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MG TD TF 1500 - Exterior TD Piping

The following are a few pics showing an elderly gentleman sewing up the exterior piping. These were taken by my wife as proof of my ability to sew. The piping is yet to be dyed to match the ivory paint using a specially formulated and colour matched automotive fabric dye, which will happen once the strips are sewn. Not quite as anal as it seems as I simply followed the holes made when the nylon cord that I'm just now replacing with EPDM rubber, was sewn in by machine. Cheers
Peter TD 5801

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P Hehir

Looking good Peter. When I was finishing TD-4834 I found material for the piping that was an exact match for my paint. I didn’t need to paint the piping which I was very happy about. The ivory paint was color matched to the color original paint found under the factory welting. I simply did a light wet sand with 1500 grit and a hand buff out to get a usable sample. I was quite satisfied with the end result. I have enough left over material stored away to make kit for three cars. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have spares available for future need.

Have you had a chance to fire off your engine? Any color in the car yet?

Cheers Mate

Bill Chasser
W A Chasser

Actually a major part of the reason for this approach was because the alterations lady who does car related stuff for me couldn't machine stitch because of the existing holes and this would have meant trashing the existing strips. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

Some progress Bill. Still raining here with only two rain free days forecast over the next 3 weeks, but I expect the humidity will still be problematic. I had a window of two days a couple of weeks ago where the humidity dropped to 25% in the afternoon and the temperature was around that figure. I fired up the dehumidifier once I'd painted and left it run overnight and now have the tub completely painted. However I still need to finish under the rear wheel arches.

About to test fit the side curtain and hood frames on packing while the weather remains crappy. Next step is to fit the interior tub piping so I can then make the trim for the front and rear quarter panel boards and also fit the finished dash. Then maybe I can kick her in the guts! Be great to hear the old girl fire up for the first time since 1971. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

Finally, after all these years of reading and mostly enjoying Peter's posts, I now have a face to go with the name.

J. K. Chapin

"Finally, after all these years of reading and mostly enjoying Peter's posts, I now have a face to go with the name."

Somebody go fix this :-)
Christopher Couper

That was in another life Chris. There's quite a bit missing and I was actually born in Brisbane. But who cares? I'm only interested these days in getting the info about TD's right. Cheers
Peter D 5801
P Hehir

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