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.
Tools listed on page 16 of the Operation Manual.
|Ring-type tappet spanner|
|Ring spanner for cylinder head nuts|
|Tappet feeler gauge (.019 or .012)|
|¾ lb. hammer|
|Pair of pliers|
|Adjustable spanner (monkey wrench)|
|Two tyre levers|
|Tyre valve spanner|
|Distributor feeler and screwdriver|
|Set of box spanners and tommy bar (3) 3/16W x 1/4W, 5/16W x 3/8W, 7/16W x 1/2W|
|Set of open spanners (3) 3/16W x 1/4W, 5/16W x 3/8W, 7/16W x 1/2W^|
|Wheel brace (lug nut wrench)|
|Hand starter crank (stored on seat back)|
|Optional Lockheed brake bleeder tube|
^Note on my car the open spanners were marked with both the Whitworth and BSF sizes. The box spanners were not marked at all.
Move your mouse over the picture for an explanation of each tool.
Later style tool roll as described below
Tool pictures above by The In-Point.
Image above a complete MGTF toolkit supplied by Matthew Magilton
A good compliment of original tools and early tool roll.
A 1953 MGTD tool roll.
A MGTF tool roll.
Original Enots grease gun that was supplied with MGTD's. The rear brass cap is stamped "ENOTS No.1.H. Made in England" and was plated in nickel silver . The body was blackened or "blued" like a firearm.
Tecalemit grease gun also part of some toolkits. Interchanged with Enots above.
Shelly Screwdriver. Stamped 'Shelly' on the shaft of the screwdriver about midpoint.
Not part of the original toolkit but certainly a needed period component of an MGTD toolkit.
King Dick jack and lug nut wrench.
Closeup of King Dick Jack
There are two types of lug wrenches (wheelbraces) for the TD depending on what lug nut size your car has. The early cars had British Standard Fine (BSF) lug nuts and the later cars had Unified (UNF/SAE) lug nuts. The changeover occured somewhere around car TD 12285 (Dec. 10, 1951). A significant problem is that the 'early' BSF nuts require a 7/16W wrench, or a 13/16" wrench. However, the newer UNF/SAE nuts require a 3/4" wrench.
Photos courtesy of Bud Krueger
I have seen a number of tool rolls for T-Series MG's. Some are canvas, some others trimmed burlap and some trimmed burlap with a hessian covering on one side. The factory seemed to source the tool rolls with great variety and was probably solely motivated on cost and availability at the time.
A tool roll that I discovered restoring a 1952 Mark II was made of a black tar like covered burlap (hessian). The burlap was brown in color and the covering (outside) resembled a soft pliable fender undercoating. In fact I was so inspired by the similarity of this material I made a reproduction of the roll for my own car. The trouble was that after a few years the undercoating dried and became brittle (as did the original).
Here is how I made my tool roll to the exact specifications of an original MGTD tool roll. You will need the following items:
Finished dimensions of an original late MGTD tool roll.
Note: For those that don't want to create their own original material for the tool roll, or would like something more durable, the The In-Point has offered to make their reproduction material available to the readers of the Original MGTD Midget for a very reasonable fee.
I am not sure about the original order of the tools in the tool roll but this is the order that my tools fit in the pockets the best. From left to right:
The wheel brace, jack, jack handles, tire pump, lug nut wrench and grease gun were loose in the tool box along with the tool roll. The crank was of course attached to the seat back with clips.
|If you don't want to create your own tool roll, or if you need tools, you may want to check out these reproduction kits at The In-Point.|
by Matthew Magilton
Over the years I have been collecting information on MG toolkits and scouring the swap meets for these tools, particularly the grease guns. Below is a list that may assist owners to find the right gun for their car. I would welcome advice from owners who have an original toolkit gun which is not on this list. I am also looking for old Tecalemit and Enots catalogues.
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