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I've copped a bit of stick from some members on the value of doing what I've done. Most have been supportive and helpful but there also has been a few nay-sayers. I'd like to reiterate the reasons for my decision to go down this path. I established right from the start improvement of braking was not my primary goal. I was disappointed with the deterioration of the drum brake componentary. I was after something that was simpler. I believe I've achieved that and given others much more information if they feel inclined to go down that path themselves for whatever reason/s they have. Some m...



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Well that seems (at this stage) to have done the trick! Just come back from a decent run through Gosford, onto the M1 south to Calga and came back on the old Pacific Hwy back home. Brakes worked flawlessly and with no noise. I'm saying - mission accomplished! So, now I have new hubs all round, new 15" wires and tyres all round, new discs all round and new pads all round. Oh, and new front wheel bearings and a new M.Cylinder. Now, one other issue I alluded to earlier that many have had problems with. Wheel balance! Some time ago I posted about this with my old wheels - the ina...



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Swapped out the old pads for the new ones. I went to Supercheap Auto and saw a compound that looked like the rubbery stuff I took off and I had $8.50 credit on my rewards card which was going to expire shortly, so I used it to buy the stuff cheaply. It was a bit fiddly getting the old ones off as the caliper has to come off to get them out. While I was there I noticed that the cutout on the backing plate was a little snug and the pads were jamming in there. Took the opportunity to use my grinder and make them fit in the backing plate a little better. I wondered if I should but I could se...



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Took the MGB into my local inspection guy this morning and he didn't even blink about the rear discs. Had a bit of a look and filled out the pink slip. Drove straight there and straight home. By the time I was home the Pink slip had been lodged with the RMS so I paid the fee and it's all good. One issue that I need to address is the brake squeal, more groan. When I lightly brake they squeal. Pressing more firmly and the squeal goes away. Clearly coming from the back. When I disassembled the Festiva calipers the pads had some red coloured, rubbery stuff sticking the pads to the caliper....




 



As I found the MGB in a garage in Texas 03 28 2015
This MGB had belonged to my uncle, Don Plekenpol. We are not certain of the exact date or year he purchased this MGB. However, we think it was the early 1970s in Wisconsin. He had intentions of giving this MGB to my grandfather, but my grandfather was not interested. My uncle decided to keep the car and drive it daily while living in the Chicago suburbs in the 1970s and 1980s. Eventually, the MGB was stored and relocated with my uncle during a job transfer to Dallas, Texas in the early 1980s. Then as my cousin reached the driving age, my uncle brought the car out of storage to teach my cousin ...




 



So, since acquiring the car, the following work has been done. (in no particular order!) Replaced the horrid Stromberg carburator with a Weber conversion kit, and a Pace header. ( which doesn't fit very well, hits the frame rail.) Replaced the horn, which sounded like a dying cow, with a set of air horns. Replaced the original fuse block with a modern one, eliminating all the inline fuses, and added relays for headlights, horn, and cooling fan. Replaced dead spark coil. Replaced all the front suspension bushings. Redid all the interior panels except the doors. Installed ne...




 



The rusty sending unit
This is my first Journal entry that is in "real time". Past entries have been copies of FaceBook posts I made starting last August when I first bought my '74 MG Midget. I am all caught up on those postings, so future installments will be as events happen. Yesterday I had enough of this cold weather, and with temperatures in the 40’s I went to the garage to investigate why the fuel gauge in my 1974 MG Midget reads “full” when I know the tank is less than full. I had to move the Z3 and wintah beatah minivan out of the garage to maneuver the MG so that I could jack up the rear end for...




 



It's been tough getting motivated to work on the GT this winter. I hate cold weather. I have heat in my garage, but I can't seem to get going. Three things I need to work on are: 1. change oil and filter, check on leak around spin on adapter. 2. fix leak at fuel pump line 3. replace rear end seal Nothing major, just need to get going. Want to take the car to Gettysburg so I want everything to be taken care of and checked out. Oh well, I've got time I guess.




