MG TC Handbrake Oiler
This drawing shows the components of the assembly factory-fitted on all TCs to allow oil [grease?] to be injected into the handbrake cables for lubrication. I made the drawing by measuring original parts, and I believe that the dimensions are correct, but make no guarantee. The drawing is intended to help you to restore the oiler assemblies on your TC if some components are missing. Please note that many TC owners would suggest the use of oil here, rather than grease, as grease may tend to clog the cables.
Below the drawing are photos of the oiler assembly, and information on the location of the bracket on the body tub.
Michael Card TC/8233
Jack Stehr TC/7941 provided two photos to show the assembled oiler:-
|This is the typical profile of the pipework.|
|And this shows the oiler fitted to the chassis of TC/7941.|
Viv James and Jack Stehr took photos and made measurements to show the correct location of the bracket [item 3 in the drawing] on the body. Carl Fritz measured the bracket location on his car. Their information follows. Refer also to Mike Sherrell, "TCs Forever", page 206.
1. Origin of the data:-
|TC chassis number||Comments|
|Viv notes, "I dug out two original but battered
body side panels from my loft [one left and one right
side]. Both of these panels had 2 original-looking holes
exactly where Mike Sherrell shows the plates to be
|Jack writes on the location of the brackets, "I
don't think that the factory was very precise in their
location as the two sides differ on my car by at least a
quarter of an inch. The center of the screw holes are
about 5/16" above the bottom of the panels. Both
plates were attached to the tub with the ubiquitous #10
single slot flat-head screw used throughout the assembly
of the tub."
|Carl Fritz||TC/6756||Carl advises that he is sure that the brackets on his
car "have never been disturbed or relocated since
September of 1953, when i bought Betsy." Carl found
that they were located by countersunk-head wood screws.
He says that the rear edge of the bracket on TC/6756 is approx. 1 inch forward of the rearmost edge of the under door panel. Carl also feels that there would have been variations in location from car to car.
|Viv James prepared this photo and the one that
follows. They are of original TC body side panels, which
Viv had stored for many years.The location of the oiler
mounting bracket in relation to the running-board bracket
hole is shown.
Left hand side.
|Right hand side|
|Jack Stehr's TC body tub, before dismantling for restoration. Jack has marked the photo with dimensions, using the lower rear corner of the tub as reference.|