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The Original MG TD Midget


In this section we delve deep into what was original on the MGTD. First and foremost is a detailed list of the finishes of the TD, by color and type. Next we dive into those pesky little details that are easily overlooked and sometimes so hard to get right. I have created a list of MGTD replacement parts and how well they adhere to the original specifications. If your etched parts are missing or in need of repair the plates and etchings pages are for you. For those into esoteria, we have the original bolt and nuts pages. This should keep you up at night. If that was not enough Dave DuBois and friends take us deep into the fasteners for the XPAG engine. For those of you who don't have your Workshop Manual handy I have reproduced the General Data pages with the specifications and measurements. The Dave DuBois family has shared some of his articals on MG fuel systems and electrical components. The original firewall layout is provided here. Finally, we take a look at an original set of tools. Most original MGTD owners discarded these immediately due to the fact that they were next to worthless. I also provide information on how you can create your own original type tool roll. A page of MG wiring colour codes is provided by Barrie Jones. A section on miscellaneous details for Lucas electrical devices is included.

Note: MGTF Finishes can be found at this site.


This section covers the finishes of the MGTD in type, material, and colors.

Nitty Details

The following items are the hardest to achieve for a person who is trying to create an absolutely original car. In a Concours d'Elegance these would be the items that could differentiate two winning cars. Some of these items will most likely be impossible to achieve but they are interesting goals to pursue if you want the ultimate in originality.

Replacement Parts Reviews

These pages contain a partial list of MGTD replacement parts and how original they are. I list the part name, my grade point for originality, the vendor part number and name, and finally any comments.

Plates, Etchings, Emblems and Decals

If your TD, like most others, has been refinished a number of times some of the little details may have been lost. In fact you may not even know they exist unless you have compared your car to another. The details I refer to in this section are found in the form of plates, etchings, emblems and decals. These decals and etchings were part of plates from the MG Car Company or their suppliers. Some of these are available as replacement parts and offer good substitutes. Many of these parts are not available or perhaps just need to be restored.

Original Bolts and Positions

This has to be the most esoteric of all the pages. Here you will find a list of the bolts of the MGTD by type and position. I will tell you exactly what bolt went where, by head type, logo, thread, length, washer types, and other details. I will also tell you which way the head and nut were positioned if possible. Bolts are grouped by location. Due to the complexity and variance of this task, this will be an evolving list, needing as much feedback as you can provide me.

Engine Fasteners

Here is a list list of MGTD engine fasteners. The list includes original part numbers and replacement part numbers from Abingdon Spares and Moss Motors. Also included is a table of torque values for specified fasteners. This list was compiled by Dave DuBois, Stuart Lock and TA Terry.

General Data

Directly from the M.G. Midget (Series "TD"), Issue 3 (Export) 78690 -- 1/53 Workshop Manual. These pages contain specifications and measurements for the MGTD.

Firewall Layout

This page contains a diagram of the layout of the MGTD firewall. Includes item placement and blank holes as original.

Underdash Template

A detailed drawing with dimensions from Ola Hjorungdal for recreating your own original like underdash panel.

Original MGTD Tools

On these pages I share with you sets of original MGTD/TF tools. These tools were provided in a tool roll and were stored in a special tool box on the firewall. As noted in the Operation Manual, not all tools were provided at the time of sale due to supply constraints. At the bottom of this page I provide instructions and dimensions so you can create your own tool roll, just like the originals.

The MG TD/TF Wiring Looms

These pages contain detailed information about the wiring looms used in the MGTD and MGTF. The first section, from Barrie Jones, contains information about the wiring color codes used inside the harnesses. The second section, from Bruce Sharman of Bygone Spares and Restorations, describes the loom outer coverings or sheath in great detail.

Lucas Detail Information

Various details of the Lucas parts on the MGTD including troubleshooting and manuals.

Fuel Systems Information

A series of articles and associated information on MG fuel systems by Dave DuBois, courtesy of the DuBois family.

Electrical Systems Information

A series of articles and associated information on T-Series electrical systems by Dave DuBois, courtesy of the DuBois family.

MG Engine History

ENGINES for M.G's (From the TA to the MGF.) (1935 to 1998.) by Neil Cairns.

MGTD Chassis Diagram

Edited by Lonnie Cook from the Operations Manual.

MGTD/TF Parts with Dates

These pages list all of the know parts on an MGTD/TF that have date stamps. In general MG kept a supply of parts on hand with lead times as much as four months or more. Generally you can expect most parts to have a manufacture date at least one month and likely two to three months prior to your manufacture date.

MGTD/TF Parts with Numbers

These pages list all of the known parts on an MGTD/TF that have number stamps. These numbers could represent the part number, a serial or sequencial number, or some other unknown code.

Andrex Shock Absorbers

Information on the Andrex shock absorbers used on the MGTD MkII cars.

Girling Shock Absorbers

Information on the Girling shock absorbers used on the MGTD cars.

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