost” and presented me with a black screen. Fortunately, my computer guru happened to be home for a brief interlude between his travels and chose a replacement for me and set everything up, including transferring all the files. How I would have managed without him, I know not as I am a complete computer ‘dummy’.

I was saddened by the news on 3rd March that Bristol Cars had passed into administration. Following the end of World War II, and faced with the problem of how to use its excess capacity and keep its many employees busy (who had previously been building such RAF stalwarts as the Bristol Blenheim and Bristol Beaufighter), the then Bristol Aeroplane Company moved into the luxury car market. In 1960 it was persuaded to join with others to form the British Aircraft Corporation (later British Aerospace). At that time the car division (Bristol Cars Ltd) passed into private hands.

Some of you may not have heard of Bristol Cars; if you go to http://www.bristolcars.co.uk/history.html you can view photographs of all the (hand built) models produced.

I am aware that several subscribers of the now defunct “Totally T-Type” magazine (in fact, a high percentage of them with Internet access) ‘voted with their feet’ and joined up with this magazine. These subscribers will not be aware – presumably because they were never informed via ‘T’ Register publicity – that I was presented with a limited edition print last summer by Register Treasurer, Gillian Smith and TD Registrar, Peter Cole. They kindly invited my wife, Sue and me out to lunch in Hampshire and also presented me with a case of red wine.

I happen to know that Gillian and Peter went to a great deal of trouble to get the print framed and have a brass plaque inscribed and mounted at the bottom of the print, which reads as follows:

“Presented to John James in appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the ‘T Register”

Donations towards the running of this magazine and the website continue to trickle in, for which I am very grateful. There is currently a healthy balance and the only expenses foreseen for the remainder of 2011 are for the ‘hard’ copy costs and postage incurred in sending complimentary copies to article contributors.

Mention of ‘hard’ copies reminds me to state that I now have 36 subscribers. A couple of subscriptions are outstanding, but on the assumption that these come in, we have moved to a break even situation for ‘hard’ copies.

The ttypes.org website continues to go from strength to strength. You can now register for a free site membership which will, over time, offer additional benefits, the first of which has already been added to the site: a technical publications archive, offering free downloads of period technical MG T-Series material. Currently the archive contains five Service Information Sheets relevant to early T-Types and a Lucas parts catalogue for the TC, but that selection will be expanded regularly in the coming days and weeks. We’ve already had kind offers from fellow T-Typers who have publications to add to the archive, so if you have a period technical document you feel that others would find useful, we’d be very grateful if you would get in touch. Meanwhile, we invite you to register for your free site membership at http://ttypes.org/register.php and then browse the MG T-Series period technical publications archive at http://ttypes.org/publications at your leisure.

It would be remiss of me not to mention that 75 years ago, the TA Model appeared on the scene. University Motors proudly announced that “The new M.G. MIDGET SERIES ‘T’ will be available for trial purposes at Stratton House on June 29”. Nobody could surely have foreseen the incredible success story of the ‘T’ Series, which was to result in our cars being exported all around the globe. A great cause for celebration and I’m sure that we custodians of the cars consider ourselves fortunate to be looking after them.

It’s easy to be overtaken by events in editing this magazine. Under the ‘Bits and Pieces!’ collection of articles I said that we are trying to track down the present owner of TB0613. We thought he might be in Oklahoma, but we are fairly sure we have located him in Louisiana. More in next issue!

Finally, my thanks to Matthew Magilton for the excellent front and back cover photos.


DISCLAIMER BY THE EDITOR

‘Totally T-Type 2’ is produced totally on a voluntary basis and is available on the website on a totally FREE basis. Its primary purpose is to help T-Type owners through articles of a technical nature and point them in the direction of recommended service and spares suppliers.

Articles are published in good faith but I cannot accept responsibility or legal liability and in respect of contents, liability is expressly disclaimed.

Before doing anything that could affect the safety of your car seek professional advice.

JOHN JAMES, EDITOR TTT 2