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MG TD TF 1500 - Central Badge - Steering Wheel
|I have two of the circular 'badges' which are meant to be inserted into the TD/TF steering wheel boss, but they are not identical. One has a silver background in the gap between the MG octagon and the chrome rim, and the other is clear in that area - ie no silver background. Looking at a number of TFs gathered here on Saturday I could see that most had the 'badge' with the clear backgound. Does anyone know how come there are two different types? Repro, maybe?|
Well spotted on the difference between a real badge and a repro.! The original ones had the clear effect between the badge and the chrome ring.Makes the octagon shape stand out sharply. They were beautifully made by some sort of vacuum ? process I believe.
The repros. are generally done very well too but there is also a slight difference in the cream background colour located behind the MG lettering.
If you have a tarnished,faded and cracked,original then a repro.one in this case would suffice.
Cheers for now.
|Many thanks, Rob.|
Years ago I bought the complete assembly off ebay as my boss had a big nick in it, only to find the boss supplied was inferior (large crack badly filled) but the price was sufficently low that I didn't pursue the vendor. Also in my early ebay days I didn't always ask the hard questions pre sale. It was only quite recently I noticed the difference between the badges and, lo, it now transpires my existing repro badge can be replaced by a near perfect real one, thanks to this info.
Maybe I should start another thread to find the best way to fill and colour a sizeable nick.
Thanks again for the info.
Re nicks in plastic, bakelite, hard rubber or ebonite. 2-part epoxy such as Marine-tex or Loctite work wonders. Can be sanded to a smooth finish and then spray painted to proper color.
|As an interesting aside, some 25 years ago at the Carlisle swap meet (jumble) I found a vendor with about 20 Lucas 138137 wheel centers with a functioning horn switch in the middle; I believe these were for the Y types. I used them in the shop to convert TDs and TFs to a "non-reach-to-dash" horn button by switching the old MG emblem centers into them in place of the brown bakelite centers the switches came with. It was a popular, totally stock appearing conversion, I only have one left on the shelf!|
|J. de Boer|
|J. de Boer - you have mail!|
I'll do that, and I think I've seen old threads to do with matching the colour so I'll go search.
This thread was discussed between 18/02/2008 and 24/02/2008
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