The MGA With An Attitude

The spare tire clamp for the MGA Coupe is slightly shorter than the one for the roadster. It is also missing the small heel plate and has the hole/slot in different location. The Coupe part can be made from the roadster part by cutting off the tail and relocating the hole (weld and cut), or elongating the hole upward.

The standard roadster spare tire clamp overall length is 8-1/8 inches. The hole is 1-3/8 inches from the tail end. The wing nut and threaded stud have 7/16-20-UNF thread. A road wheel lug nut will screw onto the stud. Felt pads I bought from Moss Motors are 4-1/4" x 1-3/4" x 3/4". No reason to believe they are wrong (yet). Apparently the original position is left to right just forward of the step in the boot floor, as shown on a prior page. Last time I installed new boot carpet I put the pads front to back on top of the ridges in the lower floor, and they seem to work okay there as well.

With restoration work on my car I found that the diamond shape reinforcement plate under the boot floor was badly rusted where it was never painted between the layers of sheet metal. The boot floor itself was not significantly rusted, so I ground away the entire plate, For a replacement I installed a rectangular plate and soldered it to the boot floor, so no more gap between the layers and no more rust.


There are two pieces of sheet bent to form a "U" shape bracket in the middle to hold the pivot pin. These are spot welded through the boot floor to a stiffener plate underneath. A split pin passes through one of the brackets (they both have the hole) to secure the pivot pin. The pin secures an eye bolt that the clamp fits onto, which is in turn secured by a wing nut.

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The 8-inch long part with turned up heal is for all roadsters and the 1500 Coupe.
The 1600 Coupe uses the shorter clamp without turned up heal.

Find more information on the 1600 Coupe spare tire stowage in article CP-130

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