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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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29 November 2005

The 15th Annual General Meeting of the MG Car Club Y Type Register has been announced and will take place on 1 April 2006 at 11:00 am in Kimber House.  If you will be attending, please contact the Secretary so that the appropriate numbers of seats can be provided.  Full details can be found on the Events page.

Also, under the Technical Centre menu option to the left, a new page has been set up for the very useful Jackall articles provided earlier this year by Andrew Coulson and Saul Duck.

Finally a new Hint and Tip on fitting Boot Hinges and ensuring you get them on the right side has been added to the Hints and Tips page.

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19 November 2005

Breaking news - the Spring Run 2006 will take place on Sunday 30 April and start from the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway HQ at Toddington, just to the north of Winchcombe.  The following day is a UK 'Bank' Holiday so there is no excuse for not coming down - make a lovely long weekend in the Cotswolds and book a hotel now.  You can then take a leisurely journey back home on the Monday.  More details coming soon on the Events page.

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17 November 2005

The broken links on the Reprinted Articles page have been repaired for both of this month's new articles.  Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  Please always report any such problems to the webmaster.

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15 November 2005

The translation of the French article from British Cars is now available for download from the Reprinted Articles page.

We have also added a Privacy Statement to the site in line with our continued commitment to excellence, and your protection.  We are again indebted to Jack Murray for the fun artwork.  Even if you are not interested in policies it is worth a look, just to admire the art.  Thanks Jack!!

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7 November 2005

Northwest Classic has been suggested as a source for all those hard to get bits for among other things the rebuilding of the distributor (save fitting one from a 1275 mini which are getting hard to find).  See the Hints and Tips page for details and the Links page too.

Also a new piece of Technical Advice on what to put in your shock absorbers has been added.

Another milestone that was passed yesterday was the 150th entry in our Guest book.  Remember - it is your site!

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5 November 2005

Starting out with a slightly unpleasant matter, there is a seller on eBay selling copies of the MG Engine History file as a VERY RARE ITEM.  This seller DOES NOT have the permission of either Neil Cairns or the MG Car Club Y Type Register to sell this item, much less reproduce it.  It is being misleadingly described and is freely available as a download from this, and many other sites.  The matter has been passed to eBay.co.uk for their investigation prior to possible action under the Trades Description Act.  You are strongly advised NOT to buy it over eBay but download it for free from the side panel.

On a happier note, please welcome Alf Luckman (again - how many Ys can a man have? Answer never too many clearly!) and YT 3782 to Ys on Parade.  Alf will need a lot of support getting this one back on the road, but I think he is definitely on the right track to do so!

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4 November 2005

An amusing little snippet found courtesy of the world wide web that goes to show you cant believe everything you see on it!  It is a prime example of what can go wrong if you don't know your product and assume a computer can handle it!  When searching on MG Y Type, one site asked "Not sure which MG to choose? Search by body type."  It then proceeded to offer choices of "Convertible, Coupe," (and here was where the imagination was stretched) "Dual Cab, Hatchback, Liftback, Panel Van, People mover, Roadster" (OK back on reasonably safe turf now), "Sedan" (phew), "Targa" (oops here we go again), "Tray, Ute, Van, or Wagon".  Needless to say everything returned Sorry, no matching records found for your search criteria, except Sedan, however, it stimulates a furtive imagination!

More relevant though was another link I found to theMG Car Club of South Australia where there are pictures of some 17 Ys and YTs - most of which do not seem to have narrative.  If you recognise a friend's car there please check to see if it is already on our Ys on Parade listings and if not, please get them to register and enter it - on your computer if they don't have internet access.

Also, a new link has been added to the Links page of an MG YT at the Techno Classica show in Essen, Germany in 2004.

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3 November 2005

A new advert has arrived into the Reprinted Advertisements collection.  You sometimes have to wonder about the wisdom of advertising and targeting your audience, its all about location.  As Henry Ford is reputed to have said "50% of all advertising is bunk ... but which 50%?"  Given where this advert was placed, Australian Women's Weekly, I wonder which of the Nuffield Group products shown resulted in more sales as a result of the advert?

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1 November 2005

We have a new Picture of the Month for your enjoyment.  Please remember to send in your photographs for this - I have a few more in store, but always welcome more in store.  You may use the link on the Picture of the Month page to send them in.

Continuing the international theme of previous months, we have another foreign language article, this time from a French magazine, for Reprinted Articles!  The English translation will again come in a few weeks time, so watch out!

Geoffrey Pace has also updated the photograph of Y 0865 in Ys on Parade following the completion of its restoration.  Well done Geoffrey another lovely looking Y on the road again!

Roger Furneaux of Mad Metrics has also supplied a new and enhanced range of bolts etc.  This can now be downloaded from his entry on the Links page as a PDF or from here.

Following a recent request on the Bulletin Board for information on a screw thread, Dave DuBois kindly set in tables he has compiled over recent years for fasteners, threads, torques and wrench (or spanner sizes for those who are not bi-lingual).  They are also available from the Technical Centre front page.

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