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MG TD TF 1500 - Air Cleaner Oil Bath

Hello, i'm trying to find an air cleaner oil bath for my MG TD. i've been given a picture of an engine with one from a 1941 chevy. does anyone know where i can get one, or if there are more alternatives.. all help would be greatly appreciated. thanks

richard ash

There doesn't seem to be any 'other' car that uses the exact oil bath air cleaner used with the 1-1/4" SUs on the TD. The later Mark II or TD/C cars with 1-1/2" SUs - as in your photo - used a larger, 9" oil bath air cleaner that is indeed quite similar to the one used on the '41 Chevy (eBay). Although it will not look or be correct on your car (assuming you have 1-1/4"s), one of these can be made to fit by cutting off part of the neck.

The correct ones are out there from time to time, and sell for about $100. There is one on eBay right now, item 300455184150, at $67 so far, but in New Zealand.

Hope this helps. Tom

PS - if you do have a TD/C, may I know the ID number for my files? Many thanks.

t lange

Here is a picture of the MK 2 air cleaner arrangement. The air cleaner is similiar, but not the same , as the one from a '41 chev.
Cheers, Hugh Pite

H.D. Pite

Ok,I'll put this out there for everyone to shoot at. Off line I had helped a couple of members looking as I am for a 9 in MK II air cleaner. If one exists it would be invaluable to me as I have just completed a MK II concur level resto and do not have an original air cleaner. Somehow my offline picture has surfaced in the initial thread on this posting. I had been told that I could modify a 1.25 manifold by reaming out the insides to match up with the 1.5 carbs. By moving the mounting stem approximately 1.25 in you can make a 1.25 manifold fit. Then you find a 9 in 40-41 Chevy oil bath cleaner that you must admit is awfully close to the original shown in thread #3. You also have to take off approximately .25 in from the bottom mount of the chevy air cleaner to allow for clearing the bonnet. And walla you have a viable alternative until you locate an original. Any comments on the initial thread postive or negative would be appreciated. Richard I have a restored 7 in air cleaner for a regular TD. Message me offline and we can discuss.

Regards,

Gust Nelson
G H Nelson

Ok,I'll put this out there for everyone to shoot at. Off line I had helped a couple of members looking as I am for a 9 in MK II air cleaner. If one exists it would be invaluable to me as I have just completed a MK II concur level resto and do not have an original air cleaner. Somehow my offline picture has surfaced in the initial thread on this posting. I had been told that I could modify a 1.25 manifold by reaming out the insides to match up with the 1.5 carbs. By moving the mounting stem approximately 1.25 in you can make a 1.25 manifold fit. Then you find a 9 in 40-41 Chevy oil bath cleaner that you must admit is awfully close to the original shown in thread #3. You also have to take off approximately .25 in from the bottom mount of the chevy air cleaner to allow for clearing the bonnet. And walla you have a viable alternative until you locate an original. Any comments on the initial thread postive or negative would be appreciated.

Regards,

Gust Nelson
G H Nelson

how about looking in another direction for an oilbath air cleaner,as an apprentice many years ago!! I worked on stationary diesel engines fitted to small pumps, cement mixers and dumper trucks useing lister and peter engines with the same AC air cleaners. Hope this helps. Regards Keith TD 9953
k harris

Hello, thank you for your replies. to explain further, i'm trying to help my father-in-law with his search for an air cleaner oil bathfor his MG TD mkII. so i've been quickly learning as i've been going along.

it is the wider 9" air filter that i require - and which i've found to be extremely hard to find. there appear to be lots people all over the world looking for an original example. all the ebay listings are for the smaller 7" version.

richard ash

Richard: It's not quite that easy... If you look at the intake flanges of the carbs on the TD/C, the two holes in each carb flange will either be roughly elongated sideways or perfectly round. If your carbs have round holes you do need the 9" unobtanium filter which is correct for the later carbs. If your carb flange holes are elongated, then the 1-1/4" set-up is correct for your car - the engine will be a bit strangled, but the smaller air filter set-up is indeed correct. What is the serial number of the car?

Tom
t lange

This thread was discussed between 16/08/2010 and 17/08/2010

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