WHAT DID THE ORIGINAL TOOLS REALLY LOOK LIKE?
is the chance these days to get a peek at what the original
tools actually looked like. Be it myth, hard proof or just
plain hot air, everyone's got their idea of what the kits
had in them, what they had stamped on them, the toolbags they
came in, etc. The biggest mistake being to absolutely trust
the manufacturers inventory photo's in the handbook or your
local MG buffs opinion.
is the real deal? The fact is that MG had a number of tool
suppliers, and when they ran out of one batch, they started
on another. They even changed brands then went back to the
original when they eventually got stock.
An almost complete TC or Y type tool kit
result is that these days we get all sorts of opinions, many
of them right, many of them totally off the planet. We have
heard many heated arguments where people take a strong standpoint
because they have "hard evidence" in the form of
"the original kit as supplied" when cursory inspection
reveals some of the contents may in fact also consist of the
odd Ford tool slipped into Dad's MG toolkit in 1972.
we are not here to judge, nor put our heads on the block,
but just to help you make the right decision about purchasing
either our repro's or correct originals (if you are lucky
enough to come across them at an Autojumble or car show).
MG TA TB Toolkit:
(courtesy Liverpool Motor Works)
Contents = 3 open-end spanners, Shelley Pliers (stamped British Made), 9-1/2" Wooden Shelley "British Made" Screwdriver, .015 Feeler Gauge, Lucas Ignition Gauge, 3/4# Hammer, Jack Handle (Wooden crank), Dunlop Tire Irons, Tommy Bar, Tappet Spanner, Cylinder Head Wrench, 6" King Dick Adjustable, Tube spanners marked 1/2"W X 7/16"W, 5/16"W x 3/8"W, 1/4"W X 3/16"W.
We can supply a perfect repro of the TA TB tool trays (the same as the above) pair $US200. Please ask for more details.
The original Y type kit below
kit (numbers don't correspond)
this new update to our specialist MG site, we have tried our
best to get our hands on some 'undisputed' originals. One
of our customers in Sydney Australia came to us to sort out
the few missing items from his early YA tool kit. His father
in law had kept this car in absolutely complete condition
including the kit. He even had the original invoice with each
tiny item thankfully inventoried by some long dead dealers
we shot the kit from every angle. It turned out that this
mini time-capsule was to dish up some big surprises for us
are the contents of this kit presented alongside a couple
of pictures of other tools we know are the real McCoy. This
is intended to end some arguments, but no doubt it will start
some too, but after all, heated debate is part of what it's
all about, so no fighting in the club house please!
tube spanners and Tommy bar are the real TC/YA/YT tube spanners.
real tappet and cylinder head spanner from the kit.
that the cylinder head spanner, as with our repro, DOES NOT
have the coveted "MG Badge" much blathered about
by armchair pundits. The tappet spanner is marked "SK
11182" as far as we could make out.
....some more comments
is a very very early YA, so we can't say that all had exactly
the same kit contents. For example, the early toolbag changed
to the one we supply for both Y and TC (the majority being
the black canvas bag we supply).
note about the black canvas toolbag. The majority of TD, TF and
YA/B toolbags were of this type. A strange fact is that, even
though they were made in the same workshop, by, we assume.
working British people who probably pub-lunched in Abingdon
together, the leather strap on the TC kit was mounted on the
left hand side whilst the YA/YT/YB strap (and these different
model cars were made directly alongside each other) were mounted
on the right hand side. Left-handed sewing person on the Y
type sewing shift maybe? Too many pints at lunch time? Who
the much later 1950's early 60's MG Magnette tool roll was
identical in pattern, but it was made out of a different material
(black latex with a hessian inner).
relatively safe to say that this kit would have been identical
to a 1947 TC. This is evidenced by this early YA toolbag also
being made from off-cuts from the TC hood material from the
rear window cut out and this really backs up the legend.
from the off-cuts and what appears to be the same green webbing
that lines the radiator shell inner surround. The brown stuff
it loops through is brown leather.
Here is another Y/T bag, this time the green beading is clearly seen:
are so many different types of Tecalemit grease guns that
it is worth showing a couple of different views of the one
supplied for both TC and YA (YB grease gun was different.
Just proving the point)
a close up of the nozzle too:
the record, this is what a YB grease gun looks like: For the sceptics: this is confirmed by a picture of it in the operators manual for YB.
are many arguments about what various items should be. Well
here are a couple more originals, including the pliers,
the original King Dick shifting spanner and the Dunlop tyre
irons too, complete with markings outlined with white chalk.
Here are close up's of the Shelley plier markings, the distributor key and the side of the shifting spanner "Abingdon".
Close up of the spanner markings and top of the Shelley plier.
what of the smaller items? This includes the bits that are
sometimes stolen from you by people you probably know and
trust at MG meets and concours judging ceremonies.
we show the original distributor feeler gauge and adjustment
tool plus the brake bleeder spanner and 0.19" tappet
feeler gauge, all identical to what we supply.
Tappet and brake adjusters. This is the first time I have seen the top spanner but it is original as can be seen by the part numbers on both below
the hammer? Just when you thought you were the only person
who was right, this is what a genuine one looks like:
Here is another below from a different kit. They seem identical
onto the debate about the legs on the tyre pump and the colour
of the rubber tube? Here's some very good, very professional
photo's taken to confirm just what they looked like: This
one is the base showing the legs (complete with kink).
this of the top of the tube, taken after our photographer
had been drinking.
we hope the above information will give you a clearer view
on what is what. As time goes by, we will continue to grace
this page with more of the latest technology shown above.
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