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Desperate for a screw.....
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Steve B Silver Member Steve Brannan
Weeki Wachee, FL, USA   USA
I started the process of replacing the original seals on my tailgate. The big one went on relatively easily and I finally got the other one lined up with the aluminum retainer strip only to find that I have misplaced the 10 fixing screws. After hunting every possible location in my garage, I drove down to Lowes and picked up what I thought were the right size (5/8 no 8) no dice. Too short. To save myself another fruitless journey can anyone tell me the correct size screws for this application. I also want to make sure I don't puncture the outer tailgate skin when I put them in
Many thanks
Steve

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bencii Ben Colpitts
Mansfield, OH, USA   USA
1966 MG MGB
self tapping, No.6 x 3/8", pozidrive pan head, plated

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twentyover Greg Fast
Lives in SoCal, Resides in the Burbs of Detroit MI, USA   USA
No 8 x 5/8 to short
No 6 x 3/8 correct size.

Am I living in an alternate universe?

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Steve B Silver Member Steve Brannan
Weeki Wachee, FL, USA   USA
LOL.....and there is the problem. The new seal is about a half inch thick and very stiff to compress, then the thickness of the aluminum. #6 sounds right for thickness but looks more like 3/4" long...…
Steve

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bencii Ben Colpitts
Mansfield, OH, USA   USA
1966 MG MGB
That was based on part no info from moss Europe, but without part no from OP I could have easily looked at wrong one.

In reply to # 3894595 by twentyover No 8 x 5/8 to short
No 6 x 3/8 correct size.

Am I living in an alternate universe?

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Jeepstang Gary Alvino
Beverly Hills, FL, USA   USA
You dirty old manmoon

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Ken Plumstead Avatar
Smithers, BC, Canada   CAN
1965 MG MGB
1968 MG MGC GT
In reply to # 3894507 by bencii self tapping, No.6 x 3/8", pozidrive pan head, plated

If we are talking about the aluminum finisher strip at the top of the tail gate (Retainer - outer sealing rubber) p/n AHH 7818, Ben is right. According to the BMC Service Parts List, page BD3, they are part number PTZ603. Posidrive screw size #6 - ⅜" long.

Having said that, that does seem to be a bit short.

Ken



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Steve B Silver Member Steve Brannan
Weeki Wachee, FL, USA   USA
I used a 3/4" #6 in the end, only to find that when the hatch was on I had a 3/4" gap all the way around. It looked terrible. So I took the new seals off and put on the McGregor outside seal and it looks much better. I suspect the newer old style seals are quite a lot thicker than the originals.

Now I am trying to find a source for the large countersunk pozi-drive screws that hold the hinge to the hatch. Oddly, neither Moss or Victoria British list them. Are they the same as those in the door hinges? Anybody have a part number?
Steve

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bencii Ben Colpitts
Mansfield, OH, USA   USA
1966 MG MGB
Is this the one you mean? SF605061 £0.55 SCREW, hinge to tailgate 4required per car.

5/16×3/4 unf

Moss USA Part Number 323-275

It probably will not have the cone end, so if you need that you can order SF605081, which is a 1" long screw. Grind the tip to a point.
Moss USA part no. 323-235

The Moss Europe catalogue is worth downloading has it has just about every nut bolt and washer you will find on the MGB. The General Hardware section has a good description of most items. You can copy and paste the pn into their search field and it will find every location where that part is used and eventually take you to the General Hardware section.
You can also Google the part number and sometimes find the Moss USA part number. Some of the other MGB parts providers sometimes have both part numbers. LBCARCO.com is one and they discount Moss parts.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019-02-19 08:26 PM by bencii.

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