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MG MGA - horse hair pad under bonnet
|I am easing my way through a running restoration of my 1600 roadster. I notice that an original MGA should have a horse hair pad under the bonnet near its nose. Can anyone tell me what the purpose of this pad is and its importance? I also wonder if there is a suitable alternative to horse hair. This product is not available in Melbourne unless I opt for white horse hair suitable for a violin bow - however my red roadster already sings sweetly enough.|
My understanding is that it is meant to form an airflow seal so that all air entering the grill is forced through the radiator.
In our UK temperate climate I have not noticed any difference to my running temperatures whether fitted or not (some of mine came unstuck and it was several months before I noticed).
I believe the pads are available from the normal MGA suppliers.
|It is a thick piece of felt (Moss # 472-560 ) that is attached to the bonnet directly above the radiator; it and the two 5 hoses that go on both sides of the radiator are really needed to cool the engine in hot weather.|
Give me a call and we can sort it out. Jim
|And if Jim has not already done that, Email me, I think I have one in the shed. |
This thread was discussed between 18/10/2009 and 23/10/2009
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