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MG TD TF 1500 - The MG TD Factory Specification Book
|When I ordered this book from Britbooks I expected some thing similar to the Series MGA Service Parts Book.|
Unfortunately it is a book containing exactly what the title describes, a book of individual photocopied TD parts specification pages. There are no illustrations to refer to like the MGA book. The only value to me for this $40.00 publication is that it lists part numbers, which Moss doesn't use & bolt & nut sizes. The very brief part description may be of some help but are often too brief to be of much use. It may assist one in communicating with others about a part by allowing one to properly name the part but that assumes one can link the part to a brief description in the publication and the other person knows the proper part name.
I am restoring a 1950 MGTD and can't see the value of this publication. Have I wasted my money or am I not understanding how best to use the data?
|M E WADDS|
Unless you have a total basket case TD and you've never seen one in one piece, nor have one to compare to, you probably can get by with a Moss catalog and Horst Schach's excellent book "The Complete M.G. TD Restoration Manual" and a good factory workshop manual (I like to have an original, but the Moss reprints aren't bad.) My guess is that while the list you bought is fun to have, it isn't necessary.
Then, just go online and find pictures. My favorite restoration site is http://www.dbraun99.com/mgtd15470/ but I'm biased.
|Morris, The book you obtained is just what its title says- but for the factory when the cars were being made. This is different than the factory parts list/ordering manual as well. Even those numbers are mostly useless, as of course the factory closed in 1980. The "specification" book you have is a book of internal part #s and materials that the factory used to make the car, I think the part numbers being the ones the various internal and external suppliers used. To a total MG nut like me fascinating reading, but totally useless for much of anything else. Dave is on the money about the most important books/catalogs to have. The Abingdon Spares catlog is usefull also, as are the Moss and Abingdon web site pages. Dave's web pages are fabulous, also see "the Origianl MG-TD midget" site. George|
|When I put my Healey 100 back together (The restoration shop took it apart) I used the Moss catalogue. It was very helpful. Like George says the Moss ans Abington Spares along with Dave's site are helpful too.|
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