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Are there tricks to removal of the front carb on my 54 TF XPAG engine? Must I remove the right front fender and the engine bay side panel?
Frank Bice

Hi Frank,

You're going to have to battle it once to get it off, and you'll be able to do it without dissassembly. But after that you may want to consider changing the bolts that hold the air filter on. In the archive is a thread called: "Attaching TF Vokes Air Filters". I changed to 5/16 BSF socket head cap screws so that I could get them off with an allen wrench. Others will suggest a slotted head bolt to get them off with a screw driver, which I believe, is more original.

Unfortunately, the task is a right of passage.

Good luck,
Scott Ashworth - '54 TF

S. R. Ashworth

Frank -

The first time that I removed the carbs from my TF-1500 took two hours. I'm a little faster now.

Lay a cloth over the edge of the side panel to protect the paint on the air filter and on the side panel.

It takes some maneuvering to remove the front carb from the studs in the manifold. If you can't get it off, maybe a stud is too long, or possibly backed off from the manifold(?) Gotta use an open end 5/16W wrench; box end or socket won't fit.

I have attached photos of the original tall-head slotted bolts for the TF air filter. One goes in the front of each filter. The rear bolt of each carb is a regular hex head. I use a 6-1/4" long flat blade screwdriver with a 3" shaft to remove the tall-head bolt. When the bolt is loose, I grab the threads with locking forceps to hold it as I slide it out.

I squeeze the split pins in the linkage together as well as I can. Then use a small round angle pick to pull them out.

I'm convinced that MG used 6-year old orphans to assemble the car. Adult-size hands just don't fit!


LM Cook

My air cleaners are repos from Moss and they came with the hex cap screws instead of the slotted ones. Shorter and easier to remove with the side panel in place. PJ

Paul S Jennings

This is the reason why I split the side panels on my TF, best modification to make engine repairs accessible.

G Evans

Is that the Jim Melvin mod modification helps? Bud
Bud Krueger

Yes Bud spot on, I think there are some images in the Archive of my panels and results.
G Evans

Short of splitting the panel, (wish I would have done that) one little trick I use is to remove the side panel bolt at the cowl.
It's not a lot of wiggle room ...but it helps.
I put a wooden wedge in there to hold it out a bit.

The combination of that and socket head cap screws that Scott sent me have worked pretty well.
David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

This thread was discussed between 15/09/2014 and 23/09/2014

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