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Chas 906 Avatar
Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Merry Christmas guys and gals! Poking around in the boot area of my '61 Midget yesterday I noticed that I am missing the spare tire hold down assembly. I put in a request to a couple of my go to guys to see if they can come up with the threaded rod and top plate. Or by looking at the two different assemblies in Terry's book I could make one up myself. However, I have a loose nut inside the welded bracket. Does anyone know if this was supposed to have been tack welded in place or does it move around at will without the threaded rod in place? Also, any idea what thread size and pitch it is? See attached pic.

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Was able to get the nut out of the bracket. It has the same configuration as the opening on one side. Wondering if it was supposed to sit on top of the hole. Haven't figured out the thread size yet. It is fine thread. A 3/8-24 doesn't start. But the nuts threads are a little boogered up. I'll try a 3/8-24 tap.

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1974MGMidget Silver Member Jack Orkin
Grayson, GA, USA   USA
Chuck, here is what mine looks like (note: for a 1974). Threads are 3/8 X 24. Looks like some kind of threaded insert rather than nut. I don't see why you couldn't weld a nut on top, if needed.



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200mph Platinum Member Mike Joy
Winston-Salem, NC, USA   USA
Yep, like Jack's, mine is welded to the top of the opening.

I'd I was making one from scratch, I'd use a coarse thread bolt and nut. Less turning effort taking on and off.

I'd consider use plywood or plastic for the top retainer piece... no scratching the rim and no squeaking/rattling.



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littlecars David Bassett
Nashville, TN, USA   USA
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The "nut" is purpose-designed to fit in the oblong opening, and not really a nut. Mine had dropped too in my 74 Purple Rat. I ended up capturing a standard lug nut under there with wood so the hold down bracket would meet its threads. There are two types of hold down bracket. The one for wire wheels has a longer reach with its threaded portion than the one designed for steel wheels.



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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Thanks guys. Makes sense now!

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Ashley-Hinton Ashley Hinton
Gt Bookham, Surrey, UK   GBR
Hi I make the clamp if you need it see photo
what type of wheels do have ?
Regards Ashley Hinton


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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Hi Ashley. Thanks for the reply. I have chromed wire rims. I do like the hold down you have pictured. How much for one with the correct length?

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Just found it on your E-Bay sight. I'll check the length dim listed and if it's correct order one today. The 3/8-UNF is correct.

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littlecars David Bassett
Nashville, TN, USA   USA
1965 Chevrolet Corvair "Ski Team Transport SOLD!"
1965 MG Midget MkII "Buffoon"
1966 MG Midget MkII "Swiss Cheese...SCRAPPED"
1970 Triumph Spitfire MkIII "Tamara's Turd... SOLD!!!"    & more
In reply to # 3886260 by Ashley-Hinton Hi I make the clamp if you need it see photo
what type of wheels do have ?
Regards Ashley Hinton

That's a very nice piece, Ashley. Some bling for the trunk/boot. Guess I need to check out your expanded offerings.

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Ashley-Hinton Ashley Hinton
Gt Bookham, Surrey, UK   GBR
Hi just some of the 6700 off parts I make hope you like to see the photos
Regards Ashley Hinton


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