Welcome to Issue 78, June 2023.
I regret to say that after this issue and the next (Issue 79, August 2023) there will be no more issues of ‘Totally T-Type 2’ as after much thought, I’ve decided to hang up my hat and retire.
When I started to prepare the April issue, I needed to advise my printed copy subscribers of the rate for the 2023/2024 magazines (the subscription year runs from June to the following April). I thought about it long and hard and came to the conclusion that it would not be fair to ask for subscriptions through to April 2024 when I could not guarantee being able to produce the next six issues. Technically, a part-year subscription is due, but I’m not going to ask for this, so subscribers, please take it as a ‘thank you’ for your loyal support.
I must also give a big ‘thank you’ to all those who have sent donations for TTT 2 and the website; they have helped with email distribution expenses.
Suitable copy has been hard to come by of late and is a constant source of worry, which at my age is not something I want. As I recently mentioned to somebody, I am ‘chief cook and bottle washer’… there is nobody else, except for Steve, my son, to whom I’m eternally grateful for dealing with the IT involved in sending the mag to print, publishing it and maintaining the website. Steve has a demanding job in IT as well as a busy life outside of work and the time needed to publish each issue can sometimes be difficult for him to find.
I am also very grateful to those who have sent copy on more than one occasion for TTT 2 and some names spring immediately to mind – Eric Worpe, Paul Ireland, Peter Cole, Steve Priston and Bob Lyell – to name but a few.
Just recently I seem to have received as much, or more, good copy from mainland Europe (Stanley Daamen and Laurent Castel) and from Australia and the US, as I have received from the UK.
Looking back over my amateur writing ‘career’, I see that I wrote the T-Type and Triple-M notes for Safety Fast! in the 1990s, was editor of the Octagon Bulletin from 1998 to 2002, introduced ‘Totally T-Type’ for the T Register of the MG Car Club in 2004, remaining as editor until 2010, and then introduced ‘Totally T-Type 2’ which started in August 2010. I hope I have ‘served my time’.
I am not intending to disappear entirely from the scene and I have promised Brian Rainbow that I will write at least one article for the Octagon Bulletin every month. I am also hoping to write the occasional article for the MG Owners Club Enjoying MG.
The website ttypes.org will remain in place for posterity as a permanent archive of all 79 issues, but with member services such as cars for sale/spares being removed. The company limited by guarantee, The MG ‘T’ Society, will be wound up by October 2023.
If you didn’t go to The MG Centenary event at Gaydon on 27th May, you missed a real treat. I know from feedback that the attendees were impressed with the organisation of the day and with the fabulous display of timeline cars. Steve and I did our bit to raise money for the event’s charities by offering redundant stock in exchange for a donation to charity. At £1 a time (some gave more) we raised a total of £158. A very nice ‘Old Speckled Hen’ glass was bought by a gentleman from Mexico.
To those Triple-M owners who I asked to display their cars in the timeline, I say a big ‘thank you’. It was asking a lot of you to arrive early on the day and I know that some of you travelled a good distance in a pre-war car, but you made it, and made the day for the spectators.
I was really pleased to renew acquaintances with Patrick Michel and Christiane from Martin-Église in Normandy and with Dieter Wagner from Neu Anspach in Germany. I was also delighted to meet for the first time Anita Kelly Walsh and her husband, John from Co. Galway, Ireland. I have corresponded with Anita about the history of her TF which featured on the front cover of Issue 72 (June 2022).
I must not forget to mention Laurent Castel from Cugnaux in southwestern France who I knew was coming to Gaydon. Laurent, who speaks and writes very good English, has provided the articles on cleaning the magnetic Smiths speedometer and odometer. The odometer article can be found later in this issue. An article on calibrating the speedometer will appear in the next issue.
Pre-War Prescott is approaching fast (15th July) and when I last looked, the entry list stood at nearly 180 cars. I will surely get there one day (last year the TF overheated in traffic in Cheltenham – now all sorted), but sadly not this year. I really need to ‘knuckle down’ to remove the engine and gearbox from the J2 to get the oil leak between the back of the block and the rear main housing fixed.
Barry Foster, who has more experience than most with Triple-M engines and who is also the MGCC Triple-M Historian, has diagnosed the problem for me. He’s told me that the Factory knew about this, caused by the chassis flexing. The way to fix it is to use a thin copper gasket to replace the existing (composite?) gasket and apply ‘Wellseal’ jointing compound. Following discussion of the problem with him, what should turn up in the post a few days later was a thin copper gasket. Thank you, Barry!