Everyday modifications for your MGF and TF
The books in the Everyday Modifications series from Crowood are designed to guide classic car owners through the workshop skills needed to make their cars easier to use and enjoy. MG expert Roger Parker offers his advice on a range of modifications and changes can be applied to the MGF and MG TF, which will not impinge on the practical daily use of the cars. With important and specific safety information and advice throughout, the book also covers: body and interior changes; brake, suspension and steering upgrades; wheel and tyre options; powertrain upgrades; electrical system upgrade options and finally, setting up and specific maintenance aspects. Illustrated with over 450 images, this is a valuable technical resource for the MGF and TF owner.
The MG Story 1923-1980
The first MGs were a small number of cars sold with special bodywork by Morris Garages, but by the 1930s the MG had come to be recognised as the archetypical sporting car. The rapid development of the marque, and the cars’ domination in their class of competition entry lists, is down to the energy, enthusiasm and skills of a small number of key personalities. Here, as well as in-depth studies of all models produced, there are biographies of those most involved with MG development, record breaking and motor sport. This book sets out to recount, in the form of a series of articles, the story of the marque from 1923 until the Abingdon factory closed in 1980. At that time this small market town housed what was probably the world’s largest producer of sports cars. Many of the competition efforts by both factory-supported entries and private owners are covered in detail and help show why MGs became so well known. To illustrate the text there are both black-and-white archive photographs from the author’s collection and a great many modern colour pictures of restored cars. Period advertising material has also been included. The wide range of topics covered gives the reader a real insight into the evolution of the company and its cars, and into the unique character of MGs that is the reason why they remain so popular.
MG by Jonathan Wood
Britain’s most popular sporting marque, MG has emerged as one of a handful of British motoring names to survive into the 21st century. From the quintessential open two-seater MG Midget, through the booming post-war years and the emergence of MG as a provider of sports cars for the world, Jonathan Wood provides an in-depth analysis of the rise and fall of a motoring legend. Examining the various models in detail, the author covers the financial and corporate traumas which afflicted the company, its brief resurgence in 1995 with the release of the MGF and the final sad chapter which saw a British icon sold off to foreign investors. As production begins again at the Longbridge factory after a three-year hiatus, this is an informative and at times touching glimpse into the history of one of the world’s most recognisable sports cars.
MG Z Cars
The MG Z cars were produced at a pivotal time when the MG Rover Group separated from their previous owners BMW and stood alone in the highly competitive mass car market. In this readable book, motoring journalist and Austin Rover expert Craig Cheetham reveals the inside story of the development of the range of MG Z cars that were designed to save the company.
The book explores the formation of the Phoenix Corporation, the holding company for the MG Rover Group. It also looks at the design and engineering initiatives that would make the MG Z cars more than just a clever rebranding exercise, producing cars with lasting appeal.
The book describes the MG Z versions of the Rover 25, the Rover 45 and the Rover 75, providing insights into how each of the models was re-engineered to meet the demanding standards of MG’s heritage. It also describes the fortunes of the Z cars in motorsport, in particular the British Touring Car Championship.
The book reveals how, despite all these efforts, MG Rover eventually ran out of money, bringing an end the British-owned mass car industry.
MGF/TF Restoration Manual
MGF/TF Restoration Manual provides the MGF/TF owner with a complete workshop guide to mechanical and body restoration for the cars. It shows the reader how to assess a car’s condition and breaks each task down into step-by-step photography and instructions, from minor repairs and maintenance procedures to a full engine strip and rebuild.
MGB Electrical Systems
This book is essential reading for every MGB enthusiast. The mechanical aspects and the restoration of the vehicle have been written about in numerous publications but the so often maligned electrical systems has never before been comprehensively covered. For those new to vehicle electrical systems the book provides a simple primer using mechanical analogies. Each system in the car has its own chapter, with simple and uncluttered circuit diagrams in which each wire can be seen in its real colours. More than a how-to-do guide, the book also explains the why of each system and procedure, aiding diagnostics when things don t go quite as they should. The many fault finding guides help pin those elusive problems down. For those wishing to improve the car for reliability and safety.
