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MG TD TF 1500 - Fire Wall Holes

A few years ago when I restored the TD someone pointed me to a diagram of the fire wall showing all the original holes. Is there one available for a late TF (rear fuel pump). I attach a photo of the passenger side of my fire wall and have highlighted the holes I am concerned about. I suspect 1,2 and 3 need to be filled in since they are not truely circular and appear to have been crudely drilled. 4 and 5 take the indicator relay but why two sets? There are three holes for the battery bar - which one is correct? What is No 7 for? I think No 8 is non original. I have found a powder coater in Glasgow who has a bead blast cabinet large enough to take the TF's wings and he has done a superb job on one of the rear ones. I want to repair any non original holes in the fire wall and then get it blasted. He has an excellent match for the TF's ivory colour and I am tempted to get him to coat the firewall. I have had lots of the metal work powdered in satin black and it looks superb - especially the Vokes air filters. I must alert any kind person who reponds that I will probally come back to them with a photo of the drivers' side of the fire wall!


Jan t

J Targosz

Jan - I think this is what you are looking for Cheers - Dave
David DuBois

Does this help?
If resolution is not good enough send me an email and I'll get back to you with an attachment.
hootersvilledavid "at" yahoo "dot" com

David Sheward

Hi David S (and David DB)

Just what I needed - if you are ever in Scotland there is a glass of Macallan waiting for you!

Jan T
J Targosz

Jan, I believe the holes you identified as 1, 2 and 3 are to be used to bolt the bracket for the headlamp high beam switch on LHD cars.
Jim Merz

I had holes 1, 2 and 3 on my car but welded them up not knowing what they were for, LHD dimmer switch makes sense. I would leave them there if I were you, perhaps put grommets in them. My car has two sets of holes for the flasher relay just like your car, I have seen it on other cars too.
The image that Jim posted is from Malcolm Green's book titled MG T Series Restoration.
Max Irvine

Here's an image of the dipper switch screw location on the 53 LHD TD. Bud:

Bud Krueger


One each of the holes you marked 4 & 5 was leaded in on my car.


J E Carroll

I don't know if it was the previous owner, the dealer or the factory that fitted a heater to my car but they had a excellent way of routing the pipe from the rear of the cylinder head. They drilled a small hole, about 3/8" diammeter close to the large hole that the temperature gauge sender fits through. They then filed a slot between the two holes. The sender is first pushed through the large hole and the capillary through the slot into the smaller hole which has a split grommet. This leaves the large hole vacant for the heater rubber pipe. A good idea!

Jan T
J Targosz

Jan, it was not done at the factory. They didn't install any heaters. A dealer or owner improvement.
Jim Merz

A pic of my firewall with mostly original features including hole #7.


M Magilton

This thread was discussed between 23/08/2013 and 27/08/2013

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