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RE: MGA Project Update - latch tapping plate/tail light wiring

To: "'Cordell, Ralph PhD'" <>
Subject: RE: MGA Project Update - latch tapping plate/tail light wiring
From: Christopher Delling <>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 13:47:11 -0500
I have used a product called Rivnuts with good sucess.  Essentially a =
threaded fastener, in a aluminum sheath.  They are installed in a blind =
hole much the same way that a pop rivet works.  The installation tool =
isn't cheap ($30???), but they work real well.  They come in various =
standard thread sizes.  I bought mine through a distributor:

Crawford Products
Phone 614-890-1822
(Columbus Ohio)

Don't recall the manufacturer name.


Chris Delling

-----Original Message-----
From:   Cordell, Ralph PhD []
Sent:   Wednesday, April 01, 1998 10:01 AM
To:     'MG submission'
Subject:        MGA Project Update - latch tapping plate/tail light wiring

I finished hooking up the lights yesterday evening and took the 'A' for
the most extended ride yet - just around Tucker.  Stopped at BP & filled
her up - not quite the class of the Seinfeld commercial but close. =20
I had forgotten how noisy these little buggers are - not just the
engine/exhaust but the fuel pump ticks, the voltage regulator clicks,
numerous whirs and rattles.  Some of these probably don't belong there
and I'll be asking about them as I sort em out.   Down-shifted into my
first corner in over 30 years - what a trip!!  I took it a bit wider
than I'd've liked but I had to hold the drivers side door shut.
I was itching to drive it to work this AM but it rained.  Tomorrow is
supposed to be nice so I'll try it tomorrow.  A buddy checked out the
dent from my weekend mishap - said it should be no problem to pound out.
I had a few things to touch-up anyway so no big deal wrto paint.  My
goal was to have it on the road by the time the azaleas bloomed - looks
like I just made it. =20

Question - My turn signal indicators don't work.  I am not sure I hooked
up the tail lights properly and may have switched wires (red vs
white/red & red vs white/purple I believe).  Does this make any
difference? =20

Suggestions on replacing/installing/repairing a latch tapping plate that
fell inside the post would be appreciated.  I'd thought about drilling
and tapping a piece of scrap steel rather than pay $14 to Moss.  How do
you hold it in place when the latch is not bolted on?

Thanks much.

ralph cordell
'59 MGA (On the Road Again!!)
'84 Turbo Regal (next project - engine is balanced - will be a beast)
'87 Grand National
'96 Roadmonster            =09

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