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Chrome Bumper Conversion

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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?
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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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Billy Aintsayin'
south, USA   usa

In reply to a post by oldag98 the RB car is still going to be heavier and still has the Triumph 1500 engine to overcome. .

Jeff, I find this humorous as it appears you have a garage full of things to "overcome".grinning smiley
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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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If it ain't broke, I'll fix it 'til it is! winking smiley



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Billy Aintsayin'
south, USA   usa

In reply to a post by grn78rd 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.

Let your moon decide. Buy the one that drives the best. ( and has the least rust, usually this goes hand in hand.)

People gripe and complain about the 1500 and it's big floppy crank.

Me myself, I like my big floppy crank and so does my wife.grinning smiley

No need for "small bore" guys to be hatin' on us big floppy crank dudes.

After all, no matter what..... mine's always bigger.moon



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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.
Billy Aintsayin'
south, USA   usa

In reply to a post by jpsmit 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.

There is a way to do it cheaper than JP, but it won't be as clean or as nice. JP is one of the few who has done it "right".
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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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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/27/2010 04:25PM by dlrhine.
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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.....
Billy Aintsayin'
south, USA   usa

In reply to a post by dlrhine Big Floppy Crank?

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

eye popping smiley

We all know about the thrust problem that the big floppy crank has. I think it's the floppy part that's the problem.winking smiley
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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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If it ain't broke, I'll fix it 'til it is! winking smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2010 04:41AM by dlrhine.
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frank roosa
new york, USA   usa

mg world sells chrome bumber conversion kits
Billy Aintsayin'
south, USA   usa

In reply to a post by frank2 mg world sells chrome bumber conversion kits

For a Midget?
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Col
colin renshall
liverpool, United Kingdom   gbr

I would never go down that rout you will be throwing money at trying to get it as near to the real thing as possible if you want cb go for the real thing! Its false economy not to. So don't drive a lie!
You will still have that big floppy crank hanging in front when your out cruising and you and cant hide that!
get your self a 1275 and live the dream
the very best of luck in you quest


Colin
Billy Aintsayin'
south, USA   usa

What the world needs is a Sebring nose that bolts onto RB cars at the bumper mounts.
( or at least a new, better RB shape.)
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Jeff Noll
Western MA, USA   usa

In reply to a post by Col I would never go down that rout you will be throwing money at trying to get it as near to the real thing as possible if you want cb go for the real thing! Its false economy not to. So don't drive a lie!
You will still have that big floppy crank hanging in front when your out cruising and you and cant hide that!
get your self a 1275 and live the dream
the very best of luck in you quest


Colin
While I agree its a false economy, economics aren't always the driving point. Often times these specific little cars carry some sentimental value or were perhaps gifted/inherited to you. You may be willing to spend the money to do what you feel are improvements but you don't want to give up a particular car completely.
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