What's the chassis number stamped near the front left dumbiron? It's on the outside edge of the chassis immediately behind the dumbiron (what the spring attaches to). Sometimes hard to read as it gets filled in with paint. I attached a photo of the number from TC0273 (before its first restoration).
This stamping is the defining answer to your chassis number.
Other identification numbers on your car - you probably already know this stuff:
The Makers Plate - on the left (passenger) side of the tool/battery box on the bulkhead lists the chassis number and original engine number. The chassis number should match what is stamped on the front dumbiron.
The Body Plate - located on the left side in the passenger footwell, nailed to the body timber. If your tub (body) is original, the number will match the tub number stamped onto the top of the main left tub rail (underneath the floor, identify as Moss Motors 450-520 in their drawing). The body numbers are not recorded anywhere as an identifying number for TCs - or any T series for that matter.
The Engine Number - original engine had a brass plate on the left side of the rear engine flywheel housing area riveted in place with the number stamped on it. Later TC engines also had this number stamped into the cast metal under the plate; on earlier TCs the last two digits of this number were stamped into the top edge of the rear core plug housing. This number would originally have matched the engine number on the Makers Plate.
In the best of all worlds your chassis number will match what is listed on your title.
And . . . please send a note to the MG Car Club T Register to let them know your TC now resides with you. They try to keep track of all the MG T cars in existence, and have much to offer. http://www.mgcc.co.uk/t-register/registers/
Zionsville, Indiana USA
TC0273, TC0279, TC2070
and a shop full of 11 MMMs.
Aside from stamped numbers, there are several other ways to date the era of production of the bodywork on a TC.
For instance, the shape of front "wing tips" (the front part of fenders that hangs down forwardmost) are distinctly different between an early and late production car.
What date is stamped on your voltage regulator, distributor body, dynamo?
As for the dates on voltage regulator, distributor body, & dynamo, I don't they would pinpoint the cars correct year, being that it has a replacement engine and those parts are not likely original to the car. But I will check them as it will be interesting to know what they are. I did not even know they would have dates on them. Will let you know what I find out.
my engine is a XPJMI I can't find any info on it could it be somehow different from a XPJM?
Not unusual at all for an ancient British car to have the original dated (rebuilt) dynamo case and distributor. Most any car with under 80,000 miles might well have the original Lucas voltage regulator, too.
A bit more to authenticity in a TC than having a dumb iron stamp that matches an ID plate. TC owners are & have always been notorious OP (originality police), and anyone that thinks otherwise is drinking the catalog store sales kool aide. Cheers-
We are all just caretakers anyway and I guess do the best we can with what we have at the time.
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1949 TC9849 EXU / XPAG 10507
I have a good friend that just purchased two derelict TDs and both have xpag TD engines. If any interest get in touch.