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Jeff Stewart's fact sheet from 1971

MGCC member F(E?)27180, South East

Chassis number HDA 46/1152. Chassisnumbers started on 501, so this is TF number 652 out of the factory. Code shows that original colour was black.

Engine numberXPAG/TF/31309

Registration number in England was CTY 850 B, colour ivory.

Engine modifications: none, but rebored +30 thou (1250 cc)

Transmission: standard.

Suspension: standard

Body: Standard except for no tread strips on the running boards.

History: Exported to Canada 1954. Purchased in Nov 1960 in poor condition with 56000 miles on speedo. Engine re-built and gone over generally (x’s etc) Car driven across Canada in October 1962 - 4,800 miles in one trip. Car shipped by freighter 1963 and run a further 3000 miles in Scandinavia (Norway). Used daily in U.K. Now has 102000 on speedo. Will be used for further continental touring and daily use until returning to Canada in 1967. Needless to say - still very satisfied with this model (possessed MGTC for 5 years previously).

Vital information about MG TF 1250 reg. L-600929

Original colour black, then salmon pink ... and now ivory.

MG Car Club sticker
MGCC sticker transfer decal

The car is registered on the «T» Register and we would like it to continue being there.

Disc wheels with near new Michelin X tyres all round.

New sidescreens.

Stainless steel badge bar.

Fitted windscreen washers.

The engine is bored out to +40 thou.

AEG 122 half race camshaft -- 3/32 inch machined from cylinder head.

Twin 1 1/2 inch SU carburettors.

Chromed rockerbox and air cleaners.

New overriders on the bumpers.

Brand new battery.

The engine is barely run-in, this due to the fact that since arriving in Norway, we have hardly used the car.

Parts to go with the car:

New rubbers for body-work all round.

New running board tread strips --complete sets. Both sides.

Spare crankshaft balanced --statically and dynamically, requires grinding to -20 thou.

Workshop manual.

Full tonneau cover.

Radiator muff.

The car has gone approx. 200000 miles. Been all over USA (and Canada) from west to east. Never a let down.

What should be new and requires done:

New top.

Seats upholstered soon ---

New paint job.

Rear springs tempering and setting up.

Brake master cylinder required.

That’s all.


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Identifying the TF from these documents.

The TF was serviced at 54400 miles by Gordon Bros in Vancouver, Canada September 1959 near where the previous owners Jeff and Thurid Stewart lived near Alma Street.

Gordon Bros of Vancouver service slipMG TF service slip
British Motors, Van Ness Avenue, San Fransisco.
MG TF service slip Gordon Bros Vancouver BC Canada and MG TF service slip
British Motors, Van Ness Avenue, San Fransisco.

In September 1960 the TF was serviced by British Motors on 1200 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, USA, at 56685 miles.

MG TF service dealer San Fransisco
MG TF service dealer San Fransisco​
1200 Van Ness Avenue

MG TF service dealer San Fransisco
Was this the entrance to the workshop
where the TF was serviced on the 29th of June 1960?

Houses in Western Addition San Fransisco
MG TF Western Addition San Fransisco​

A San Franciscan TF fitted with extras like bolt-on wire wheels and spare wheel cover. Picture is taken somewhere around Western Addition and California Street and found in "The Face of San Francisco".

Was The TF Canadian?

The BMIH Certificate says the TF was built over three days, 16th - 18th of November 1953 and exported to The USA on the 19th of November, so it could have been american and sold to Vancouver second hand. Jeff Stewart’s fact sheet above says it was exported to Canada 1954. So I assume it was imported to the USA in 1953 and exported to Canada in 1954.

This MG TF's graphic timeline made in Aeon Timeline 2 is here.

MG TF Workshop ManualMG TF Workshop Manual
Remember the Mayonnaise!

In 1961 the engine was rebuilt by British Motorproducts Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada after previous owners bought the car.

British Motor Products engine rebuild plate
British Motor Products engine rebuild plate

Active questions

At which port did the MG land in the US?

Where was it originally sold?

Has the TF been registered in the US?

MG TF BMIHC certificate

MG TF Brooklands aeroscreen

MG TF BMIHC certificate

MG TF Brooklands aeroscreen