Bits and Pieces

Not much room for this item this time I’m afraid.

Leaf Springs for MG TC Six pairs of TC front springs have been made with an enlarged (5/8”) front eye to take a i/16” bronze bush. The cost per spring was £90 plus VAT and those who ordered them have been separately notified. The cost of the bushes, fitting and reaming has to be added to the unit cost of the springs.

Large Rear Shackle Bushes for the TC These are now in stock and cost £4 per bush. A sachet of assembly lubricant is supplied with each pack of four (4) bushes and the UK postage cost is £2.20. EU and ROW postage is around £3 and £4 respectively. Packages have been sent out to those on the waiting list. If you haven’t received yours yet it may well be that I forgot to add your name to the list! If so, please contact me again and I’ll send by return. Tel: 0117 986 4224 e- mail jj(at) {please substitute @ for (at)}

Interleaf pads on TD/TF (and Y) rear springs Nothing ever goes smoothly! The intended supplier quoted for Acetal when he was asked to quote for Nylatron. I have to try elsewhere but there will be a delay due to family commitments.

Steel Crankshaft and rods for the XPAG I am in discussion with a Midlands based manufacturer of crankshafts and rods to supply a small batch of XPAG cranks and rods. At present I know of three (3) owners who have expressed an interest. The cranks would be in EN40B material and the rods of H section. It is early days yet but the likely cost is around £1900 plus VAT for each set of crank and rods. The contract would be between the purchaser and the supplier.

If you are interested, please contact me (phone number and e-mail address as for the shackle bush item).

TA1096 (Registration number JK 6672)

Paul Longbottom has e-mailed to say that he thinks that his car might have had some competition history. If anybody recognises the above registration number Paul would be grateful if you would contact him at plongbot(at) {substitute @ for (at)}.

TC2965 (Registration number DUJ 867)

A past owner, Robert Heppell (01386 860499) has a bill of sale (signed over a 2p stamp!) from when he bought the car from the second owner, Rosemary Newton of Church Stretton, Shropshire in 1976. It is said that Rosemary was given the car by her employer, Major Wolfe in 1961. The Major bought it from new in 1947 until he passed it on in 1961. Robert would like to hear from the present owner.

Kimber Festival Call for Papers

The New England MG T Register is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at its Kimber Festival to be held in Bennington, Vermont, USA, from April 12 through 14, 2013. The Kimber Festival brings together enthusiasts who are keenly interested in M.G. history. Organized as an academic conference, the program consists of presentations about all M.G.s with topics that may include design and production, technical discussions, competitors, and competitions. Papers about the last MGB will be as welcome as one about the first M.G., Old Number One. Presenters pay all of their own expenses, as there is no budget for honorariums.

After check-in at the host motel on Friday afternoon, there will be an “in room” literature/memorabilia swap meet for early arrivals. Attendees will have an opportunity to sell, buy, and swap extra items from their collections. There will be ample time for renewing friendships as well as making new ones.

On Friday evening, April 12, the attendees will celebrate Cecil Kimber’s 125th birthday at the Hemmings Motor News museum. Along with a birthday cake there will be a keynote presentation designed to set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

The Kimber Festival moves to the Bennington Museum for all of the Saturday activities. This venue has perfect meeting rooms for the presentations while containing an outstanding collection of Vermont historical items. In addition, the museum holds to world’s largest collection of both Grandma Moses’ paintings and Bennington Pottery.

Proposals for papers on subjects related to the old car hobby will also be welcomed. A few years ago, for instance, we had a presentation about flower arranging using M.G. parts. Following the Festival, a certain number of the papers will be selected for publication in The Sacred Octagon, the Register’s magazine.

Proposals should include the title of the submission, names and affiliations of presenters, together with addresses, phone numbers, email addresses of contact personnel, proposed format (paper, panel, workshop, etc.) and a short abstract describing the content of the presentation. A computer projector will be available for power point presentations.

Proposals must be received by December 31, 2012; notification of acceptance is anticipated by January 31. Proposals should be submitted to: Richard L. Knudson, 9 St. James’ Place #207, Oneonta, New York 13820 USA, email preferred to FC7900(at) please {substitute @ for (at)}