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1500 brass radiator filler plug - were these stock?

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CountBasey Thomas Basey
Brunswick, OH, USA   USA
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Opus"
I was doing some minor engine detailing and took a soft wire brush to a few metal areas under the hood (just getting the years of oxidation off) when I hit the thermostat housing and coolant filler plug. I was surprised to find that my steel looking filler plug was actually brass (yes - it was THAT dirty). See pic below.

Just wondering if the brass plug was ever stock, or if someone replaced mine at some point? I know I’ve seen male square head versions of this same plug (which appear to be steel).



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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
I believe the brass plug was stock.

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yycmidget Dave B
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
I think that they were stock to a certain point in time, but later 1500's had plastic plugs. I went through a few of those in the early years - the head of the plug would twist off and leave the threaded portion behind if the plug was more than a year or two old. Eventually I found a brass plug and all has been well since.



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spettro9 Silver Member John Loiacono
Cedar Grove, NJ, USA   USA
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Laurel"
1999 Volkswagen Golf
2001 Saturn SC1 "Vicky"
My 76 has a brass one too.
It's so pretty...

Here's a pic showing it and the brass piece I made to replace really pitted steel piece in thermostat cover.


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CountBasey Thomas Basey
Brunswick, OH, USA   USA
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Opus"
I didn't even know those two pieces came apart. Nice!



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