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Placement of MGA Heater ID Plates

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Pawtucket, RI, USA   USA
Dear All,

It has come to our attention that early MGA SMITHS heaters 1955-56-?, had the 2 ID plates riveted horizontally next to each other, while later MGA models had them located vertically.
See my photos.
Anyone know when the change occurred?
Also if you look closely at the early SMITHS Model Number tag, it has a different number that the later one.
I'm sure I will be asked this in the near future and I don't know the answer.

Cecelia

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bisslre Ron Bissland
Kenosha, WI, USA   USA
1956 MG MGA 1500 "The Little Car"
1979 MG MGB
2014 Chevrolet Silverado
Mine are side by side.. #12603 March 9th 1956 build.


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copernicus Nick Kopernik
Cold Spring, CT, USA   USA
Barney has some info on this topic:

http://mgaguru.com/mgtech/heater/hr105.htm

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Tbird ET Taylor
Land O Sky, NC, USA   USA
Side by side.. #22244 Oct 30,1956 build.

So looks like we've narrowed it down to between October 30, 1956 and May 29, 1957.



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Bandersnatch Larry Wheeler
Hillsboro, OR, USA   USA
1957 MG MGA "Rosie 2"
#24684 built Jan 4, 1957, side by side.



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Tbird ET Taylor
Land O Sky, NC, USA   USA
That's interesting Larry - I would have guessed that the change occurred at the beginning of production in 1957.

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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, NC, USA   USA
Smiths probably changed for their scheduling not BMC.



Gary

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Bandersnatch Larry Wheeler
Hillsboro, OR, USA   USA
1957 MG MGA "Rosie 2"
I can't guarantee with 100% certainty that the heater is original as the motor was missing and the entire right side of the car had been replaced. But based on how hard it was to get the box out, it seemed to have been there for a very long time - probably - the life of the car.

Hopefully we'll see some more cars that will verify the findings.



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