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by Steve Simmons
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: 'water on the head', no not that one, the cylinder head!
Replies: 27
Views: 1787

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

It would make no difference. The water holes don't come anywhere near the head studs. I suppose if there was a LOT of corrosion then perhaps that could be an issue, but mixing heads and blocks shouldn't have any effect. Here is a photo of a banana hole (TC / early TD) head.
by Steve Simmons
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC or TD engine?
Replies: 11
Views: 877

Re: TC or TD engine?

There are a couple minor differences in heads. Early TD heads are the same as TC. Late TD heads changed from banana-shaped water holes to round ones, and went to a longer rocker shaft, but the heads are interchangeable. You just have to make sure you sue the proper head gasket, and assemble the rock...
by Steve Simmons
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Coast-to-Coast 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 406

Re: Coast-to-Coast 2020

I'd love to join you but first I'd have to travel the 3,000+ miles across the USA to get from my coast to the east coast, and then get on a boat to get to your starting coast. before driving to your other coast.
by Steve Simmons
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC or TD engine?
Replies: 11
Views: 877

Re: TC or TD engine?

All TC engines had the plate on the bell housing, left rear of the engine. Another easy way to spot TC or TD is the drain tap, which was also on the center of the right side of the block whereas TD/TF placed it at the front of the right side.. If your tag is on a raised square area on the front righ...
by Steve Simmons
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Brake Master Cylinder on TC
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Brake Master Cylinder on TC

The original axles are known to snap, and there really isn't any warning. Bob's tapered replacements are virtually unbreakable, and combined with his sealed nuts and bearings the rear axle becomes a very low maintenance item. You original hubs can be sent to him for machining to fit the new axles, w...
by Steve Simmons
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Brake Master Cylinder on TC
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Brake Master Cylinder on TC

Sealed axle nuts are a huge improvement. I installed Bob Grunau's setup with tapered axles, so no more worry about snapping axle shafts and the axles are machined so the seals ride directly on them (no speedi sleeves). I've run them probably 30,000 miles so far and not a drop yet.
by Steve Simmons
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Brake Master Cylinder on TC
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Brake Master Cylinder on TC

TCs don't have a reputation for brake failure, so I don't consider this a worthwhile effort or expense. And if there was a brake issue, the hand brake on a TC is extremely effective so you can stop the car pretty quickly that way. If it makes you feel better to have dual-circuit brakes then it can b...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Ford T-9 transmission fluid
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Ford T-9 transmission fluid

I seem to remember 90W, which would mean 75W-90. Any yellow metal safe gear oil should do the job nicely.
by Steve Simmons
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: 'water on the head', no not that one, the cylinder head!
Replies: 27
Views: 1787

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

What a mystery we have here. If it were me, I would take the head off and try to find where it was coming from. Perhaps the engine builder would be willing to help with this since he assembled it.
by Steve Simmons
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Lucas 40048AF measurement
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Lucas 40048AF measurement

See the article linked above. If you are using a DKY4A or D2A4 with a TD clamp in place of the original micro-adjuster, then you will want to add the 1/8" spacer to make up the difference in thickness.
by Steve Simmons
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Lucas 40048AF measurement
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Lucas 40048AF measurement

There is no difference that I am aware of between the body of one versus the other. DKY4A distributors as used on XPAG all use the same body and are therefore all interchangeable. The only difference would be the stock advance curve. The 40162 continued into TD production, and since the TD did not u...
by Steve Simmons
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Lucas 40048AF measurement
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Lucas 40048AF measurement

I'm away from home at the moment but maybe this link will help?

http://www.mg-tabc.org/library/distributor.htm
by Steve Simmons
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Brake fluid
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Re: Brake fluid

I fully agree with the above. While I don't use it in the TC, I do use it in several other cars including MGA, MGB and MGC. The only downsides I've found are a bit more difficulty bleeding, and cost / availability.
by Steve Simmons
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: 'water on the head', no not that one, the cylinder head!
Replies: 27
Views: 1787

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

I meant to ask if this was a stock head or aluminum. If aluminum, there is almost definitely a porosity issue.
by Steve Simmons
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rebuilding TC5560
Replies: 192
Views: 35807

Re: Rebuilding TC5560

The tonneau bar is black. The sliders are supposed to be on a separate bracket so someone has customized yours. The slider bracket mounts below the tonneau bar. See attached photo.
by Steve Simmons
Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: 30 mph light
Replies: 21
Views: 1359

Re: 30 mph light

For those of you living in speed camera land, note that the 30 lamp can also be modernized by adjusting the trigger range so that it lights at the current legal speed limit instead of 30 MPH. The adjustment is made inside the speedometer.
by Steve Simmons
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: 30 mph light
Replies: 21
Views: 1359

Re: 30 mph light

I believe 30 MPH lamps were fitted to all home market cars. TC8975 has one installed. A map light is no more useful, since it's behind the steering wheel on the driver's side, which is awkward and perhaps even dangerous to use while driving. The passenger side lamp is easier to use for both driver a...
by Steve Simmons
Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: front and rear wheel cylinder mounting bolt sizes?
Replies: 13
Views: 920

Re: front and rear wheel cylinder mounting bolt sizes?

Oops, reading too fast and thought it was a question about fronts. I should stop browsing the web on a mobile phone. I agree rear are different and 5/16-24 sounds familiar.