Welcome to the MG Car Club Y-Type Register website where our aim is to foster Y Type ownership and preserve the MG Y Type marque. You will find the site has specific relevance to UK owners but will also be of interest to all Y Type owners worldwide. Apart from keeping a comprehensive Register of all known Y Types, the Y Type Register organises events and is a resource for a wide range of Y Type related information, services, products and regalia.
Our intention is that this site will give access to all of our services. Please enjoy using the site and we would welcome any contribution you may wish to make to it. We are part of the MG Car Club Limited and although we encourage MG CAR CLUB MEMBERSHIP our website is open to all who have an interest in Y Types.
Peter Vielvoye, MGCC Y-Type Register Chairman
Updated 16th May, 2013.
The first picture has been sent in by Chris Callaghan of the assembled Y Types prior to the Spring Run and this can be seen below on this page or direct via this link : Y Types Abingdon Market Square.
Don Walker has kindly sent in some photographs of his YA which can be found in the Owners' Gallery or direct via this link : Don Walker's Y 4894.
Paul Ireland has sent us a link to a video of the Manchester XPAG Project engine being run and this can be found on the Effect of Modern Fuels page
Subsequent to the recent Y Register AGM the Registrars Report is now available via the Menu link at the top of the page.
Written by Neil Cairns and recently updated, below on this page and via this link, is a short History of the MG Y Type.
Peter Vielvoye took his YA in to have the paintwork touched up. Six more photographs of this simple operation have been added to the end of Peter's entry for YA4276 in the YA section of the Owners' Gallery or direct via this link. Peter Vielvoye's YA.
The Latest Newsletter following the Manchester XPAG Project has been sent to us by Paul Ireland and can be found via this link and then selecting 'May 2013 Newsletter'. The XPAG Engine - The Effect of Modern Fuels.
Gordon Skoog of Vancouver has sent us some photo's of his YB which can be seen via the Owners' Gallery YB section or direct using this link : Gordon Skoog's YB.
A Short Introduction to the Y Type History.
The car's correct title is the “ MG One and a Quarter Litre”, the prefix Y, YT and YA were for use by the factory at Abingdon. Note that the YA only became so called after the release of the YB. The 'Y' was put on the market in 1947; the open top tourer YT arrived in 1949 and the YB in 1951. Production ended in 1953. 6,158 YA were built, 877 YT and just 1301 YB. The car used the ohv 1250cc Morris 'X' series engine of 1250cc, termed a 'XPAG' in the MG; in the YA and YB it produced 46bhp @ 4,800rpm, and 58lb.ft torque at 2,400rpm. The YT used the more powerful TC engine with 54bhp.
Original Y Type Jackall System Drawings.
The Y Register have recently acquired the original drawings of the Y Type Jackall system that were rescued from a skip back in 1993.
Jeremy Prince an MGCC member and MG J2 owner has recently retired and ‘as you do’ he decided to clear out his garage. Jeremy an ex employee of the now no longer Smiths Industries Hydraulics Company of Witney had rescued a load of drawings that were destined for the skip in a company clear out and stored them in his garage. Among them were the Jackall drawings and Jeremy gave us first refusal as he felt the Y Register was the most appropriate home for them.
There are 5 Drawings titled CPTE. RED JACKALL SYSTEM FOR M.G. 11/4 LITRE 1946. They are on quality linen type paper and are in excellent condition.
The majority of the detail is of the different size rams but there are views of the pump and its handle, the reservoir, flexible pipe and fittings. The ram drawings show an alternative foot design and interestingly state that the foot should be painted red. It also states that a letter ‘S’ should be stamped on the foot to denote synthetic rubber is used for the seal which doesn’t seemed to have happened in practice. The reservoir is labelled with the original design for the transfers that we now sell in our shop. We do in fact cater quite well for jackal refurbishment as we sell the flexible pipe and a set of seals for the pump.
Please take pleasure in studying them yourself and feel free to download a copy for your personal use.
Neil Cairns our Technical Advisor has been asked to act as a consultant to a research project being undertaken by Manchester University students into the effects of modern fuel on the XPAG engine and the MG Car Club Y Type Register has donated £250 to support the initiative.
Most of us will have come across the problems of fuel vaporisation, overheating and poor hot starting. There were certainly cars on our recent Tour of Brittany that had developed these symptoms after years of being trouble free. So we were delighted to hear that Dr. Paul Ireland has been working with Dr. Rob Prosser at Manchester University where the 4th year M.Eng. students are using an XPAG engine on their test bed to investigate the effects that modern fuel and additives are having on our classic engines.
The MG Car Club Y Type Register was pleased to accept the request for Neil to act as a consultant and we felt the donation to the project to be a very appropriate use of our funds. The Specification issued to the university is detailed via the Link below.
Manchester XPAG Project.
Can I thank everybody for the support and encouragement you have given with this project, especially the project sponsors. Now the project is underway, I plan to send out a monthly newsletter to keep everybody abreast of developments.
There is no finer site than driving over the brow of a hill and seeing 10 differing coloured Y Types glinting in the sun as they stretch out before you on a long straight road. This has been my pleasure over the past week on several occasions as I toured Brittany with the Y Register.
The Register committee had been toying with the idea of organising a venture on to the continent for some time. So about a year ago we were quick to snap up David Pelham’s offer to organise a Tour of Brittany to try and replicate tours made by the Register 10 and 20 years ago. Places were soon snapped up by cars from the UK, France, Holland and Switzerland and the tour was on.
Others will write accounts of our journey and experiences and together with the many photographs taken I am sure they will make very interesting viewing and reading. What I would like to do is openly thank David for taking on the task and providing a stress free and really enjoyable holiday.
He provided each car with a lucky meerkat and prayers to the big meerkat in the sky ensured great weather (hood down all the way) and kept all the cars purring along with only a few coughs and splutters. Thanks David for some great deals on hotels and ferry and the meticulous itinerary and route plans, not forgetting the intriguing quiz, they all made for a superb tour.
Or alternatively there is the popular BBS ( a Bulletin Board independent of any Register ) on the MG Enthusiasts Car Club website run by Mike Plumstead and to access this bulletin click here BBS Y-Type Thread