Keeping Cool – Fixing the Water Pump Bearing and Hoses on the 1954 MG TF

By Craig Ranson
By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

As part of the mechanical work on the 1954 MG TF currently in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, our technician began to look into the cooling system on the classic sports car.

Jon found the bearing for the water pump was incredibly noisy and had far too much movement, along with that he found several hoses split and perishing. So, all of these would need to be changed and the cooling system thoroughly flushed through and cleaned.

Jon worked on getting all of the new hoses to just the right size and orientation to work in the engine bay of the TF after he had replaced the bearing with a brand new piece. After that, the whole car was run up to temperature and checked thoroughly before being taken on road test.

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