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MG TD TF 1500 - Td fenders

To my surprise I noticed that the fenders (both front and rear) on the left side of my car differ from those on the right side. Those on the left have a sort of ledge underneath (see pic, the shadow is caused by the flash), those on the right side do not have this ledge.
I presume that both sides should be the same, and so I wonder what type (with or without the ledge) is original. Are the others replacements? Or aftermarket?

Just curious...


Jasper L Nederhoed

There is a difference with the flanged edges underneath compared to the originals and the aftermarket. What they are exactly at this moment I can't recall since my car is not in the garage but I have looked in the past.

As long as the fenders look fine from the outside I wouldn't worry about it.

I needed to find an original because the headlight on aftermarket was a little higher than the other. You could see this looking directly at the car. It didn't look right. Luckily I was able to find an original MG TF fender.

Frank Cronin

I've got three sets of fenders and they all have the "ledge". One set has the shock clearance bump and the other two do not.

I suppose the fender you have is either an aftermarket or the ledge was removed during a repair/restoration.
David Littlefield

The "stiffener" near the bead edge is original. Depending on the climate where you live, this sometimes rusted off. I'm sure after market fenders would not have it, but not sure. It would be rather labour intensive to put it on.

Fenders without the "hump" were for cars with the Girling dampers installed. Humped fenders had Armstrong dampers.
C.R. Tyrell

Hello Jasper,
Somewhen in the past this issue was covered on this BBS. I learned that this metal strip is not for stiffening since its welding is more like attaching rather than a solid weld capable of withstanding shearforces. (a short weld about every 5 inch)
Its function is to avoid the water (rain and splashing) rolling/flodding over the fenders.
My old ones were pretty rusty and I made some new strips and welded them in about the same way as they were attached before. Easy job of course if done before the painting.
Greetings, Huib

Huib Bruijstens

Now I know that the metal strip is original.

Thanks guys!


Jasper L Nederhoed

the original ones look like this...


R.S. Ralph Siebenhaar

And here is an other one for you, Jasper

R.S. Ralph Siebenhaar

Ralph and Huib,

Thanks for the pics.
To conclude: the fenders on the left side of my car are original, the right side is replacement.


Jasper L Nederhoed

Well, I learn something new every day....thanks Hulb.
C.R. Tyrell

This thread was discussed between 28/11/2011 and 29/11/2011

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