30 mph light

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Re: 30 mph light

Post by jeffnewey » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:51 pm

Very interesting...Peter Lloyd was a sub-agent for MG sales in 1948-50 in Sydney but last recorded TC in Importers records sold through Lloyds was TC9913 on 27 Jan.1950.The records go up to19 May 1950 but your car is not listed. No TDs delivered in 1950 were sold by Lloyds, so perhaps they imported some TCs and TDs directly from England in that period.

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Re: 30 mph light

Post by Ray White » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:11 am

Perhaps the Main Agent discovered what had been going on and terminated their agreement?

Who knows?

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Re: 30 mph light

Post by timberstone » Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:50 pm

Thank you for the information about the Thirtilite (30 mph Warning lamp).
We are an early Home model which has one. Having just finally hooked it up to the speedometer, which was rebuilt, we noted that the light comes on at 22 mph. Wondered if that point could be adjusted to something like 30 or 35, because that would be useful to help keep from exceeding the local school zone speed limits of 25 mph. (The fine is at least $200, plus a large black mark on the driving record and increase in insurance costs.)
So now we will look for the adjustment control inside the speedometer.

The light does go out after increase from its starting point of about 10mph, and it stays out thereafter up to terminal velocity (when the front becomes airborne due to lift from the "wings").
As the speed decreases the light will come back on again until getting below the starting point.
If the speed is varying around the lower or upper points, then the light will blink.
All can be turned off by twisting the lamp.
Octagonally yours, BOXLEY (Robert and MGTC0820)

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Re: 30 mph light

Post by jeffnewey » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:47 pm

I have revisited your car details..particularly the Peter LLoyd dealer's plate.
In your photo these two plates are not attached in an original way (only two pins in body plate) and the Lloyd plate may even be from a different car.
The records list Lloyds having sold several TCs new in 1950 (they were not involved earlier)
The only one with a chassis number after 10,000 is TC10069 and the records are hand written and complete. I guess we will never know!

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Re: 30 mph light

Post by Mark McCombs » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:05 am

I think the 30MPH warning was common practice as it was the speed limit in town; All my vintage Smiths motorcycle speedometers have a white line extending from the gauge center down to the 30MPH index, as a quick reference with the speedo needle.

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Re: 30 mph light

Post by Duncan M » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:44 am

The EXU cars have no 30 light on the dash.

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