MGs on Patrol
In the past a large number of M.G. sports and touring cars were used by United Kingdom police forces as patrol cars. This book sets out to both give full details of the cars used, compiled from surviving police, company and club records, and in their own words tell the story of the men and women who drove them
MGF and TF Buyers Guide
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from Rob Hawkins’ years of MGF/TF experience, learn how to spot a bad car quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right MG at the right price! Packed with good advice – from running costs, through paperwork, vital statistics, valuation, and the MGF/TF community, to whether an MGF/TF will suit you and your lifestyle – this is the complete guide to choosing, assessing and buying the MGF/TF of your dreams.
This book is an essential aid if you are thinking of buying an MGF or TF. Written by Rob Hawkins, who has test driven, repaired and modified many of these cars since they first appeared in 1995, every page of this book includes useful information to help ensure you choose the right model and spot any nasty problems. There’s so much to consider; whether to opt for an economical 40mpg 1.8 K-series or 160bhp VVC engine, hydragas or coilover suspension, standard or AP Racing brakes, standard or limited edition wheels, cloth or leather trim, hard top or soft top. Also, there are collectible versions of the MGF and TF, and this book shows how to identify them – these cars will certainly become classics.
Original MGB with MGC and MGB GT V8 Restorers guide
- Hardcover: 152 pages
- Publisher: Herridge & Sons Ltd
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906133182
- ISBN-13: 978-1906133184
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 30.5 cm
MGs, the Mini, and Me
Dudley Pike grew up with MGs: he, his father and two brothers all worked in the MG factory. This is the story of Dudley’s 45 years in the motor industry, from his apprenticeship at the MG works in Abingdon, progressing to the preparation of rally cars, moving on to the retail trade, and finally returning to the manufacturers.
Dudley enjoyed his life in the industry, and here he shares some of his experiences during his apprenticeship and within the Competitions Department of BMC/BL, giving the reader inside experience of what it was like preparing the cars for a very successful rally team.
Adapting to work in the retail trade, after the closure of the Competitions Department, Dudley maintains he was always in the right place at the right time, with one notable exception when he spent the night in jail.
MGF and TF: The Complete Story
In the wake of the demise of the MG Midget and MGB, there seemed little prospect for the MG badge beyond being used as a kind of ‘GTi’ badge for various Austins and Rovers. However, thanks to the determination of a few people – and an enduring affection in public hearts – the tale has had a happier ending. This is the story of that journey – from desolation to rebirth, just like the phoenix from which the project that created the MGF took its name.
Rover K-Series engine
Getting a Rover K-Series engine properly up and running can be a difficult task, but the result is always worthwhile. Rover K-Series Engine – Maintenance, Repair and Modification is a practical guide to keeping these unique engines in fine working order. The most well-known issue with the K-Series is the head gasket, and this book identifies common faults, before giving practical advice on how best to solve them. Step-by-step guidance on long-term engine maintenance is provided, in addition to the improvements required to prevent further problems. A K-Series engine is stripped down to examine its clever and interesting structure, and is rebuilt with improvements. Authors of over twenty automotive books, Iain Ayre and Rob Hawkins have combined their knowledge to bring you this book on the Rover K-Series engine. Topics covered include the history of the K-Series; common faults and solutions; full strip down and rebuild; the Rover KV6; modifications for power and reliability; electronics and programming and comparisons with similar engine options.
Original MGA The Restorer’s Guide
With their strong mechanical elements, solid construction and useful performance, few classic British sports cars are quite so practical to own today as the MGAs built from 1955 to 1962. The aim of this book is to show, in words and pictures, how MGAs altered in detail through the course of production, in order to enable owners, enthusiasts and prospective purchasers to identify the parts, finishes and equipment that are correct for their car. Colour photography of outstanding specimens shows every permutation of MGA specification in remarkable detail. The MGA Restorer’s Guide is accepted by classic car owners, buyers and enthusiasts as the definitive source of advice on correct original and authentic specifications and equipment. Information has been drawn from factory records, parts lists and catalogues, as well as the accumulated knowledge of the most respected restorers.
The MGA The complete Story
Introduced in 1955 as a replacement for the TF Midget the MGA, hailed as the ‘first of a new line’, marked the beginning of MG’s most successful era. It was available in both roadster and coup forms and the MGA Twin-Cam, introduced in 1958, set new standards for affordable ohc-engined sports cars. MGA – The Complete Story relates the full history of this enduringly popular car.
