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by Steve Simmons
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Replacement TA Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Replacement TA Batteries

All my cars that originally came with two 6V are converted to a single 12V battery. It's cheaper, the batteries are better quality, you save a bunch of weight and gain room for tool and spares storage. Unless you're after absolute originality then I recommend this route. In my TC, I use a Westco AGM...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Bolts holding Starter Switch
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Bolts holding Starter Switch

I believe the screws are 4BA, 1/4" long.
by Steve Simmons
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rubber gear box cover '39 TA
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: Rubber gear box cover '39 TA

I don't remember if the TA and TC covers are exactly the same although I'm pretty sure that they are. I wonder if the problem is with the cover or if it could be elsewhere. Perhaps the height of the gearbox mounts or floorboards? I haven't heard of any TC covers being sold that were too tall. EDIT: ...
by Steve Simmons
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Car Insurance

We don't have anything like that over here so I had to look it up. It sounds like a scam to simply make more profits. Have you looked into specialty coverage like Haggerty? If anyone has a fair policy for a classic in the UK, it's probably them.
by Steve Simmons
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Running Board and Tire Tread Gap Distance from Rear Wing
Replies: 6
Views: 288

Re: Running Board and Tire Tread Gap Distance from Rear Wing

So you're looking for the measurement from the side of the tire tread to the outer face of the rear wing? My car was restored before I owned it, and the shop didn't do a very good job in a lot of areas. Mine measures quite different between left and right. From tire tread to the inner edge of the ro...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Member's Cars
Topic: MG TC6067
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: MG TC6067

Beautiful job! Your story reminds me of my latest project which seems to have been in an accident (perhaps in the 60's), then taken apart, a small amount of work done, and then stored for 40 years. The difference being it was never completed. I've just started the job and like you my goal is to rest...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Dec 29, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Water temp gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Water temp gauge

In that case, I would contact the manufacturer and ask for specs on sender resistance. Then you can measure the sender(s) you have to see if they are working correctly. If so then the gauge itself must be faulty. A lot of vehicles like MGB, etc use Smith's electric water temp gauges and they seem to...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Water temp gauge
Replies: 6
Views: 274

Re: Water temp gauge

I would suspect the problem is the sender rather than the gauge itself. You should be able to order a new sender unit.
by Steve Simmons
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Member's Cars
Topic: TC0999
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: TC0999

Beautiful color combination!
by Steve Simmons
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: M6 Fine Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: M6 Fine Bolts?

In my experience, the engine doesn't move so long as the bolts are tight. You could certainly make a sleeve but I don't think it's really necessary. I do however like to make sure the bolts are up against the top of the tube before tightening. I would think that if the size of the tube was truly imp...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: M6 Fine Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: M6 Fine Bolts?

I use the bell housing holes, which are 8x1mm. The bolts I use are high strength socket caps, with a few hardened washers under them to adjust for length. I'm in the USA but I buy them from McMaster-Carr. These are the bolts I use: https://www.mcmaster.com/96144a239 With my engine stands, a 70mm bol...
by Steve Simmons
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC9849 EXU Restoration
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Since this is a late TC, it already has the factory reinforcement behind the box section. I don't recall any other recommended reinforcements but the frame looks pretty good overall so I don't think I will take it any farther.
by Steve Simmons
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC9849 EXU Restoration
Replies: 13
Views: 801

Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

Finally got the frame aligned and stripped. It looks like the car may have been in an accident at some point during its life, which may explain why it was taken apart after only 30 years or so. The frame needed a lot of tweaking, mostly in the front. The tips were both tweaked, there was a slight bo...
by Steve Simmons
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Second gear from standstill
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Second gear from standstill

Remember what roads were like in England in the 1940's, and also that speed limits within cities were set to 30 MPH maximum. So the low gearing gave sporty acceleration and plenty of top speed for what most people were using the cars for. My TC has increased HP but not a tremendous amount. I tour wi...
by Steve Simmons
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Second gear from standstill
Replies: 6
Views: 287

Re: Second gear from standstill

Seems to me the only thing you'll hurt by starting in 2nd gear is the clutch. The TA used 8/39 (4.875) and these could be found for around $600 new last time I looked. They also pop up used now and then on eBay. Bob G and Roger F both sell new 8/37 (4.625). I've run TA gears for several years now an...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Mount rubbers for fuel tank
Replies: 8
Views: 340

Re: Mount rubbers for fuel tank

Welcome to the forum, Simon! I don't see anything in the Sherrell book but I looked at my old messages and found this from TC guru Mike Goodman, who restored many TCs back when there were still unrestored cars on the road... The 2 short ones are in line with the frame rails starting about 3/4 inch a...
by Steve Simmons
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling

There are several tire vendors who sell tires appropriate for our cars. Longstone Tyre (my personal choice) Coker Tire Universal Vintage Tire Co. Lucas Classic Tires ... and a few more I can't recall at the moment. The gearing advantage will carry throughout all the gears, but not at 7MPH. It will b...
by Steve Simmons
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: To spray or not to spray
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: To spray or not to spray

Spraying the MGTF properly will cost more than the estimated increase in value. Agreed! Also it isn't clear if this is original paint or a previous re-spray. If original then I would definitely leave it alone. The next owner might be willing to pay more for the originality even if it's less than pe...
by Steve Simmons
Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling

It's also worth noting that a large tire will introduce a lot of rotating mass as well as unsprung weight. From a performance standpoint, it's better to stay with a lighter tire and change the rear end gearing.
by Steve Simmons
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling

It's a pretty big tire for a 2.5" rim. Model A's don't usually go around corners very fast, but TCs do, and you may find that such a large tire will introduce a lot of sidewall flex. This can make the car less stable in the corners as well as being more likely to wander at highway speeds. Higher inf...