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MG TD TF 1500 - TF dash / hub color

On a TF, I am assuming that the steering wheel hub center and the instrument guage plate are the same bronze color.
I have seen restored cars where there is a different shade between the two. Should they match?
Any input appreciated.

Dan H.
Dan Hanson

You are correct.

There may be a shade change, but that I assume, would have been a result of a repaint of one or the other, with an after-market paint (colour).

I have yet to see a correct paint to match the original, and I prefer to keep mine, (both the instrument plate, and the steering wheel hub) in their doggy, original colour. The Moss replacement is 'way off the mark, IMHO.

Gord Clark
Rockburn, Qué.

Gordon A. Clark

"I have yet to see a correct paint to match the original, and I prefer to keep mine, (both the instrument plate, and the steering wheel hub) in their doggy, original colour. The Moss replacement is 'way off the mark, IMHO."

Thanks, Gordon. That's as good an excuse as any to paint mine flat black! ;)
Carl Floyd

Thanks Gord,
I can't find the correct color either. I was wondering about Moss. Thanks for clarifying.
I can see the original bronze (doggy) on parts of the guage plate under a repaint. I think the best approach is to have it color matched at an automotive paint store.

Dan H.
Dan Hanson

The Moss paint I used on my wheel hub came from Moss Europe (according to a sticker on the can), and was lacquer made in England (I think). Nice to work with. It is a slightly silvery beige, while my dash center panel that Craig Seabrook did is more brown metallic. I recall the original paint was beige, but with a touch of pink/salmon hue in it?
George Butz

From what I can see it appears to be more on the brown
side of bronze rather than gold and not heavy metalic. I think the reason I can't find it is nobody would paint their car this color; then again there's that beauty and beholder thing.

Dan H.
Dan Hanson

It is some time since we painted the dash and wheel hub on our TF but referring to my notes (from excellent sources) the paints that come nearest to the original are

Opel /Vauxhall Tawny Brown Metallic GEM465 (455/60.L)

Ford Unique Gold 3528/M Ault Wiburg

These refer to European cars circa late 1990's but they may help you to get a good match via your Ford or GM dealer.

WE were able to buy them in aerosol cans and I have at least one full one in the workshop. If you want me to check the can for more info email me.
Bob Marshall

Hi Dan,

Further to Bob's paint code guide,another one which is very close to the original is GMH 'Cognac'(ICI no.15822, year of 1974).This particular type of paint used on the TFs instrument panel and steering wheel hub/centre can be quite difficult to apply with an aerosol can as it fairly 'grainy' in texture thereby giving a possibly finished different colour.

As an aside comment,the TDs have a different colour in this area of the car.Lighter,more beige, sandalwood type colour when compared to the more bronze/brown colour found on TFs.


Rob Grantham

Not at all original but my TF has all black dash with instrument panel done in a crackle finsh black. Looks great and can always be changed back to original. My wheel is a 4-spoke with wood rim Doretti.
P.S. Still unable to get pictures to download.

I went with the lacquer made in England but from Abingdon Spares. Same can for dash & hubs ...but they all look a bit different because dash is metal & hub is bakelite / plastic. (I had two hubs ...plastic one I believe to be a re-pro). I don't think Abingdon has that paint anymore but it was much closer to what I think is correct than the can I have from Moss.
David 55 TF1500 #7427
David Sheward

Thanks to all. Very good info.

Dan H.
Dan Hanson

This thread was discussed between 08/01/2008 and 09/01/2008

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