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MG YT Factory Production Records ~ recreated

 (337kb)  A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 1 June 2012).


Fractions to Decimals to Millimetres

Click here to download


UK Licence plates

A document reproduced here by kind permission of the Chiltern Vehicle Preservation Group


Parts Cross Reference pages

Look up modern supplier part numbers for your MG Y Type Parts needs

MG Service Department Service Sheet Amendments


The XPAG Cooling System

by Gene Gillam


The Alternate Parts List

by John Lawson. This is a very useful cross reference on many Y/YT and YB parts and lists other cars that had the same parts.


Guide for Users of Historic Vehicles



Safety Fast Newsletters

A full back catalogue of Newsletters scanned from Safety Fast, from the first in 1992, to date.


The MG Y Type Buyer's Guide

A miscellany of resources and articles to help you decide on how to buy and what to look for.


Original brochure
MG Y Type Screensaver

(2.7 MB).


YT brochure
MG YT Screensaver



Let there be Ys
Let there be Ys Screensaver



5 Speed YB Conversion

(241kb) A PDF by Tony Vernall.


MG Icon and instructions
for creating a desktop shortcut to the website.  You may need both files.


MG Engine History

 (289kb) A PDF file by Neil Cairns.


MG Y Ledgers

(310kb) 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 including colour pictures) by Neil Cairns.


Luggage straps for the MG Y

Details on the luggage straps that were available as a period optional extra.


Stories from the Rear view mirror

Historical research on individual cars by their owners.


Models of the MG Y Type

Details of models of the MG Y Type.


Historical Timeline of Y history events and contemporary world news.


Sister Cars to the MG Y Type

by Neil Cairns


The MG Y Type Tool Kit

by Jeremy Havard.


Terry Ciantar's original tool kit Photographs by Terry Ciantar.


Service tools for use in the MG Series Y

25 December 2011

Your Christmas present of a 2012 Calendar is now available to download from the navigation list to the left on this page. We hope you enjoy this year's selection of cars from Ys on Parade. Happy Christmas and thank you all for your contributions to the site over the last twelve months.


23 December 2011

Two new pages have been added to the Parts Cross Reference pages today - Engine Internals 2 and the Clutch.

Another Snippet has also been added!


22 December 2011

Two new Snippets have been added!

The registration booking form for the UK MG Car Club Y Type Register Spring Run can now be downloaded from the Events page too. Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment.


16 December 2011

Today, please welcome John Tudgay and Y 1721 to Ys on Parade.


14 December 2011

Thank you to Michael Long who has obtained permission for us to add the excellent PDF file written by Bob Harris of the Chiltern Vehicle Preservation Group on UK Car Registration and Licence Plates from 1903 to 2003. This is now available in the side menu of Downloadables on this and subsequent News pages.

The mid-month Reprinted Article has also been added from the recent MG Enthusiast magazine, November 2011. Entitled, "Three Times a Winner" the article is a great review of Marc Hanson's racing YB.

Congratulations too to Mike Stearn on completing his restoration of Y 2924 and he has also updated his entry in Ys on Parade.


12 December 2011

An information flyer is now available on the MG Car Club Spring Weekend. This has also been added to the Events page. This year's event will be in the Forest of Dean area.


10 December 2011

Well, now it is David's turn to take a break, and thank you David for keeping the site going during my first break since April 2002. I think he did a great job - don't you?

Michael Long has asked for help in trying to trace his old MG YB, licence plate UMG 780. Please see the "Where is my Y now?" page.


5 December 2011

I received an email earlier today from Colin McLachlan, a former Y Type owner in Australia.  I quote from his message:

 "Yesterday I saw the movie ' The Iron Lady ' - fantastic with Meryl Streep.  Mrs Thatcher was driving a green Y registration UMG - in concourse condition.  Thought someone might be interested."

We most certainly are and remember you heard it here first! I note that the film does not go on general release in the UK until 6th January 2012 so in the UK we will have to wait another month before we can identify the car. If anybody knows whose car Meryl or 'Margaret' are driving please advise the Webmaster. I am certain that Paul will organise its inclusion in film clips at a later date.


4 December 2011

There is no 'let up' in the demands of a deputy Webmaster. I knew that Paul spends a significant amount of time on both the website and answering queries but I had no idea exactly how much until his Webmaster emails were redirected to me.

Today we have another 'New Find' to the IMGYR Register from Fred Zampa who lives in Georgia in the USA. Fred's car Y1714 is clearly a 'wolf in sheep's clothing' as can be seen from the addition to Ys on Parade.

Ivo Arnus the owner of the very last YB off the production line in 1953, provided the wedding car for a happy couple in Germany earlier this year. The photograph can be seen at Ys at Weddings. My thanks go to both Fred and Ivo for providing the updates.


2 December 2011

Following on from yesterday's update a number of people have asked what 'Cadence Braking' is as detailed by Bryan Mellem, in this month's Picture of the Month. Bryan has kindly provided an explanation:

'Cadence braking is something of a fine art.  It is possible to get the car to rock back and forwards in its natural spring period so that as the car pitched forward so increasing the front tyre loading maximum braking could be achieved, with practice this could be precipitated in an instant.  It's like double de-clutching there was far greater skill to driving then, especially before the grip of modern tyres, and ABS.'

Thanks Bryan.


1 December 2011

Well Paul is still away, hopefully he will back and take over the reins again next week. If this all works it will be nothing short of a miracle!

We have to thank Bryan Mellem for the Picture of the Month , it is seasonal (at least for the UK) and shows a picture taken outside his parents home in Surrey in the very harsh winter of 1963. The Reprinted Article this month comes from the October 1948 edition of Autocar. It wasn't the one planned by Paul but I raided his library (amazing that it is nearly 5,000 miles from here) and found an article about the YT launch!

Tony Slattery has taken delivery of his latest 'Gem' a totally rust free Y that has been hidden away for many years; it was last on the road in the 1960s! Tony had a surprise when it arrived as although the car was the same one that  he had purchased unseen, it was found to be Y3530 rather than Y2682 as previously thought. Ys on Parade has been updated with his latest acquisition.


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