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
One page per month version
Safety Fast Newsletters
A full back catalogue of Newsletters scanned from Safety
Fast, from the first in 1992, to date.
MG YT Factory Production Records ~ recreated
(318kb) A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 3 January 2007).
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.
MG Y Type Screensaver
Let there be Ys Screensaver
5 Speed YB Conversion
(241kb) A PDF by Tony Vernall.
for creating a desktop shortcut to the website. You may need both
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
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.
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.
Today, please welcome
Andrew Sorouni with Y 2759 to
Ys on Parade.
Also two new
Hints and Tips have been added - Gilles Backand has the proper fix for
Drooping door handles,
and Roy Clapham has sent in details of how to make a
Sump Tank or Drip Trap.
Collectible has been added courtesy of Malcolm Eades.
Thank you to everyone who wrote into Hagerty - they have informed me that they have had an
overwhelming and very favorable response from you all concerning "your" site, for that is what it is - yours. To quote Hagerty
"many of you wrote in and now you are clearly on our radar.
Not only is the site good, you must have a very dedicated bunch of viewers".
They have promised to let me have a copy of the results of your petitioning them
in due course and I will provide you with that feedback. Glad you are
clearly enjoying the site still and approve of all the recent changes - we will
try to keep them coming: that of course depends on you!
The list of Downloadables continues to grow! Today, courtesy of our friends on www.mg-tabc.org
and Gene Gillam we
are able to add his excellent essay on the XPAG Cooling System with an excellent and clear presentation of the paths of the water channels through
the cylinder head.
We are delighted to announce a partnering with Printwear - a specialty custom
clothing supplier who carry a huge range of inventory of different styles of clothing for every fashion imaginable. They will customize
your clothing by adding an MG Y Saloon, or an MG Y Tourer, to your personal specifications! Details of Printwear's offering can be accessed
in the MG Y Type Shopping Mall.
Mike Long also has
brought to our attention the Guide for Users of Historic
Vehicles which has been added to the side bar menu to this News page.
The Federation of British Historic Vehicles has also been added to the Links
A new download is available - John Lawson has given his kind permission for us to provide
his excellent cross reference book -
Parts List. This guide is invaluable for when you are trying to find
those hard to get parts or at an autojumble or swap meet and do not want to pay
an "MG" premium for something you can ask for a part for an Austin.
Also, Clive Ervill
sent in an amusing anecdote of his days with YB 1022. This has been added
to Stories from the Rear View Mirror. If you
have any similar stories, please send them in.
The film clip from
The Fast Lady has been added to the "Y"s on film ...
and other media page.
Today, please welcome Clive Ervill and
YB 1022 to Ys on Parade. Clive's car makes
another pair with the YB 1023 belonging to Nick Baker in Australia!
Reprinted Article has been released.
It is from Novemeber 2007 Practical Classics and features the MG YBs of Alex Bawn.
Parts Drawings have been sent in by Roy Clapham - a dimensioned drawing of the
rear rain channel for the sun roof assembly, and a dimensioned drawing of the headliner.
Hints and Tips have been added from Tony Slattery
for those who "do like to do the work themselves and want to use the best and
Karel Vermeer has
found a new Collectible too.
A new book, spotted by Neil Cairns, has been added to the
Collectibles page - Rosie's Journey - that
features a YB on the cover.
Jerry Birkbeck has
asked for the following to be brought to your attention concerning the MG Car
Club Y Type Register Spring Run 2010.
Saturday 22 May 2010
The Dinner will be held the evening
before on Saturday 22nd May at the The Royal Oak Hotel, Ledbury. The cost is
£25 a head for a 4 Course Meal. We only have 8 places left so if you are
interested then please forward me your details as soon as possible.
Jerry Birkbeck - E-Mail:
Phone: +44(0)1926 424053
Sunday 23 May 2010
The Run commences at 11.30 from Ledbury
Rugby Club and finishes after a 50 mile drive at Berrington Hall, north of
For more details
please see the Events page and contact
as soon as possible as places are filling up fast for this great run.
For US owners, this
is probably the best news in a long time ... University Motors is back in
business with John Twist at the helm. Here is a statement from John.
When, nearly one year ago, as the Michigan economy was collapsing and my wife
Caroline's health failing, we had no option but to cease fulltime business.
During the following seven months I cared for Caroline as the cancer sapped her
strength, but never her will. Spending increasingly greater time with her at
home, I simply could not attend to business. We sent notices to our
customers thanking them for their years of support. We sent notices to our
suppliers; we discharged our employees with severance; we had an auction to sell
off shop equipment and MG memorabilia.
Caroline died in January. As I
pondered my future, I could not escape the undeniable fact: MG is my destiny. We
are now re-awakening University Motors.
My son, Brooks, has taken his mother Caroline's place in the office, we have two
of our original mechanics back at work, and we are working to re-invigorate
University Motors. We offer bench, line, and restoration services, as well as MG
education via DVDs and technical seminars, on-site and off-site. Our new website
will be online soon. We are not yet at speed but we are on the entrance ramp to
full time business.
Our old advertisements read: A lifelong dedication to the marque. That statement
is as true today as it was when we first used it. Thanks to all who have
supported us through this very dismal and heartrending time. We hope to be of
service to you during your MG ownership.
I am sure any one who
has had any interaction with John will join in wishing him well with the renewed
Bienvenue to our
latest entry to Ys on Parade - Jean Marc
Aubergier and YT 3377!
Ursula and Manfred
Noll-Baues in their YB 1076 provide this month's
Picture of the Month. The
Reprinted Article, comes from
Classic Cars Magazine, May 2008 and is a short piece where they test cars that
were currently for sale - an interesting short report.
Mike Silk, notified me of a new film with an MG
Y in it - the Fast Lady. A synopsis and still shot has been added to the
Ys on Film, and other media page. Permission
is currently being sought to include a short clip from the film too which may
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