Bits and Pieces

Paul Ireland’s luggage racks Paul’s luggage racks have been advertised a couple of times previously in TTT 2. For the benefit of new subscribers and those who might have missed the description and price, here is some information on the luggage rack, which has proved to be popular and has been sent worldwide. The original style luggage rack that sits above the spare wheel/petrol tank has a number of disadvantages. When loaded, it can obscure the view to the rear and can place a heavy load high above the roll centre, making the car less stable; it is virtually impossible to fill the fuel tank when loaded and finally, it is difficult to fit, potentially damaging the tank straps. The luggage rack designed by Paul consists of two arms fitted to the existing “spare” holes in the rear of the chassis (TA, TB and TC – they will need to be drilled for the earlier MMM cars) supporting a flat rack positioned behind the spare wheel. Not only is this very easy to fit, it folds up when not in use. The price of the stainless-steel rack is £325 and can be ordered from Paul at octagon ‘at’ ireland-family dot org or phone (+44) 1206 298736. The Editor has a couple of Paul’s racks with him (these were brought to the Cotswolds Tour by Paul and carried to Keynsham – on an original style rack!!). They will be taken to the Stoneleigh Show in February, where they can be picked up and paid for, thus saving the postage cost. If you want to reserve a rack to be picked up at Stoneleigh please contact the editor via the website or to jj(at) {Please substitute @ for (at)}. A small deposit will be appreciated.

Dave’s Doughnuts – no you can’t eat ‘em and they haven’t gone stale!

In Issue 50 we said that we now have a new supply and with the set-up costs having been amortised they can now be sold for £12 inclusive of postage worldwide). Please order from jj(at) {please substitute @ for (at)}. The doughnuts are sold on a non-profit making basis and the £12 includes a donation to THE MG ‘T’ SOCIETY LTD. Since Issue 50, doughnuts have been sent to Gerard Monnin in France and Jens Broe in Denmark. Both have confirmed that they have done the job. Dave Heath (the Dave in Dave’s Doughnuts) has sent me some fitting instructions and these are reproduced below. Fitting Instructions The rubber doughnut fills the space between the brake drum and the wheel hub. As the spinner is tightened the foam is squashed between, locating on the half nuts * and the spoke nipples, stopping the wheel from turning on the spline. [not totally but 99% of the time].  * foam will cope with full nuts. Mine have been working for years! The doughnut relies on the friction between the rubber and the wheel hub and drum, surfaces which must be clean of oil/grease etc. They fit the standard TA/C wheel and can cope with standard engine torque. Ed’s note: they have also been fitted successfully to TFs with wire wheels. With the rear wheel off the car slide the doughnut onto the hub and up to the brake drum. Replace the wheel. Try to keep the doughnut concentric. The spinner may not pick up without a good push or perhaps trim the rubber a little, chamfer the spoke nipple edge, just 1/4 inch. Tighten the spinner in the usual way until you feel it is home. It will be tight, so a spot of oil on the spinner cone may help. Recheck after a few miles.

Hagerty International

Chris Tinker, who recently called in with his wife, Christine, is full of praise for Hagerty’s Breakdown service (run by the RAC).

Over to Chris……….

