The MGA Restoration Project

Page Thirty Four:    Fast Progress with Reassembly

Under the dashboard, we see the steering column in the center, with the speedometer cable and a defroster vent tube to the left. On the far right are the turn signal controller and indicator light.

Looking from the passenger's side, the radio is the gray box on the lower left. Just above it, and just to the left of the defroster vent tube, are the two windshield defroster vents.

One of the new wheels and authentic wide-whitewall tires as exported to North America, along with their new knockoff. The old knockoffs looked as if they'd been applied and removed with a jack hammer. These feature the MG crest in the middle, just like the original. This was one of the last MGAs with the crested knockoffs. Later cars had plain "BMC universal" knockoffs fitted.

The combined oil pressure and temperature gauge was is pretty rough shape, and it was more economical to replace it. This is the new gauge, made by Smiths in England. At the time the MGA was made, Smiths had another gauge line, Jaeger, and all MGA gauges had the Jaeger logo. Unfortunately, the desirability of this level of authenticity is lost on the folks at Smiths, and this unit carries the Smiths brand. I suppose we're lucky that they're even making these at all. Try getting an OEM oil pressure guage for a 50 year old Chevy!

As a concession to safety, modern H4 haolgen headlights are fitted. A vast improvement over the sealed beam units required in America at the time, they're more like the replacable-bulb lights common in Europe. Also plainly evident in the grille opening are the hoses which carry outside air to the heater/vent (left) and carburetors (right).


Though it hardly seems like the type of car designed for such service, several MGAs were employed by the Lancashire Police Department for traffic patrol.

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