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  • #233372
    Richard Johnson
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    @rrffjj

    Was just looking through the photo gallery….
    Nice rigs everyone has. Was really intrigued with the different dash layouts. Lots of good ideas for mine. Also saw a couple of different luggage racks. WHICH I DEFINITELY NEED. One of the styles shown was like the old trunk mounts used on Healeys, MGB’s, etc. but with longer mounting legs allowing them to be used covering the spare tire.
    My now long winded question is “Where might I find one”?
    Appreciate any/all replies.
    Richard

    #243798
    edward ericson
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    @edsnova

    Someone had a crackin’ rack made from one of those “tire steps” they sell in JC Whitney and elsewhere: you know, the kind that hang over the top of a tire so you can–I guess–step up and grab stuff off the roof of your SUV?

    They’re like $15-$50.

    Hang that on your spare then pile your baggage on the step. Strap it down with a few bungies & hit the road.

    Looks nothing like the stock chromed wire racks the originals sometimes sport, but very practical and cheap for travelin’ types.

    And BTW, not all owners of the originals are free-spendin’ snoot-heads trying to drop hundreds at Moss Motors every day. This guy made his own out of maple wood. He’s a lot like us.

    #243799
    Larry Murphy
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    @larry-murphy

     Some of the early kits ,Daytona MiGI,I think, used what look to me to be the British type you mentioned. They used short lengths of  round tubing with threaded rod running thru it to space the rack above the tire.

     Later some kit manufacturers made their own racks designing them to clear the tire.

     IMHO the racks that are mounted only to the fiberglass engine cover[gas tank] are more for looks as the weight of the spare tire and wheel are already supported by the strength of the fiberglass and adding more weight may be more than it can handle.

    #243800
    Richard Johnson
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    @rrffjj

    The Runyon rack that Moss has is really what I’d like but at present the $$$ isn’t burning a hole in my pocket. What I’m currently considering is a 1928-31 Model A Ford rack that I see on Ebay for around $100. Chrome w/wood slats. Sharp looking luggage rack. I think mounts could be fabricated to attach to the bumper brackets (still mulling that over). That might be the way I’ll go if I can’t find anything closer to standard looking that won’t break the bank.
    I just bought my little TD and it needs a bit of work. ie: finish the wiring, full interior, replace the dash, you know the drill.

    #243801
    James Cochran
    Participant

    @jascochran

    I am the one with the tire stepper on the spare in Ed’s post. I actually hauled

    a steamer trunk on it. I found a chrome one that I plan on buying this

    summer. The folding stepper has worked great for me.

    #243802
    Richard Johnson
    Participant

    @rrffjj

    Well it looks like no luggage rack for me. Did a whole bunch of measuring and number crunching and ended up with zip…I can’t use the tire step idea because my spare tire actually lays on the rear gas tank cover. P195/60 R14. It’s a fat tire with no space between it and the cover. In fact, it overhangs past the rear bumper by 4″. So that kills the bumper bracket mounting idea. And the 28-31 Ford Model A racks are 31″ wide so I can’t mount that one horizontally over the tire because it covers the gas cap leaving no way to add petrol. Tis a quandry, eh? Just have to travel light.
    Enough of this chit-chat. Time to head out to the garage and yank the dash out. Have to finish the re-wiring job the last owner stalled out on. He started to install a new main fuse block and only hooked up 1 dash gauge and left ALL other wires hanging below the dash. AND NOT A ONE OF THEM IS MARKED AS TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM OR WHERE THEY GO.

    #243803
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    How does this Moss Motors rack attach to my car?  Do I need to drill the fiberglass?  What position is the rack in for weight bearing use? How much stress is put on the fiberglass?  If I take a trip with my London Roadster, I have some space up front for one, but not for two 22 – inch carry one size bags.

    http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexI D=34807

    PMOSSBERG40702.9075694444

    #243804
    Peter C. King
    Participant

    @bdriver

     

    Have you considered a trailer hitch and a motorcycle cargo trailer? No weight on the engine cover. You can leave it behind when you don’t need it. 

    #243805
    Larry Murphy
    Participant

    @larry-murphy

     I’m not sure that you can use a rack designed for the MG on your London Roadster. They mount to the rear of the body using the same mounts as the spare tire rack and the lower mounts attach to the bumper brackets If you enlarge the Moss picture,you can get an idea of how the rack fits to the MG.

    #243806
    Greg SChauber
    Participant

    @clkdoc

    I purchased the Moss luggage rack for my BCW TD. As the guys at Carlisle saw. It can be mounted to the BCW tire rack. I had to fabricate a 3″ extension bracket, top and bottom mount to clear the tier. Once made the rack work just fine and will hold quite a load. Best of luck with the fiber deck lids.
    Greg

    #243807
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    The Moss Motors offering won’t work for me.  I don’t have the same kind of bumper attachment.

    I looked at one tire step and the weight limit was only 150 pounds.  That might be OK for a few pieces of luggage, but if I wanted to use it for my van, I would be too heavy for that rack, and it was priced over $57.00 not including shipping.

    http://www.etrailer.com/Accessory-Step/Thule/TH232.html?fee d=npn”

    Does anyone have a source for leather straps that can be wrapped around a bag or two.  I like the idea of using leather straps to hold the luggage down, if I ever get that far…

    MGLondonRoadste40753.7869791667

    #243808
    ray10
    Participant

    @ray10

    you might try a bridle tack shop (horse supplies)they can tell you who can make up some .

    http://www.bitnbridletackshop.com/

    TDREPLICA Map

    http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=7f9174ad614e43b680deba085b0abf48

    #243809
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    MGLR…There is a guy on the Speedster forum that does custom saddelry. He also makes luggage straps for the speedster guys.

    I’ll dig out his contact info and pm you

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #243810
    Paul Mossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    MGLR,

    Dusty Johnson, a Porsche Speedster owner and member of
    Speedsterowners.com is a leather worker. He makes luggage straps to fit
    Speedster luggage racks. I’m sure he could help you out.

    Here is Dusty’s web site:

    http://www.pvsaddleshop.com/

    And his email from the link on his web site: dustyjohn@aol.com

    When you contact him, just tell him you got his info from a speedsterowners.com member.

    Sorry it took so long to dig this info out.

    PMOSSBERG40768.7395486111

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to https://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #243811
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    Thanks guys, I just saw the updates, so that’s my bad for the delay. Actually, no delay yet, as I’m getting the fiberglass repaired and the top repaired, THEN I can think about a luggage rack and straps.  But this is great information to start with.

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