by Jim Melvin
Vintage MG Club of So. Calif.

This topic was brought up in a thread on the UKMG BBS with information from David Sander who got it from Norm Jambard who has done it to four TFs.  David's comment is this, "I approve of this modification, as it makes the TF ownership much easier and makes no change in the appearance of the car.  Below is the text of Jim Melvin from his article.  Text changes suggested by David and Norm are shown in red.  Bud

 At GoF-West '73, I first showed the cut valances of my TF and have since been deluged with questions from TF enthusiasts as to how this was accomplished. Hope these sketches and article will enlighten.
     Before removing the wings and valances, take a felt-tip pen and mark the area of the valance that the fender welt covers, which is approximately 1.25".  Mark a line on top of the fender and underside the fender flange.

1. Refer to section R.11 "Removing Front Wings, Series TF", In your workshop manual.

2. Clamp the valance to your work bench and mark a compound curve line where you will cut through using the sketch as a guide. Use a saber saw, ear plugs and metal cutting blades lubed with oil.

3. Replace the fixed lower valance, fender and welt, bolting through holes 1,3,5, and 7. The upper modified panel should go in at the front first. The panel will drop securely in place because of the compound curve. Adjust the tie bar for the extra 1/16" inch space and bolt the panel in place using the washers, bolts and wing nuts as per the sketches. Holes #4 and #6 are essential to bolt through, thus securing the upper panel from moving up in the event of a collision.
The modified panel is secure, does not rattle, and makes it a joy to work inside the engine compartment with the Unisyn, wrenches, etc. Engine maintenance can now be undertaken with ease. The carburetors can now be easily  accessed for maintenance and tuning. A Uni-Syn can be easily used for balancing the carburetors.

Stanley hardware 13 inch shelf support brackets may be used to hold up the hood panels. A small right angle bracket was (can be) fabricated and secured to the hood panels. The supports are easy to install with the modified valance panels removed.
Note the battery has been reversed for negative ground. This makes more room for the support bracket when the hood is closed without danger of shorting against the terminals

From Norm Jambard: I never used the 13" Stanley brackets.  What I did was used the largest size fender washers and bent one edge to form a lip using a spacer washer to accomodate the thickness of the side panel.

TF Side Panel Mod

Original Source

This article was originally created by the late Jim Melvin of The Vintage MG Club of So. Calif. (VMG) and published in their Octagon Topics newsletter.The VMG has graciously granted permission to publish the article on Ttalk.  Bud