Topics covered include: complete history of all MGA versions; full technical specifications for each model; details of the cars’ racing fortunes and finally, advice on buying and maintaining an MGA.
RV8 The Manufacturing Story
The authors have produced a detailed, factual description of the RV8 manufacturing process together with an outline of the staff involved. The content is based on material in the Club’s archives, interviews with the management and production staff involved with the RV8 production and ensures that this fascinating detail of RV8 history is not lost to posterity.
The book begins with an interesting outline of the formation of the 16 strong production team involved in RV8 manufacture and their duties. It then covers the manufacturing process from body shell build, painting, to vehicle assembly. Further chapters also describe the assembly facility layout, build documentation produced and vehicle production dates. A later chapter on anecdotes told to the authors by the various production team members adds further human interest to the story. Also included is a timeline of RV8 production, five detailed appendices (eg monthly production stats and colour totals by market) and a glossary of terms. The book contains many quality photos of the production process and staff which have never been published before.
The book is not intended to be the equivalent of a Haynes maintenance manual. It provides the reader with a detailed description of the RV8 manufacturing process and its human side and consequently will become a valuable future record.
For an MG focused book it is probably unique in its approach to the subject and is an interesting read in terms of content and style. It is an A4 sized book with a quality feel to it, although it is not a hardback. There is a contents page but no separate index although it is debatable whether one is necessary considering the nature of the book.
This book is the definitive study, for the author has gone back to factory records and to the people who worked on the car in the ‘fifties, to find out how it was conceived, manufactured and marketed. Here is the real story of the MGA’s engineering, body styling and every aspect of the car’s development and production – including MG’s strategy to beat its competitors.In seven years of production, there were major successes and sad disappointments. The MGA was the car that was “right first time” and though the Twin Cam variant was a nightmare for the factory, it is now the most sought after model.This book tells how the sleepy Thames-side village of Abingdon became a mass-production centre for the MGA, how the MGA became one of America’s best-loved sports cars and how the MGA has become one of today’s classic cars, cherished by enthusiastic owners all over the world.
MGA Buyer’s guide
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from the author’s years of MGA ownership, learn how to spot a bad car quickly and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right car at the right price! Judged by many to be the most attractive MG ever produced, the MGA is not only good-looking, but also fun to drive, coping very well with modern traffic demands. In this book you will find advice on choosing the right model, and discussion about potential ownership costs. Practicality and comfort are considered, allowing you to assess suitability for touring, and issues of legality, originality and roadworthiness are also raised. With information for a quick and easy condition evaluation, leading if required to a more serious one with a unique marking system, plus 100 colour photographs, this is a must-buy for anyone thinking of purchasing an MGA. Features: * See through the eyes of experienced MGA owners, and bring 40+years of expertise to your search for the perfect MGA * Full coverage of all 1500, 1600 and Twin Cam roadsters and coupés * Where and how to buy an MGA * Advice on choosing the right model and condition * Key checks how to spot a bad car quickly * Comprehensive inspection guide * In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses * Discussion of desirable upgrades, as well as modifications to avoid * Market and value data predicts which models will become collectable * Details of club back-up and support organisations
MGB & MGB GT expert guide
This book represents the collected knowledge of many MGB experts and allows problems to be identified and assessed quickly, and then to be dealt with in the most appropriate way. Features: First book in the exciting new Auto-Doc series from Veloce Publishing. With Auto-Doc the doctor’s on call 24-7. Your very own expert on all the MGB’s common faults and foibles – and how to fix them. Establish quickly by , sound, vibration, appearance or smell what fault a symptom represents and how serious the problem is. The essential companion for all owners of MGBs & MGB GTs (except V8 models)
Haynes MGB Restoration Manual
Give new life to your MGB! With the aid of nearly 1,400 illustrations, and a text aimed at the do-it-yourselfer, this information-packed volume provides detailed, step-by-step information on everything you need to renovate your MGB body, interior, upholstery, engine, and electrical components. Contains complete and detailed information on how to build a Heritage MGB, and tells how to buy an MGB, MGC or MGB V8 and the pitfalls to avoid. The finest MGB restoration book published to date.