I have recently had two trips to France in my TC. The car had been going superbly, but on the second trip I had a blown head gasket. I just wanted to report that my Hagerty insurance was exceptional. Instant recovery, delivery to a garage of my choice close to my destination. and then due to the garage being over booked until a few weeks later, repatriation of the car to home, where the offending gasket has been well and truly fixed. Well done, Hagerty! The MG ‘T’ Society works in partnership with Hagerty Insurance for the mutual benefit of the Society and our UK members, why not call Hagerty on 0333 323 1383 quoting promotional code: CCTTT. We think that you will be pleasantly surprised at the level of service and the competitive quote. Returning to Chris and his TC, which he has owned since 1972, he must have set something of a record for the most miles covered in a day in a TC when he drove from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull to Ipswich last year in a single day, about 500 miles. He meant to take two days for the journey, but just enjoyed the drive so much that he kept going! A most satisfactory repair (TD ckoke and starter cables overhaul) The following has been received from Ian Ailes: When I refitted the choke cable to my TD, I found that it would not lock. The return springs on the refurbished carbs were just too strong for it. I bought a new one which works on friction but was not convinced it would be up to the job. The knob was also black rather than dark brown as the original. I decided to see if I could repair it and took it apart as much as one can. All you can do is carefully open up the black spring clip with a sharp bladed screwdriver and slide it back to reveal a slot into which fits a small woodruff key which acts as a lock on the pull handle slots. When the handle is twisted, the key is pushed up but retained by the spring clip allowing the shaft to slide back in.  Whether the woodruff key was missing or worn out I don’t know because I never found the old one. Anyway, how do you make a new key to repair it? A small washer was staring at me on the workbench and it dawned on me to see if I could cut a slice off an appropriate-sized washer it might work and it did. I found it easy to cut a slice off thewasher with a junior hack saw. I had to file the slot open slightly and face down the edge of the washer to match the profile of the shaft but a Dremel sander did that easily. I greased it all up with copper grease and slid the spring retainer back to complete the repair. When it came to fitting a new starter cable, I was able to unsolder the old handle from its cable and solder it to the new cable so that both knobs matched. A plumber’s gas torch did it easily. I had to lightly drill out the socket in the engine bay bracket to take the new, thicker, metric outer sleeve of the new cable; I think it was 4.5mm. NEED TO KNOW – petrol tank threads I found that I could not easily screw in the brass fittings to the petrol tank so searched for a suitable tap to clean the threads. I found Malcolm Beasley at Beaulieu Autojumble and he identified it as 3/8” BSP. He is great for supplying old taps and dies. The tap cost £2. When I got home, not only did it fit the two tank threads, it also cleaned up the thread for the sender unit on the radiator. My temperature gauge had been restored and returned with a larger bulb than the original. I had to buy a new adaptor – Moss part 361-050 – to finish the job. Treating Incontinence Prevention is of course, better than cure, but if your XPAG or XPEG leaks from the rear main crankshaft seal and you don’t want to spoil your (or someone else’s drive) then help is at hand.

I am asked from time to time where these drip trays/catch tanks can be obtained and I refer the enquirer to Bryan Purves in East Sussex. Bryan took over the manufacture and distribution of these trays/tanks from the late David Pelham, who developed them from scratch (David used to call them “nappy buckets”).

I spoke to Bryan fairly recently and he told me that he had just arranged for a large batch to be made, so he should have plenty. When I asked the price, he said £56, but I’m not sure if this is inclusive of postage – probably not. He will send them worldwide.

Supplier contacts from Ian Ailes

The bifurcated rivets mentioned on Page 22 of Issue 50 were obtained from:

Business name: your_shop2015 First name: your_ Last name: shop2015 Address: West End Avenue, Leyton<, London E10 6DZ Phone:07440561131 Email: [email protected]

Ian bought his TD in September 1998 and is hoping to start it up before Christmas.

He has also found a company in Alton who sell sticky back black baize and white felt ideal for the sidescreen box and toolbox. Easy to fit compared to most jobs. Very quick delivery too.–felt-fablon-65-c.asp The SVW Register has just commissioned a reproduction print run of the Salesman’s Manual from March 1939. This booklet was issued for the benefit of dealers and salesmen and is very informative about the cars then on sale. Obviously, the booklet is primarily of interest to SVW owners but the TA is also featured. We have purchased a small supply from the SVW Register and offer the booklet at £20 per copy (the same price as the SVW Register is charging), plus postage (which is minimal). It measures 4 3/16” x 6 1/16” x 3/16” (106.4mm x 154 mm x 4.8mm) approx. It is a high-quality reproduction and is marked as such. To order, please contact jj(at) {please substitute @ for (at)}. Payment will be accepted by PayPal, Bank transfer, or cheque. Barrie’s Notes, a 76-page soft-back book covering almost every aspect of TF maintenance has sold well over 500 copies worldwide. We have been fortunate in acquiring another twenty copies, which are on sale in the T-Shop for £6 plus postage. When they are gone, they are gone!