MG Y Type Screensaver
The first of many - a puzzle for you!
Complete your workplace, be the envy of all your colleagues,
with this practical printable
2004 Wall Calendar 1.369mb.
MG YT Factory
Production Records ~ recreated (175kb)
A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 20 October 2003).
Trivia Quiz 2
- how well do you know your Y Type?
5 Speed YB
A PDF by Tony Vernall.
Icon and instructions
for creating a desktop shortcut to the website. You may need both
skill and knowledge of the Y Type with our first
Trivia Quiz 1.
MG Engine History
A PDF file by Neil Cairns.
MG Y Ledgers
A PDF file with an introduction by Neil Cairns of guarantee plates, chassis numbers and engine
numbers, where this information is known
Post War M.G. Saloon cars 1947 - 1999
(4.5mb but includes colour pictures) by Neil Cairns.
The MG Y Type Tool
Kit by Jeremy Havard
26 April 2004
welcome Edward Stephens and YB 0771 to
Ys on Parade.
We have four new Collectibles for you on the
18 April 2004
stunningly beautiful UK Spring Run completed, thank you Jerry and the crew for a
lovely day, if a bit drippy! Once more beautiful Cotswold villages you
normally would not have found and super scenery! Well done.
For those of you who missed out, there is always next year,
and there is also the Yorkshire weekend coming up too. See the
Events page for details.
More information on the MG YS has come to light - please
click here for an update.
14 April 2004
two years in, and thank you all for your support and enthusiasm. Your
committee remains totally committed to your safe enjoyment of both your Y, and
your website. This month's mid-month
Reprinted Article comes from one of the newest Y owners, Scott Barrow, so
thank you Scott. Please enjoY his contribution from The Motor Magazine,
November 1947 - a totally new magazine article I had not previously seen.
Only a few days to go now until the UK Y Register Spring Run.
If you have not already registered, but would like to come, please contact Jerry
Birkbeck for a late entry. His details can be located on the flyer
downlaodable from the Events Page.
9 April 2004
discovered yesterday where some emails had disappeared to which had been sent in
during early March, so apologies if you sent something in and had it returned to
you with a message saying the Mail box was full - it isn't now! After
having a break Richard Prior has taken up the pen again to entertain us with
more ramblings from the Antipodean Adventure! As we move into Europe with
the team I have started a new page so your downloads of
Part 2 should be quicker.
A new book has been added to the
Book Review page too, it is by Andres Ditlev Clausager
and is another good "coffee table" book.
5 April 2004
welcome Dave Rowland and YB 0649 to
Parade. Hopefully Dave you will make the Spring Run - just up the road?
Hope so. Dave's car also marks another milestone for Ys on Parade, with
100 cars from the UK alone! EnjoY!
4 April 2004
Links page has been updated for a new link - courtesy of
the UK TV Channel 4 website indeed. Follow all the links for a fantastic
MG write up with a very good bit on the Y! Amazing, and really good that
our car is getting the attention it deserves after so many years. I am
sure a few years ago we would not have featured!
1 April 2004
was a busy month for me, so I was pleased that I did not have too much updating
to do. I am settling in OK but there are things to report.
If you have received your copy of Safety
Fast for this month and read the Y Register notes you will already be aware of
the recent find that Neil Cairns and I have been working on.
Some time ago
Neil and I heard of a very
unusual ‘Y’ type. We are all familiar with the YA, YB
and YT, but not the ‘YS’. A few lucky people have seen
the very rare ‘open top specials’ built by Reinbolt & Christe of Basle in
Switzerland. These were unofficially called YRC models. Only one YZ is known of,
a special bodied coupe YA by Zagato. (These can all be seen in John Lawson’s
book.) The model Neil and I had traced was built by
MG. With the demise of the pre-war SA/WA a gap
arose for a new six cylinder
MG saloon within the post-war range. The company went
as far as to built a one-off special as a feasibility study, and
now managed to unearth a rather poor black &
white photograph from the archives. The only
modification the car had was an extra five inches let
into the chassis just aft of the front cross-member, only the bonnet required
lengthening. This meant that
the steering wheel was a little more upright. The
engine block is a XPAG with two extra cylinders, a one off casting. It used
a six-cylinder crank-shaft from the pre-war Wolseley Hornet suitably adapted.
Power output was not very high, as the single SU carburettor
fitted limited power to about 65-70bhp, but the torque was excellent. The whole
idea was not just for a bigger ‘Y’ but that the ohv six engine would complement
the industrial ‘Brockhouse’ range and marine ‘Navigator’ that Morris offered for
boats. Currently Morris could only offer side-valve engines in this area. At
just five inches longer than the standard XPAG engine at 1875cc., the ‘YS’
(for Six-cylinder Y) would
have been a nice car. But by then the models body styling was very dated, and
the photo shows the slightly longer bonnet required for the engine.
The run away success of the TD really killed the
model. MG just did not have the space or resources to build another model, the
little Abingdon factory was bursting at the seams with TDs. One wonders what
happened to that prototype. We will
continue to look into the matter. More anon.
Moving swiftly on to events, this moth we have the Spring Run. There is
still time to register for entry with Jerry
- but be quick. This is the UK season opener and always an excellent
opportunity to get the car out and running again and meet old friends after the
break. Also, the MG Octagon Car Club have released details of their 18th
Wings Run - see the Events page for more details.
Also do not forget the Ys for Yorkshire Run in August 13 - 16 - also on the
Events page. I wish I was back in the UK!
you have an event for Ys, let me know and I'll post it on the website for you.
And then there is the new Picture of the Month
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