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MG TD TF 1500 - Holes in back of the seat rear

I am struggling to decide if the two holes in the rear seat back are meant to be open when the vinyl cover is fitted.

Some older pictures do show them open. I suppose that these are there to release air when you first sit against the back section of the seat.

Which way would you do it ?
Mel Pascoe

If open they may invite vermin over the winter.
Mine are closed.

Jim B.
JA Benjamin

See picture #42. This is an unrestored TD and the holes are present. I've seen some restored versions with a screen in the holes.

Timothy Burchfield

Here's my unrestored '53 TD seat back with open holes.

Joe Olson

Agree that the purpose was to let out air when sitting. I'm leaning towards covering them internally with black coloured mesh to keep out uninvited occupants. The holes are definitely original and can be clearly seen in many of the driver's handbook illustrations. Joe's pic shows the locations. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

Ugh how did I ever miss that detail? Iím still learning and thatís a good thing

Bill Chasser
W A Chasser

Many thanks for your replies
I think I will go for holes with mesh
Mel Pascoe

The mesh should be able to be fitted to the forward side of the timber back so it is less visible and also wouldn't show the shape of the piece under the vinyl. That's what I plan to do. Cheers
Peter TD 5801
P Hehir

This thread was discussed between 12/11/2018 and 13/11/2018

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