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by SteveW
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:34 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Car Insurance

Good point about valuation. When I got my TC for total restoration I bought 'off the road' insurance to cover it in case the garage burnt down as it would not have been covered by my house contents insurance. As I gradually restore the car its value will be going up significantly (hopefully!!) so I ...
by SteveW
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Car Insurance
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Car Insurance

The attitude of many car insurance companies and road side assistance companies in the UK when it comes to renewals is a joke. They show very little respect for existing customers - in most cases it is a bad move to simply accept their renewal quote as a 5 minute call to the same insurer most often ...
by SteveW
Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: M6 Fine Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: M6 Fine Bolts?

The strain on the threads in the casting worries me as well, but it does seem to be a standard way of putting an engine on an engine stand so I'm going to go with it. If it's done up tight it should be ok, but if it's wobbling on the stand then I suppose that it could tear the threads. I guess that ...
by SteveW
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: M6 Fine Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: M6 Fine Bolts?

My bad, both Steve and Tom are of course correct, it's 8x1mm that I need. I can easily buy these on e-bay. However, I have one further question. Like a lot of engine stands, the bolts to the engine block pass through four tubes on the engine stand mounting plate. These tubes are of much wider diamet...
by SteveW
Sun Dec 22, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: M6 Fine Bolts?
Replies: 9
Views: 350

M6 Fine Bolts?

I need to mount my TC engine on a stand so that I can strip and rebuild it. This is normally done by bolting the engine stand mounting bracket to where the gearbox bell housing bolts to the engine block. On a TC engine I understand that these are M6 fine threads. Due to the dimensions on the engine ...
by SteveW
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling
Replies: 15
Views: 901

Re: Tire circumference with the illusion of speed and handling

"The difference in circumference between the 2 tires (from 602 inches to 804 inches) is a total of 202". The total circumference difference is 33%. This means that the Dunlop must spin around 4 times for each 3 times that the Model A tire spins." I think that there is something wrong with your calcu...
by SteveW
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: New springs alter TC rear axle location.
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: New springs alter TC rear axle location.

Hi Ray, I wasn't really querying whether or not you had assembled them correctly, I was just giving you the dimensions of the spring in case you didn't have them. When I got my car I had exacly the same problem as you described and I traced it to the main spring having been manufactured incorrectly....
by SteveW
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: New springs alter TC rear axle location.
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: New springs alter TC rear axle location.

Hi Ray, Do you have a copy of the Brown Book ("Workshop and Tuning Manual by W.E. Blower). If so, that has a diagram that shows the correct dimensions of the springs and the locating dimples. With the spring under load so that it's flat, the dimple on the main leaf is 18" from the end with the large...
by SteveW
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: MG TC8204 - Front axle beam and Mike Sherrell's remark
Replies: 4
Views: 376

Re: MG TC8204 - Front axle beam and Mike Sherrell's remark

There is no need to take the axle to a shop to have it checked. All that I did was find a long rod that fitted in the kingpin holes and then set the axle down on a level surface. If you then hang a plumb line from the rod you can measure the distance between the line (hanging vertical) and the rod (...
by SteveW
Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: more on rear leaf springs.
Replies: 19
Views: 943

Re: more on rear leaf springs.

An alternative to using teflon between the springs is to make a mixture of grease and carbon powder (bags available on e-bay). I stripped my springs down to the individual leafs (leaves?), took them back to bare metal, ground down the ends to round them (so persumably mine are not original) and then...
by SteveW
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Pinion diff bearing #18
Replies: 13
Views: 722

Re: Pinion diff bearing #18

Hi Chris, There is a place in Ilkeston that sells bearings. I took my original wheel bearings in and they found a direct replacement for lower cost that the MG suppliers who charge a premium. I forget what it's called, but I know where it is. By the way, I should have some time next week if you want...
by SteveW
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Making and fitting quarter panels
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: Making and fitting quarter panels

Progress is being made with my ambition to finish the tub this summer before I have to all but stop for the autumn/winter (as I turn into an astronomer for the season). Today was warm and sunny so I took the opportunity to spray one side of the car with 2K epoxy primer. I'm quite happy with the resu...
by SteveW
Thu Aug 29, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Making and fitting quarter panels
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: Making and fitting quarter panels

Nice job Steve. My rear wings are in a very poor state so I don't know how well they will fit up to the tub. During the process of trying to get the rear of the car right I've noticed that my rear wings are not identical to each other. In particular, the way that the rear tip curves back up again i...
by SteveW
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Making and fitting quarter panels
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: Making and fitting quarter panels

frenchblatter wrote:.. He tapped it here, tapped it there and in less than half hour had a perfect panel fitted. I just stood and watched in amazement.
Skilled indeed. In my case it took a week and not half an hour!
Steve
by SteveW
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Making and fitting quarter panels
Replies: 16
Views: 1647

Re: Making and fitting quarter panels

After a battle of epic proportions, I have at last managed to make and fit the rear quarter panel to my satisfaction. This is an original panel that I topped and tailed with new metal to remove the rusted parts. My advice to anyone building their own tub (aside from don't! :eek: ) is to trial fit th...
by SteveW
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rear Wing (fender) position
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: Rear Wing (fender) position

Steve, my rear wing is level with the running board. I can pop over so you can look and measuree anything sometime next week. Hi Norman, As always, you are welcome to come over, however, I think that I have the measurements that I need now to get the rear quarter panel and wing to fit properly - I'...
by SteveW
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rear Wing (fender) position
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Rear Wing (fender) position

I've resumed my battle with getting the rear quarter of the tub correct and I'm trial fitting a rear wing. As always, I have a question: My wing has a line of holes in it which are presumably the ones for the screws that go into the wood frame to hold the wing in place. These look original to me. Ho...
by SteveW
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: 'water on the head', no not that one, the cylinder head!
Replies: 27
Views: 1801

Re: 'water on the head', no not that one, the cylinder head!

Hi Chris, I've been thinking about how the water could get up the thread with so little head pressure. I dont know how the water gets to the threads in the first place, but once there, it could rise up along the threads by capillary action, so it wouldn't need any pressure. The height that a liquid ...
by SteveW
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Q-type
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: TC Q-type

Ok, I've had my moment of throwing my rattle out of my pram (as they say in the UK, not sure what the US translation is). I've been convinced by a couple of people that what I've done so far isn't that far off being acceptable (you know who you are and there will be retribution for making be carry o...
by SteveW
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Q-type
Replies: 5
Views: 645

TC Q-type

I've been struggling for too long with the tub on my TC and only making slow progress. Over the last couple of days I've been fitting the rear quarter panel. It seemed to be going ok, but when I did a trial fit of the wing (fender), it was way out. After a lot of messing about, I realised that the p...