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Ahmed Avatar
Ahmed Silver Member Ahmed EL Abasiry
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1958 MG MGA
1972 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB
Were the trunk and hood latches zinc plated from the factory or painted body colour?



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lgorg Larry Gorg
Renton, WA, USA   USA
1966 MG MGB "Robbie"
Do not know about later years, but on my 67 MK1, the latches are painted body color.

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Ahmed Silver Member Ahmed EL Abasiry
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1958 MG MGA
1972 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB
I just checked Clausger too and all cars photographed there are painted body colour, except for one which looked chrome plated. Perhaps by the owner.
I guess I'll paint mine body colour too.

Still wondering why did they do this at the factory instead of leaving them zinc plated, which looks better than paint imo



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lgorg Larry Gorg
Renton, WA, USA   USA
1966 MG MGB "Robbie"
More than likely, all the parts were bolted onto the sheet metal, and then dipped in paint. No way to avoid leaving it zinc plated other than installing it after it was dipped. Do not know the British mind, other than on my MK1 which has toggle switches rather than rocker switches, that up is off and down is on. Worked for Boeing for many years, and was told some airlines want their switches installed with up is off. Local customs, I would imagine.

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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
"other than on my MK1 which has toggle switches rather than rocker switches, that up is off and down is on."

Well toggle switches were the fashion until the "safety experts" said No. Up is off down is on makes infinite sense to me. Think about the original headlight switch which was off/on/on.

Can't help with your question Ahmed; on my Mk1's bonnet it's chromed and on the GT it was "yellow" zinc but it's going to be body colour seeing those sold by Ashley Hinton are zinc and not matching stainless like all his other bonnet furniture. Both my rear "hoops" are chrome but the latching mechanisms are "yellow" zinc.



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Donthuis Don van Riet
Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands   NLD
Originals were all painted over, either on the slam panel or the bonnet up front, but I could buy a full catch and latch set in stainless steel, SS crews included.
It is out of stock with the supplier specialising in stainless now, so I won't put the link in anymore.... eye rolling smiley

(At the rear I never saw an add for stainless on the latch and catch for the boot)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-08-13 06:25 AM by Donthuis.

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riley1489 Gold Member Bruce H
Great White North, QC, Canada   CAN
1953 Jaguar XK120
1959 Riley 1.5 "King George"
1973 MG MGB
In reply to # 3571962 by Ahmed Still wondering why did they do this at the factory instead of leaving them zinc plated, which looks better than paint imo

Ahmed,
We need to remember that MGBs were not built at Abingdon, rather the bodies were manufactured and assembled, (@ Pressed Steel, Swindon) and moved to paint, (@ Coventry or Cowley) then moved onto the Abingdon facility for final assembly. Many road miles between body build & assembly. Upon arrival at Abingdon the (previously fitted and painted) bonnet is tagged, removed and re installed near the end of the assembly line. Painting everything just made sense.

The final assembly @ Abingdon being installing the drive train, fastening the shiny bits, etc..

B



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Ahmed Silver Member Ahmed EL Abasiry
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1958 MG MGA
1972 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB
In reply to # 3571971 by lgorg Do not know the British mind, other than on my MK1 which has toggle switches rather than rocker switches, that up is off and down is on. Worked for Boeing for many years, and was told some airlines want their switches installed with up is off. Local customs, I would imagine.

I always wondered the same Larry and it drove me nuts when I used to live in the UK but I think there maybe logic behind their madness. I think it is to do with the on/off indicator on the switch, since in most case we look at switches from the top, it makes sense to place this indicator at the top end of the switch, which naturally makes the ON position at the bottom (so that the indicator is visible). You can see it below in the very common Mains power switch.

So, it really goes back to local customs as you pointed out, with perhaps a bit of logic blended in





"... the motor car, after woman, is the most fragile and capricious thing on earth." - London Daily Mail 1908



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-08-13 10:47 AM by Ahmed.

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Gerry Gold Member Gerry Masterman
Prairieville, Louisiana, USA   USA
All of mine were body colored BUT the panel was also painted underneath so the latches had to be painted separately then assembled

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Ahmed Silver Member Ahmed EL Abasiry
Chestermere, Alberta, Canada   CAN
1958 MG MGA
1972 MG MGB
1979 MG MGB
That's an interesting point Gerry. And I would have never noticed.
Thanks...



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riley1489 Gold Member Bruce H
Great White North, QC, Canada   CAN
1953 Jaguar XK120
1959 Riley 1.5 "King George"
1973 MG MGB
In reply to # 3572439 by Gerry All of mine were body colored BUT the panel was also painted underneath so the latches had to be painted separately then assembled

Interesting Gerry,
The complete opposite on my car. In fact I used the 'lack of paint' outline to align my striker plates. confused smiley and the heads of fasteners were also painted.

B



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Donthuis Don van Riet
Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands   NLD
Maybe this issue is OT, but I remember toggle switches being defined with the toggle up, as closed or "on". I remember older airplane cockpit scenes as the same. But I will accept expert advice to the contrary of course.. grinning smiley While I am at it: potentiometers are defined in clockwise direction (think of the rheostat), but watertaps (heater knob) open when turned ant-clockwise.

To be cont'd ?

In reply to # 3572160 by Ahmed
In reply to # 3571971 by lgorg Do not know the British mind, other than on my MK1 which has toggle switches rather than rocker switches, that up is off and down is on. Worked for Boeing for many years, and was told some airlines want their switches installed with up is off. Local customs, I would imagine.

I always wondered the same Larry and it drove me nuts when I used to live in the UK but I think there maybe logic behind their madness. I think it is to do with the on/off indicator on the switch, since in most case we look at switches from the top, it makes sense to place this indicator at the top end of the switch, which naturally makes the ON position at the bottom (so that the indicator is visible). You can see it below in the very common Mains power switch.

So, it really goes back to local customs as you pointed out, with perhaps a bit of logic blended in


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