Hand-Crank shaft lengths

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Hand-Crank shaft lengths

Post by Mitchman2 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:04 am

I've got 2. One is 21 3/4" (546mm) long from bend to engaged end. The other is 18 1/2" (469 mm) long.

Does anyone know what car(s) they belong to?


1930 Model A Ford (owned since 1972)
1948 MG TC Special
1958 MGA
1966 E-Type OTS (just like the one I had in HS back in '74.

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Re: Hand-Crank shaft lengths

Post by Steve Simmons » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:27 am

I can report the overall length of a TC crank at 24" for home market, and 27 to 28" for EXU. Not sure what that relates to when measuring from the bend but it's a start.

If it's shorter, it could be darn near anything since many vehicles used the same crank handles. Austin, M.G., Healey, etc. The construction may give you a clue. Diameter of the steel rod, brass versus steel rotating handle, etc.
1949 TC8975 / XPAG 9609
1949 TC9849 EXU / XPAG 10507

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Re: Hand-Crank shaft lengths

Post by Marv » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:08 am

The MGA handles from '57 thru '62 were :

made from 5/8" round bar.
Long run is 25-1/4" overall, 24-5/8" inside the bend.
Cross run is 7-1/2" overall, 6-7/8" center to center, 6-1/4" inside the bends.
Short end is 4-5/8" overall, 4" inside the bend, including the spinner tube.

Courtesy: MGA With An Attitude - Barney Gaylord

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