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MG TD TF 1500 - Front fenders

I am now spending effort and dedication towards the panel-beating as a preparation for the paint job. I found that after correcting/reshaping a single panel, new attention points arise when such panels are assembled. Now I am looking at my front fenders and found that the curves in the front end are different as you can see on the image. The wooden rail is put on waterlevel and so is the floor.
Please take a look and let me know if such differences were common for our cars in those days or should I better correct this. Greetings, Huib

Huib Bruijstens

Huib, I found the same problem when I replaced one front fender. I had to heat the metal to bend it open around the strengthener rod and bend the metal and the rod downward. I used a template I made from theoutline of the good fender to shape the short one. After reshaping the bead, I hammered the metal back into place. It was more than I expected but all turned out well.
Jim Merz

Here is a photo of the finished product.

Jim Merz

I found that there seems to always a difference in front fenders. There are some with a much deeper cut. In the TF series there are some fenders with the headlight nacelle 1" closer to the grill than others
Sandy Sanders

I have noticed asymmetrical wings on several TDs including my own.

I understand that details of the front wings were changed along with the change from Luvax-Girling to Armstrong dampers. Most notably, the front wings on (most) later cars assembled with Armstrong dampers were dimpled to leave some clearance over these taller dampers.

I believe that the profile of the wing curves may be different on these later wings. Check your front wings and see if you have a matched set (with or without damper dimples). (Credit to: NEMGTR T-Series Handbook)
Mark Sherman

Thank you for the suggestions. The two fenders show the same set of colour layers as the other metal parts, so I conclude they both were on my TD since the very beginning. It is a 1951 with Girling shocks. Appreciate your comments that differences were common. But every time I walk in my workshop I see the difference and for me it is just too much. And I like the deeper (upper) cut on the right (view) better than the undeep cut on the left (view) fender. I think I'll take Jim's example and make a change. Greetings, Huib
Huib Bruijstens

I made the change today and this is how it looks now. I like it better this way. Greetings, Huib

Huib Bruijstens

Huib, is that you thats "off center" behind the car? ;^)

D C Congleton

This thread was discussed between 04/04/2008 and 08/04/2008

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