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MG TD TF 1500 - Free to Good Home, TD20878 Chassis

We've taken all the good out of this bare chassis. What's left appears to be very straight, unwracked and unmolested. It includes a pair of Armstrong front shocks, no rear shocks, and very rusty rear springs. We took the ring gear and pinion out of the rear axle and replaced them with a worn out set just so the chassis can roll. This chassis is located in northern Greenville County, SC, USA. Bring a trailer and it's yours.

Jud


J K Chapin

I hope someone does take up your offer Jud as it would be a shame to trash it. The pic raises an interesting question in relation to the orientation of the front radiator mounting cross rail though. Here the holes are further to the front, whereas the popular wisdom suggests that that the rail should be installed so that the two holes are closer to the rear. Bill is there any commonality with the 5 TD's that you have? I know this has been discussed before but that was a while back. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

Peter, The radiator crossmember is correctly oriented in the OPís pic. Mounting holes biased to the front. Scalloped crank hole in crossmember is to the front.

Bill Chasser
TD/4834
W A Chasser

Thanks Bill. I'll swap mine around again! This means the bonnet sides will actually fit beside the radiator shroud. Thanks for the post Jud. I hope others will also benefit from your observation Bill. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

the bracket should have the semi-circular section at the front and the triangular at the back.A friend had a nasty gap at the botton of the rad for years, when we swapped it round the gap was gone.
Ray TF2884
Ray Lee

Hi Ray. I tied to email you offline but the email just bounced back. Apologies for horning in on your thread Jud, but just for the record Ray, do you believe that the holes should be biased to the front or to the rear? Iím still in the dark after reading your post. My car is garaged a 9 klm. walk from where I live so I really need to be clear on this. Iím close to mounting the radiator and Iíd much prefer to do this just the once. Iíve swapped the mounting rail around twice now! The best fit for the bonnet on my car is with the holes towards the front. Can someone/anyone please clarify? Bill suggests that the holes should be towards the front, but perhaps either is correct and it simply depends on which is the best fit for the individual car? Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

Peter,

The attached snippet is from a picture in the workshop manual and seems to show that the holes are biased towards the rear. Page A20 Fig A27.

John



J Scragg

Peter,

The radiator support chassis extension cross member is oriented on TFs
so that the two(2) holes for the radiator studs, are towards the back, engine side. Same as the photo depicted on John Scragg's photo above.

I suspect all TDs were fitted the same way.

Cheers
Rob Grantham

Rob Grantham

Hi Peter,
definitely holes to the rear, just before lockdown I was involved with re-assembling a TD. Holes to the rear, rounded starter hole to the front.
Did you remember to change the word "dot" to actual fullstops in the email address.
Ray
Ray Lee

This always seems to be a problem. Here is a picture of the correct orientation.



Christopher Couper

I can say that on my TD the holes MUST go toward the front or the fan hits the radiator and the bonnet will not fit properly


Now The fan fit may depend on the engine mounting, but the bonnet is another thing.

Jim B.


JA Benjamin

Jim. you will note that yours has been butchered so PO could get at the mounting nuts
Ray
Ray Lee

Yes but before I buttoned it up for good the missing metal was put back.

Jim B.


JA Benjamin

"Apologies for horning in on your thread Jud"

Peter, no apology necessary, I always learn something new as these threads meander.

I'll hang on to this chassis for as long as I can in hopes that it will eventually find a good home (perhaps as the foundation for a replica EX135).

Jud
J K Chapin

Looks like I'll have to sweeten the pot! In addition to this immaculate chassis ready for a full frame up (ain't no where else to start on this baby) restoration, if you order right now I'll throw in this spectacular seat back at no extra charge!! Limited supply! Order NOW!! Avoid the rush.

Little else to do during these times of self isolation. Just think of this as a CKD missing just a few parts. Build your own, use your imagination. That rat-rod or Bonneville record setter is just waiting for you.

Jud






J K Chapin

This is what Ant started with and ended up with that amazing 1930's looking car. I never did see the final episode. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

This thread was discussed between 02/05/2020 and 03/05/2020

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