 



The spring I ordered from a forum member It fits
The following is the last post I made on Facebook about refurbishing my 1974 MG Midget before buttoning things up for the winter blast that hit the Midwest, and is still lingering. There is still more to do - repair a fuel gauge that reads "full" or "mostly full" all the time; replacement of lower wishbones and front suspension overhaul; and possibly rebuild of the shock absorbers, all problems identified during my 41-mile drive to a local Cars and Coffee in early December. My next Journal entries will be real-time. I hope some of you are enjoying my exploits with the little car. For me, t...




 



So I decided to try and find a donor 280 ZX or Transmission and do the Rivergate transmission kit. After looking for about a year, I found a 1982 Datsun 280ZX on Craigslist for $500. It was about an hour from my house. I went and looked at it.All the wires on the motor had been disconnected so there was no way to even start it. I got the the car for $400. The front sub frame was so rusty I wasn't sure if the front end would stay together on the tow dolly to get it home ! Then I started asking around about possibly doing a minor rebuild on the MG motor as long as I had it out. After all it wa...




 



The new key ordered by using the key code found on
In my last update I mentioned that I had replaced the windshield washer pump with a new one. But after hooking it up, I found out the new one was defective. I sent it back to the supplier, and they sent me a new one. I installed it, connected the wiring and the hoses, reconnected the battery, turned on the ignition, and pushed the end of the windshield wiper switch which is located on the right side of the steering column, opposite the turn signal/high beam switch. It performed flawlessly! Often it’s the little successes that really make my day. I also received replacement keys for t...




 



On a great early December day I drove the Midget t
I drove the ’74 MG Midget to the final Cars and Coffee/Open House for the year at Gateway Classic Cars in O'Fallon, MO. Round trip was 41 miles. The little car performed flawlessly and was a blast to drive. I ordered a few parts to take care of some small items that I have chosen not to focus on until I was sure the car was running well. I ordered bulbs to replace the missing reverse lamp bulb (I always replace all bulbs when one is defective/missing), and bulbs to replace the burned-out driver rear side marker lamp (again, I replace all bulbs when replacing one). I ordered reverse...




 



IMG 0021
MGB HISTORY My brother purchased this car in Humbolt County time under investigation. Dad paid for it. Probably registered to to my brother. Dad bought it again, from my brother for $200 sometime in 1982 or 1983, it was white. Dad drove it to UCLA from home (maybe 6 miles to and from) for many years, until they denied him his license, around 2012, he was 85 years young and pissed with the DMV. For 5years the car was driven only up and down the driveway. I took it home to Lake Arrowhead in 2016. DADS WORK Painted red looks like tartan red. Put in wood paneling as diy Mechanic was...




 



CHARLIE PART 5 Dec 23 003 Layout1
I now have a CAD drawing for the bracket for mounting the 2002 Nissan Sentra caliper to the tube type MGB rear axle. It will require a CAD viewer to see. The .dwg file can be converted to what ever file system is used for the cutter. Also there is a .jpg file. I have not had this part cut as I am satisfied with the original drawing. This drawing is modified to "square up" the caliper as it sits over the OD of the rotor. The top yellow line was maintained at 115MM. The lower yellow line was extended by 1/16" to 3 11/16". Have your machinist confirm those dimensions before cutting. All else rema...




 



My car did not come with the door trunk or glove
So, now that I have the car registered and insured, and feel confident that it will take me on short trips around town without stranding me, I am starting to tackle the smaller problems. One of the things I knew was an issue when I bought the car was the lack of a key for the doors, glovebox, and trunk, which share the same single-sided key. The ignition switch is a double-sided key, and I had replaced the ignition switch with a new one anyway. Many owners of these little British cars never lock the door, especially with the top up, in case a thief wants to break in. The top and possib...




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