Luggage rack for MGTF and a trolley jack to assist TF engine reinstallation

The author’s TF and a Tasmanian locomotive of the same era.

The pictures on this page show a prototype luggage rack that I have built for my TF.

Rear view of the completed rack

It was designed because a conventional rack loaded with a picnic basket or anything else, blocks off the rear view, which is rather inconvenient to say the least. Not only this, but new bought ones are considerably more expensive.

Side view of the completed rack

My rack is made of bits that I had around the place but I had the welding done as I’m not that good. The outer frame is 25 x 6mm, the rear tube is 25mm and the others are 19mm. Another frame could be made lighter, but that is the material I had.

The strop around the centre wheel spinner is small diameter rigging wire sleeved in garden “dripper” hose, as is the strop that goes around the back of the spare wheel.

The legs are bent slightly to sit behind the overriders and they are locked down with short wire strops to the bolts that hold the overriders on, secured with a second nut on each.

A development might be to substitute the wire strop around the spinner with a plate that the spare wheel spinner passes straight through. Whilst it would look neater and the rack couldn’t come off the spare wheel, the rack could not be locked in as firmly as with a wire strop and eyebolts (as shown). The strop behind the spare wheel would therefore be essential, whereas with the set-up as shown, I think that that strop could possibly be dispensed with. The whole centre locking arrangement is hidden from sight anyway when a picnic basket is sitting on the rack.

Obviously if it is intended to be a permanent fixture, the rack would have to be taken off if the spare wheel was needed. However, as the installation is so quick and simple, the rack can be taken on and off as needed (which is what I do).

The rack is now better finished off since the prototype photographs were taken.

Rack off the car showing method of fixing

Changing topics for a moment, I noticed Rob Dunsterville’s February TTT2 comments about having to “tilt and jiggle and sway and gently lower” a TF engine into place. The picture below shows a jack mounted on a home made trolley.

With the trolley jack supporting the gearbox, adjusting and rolling as the engine is being lowered, “jiggling” the engine into place is so much easier!!

David Taylor
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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