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Dashboard, power sockets, what else?
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  This topic is about my 1953 MG TD
Mikelead Mike Leadbeater
York, Yorks, UK   GBR
1953 MG TD
Been thinking again, regarding the two power sockets on the dash, they are rather pointless, so any suggestions as to what else they could be used for, for example warning lights for temperature or oil pressure?

Cheers,

Mike

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jimmac48 Matthew M
Columbus, GA, USA   USA
1950 MG TD
How about turn signal indicator lights?

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groucho Marquis Claude
Chardonne, Vaud, Switzerland   CHE
I have found this nice period correct lamp. It connects quite well to the two cash sockets. And it does work!

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mgyowner Roland Taras
Hemet, CA, USA   USA
Hi Mike. There was a nice tea pot available that pluged into the socket. You can get a plug and make an adapter to charge your cell phone or run a GPS.

Butch

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Steve S Avatar
Abingdon West, Southern California, USA   USA
A lot of things on old cars can be considered useless, but no need to change things just because you don't use them. Unless you need a feature that has nowhere else to go of course. The power sockets are not only an interesting piece of old technology (and a great conversation starter), but are just as useful as a modern car's power socket. It's a 12-volt supply just like a cigar lighter. You can charge your handheld devices or anything else you would plug into your modern. Or go nostalgic and thumb through the Lucas accessory catalog to see the kind of things they used to sell to run off your dashboard.

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Bridge Builder Leonard Hills
Sequim, WA, USA   USA
Heads up display. Mine works great, true speed.

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AZTD Silver Member Mike Grogan
Glendale, AZ, USA   USA
1953 MG TD
If you still have a positive earth car, then you can use the plugs with a wired USB charger for your phone or what ever.
Because modern gadgets are Negative earth you can burn it out if hooked the wrong way.
Maybe hook up a sound system.
Or a air cooler for the seating area.



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Steve S Avatar
Abingdon West, Southern California, USA   USA
The power sockets work for either polarity. Electrical (non electronic) devices typically don't care so you can plug them in however you like. But if plugging in electronic devices then don't plug them the wrong way. If they don't have polarity protection then damage can occur.

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Robert H Gold Member Robert Harvey
Wichita, KS, USA   USA
1951 MG TD "Millicent Grace (Millie)"
In reply to # 3904950 by groucho I have found this nice period correct lamp. It connects quite well to the two cash sockets. And it does work!

Where can one get that light?

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Lyndakh83 Lynda Humphries
Boise, ID, USA   USA
1950 MG TD
I would like to know where you bought it, also...Thanks, Lynda

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Steve S Avatar
Abingdon West, Southern California, USA   USA
It's called a "butlers lamp" or "inspection lamp". They are commonly found at autojumbles and on eBay. There are several varieties depending on the age of the lamp. There are several on eBay right now.

Here is an early one, probably 1930's-40's: https://ebay.us/hrIM4a
And here's a later one, appropriate for TD/TF and many other British cars of the period: https://ebay.us/jcMwZ9

Also search for "Lucas inspection lamp" because even if the lamp wasn't made by Lucas, the plug was. So people sometimes assume the whole thing is Lucas. They did make inspection lamps also but I don't think they are as common. Here's one on eBay that looks age-appropriate for TD/TF: https://ebay.us/MUkKic

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binky Bill Blick (Disabled)
Disabled Account, Antarctica   ATA
I thought that was for the AED charge cord? Keeps my unit charged and ready. Be prepared.

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groucho Marquis Claude
Chardonne, Vaud, Switzerland   CHE
Steve is perfectly right. I bought mine on ebay.uk. I don't remember the price though. It had no plug, but I found a Lucas repro that fils perfectly. And the bulb was good!

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TD4834 Bill Chasser
Sacramento, CA, USA   USA
1950 MG TD
1951 MG TD MkII
They show up occasionally on eBay. Usually known as a trouble light. Reproduction parts are available to fix them and may even be available whole. I think FTFU sells reproduction parts for them



Bill Chasser
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