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MG YT Factory Production Records ~ recreated

 (1.8mb)  A PDF file by David Pelham (updated 10 October 2018).

 

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

by FIVA

 

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

(3.12mb)

 

Let there be Ys
Let there be Ys Screensaver

(11.16mb)

 

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

A PDF file by Neil Cairns - Version 9.0. (1.3mb)

 

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.

Miscellany

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

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25 April 2003

A new Technical Query for you today - this time on Speedometer problems.

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24 April 2003

Jerry Birkbeck has filed a report on the Spring Run from Snowshill Manor - see the Events page.

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22 April 2003

New pictures have been sent in to Ys on Parade by Andrew Adamson (Y 6041) and Ted Gardner (YB 0329).  Thank you both.

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20 April 2003

Please welcome Ross Lloyd and YT 4914 to Ys on Parade, and have a Happy and Safety Fast Easter.

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17 April 2003

Just a little something to keep you busy over the coming holiday weekend, Jack Murray has very kindly put together a Picture quiz.  Identify as many of the pictures as possible, and send in your answers. You could win a Millennium Y Type model!  Closing date for entries is 31 May 2003. In the event of more than one person correctly identifying all 12 pictures, Peter Arnell will draw the winners name from a hat.  We will publish the names of all those who achieved full marks.  The quiz will also be available on the side of the News under "Other Items".  You may enter as many times as you wish.  Good luck!

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14 April 2003

Well, the website is now officially 1 year old.  The first birthday was celebrated in conjunction with yet another splendid effort by Jerry Birkbeck and Richard Dick in organising a fabulous "Spring Run" in the glorious Cotswold countryside.  Even the weather was good - warm, dry, with enough sunshine to make it a very pleasant day at Snowshill Manor. We will look forward to a full report from Jerry in due course.

There were a number of Ys which we haven't yet seen on Ys on Parade on the Spring Run too, so we will be writing to them to obtain their entries now that we have their photographs - so lots more to come here!

Andrew Coulson has provided our mid-month update this month as we have another new brochure for you to enjoy - this time from August 1948 - very similar, but with subtle differences to the Home Edition June 1949, so please enjoy this latest addition.

Also, in celebration of our first birthday, we are pleased to unveil another new Page for you.  If you scroll through the contents bar on the left you will find a new button, in between "Interesting Ys" and "Register History" called "Colour Schemes".  While considerable research has gone into the production of this page it is not exhaustive, but is based upon research on many Ys, over many years, by David Lawrence and should, we hope, help anyone in a rebuild.

Having checked the hit counter at 01:24 am today (14 April 2003), we can confirm that we just just pipped in 15,400 hits as at 22:48:16 on 13 April 2002 - an average of 42 visitors per day!  Finally, very many happy returns to you all, from all of the team.  We hope you continue to enjoY Your website.

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11 April 2003

Richard Prior has sent in first report - as they pack their cars up for shipment.  Read his first report from the link on the Events page.

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10 April 2003

Manfred Schulz has very kindly sent in a scan of the original sales receipt for his YB 1493 dated 25 July 1953.  This been added to the Collectibles page.

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5 April 2003

Please welcome Mike Sherrell (author of TC's Forever, but we'll forgive that as he is a decent bloke with a Y!) and his lovely Y 3184 to Ys on Parade.

During the UK Summer, (and let's hope it is a good one for them), a bunch of intrepid Antipodeans will be shipping their cars over to the UK and Europe for a touring holiday.  We have received a preliminary report of their plans and these are on the Events Page.  We hope, following their safe return to have a report of their trip too.  The team consists of Graham Booth, Darryl Robins (TC), Richard and Barbara Prior, and Mike and Loretta Sherrell (TC). Incidentally Darryl also owns a YA already in Y's on Parade, and Richard's YT can be seen in the YT Parade too.

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3 April 2003

Please also welcome our 151st Y to take us onwards in Ys on Parade, Dave Evans with YT 2859, thank you Dave, and welcome.

We have a new Hint and Tip on preventing hubcaps falling off from Bill Bennett (can also can be currently found on the BBS in answer to a recent query), and a new Technical Advice on stiff choke cables.

A small addition has also been made to the Original 1947 brochure Home Edition Colour Chart, together with an explanitory note as to how this differed from the Export one.  Six of you (out of a total of 76 visitors to the site in the day) were taken in by the April 1 news on the New MG Y Type, well done, if you were not convinced, do not loose any sleep if you were!  The page link is still live and you can now visit it without fear to see what you missed!  I hope that the additional items we have posted overcome any ill-effects you may have had!  EnjoY!

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2 April 2003

Well, did you get taken in? We shall see when the site statistics report comes out, just how many of you were!

Meanwhile, as a bonus, a new brochure has been added to the Reprints, Brochures, page.  It is from July 1950, but this time it is the Export Edition.  It goes someway to answering the question originally raised by the Home Edition.  Enjoy "spotting the differences" - this is not an April Fool.  EnjoY!

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1 April 2003

Fourteen days to go until the Y Type Spring Run.  If you haven't already entered, please contact Jerry Birkbeck now to arrange for a late entry.

We have it on good authority that the next range of MG Saloon Cars will launch the Y series once more. The MG Car Company was always renowned for avoiding names and giving their various cars letters of the alphabet; the original range went to Z before adopting the 50s line of MGA, MGB, MGC etc. The 'badged' Rover saloons started at the other end of the alphabet ZR / ZS / ZT when they were launched a couple of years ago. The practice appears to have survived and  it would seem that we could well be in for the YR, the YS and a new YT model. This will please David Pelham as he is always keen to locate new YTs! The launch date is uncertain but the ZR & ZS are based on now ageing Rover Models and we could well see something at next years Motor Show. Further credence to this has been added by the introduction of the new van range to utilise 'platform over-capacity'. An unbadged car was spotted driving through Yorkshire on the A104, by one of our committee members last week. When he telephoned Rover/MG to ask if this was the new model being tested they declined to comment. It would be great to have a new series of MG Ys - we shall just have to wait and see.

A new picture of the month, with belated congratulations, has also been uploaded for you to enjoy.

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