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  • DavePro created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Clayton's cassette holder is doing a great job supporting my pen. It would actually hold about 50, but sadly I don't need the other 49. Has anybody successfully converted this device into something more useful? It would only ever take something thin, but maybe the Owner's Manual and similar documents, the odd paperback, whatever would go in there. The trick would be cutting out the cassette holders without damaging the latch and somehow replacing the two retaining hooks.

    Oh, the pen? It comes from an NZ National Pre-56 Meeting

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  • Delbourt, I don't need it because I have two means of opening and I'm never going to get the string bag stuck over the latch loop again...
    More seriously, if you look at how far it has to go in, the wire doesn't have to be very long and could easily be stowed (maybe even folded in half) between the seats.
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  • DavePro created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Since I got Clayton I've read with great interest the Treffer and tail-light-smashing techniques for accessing an F/TF boot with keys inside. But I've assured myself that I'm way too smart to lock my keys in the boot, and anyway I've fitted a solenoid release (Thanks, How-To'ers). No, I didn't lock my keys in. But a couple of days ago, after emptying a boot full of chairs, table and picnic kit at the end of a trip, the damn thing wouldn't open. Either way.

    You don't want to know everything I tried. However, eventually, I took a length of stiff 1.2mm spring wire from my hobby of clock repair and tried that. From my work installing the solenoid I remembered the position of the internal latch arm, so formed a hook on the end of the wire and bent the rest so that it would reach to the arm from under the lip of the boot. I fiddled the wire between the lip seal and the boot and, after considerably more fiddling, managed to engage the arm and release the boot. To find that my specially fitted accessory net bag at the rear of the boot had somehow (wasn't me, Boss) got hooked over the fixed latch loop and jammed the hook.

    I proudly let Lawrie at the MG Service Centre know of my achievement. He told me that, if I'd rung him, he has a specially bent length of brass wire he uses for the job. He doesn't fiddle about seeking the arm inside the lock bracket, he hooks his wire around the key release cable, pulls, and there it is. If I'd rung him it would have saved me a number of paint scratches on the inside of the boot lid. So I recommend his method, and specially the use of brass (brazing?) wire.

    That's it. I haven't included photos, as who needs a pic of a bit of bent piano wire.
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  • DavePro created a new forum post in Welcome - Introductions please!
    Well, time to formally introduce Clayton. He’s actually been with us since July, and has had quite a few things done/added to him. But, those of you with keen eyes may have noticed that my Avatar used to be a red1955 TF. Sadly, that car finally sold today. I bought it in 1967 so that’s a wrench. Now you’ll see that Clayton features in all his Trophy Blue glory, complete with badge bar, badges and a vinyl number plate on his bonnet.

    His changes have been pretty much the usual. New mats, Momo gear knob, Mike Satur aircon control knobs, rear light covers, luggage net, hand brake and gear lever boots, dual MGF horns, windstop, re-lined tonneau cover, chrome ash tray, locking wheel nuts replaced with solids, new MG badges. On the more technical front the gear change mechanism has been tightened up at the front and a Mike Satur bellcrank and rose joints fitted at the rear. An under bonnet light and an electric boot release have been fitted.

    He’s only done 52,000 odd Km, but tyres are old and hard and I’m tired of opposite locking on roundabouts, so new tyres go on next week. It’s quite hard to get any tyres the right sizes here, let alone good ones. A set of Bilstein shocks is also on order, as are five new relays for the Pektron box. These choices, and several others, have come about because I’ve been avidly reading my way thru these Forums – thanks to all, and particularly to the ‘How To’ers.

    Why ‘Clayton’, you ask? Many years ago an NZ firm called Claytons produced a zero – alcohol liquor. Their slogan was ‘The drink you have when you’re not having a drink.’ So, Clayton’s ‘The TF you have when ….” Sorry to any offended owners.



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  • Maybe my one experience, so far, with Mike Satur is uncharacteristic. Ordered one of his TF Bellcranks 3 October, sent 4 October, received in Christchurch NZ 16 October, fitted and working well 20 October.

    I'll happily use his firm again.
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  • DavePro replied to the topic Coolant disaster! in MGF/TF Pitstop
    You think you've got a disaster now? Wait till you've run the car without coolant for seconds, let alone minutes. Parts of the head will reach over temp in no time and you'll need a new one. If not a new engine. Please don't ruin your engine trying to save yourself a bit of time or money.
    My '55 TF dumped all its coolant on a track once when it popped a frost plug, and a few hundred metres was enough to cost me $NZ6,000. And they're cast iron.
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  • DavePro thanked the user minimax in the forum post, Wocha bin doin on your MG this week then?
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