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MG TD TF 1500 - Accessory temp gauge. TD/c 8151

Going through my boxes of parts for my dads former car. Mike had given me an accesory Jaeger bourbon temp gauge that matches my dial face and needle on my original gauges. Period pictures show this gauge would have been installed to the outboard side of the steering wheel in the dash. It requires a restoration as the tube is gone as well as the original glass and bezel. The silk screening on the face is faded but might clean up. Who do you recommend to restore it. Is there anyone on the west coast of the US that could do this properly? I don't want to use the Motometer which dad used or a dual gauge which wouldn't be correct in this car

Picture gleaned from Brooklands Books. MGTD 1949-1953

Cheers

Bill Chasser

TD-4834
TD/c-8151
TD/c-16920
TD-24060

W. A. Chasser

Bill, see http://www.ttalk.info/FasciaL.jpg . It's from TD1414, purchased off of the floor at the TD introduction in 1950. It came with both a temperature gauge and turn signals (trafficator). The gauge and switch were mounted toward the end of the fascia. It's unknown whether the items were installed at the factory or by the dealer. Bud
Bud Krueger

Here is a picture from MG T series In Detail by Patty Willmer. this is TD chassis number 2237 a works-prepared car. the gauge on the far right is n oil thermometer, factory option.

EL Brown

Also it has an oil/water gauge in the instrument cluster.

EL Brown

Thanks for the responses.

Bud. Yes that is the gauge I have. But it needs restoration. I'm trying to find a competent shop to do the work. It needs the bezel, glass and boudin tube replaced.

EL I'm not sure the dual gauge was actually available that early. I know dads MK II wasn't fitted with one as pictures show his had a Motometer. As I am going to be as true to the car at the time of ifs construction as possible I believe this temp gauge would be the correct item to have. I'm hoping maybe Tom Lange might chime in and clarify this for me.

Regards

Bill Chasser
TD-4834
TD/c-8151
TD/c-16920
TD-24060
W. A. Chasser

Bill

Temp gauges were not standard on the TD until the dual gauge came into play. However, an accessory gauge was available for fitting. Mine is mounted on a single gauge metal panel under the dash to the left of the steering column. Out of the way, but easy to see. This is on TD3042.
Lew3

Thanks everyone for your comments. I have the gauge I want to use and know where it will be mounted. I'm looking for some one to restore it. Has anyone had a temp gauge restored? Who would you recommend?

TIA

Bill Chasser
TD/c-8151



W. A. Chasser

As has been stated, a factory temperature gauge was not available until the dual-gauge. But Jaeger offered the matching gauge that was a popular accessory at the time. It would be period-appropriate, and would raise no more eyebrows that a vacuum gauge on a supercharged car. It's certainly a useful thing to have.

Tom Lange
MGT Repair
t lange

On my 1951 TD some owner prior to 1964 added a Jaeger temperature gauge to the central dash panel and moved the horn push/dipper switch to outboard of the speedo. I have seen a few like this at car shows but most have a dual gauge fitted instead.

John Quilter

I just sent a gauge from Bill's TF to Nosinger on the east coast. Takes 6 weeks. I would not use MoMa ...if they are still in business
L E D LaVerne

I just sent a pre-war temp gauge to John Wolf & Company in Willoughby, Ohio. They were recommended by APT Instruments in Minneapolis who do not repair temp gauges. John Wolf & Company replaced the Bourdon tube, filled, and calibrated the gauge, and returned it to me in less than one week. Highly recommended.
http://www.johnwolfco.com/

And here is a photo of how I have mounted my accessory temp gauge in my TD.


Lew3

That's what I needed to hear. Thank you Laverne and Lew. I wasn't aware that Nosingers did the temp gauges. They apperantly had restored the tach and speedo. My other electrical bits are NOS. I will see if I can find contact info on the web for both.
W. A. Chasser

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