Bits and Pieces

Plenty to report under this heading for this issue; indeed, some of the items could in fact be stand alone articles in their own right.

REAR SPRINGS FOR TD & TF

First out of the traps is news of the forthcoming availability of newly manufactured rear springs for the TD and TF models. I have put in an order for six (6) pairs of TD rear springs and six (6) pairs of TF springs. I am still awaiting confirmation of the price, but I have been given an indication that it will be £105 plus VAT per spring, plus delivery. The transaction will be directly between the motor spring supplier and the buyer. I have no pecuniary interest in this little venture (apart from the fact that it is actually costing me money in sending an original spring to the spring maker!)

The original thickness of each of the seven leafs (I refuse to call them leaves!) was 7/32 inches. This thickness is no longer available so the proposal is to use 1⁄4 inch for each of the five top leafs and 3/16 inch for the bottom two leafs. This will result (I am told) in a negligible difference of 50 thou between the original and the re-manufactured springs and should also make for a slightly softer ride than would be the case if seven x 1⁄4 inch leafs were used.

The springs will be supplied with the two clips (which attach to number 4 leaf) but not the pads for the clips or the nut/bolt/washer and tube which secures these pads. They will be fitted with silentbloc bushes at the front ‘eye’ and the leafs will be drilled to accept the interleaf pads but these will not be supplied. These are available in rubber from suppliers such NTG Services or the Octagon Car Club and are also available in Nylatron from myself.

There might be cheaper springs on the market (and I have no idea where they are made) but the springs on offer are Made in England by an old established motor spring maker from EN45, a silicon-manganese-carbon alloy steel, which is a recommended steel for suspension springs.

By the time this issue of the magazine is on the website I expect to have a firm price and a reasonable idea of the completion date. If you wish to express an interest please contact me via the website contact form or e-mail to the following address jj(at)octagon.fsbusiness.co.uk {please substitute @ for (at)}.

Oil Seal UK

Oil Seal UK (oilseal.co.uk) is a company run by Jonathan Welch. Jonathan specialises in oil seals for classic vehicles and also has a small stock of popular bearings for vehicle applications. Jonathan is a TC and PA owner and will be pleased to assist you – Tel: 01480 462611.

MG TF EASY FIT STAINLESS STEEL BONNET SUPPORTS

Photo 1 – showing method of fixing

Here’s another quality product from Alan Atkins (If you remember, Alan wrote the articles about his poly-carbonate plastic sidescreens for the TD which appeared in Issues 4 and 5 of TTT 2 – these have been supplied to readers around the world).

The bonnet supports for the TF (as with those manufactured by Alan for the TD) allow the bonnet lids to be raised together, which gives easy access to the engine compartment when required. There is no drilling involved since existing bolt fastenings of the side panels to wings are used. The support panels can be set up in about 30 minutes and detailed fixing instructions are supplied with each kit. The supports fold away when not required. The following photos give a good idea of the installation:

Photo 2, which follows, shows both bonnet tops in the raised position.

The bonnet support kits are made to order only. You can order by e-mail to Alan Atkins or via the Editor. Send to alan.atkins903(at)hotmail.co.uk {please substitute @ for (at)}. The Editor’s e-mail address can be found earlier in this issue.

The cost of the kit to readers is £35 including postage (UK) – enquire if outside of the UK.

BONNET SUPPORTS ON FRANS SNITTON’S TC

The first three photos show the bonnet support and the detail at each end.

Photos 4 & 5 showing bracket on bulkhead and method of fixing.
Photo 6 – a rubber ball cut in half makes a useful “cushion” against the locating point on the bonnet side.
Photo 7 – Frans trying out his newly restored TC in The Netherlands.

MOSS OIL FILTER CONVERSION

On my 1951 TD, I have a Moss oil filter conversion which allows me to unscrew the bottom and fit a new filter element. I expect many of you have this too.
Ed’s Note: It’s a clever mod (also sold by NTG).

For a while now I have had a niggly wee oil leak…. nothing serious and I thought it was just a blow- back from the front end. However I had a close look and discovered that there was oil gathering on top of the filter. I cleaned it off and then started the engine to see if anything happened; sure enough, a little seepage of oil from just under the pipe connection. I changed the copper gaskets – no difference, so I removed the filter and cleaned off the paint in the offending area. The weld looked well done with no apparent flaws – however, when I pressurised the canister, there was a leakage around about a third of the weld where it met the canister top! Otherwise it was invisible to the naked eye.

Here is a pic – sorry it is a bit out of focus, I cannot go back and retake it, as it is now all re-welded, and repaired. The arrow shows where it was leaking. I am glad I found this in the garage and not out on the open road where it could have got much worse. Maybe you should just check yours too? Cheers! Erik Benson

Hagerty Insurance

We have arranged a discount for our UK readers with Hagerty Insurance. To qualify for this offer, please call Hagerty on 0844 8241130 and quote the promotional code CCTTT.

Whilst in conversation with participants on the Tour of Rutland it was evident that quite a few of them had taken advantage of the offer and switched to Hagerty. One TB owner said that he had saved over £80. A TF owner, (proper TF!) wrote to me recently as follows:

“I have recently changed my insurance to Hagerty for my TF 1500 and was really impressed with how I was dealt with and the cost. They are also going to insure my MG Midget 1275 next year (I had already insured it for the year with Lancaster) but Hagerty will do a very good deal for 2 cars”.

Classic Car of the Year 2013

This award, which is being sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, will be given to the classic which receives the most votes from members of the public. If you go to ccoty.co.uk you can find more details.

Chris Parkhurst’s very original TC has made it to the top 30 cars from thousands of entries. If you would like to see a TC voted Classic Car of the Year just go to the above website and click the ‘Vote Now’ button. Voting ends on 27th September.

Heat Shields for the TF (and TB/TC)

The three TF heat shields advertised in the last issue sold very quickly; two went to Australia.

I now have some more in stock (top heat shield in the photo is for a TF, bottom is for a TB/TC, with protective wrapping in place to keep the stainless steel unmarked prior to fitting). Price is £15 plus postage at cost. They will not fit if you have a 5- speed ‘box as the engine will have been moved forward. The TC requires spacers and these can be supplied in aluminium at £5 each. Slightly longer studs are also required for the TB/TC as a result of fitting the spacers but I do not currently supply these.

And finally…

Whilst touring in his TC in Switzerland, Martin Franklin didn’t see any need for a heat shield – a small handful of snow on the carb bowls cooled things down nicely! The gauze is Tesco’s finest!

One thought on “Bits and Pieces

  1. richard davies says:

    The oil leak from the Moss oil filters is a well known problem and Moss will replace with a modified “new” one . Richard

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