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Jon Clark
Clemmons, NC, USA   usa
1978 MG MGB
New to this side of MGE, I am a B owner, but have an interest in someday getting a Midget. Is there a Chrome bumper conversion kit available for a RB Midget? I see lots of RB cars for sale and few CB cars. Might be interested in a RB if I can change it some day?

Robert Kirk
Davenport, Iowa, USA   usa
Its not so much a kit as just swapping parts. However some consider the 1500 engine and the tech used post 1974 to be the the larger issue. Unlike the B the Midget got a Spitfire engine and transmission which "some" think inferior to the A series of the OEM chrome bumper cars. fwiw.



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Bud Kravchuck
Maryland, USA   usa
The front valance on the cars have different openings (small round on CB, long rectangular on RB) the area under the tail lights will need sheet metal/body work.



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Jeff and Brittany Brackenridge
Choctaw, Choctaw, Oklahoma, USA   usa
1975 MG Midget Conversion
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Yellow One"
1977 MG Midget 1500 "Dunkirk"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Parts Car"
RB's can be changed. Not hard to do with grinder and welder and some patience. You can get pre-fab kits to do this also, mostly out of the UK. Personally, I believe it is false economy to get cheaper RB car and then invest $$ to change it to a CB look, because the RB car is still going to be heavier and still has the Triumph 1500 engine to overcome. If you can get the RB car really cheap, as I have, then it is probably worth it, but only time will tell.



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Jeff and Brittany Brackenridge
Choctaw, Choctaw, Oklahoma, USA   usa
1975 MG Midget Conversion
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Yellow One"
1977 MG Midget 1500 "Dunkirk"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Parts Car"
Billy, as the old saying goes," You ain't kiddin'!" I have been told that it is all part of the journey, part of the MG experience.... we are a breed apart, are we not??....

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Jon Clark
Clemmons, NC, USA   usa
1978 MG MGB
Funny, there are as many "opinions" on this forum as there is on the B forum LOL. Thanks guys I do appreciate the thoughts and welcome any more. I don't know much about the Midget, but think it would be fun to have one and look forward to the day of actually looking in ernest.

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Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   usa
I love my RB Midget with the BIG BLOCK engine!

And once again for the 1275 purists...a little history lesson:

http://www.mgmidgets.net/techdata.htm

Each to his own!

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John-Peter Smit
Toronto, Canada   can
Jon I did the conversion, not as easy as on a 'B

follow this thread for pics

http://www.mgexperience.net/phorum/read.php?3,1577140

the advantages of a Rubber Bumper in addition to price and condition is that they have unleaded heads and electronic ignition. Doesn't entirely compensate for the bumpers but doesn't hurt.

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Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   usa
Big Floppy Crank?

Alot more thrust (I mean torque) with a Big Floppy Crank!

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Jeff and Brittany Brackenridge
Choctaw, Choctaw, Oklahoma, USA   usa
1975 MG Midget Conversion
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Yellow One"
1977 MG Midget 1500 "Dunkirk"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Parts Car"
You just have to be careful not to beat on it too hard or too often.....

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Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   usa
Follow Jeff's advice & that big crank might not be so floppy...

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