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by Steve Simmons
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Front Axle Issues
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Front Axle Issues

I've just finished sand blasting a front axle and found some oddities. For one, there is a bunch of filler material under the paint. The filler came out of one part in a big lump and feels sort of plastic-like. The filler in other areas of the axle seems a bit different, almost like metal. Did the f...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rear main shaft bearing - Timkin number?
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Rear main shaft bearing - Timkin number?

The gearbox for TD/TF is completely different. It's a much weaker design, unfortunately. I might be able to find an original part number to cross reference if no one else comes up with what you need.
by Steve Simmons
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC EXU Turn Indicators on older TCs
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: TC EXU Turn Indicators on older TCs

I should have mentioned to check with Lew Palmer on the D-lamp LED inserts. I've heard rumor that his newer designs have a turn circuit. Mine are from Skip Kelsey so they're pretty old. Skip sold the design to Terry Sanders, who then sold it to Lew.
by Steve Simmons
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:51 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Steering box
Replies: 29
Views: 4441

Re: TC Steering box

Sounds about right. It's a more relaxed drive all around, until you get into twisty stuff at which point you notice the loss of sportiness. Some people prefer the lower ratio in general, while some others can't stand it. The only places I know of to get aftermarket steering are from Martin Willis, w...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC EXU Turn Indicators on older TCs
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: TC EXU Turn Indicators on older TCs

While I don't have separate indicator lamps on my own TC, I wouldn't tell anyone else not to install them. I think you're on the right track using not only period appropriate parts but actual EXU (or similar) bits. Personally I don't think D-lamps mounted up high would look good at all. I would rath...
by Steve Simmons
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rear spring silent block bush replacement.
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Re: Rear spring silent block bush replacement.

It's easiest to remove the entire spring so you can press it out (if it isn't fully off the car already). If you don't have a press, you can use an old socket and a bench vise. Wear safety goggles! I like to hone the eye to clean out any old crud and then lightly grease it to help the new one go in ...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: MG TC radiator shell nose piece
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: MG TC radiator shell nose piece

The only difference I'm aware of is the angle of the water inlet. The TD uses a different angle because the engine is farther from the radiator. The problem with fitting your shell to the re-cored radiator is likely due to the radiator shop not getting things lined up exactly how they were before. I...
by Steve Simmons
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: MG TC radiator shell nose piece
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Re: MG TC radiator shell nose piece

I've always just tightened snug and let it be. No pieces in between. I've never had one come loose. A dab of locktite would work as insurance against loosening.
by Steve Simmons
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Swap Meet
Topic: Parts and Literature For Sale
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Parts and Literature For Sale

It's printing #1129, first edition. SIgned three times by Mike Sherrell in 1991, 1992 and 2015. I'm selling for the owner, who it's signed to. He was asking $180 but would entertain offers. The followup book TCs Forever More is also available and is also signed. I'm sure he would cut a deal on the p...
by Steve Simmons
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: '49 TC exterior paint colors
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: '49 TC exterior paint colors

Shires Green is correct for TC. I've heard rumor of very late TCs being painted in Almond Green, which was used on TD. I've never seen one though, at least not in what could be original paint.
by Steve Simmons
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Late TD/TF Oil Pump on TC
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Late TD/TF Oil Pump on TC

Thanks Tom. I had a couple off-list replies also that coincide with what you're saying... The can be switched either way. You have to remove the bypass valve in the block, remove the filter bracket then block the bolt holes lastly block the oil pipe hole from the filter it's 1/4 bsp then put the lat...
by Steve Simmons
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: New TC after driving cooling water boiling
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: New TC after driving cooling water boiling

If a bit of water spit out the overflow then that's normal. As the water expands from heat, some will escape especially when you first shut it down. Whatever level the water ends up at is as much as you will be able to keep in there. I'd you top it up, the same thing will happen next time. The only ...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Late TD/TF Oil Pump on TC
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Late TD/TF Oil Pump on TC

I know the later integral oil pump and filter can be adapted to the early TC/TD blocks and in fact Moss reportedly sold a kit to do this at one point. Does anyone know if any permanent changes are made to the block and/or pump, or is the modification fully reversible?
by Steve Simmons
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Front springs.
Replies: 10
Views: 458

Re: TC Front springs.

I love the look of leather gaiters but tape always seemed more practical to me. Assuming you can grease and wrap in a way that won't trap moisture in of course...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Front springs.
Replies: 10
Views: 458

Re: TC Front springs.

I think you only need to bend them enough to slide the leaves out. Not wide open. Stephen makes a good point about lubrication also. I suspect that a car that is driven regularly will not suffer rust between the leaves. But I guess teflon or grease might help the leaves not wear into each other so m...
by Steve Simmons
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Front springs.
Replies: 10
Views: 458

Re: TC Front springs.

I carefully bent the tabs open on mine, stripped the leaves and painted them all with POR15. On reassembly you can bend the tabs back down but be careful not to squeeze the leaves too much. There is a technique to it but it's been a decade since I did mine so maybe someone else can explain it better...
by Steve Simmons
Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: READ THIS: SITE MAINTENANCE AND NEW LOOK
Replies: 1
Views: 334

Re: READ THIS: SITE MAINTENANCE AND NEW LOOK

UPDATE: The new software is slowly coming to life. The site will begin to look better soon, especially on mobile devices. In the meantime you can enjoy a few new features... Image Attachments Made Easy! One major improvement you will notice is image attachments. To add an image to your post (works i...
by Steve Simmons
Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: READ THIS: SITE MAINTENANCE AND NEW LOOK
Replies: 1
Views: 334

READ THIS: SITE MAINTENANCE AND NEW LOOK

Please forgive the mess while software updates are being performed. I'm adding new features to the forum and hope to be done in the next day or two. Things may look a bit messy in the meantime.

PLEASE let me know if you find any bugs in the forum or features not working properly.
by Steve Simmons
Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Member's Cars
Topic: MG TC TC1472 - up and running after 50 years
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: MG TC TC1472 - up and running after 50 years

I wouldn't cosmetically restore that car either. Just get it running and enjoy! :thumbs:
by Steve Simmons
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Whose TC
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: Whose TC

That seems way too cheap, and you're right to suspect a scam. When it's too good to be true, it's easier to scam people out of their money. There are many TCs in that condition selling for more like $10-12K USD.