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04-24-2017 06:10 PM
Originally Posted by BuzzLOL View Post
That lever arm looks so slick and smooth acting and extremely reliable with the needle bearings... do you have a part number and source on the needle bearings?

Hopefully, you inspire me to get back into doing more on my MG Midget... I turned 69 on 1-19-2017, so better get back to it pretty soon...

yes the needle bearings part number is just the metric OD x ID by width and are available all over the place. look on ebay and you can see the nomenclature then just look for an american manufacturer
04-24-2017 06:04 PM
37ford4dr well it happened....the garage is absent all the big wood working tools, just small stuff left and it has been rearranged to take advantage of some new gained space....., I spent a bunch of time throwing stuff out, and then the mood hit me, time to work on the car again....some body needed pictures of my door locks, let me go through some emails or send me what you need photographed, and the extra set of window chrome will be available when i am done if some needs it.

of course i have 6 of them, so lets take the best 4

clean them up and paint them with the zinc oxide treatment

did somebody need these dimensions?

01-19-2017 10:21 PM
BuzzLOL That lever arm looks so slick and smooth acting and extremely reliable with the needle bearings... do you have a part number and source on the needle bearings?

Hopefully, you inspire me to get back into doing more on my MG Midget... I turned 69 on 1-19-2017, so better get back to it pretty soon...
01-19-2017 01:10 PM
Arns85GT there is a similar problem on Fiero's and some other GM models The answer we came up with is a threaded rod with a jam nut. The threaded rod can turn in it's mount and the jam nut holds it in position when the desired length is reached. Works like a dream. Of course the Fiero has a hydraulic clutch which is a bit tempermental
01-07-2017 11:35 AM
37ford4dr thought you guys might like this

I did some neat stuff with the modifying the clutch lever and making the clutch rod adjustable for my 53 MG TD

Needle bearing design is by Declan Burns, I am just the fabricator the other mod is the Mike Oconnor mod

as you can see my clutch sump lever broke when i went to center punch a starter hole for the modification of the clutch sump lever. I have been conversing with Declan Burns about his rose bud clutch linkage set up and he mentioned about adding needle roller bearings in place of the bushing. well one thing lead to another and declan posted pictures of his modified lever with the parts information and instructions on how to do and here we are......

The reason the sump clutch lever broke to begin with is because the holes are off center and it pushed the spring hole into the forked can see the discoloration meaning it was broken for a long time, this would have stranded me sometime in the near future....

Not the same mistake twice

Drill press in action

The deisgn

Pop out bushing

Practice with old one first

Hole for grease fitting

Too long

Lets save the face of the vise, I used a grinder with a cut off wheel

Much better

And enlarge the opening a very little and in they go

also made my clutch rod adjustable

I went out and looked at the motion of the lever arm its really close to being equi distant travel.....its hard to eyeball it when the front is off the ground so i can crawl under it. Those parallel lines are drawn from either side of the bushing lever shaft using a square on the sump pan ribs...

the test drive is complete and the terrible biting in first gear is gone and the car has a usable gear......well at least it is somewhat manageable....much better then before.

back to the MGA and some more polishing and a test fit

and next is polishing like 50 SS rivets...
12-19-2016 01:45 PM
Originally Posted by Loose Ctrl View Post
That's a big improvement. What product is that? I can't make out the label on my laptop.
white diamond, I will check though and report back if its a different product
12-18-2016 07:08 PM
Loose Ctrl That's a big improvement. What product is that? I can't make out the label on my laptop.
12-18-2016 09:19 AM
37ford4dr i just went to the auto store and used up a gift card on some chrome and metal cleaning polishes. lets start with this stuff

not such a bad start for about 90 minutes of work

12-17-2016 12:39 PM

pretty icey here lets clean up the window surrounds and get them into place this weekend.

and outside in the iciness with paint stripper on it

11-27-2016 06:31 PM
37ford4dr well lets finish the interior took care of some delamination on the parcel shelf front fascia, goal this week is to wrap it in vinyl and screw it in place

11-24-2016 10:25 AM
37ford4dr garages are so sweet.....the TDs all had pressed steel wheels and the TF had wires wheels so you have to go to TF hubs etc and retro fit the wires onto the TDs. since i already have the wires on the MGA i am ok with no tire tubes and pressed wheels
11-22-2016 03:14 PM
Loose Ctrl Nice new old ride. Good work on those joists. I'm building a 12x16 workshop for my motorcycles. I bought out my friend's motorcycle shop, so I'll be working out of it temporarily. I plan to build a 30x40 garage, after we get out house set up next year.
11-22-2016 05:44 AM
Arns85GT Real nice looking TD. Congratulations. Y'a know I always liked the wire spokes on the TC a little more though. Maybe a working set of wheels with originals stored?
11-21-2016 08:41 PM
37ford4dr the car drives great even with the doors bungee corded together

well Tom of TeamEvil fame has come through for me and I now have a fascia trim piece for my rear parcel shelf. this is the last piece interior trim i needed. thanks Tom

and i still have some ooomff left in the old guy, sistering up some new wood on the old joists that had the concrete set tile the kids house taking away from MG time.....oh well

well i did something i don't usually do, i bought a car that doesn't need any work from a local guy. we had a mutual friend. its really nice and i am kind of looking forward to just polishing it for a change...

1953 mg td

10-21-2016 08:02 PM
37ford4dr hes got some massive feet

my birthday was this week and my family gave me what i always moto lita 15" wheel

actually not a bad design the set screws stop the steering nut from moving

i cant wait to drive it...
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