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Ernie Peters '74 MGMidget Refurbishment

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Home Page: Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA
Edwardsville, IL, USA

Total Posts: 24 Latest Post: 2018-01-17
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It's Springtime For The Mirror

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Wednesday January 17, 2018 10:10 AM


The spring I ordered from a forum member It fits

The spring I ordered from a forum member. It fits between the mirror glass and the mirror body, putting pressure on the retaining ring which holds the glass in place.

The mirror body which I removed and brought into

The mirror body, which I removed and brought into the house to let it warm up. If you look closely you can see the semi-circular mark where the spring resides.

The spring installed in the mirror body

The spring installed in the mirror body.

The mirror glass with an impression on the mirror

The mirror glass, with an impression on the mirror backing where the spring fits.

The glass reatining ring The tabs around the peri

The glass reatining ring. The tabs around the perimeter fit over the glass, to help it stay centered on the mirror body. The perimeter itself fits into a groove on the mirror body, and is held in place with spring pressure on the glass.

Another look at the retaining ring

Another look at the retaining ring.

In less than 10 minutes I installed the spring gl

In less than 10 minutes I installed the spring, glass and retainer in the mirror body.




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A New Pump, And New Keys

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Tuesday January 16, 2018 11:22 AM


The new key ordered by using the key code found on

The new key ordered by using the key code found on the trunk lock and glove box lock (they are the same). Fits the doors, glovebox, and trunk lock perfectly.

After removing the defective windhsield washer pum

After removing the defective windhsield washer pump. The old (new) replacement pump did not work, and was replaced by the supplier.

The new replacement pump that works perfectly

The new replacement pump that works perfectly.




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On a great early December day I drove the Midget t

On a great early December day I drove the Midget to a local Cars and Coffee. It ran flawlessly. I think I could have parked the little car in the '59 Caddy's trunk!

A trio of classic cars each with its own charm

A trio of classic cars, each with its own charm.

The windshield washer pump on the car when I bough

The windshield washer pump on the car when I bought it. Aftermarket, and nonfunctional, I ordered a replacement for it.

The replacement pump installed after ensuring the

The replacement pump, installed after ensuring the lines and nozzles were clear. This pump was defective, and I ordered a new replacement pump from my supplier.

The replacement interior lamp is an exact copy of

The replacement interior lamp is an exact copy of the original.

Reverse lamp gaskets The lamp uses the same gaske

Reverse lamp gaskets. The lamp uses the same gasket between the lamp housing and the body, and the lense and the housing.

Both lamps work as designed after cleaning the con

Both lamps work as designed after cleaning the contacts and installing new bulbs.

A new bulb in the side marker lamp and all is well

A new bulb in the side marker lamp and all is well.




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My car did not come with the door trunk or glove

My car did not come with the door, trunk, or glovebox key. The trunk lock has the key code stamped into it. If the glovebox code is the ssame I can be pretty certain the trunk key will fit the doors.

The glovebox key code matches the trunk And most

The glovebox key code matches the trunk. And most certainly matches the doors.

The space to remove the nuts securing the trunk ha

The space to remove the nuts securing the trunk handle/lock is very confined.

The passenger side reverse lamp did not come with

The passenger side reverse lamp did not come with a bulb (spare bulb shown below housing). There was no voltage at the bulb contacts.

The connections on the backside of the reverse lam

The connections on the backside of the reverse lamp housing were corroded, as were the bulb contacts inside the housing.

There was voltage at the reverse lamp wiring conne

There was voltage at the reverse lamp wiring connector. Cleaning all contacts with Deoxit worked - with a functioning bulb the passenger side reverse lamp works again. I duplicated my cleaning efforts on the driver side.

The aftermarket windshield washer pump fitted to m

The aftermarket windshield washer pump fitted to my car was non-functional. It had voltage at the connectors, but the motor did not spin.

Inside the pump there was a lot of crud built up

Inside the pump, there was a lot of crud built up, and the impellers on the pump wheel are mangled. New pump time.




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Front Bearing Redux, Wipers, Gaiter, And First Drive

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Saturday January 13, 2018 1:24 PM


I connected the hazard switch to the wiring loom s

I connected the hazard switch to the wiring loom so that the directional signals worked on my first test-drive. I do not want to install the radio console where the hazard switch is fitted until I find a working period-correct radio.

15 miles without any major issues

15 miles without any major issues!

I had to tighten the lower clamp on the filler hos

I had to tighten the lower clamp on the filler hose - it seeped fuel at that connection when I gassed it up.

No leaks after the first test drive

No leaks after the first test-drive!

The new gaiter looks great against the backdrop of

The new gaiter looks great against the backdrop of new carpet.

I can see clearly now with three new wiper blades

I can see clearly now with three new wiper blades.




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Carb Tuning, Fluids, And Which One Is A Little Car?

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Friday January 12, 2018 9:18 AM


My 2000 Z3 2 3 that I have owned since 2002 next t

My 2000 Z3 2.3 that I have owned since 2002 next to my 1974 MG Midget I have owned since August 2017. Same concept - long bonnet, short boot, fun driving.

A front view of my two little cars

A front view of my two "little cars".

There is beauty to be seen in both of these cars

There is beauty to be seen in both of these cars.

The Citron really pops in this photo The color of

The Citron really pops in this photo. The color of the Z3 is Steel Grey, which has silver, blue, burgundy, and some purple flakes in the metallic.

I always thought the Z3 was a small car It still

I always thought the Z3 was a small car. It still is, but the Midget is over a foot shorter.

A 1985 VB catalog that was amongst the papers that

A 1985 VB catalog that was amongst the papers that came with the Midget. 46 pages, covering MGA, MGB, and MG Midget. A major HS carburetor overhaul kit cost a whopping $16.43!




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