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Sprites and Spirits Ed Forrest
Marietta, GA, USA   USA
1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite
1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "Elizabeth"
1971 MG Midget
1981 AMC Eagle "Full Race"    & more
For those of you who were talking about Vintage Racing and how "the old cars" handled:

I term this one: "Diving In to a Turn".


It's Ponca City...circa 1972!

Yes, eventually...we got it right!!

What great cars these are...

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Yankeedriver Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Joel Young
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA   USA
In reply to # 3627465 by Sprites and Spirits For those of you who were talking about Vintage Racing and how "the old cars" handled:

I term this one: "Diving In to a Turn".


It's Ponca City...circa 1972!

Yes, eventually...we got it right!!

What great cars these are...

Ed, what a great photo. Thanks for posting it!

Joel


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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
You can almost feel the left side wheels digging their toes in as the right-hand ones struggle to keep contact with the tarmac. Love the way you see the suspension flexing, most atmospheric.

Cheers Johnny

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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, Michigan, USA   USA
Johnny,

The right rear has given up trying to keep contact with the road. There is two inches of air between the tread and the tarmac!

In reply to # 3627501 by johnnyw637 You can almost feel the left side wheels digging their toes in as the right-hand ones struggle to keep contact with the tarmac. Love the way you see the suspension flexing, most atmospheric.

Cheers Johnny

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
Best I make an appointment with Spec Savers (firm of opticians) then Rick winking smiley lol



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
Joel,

Popped into a local parts depot today to get some bits to refurbish my SU carbs and whilst there, the subject of bonnet hinges came up. Mick one of the guys there has a number of Spridgets and is a fount of knowledge. Not only did I learn that when BMC cobbled together my Mk1, with it's new improved 1098cc engine and old 948 narrow gauge exhaust, plus manifold. But they slapped on some Mini Cooper carbrurettors.

And back to the hinges, seems that in the US the sunken hinges like your's and my car have, were replaced in about 67 or 68 with the cantilever type as the US authorities deemed our type not up to their new safety spec.

All the best Johnny


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warrenmudd Warren Mudd
Kenmore, Washington, USA   USA
1968 MG Midget MkIII "Eddie"
Johnny, my early '68 (March) has the sunken hinges. I understand that starting in July of '68, they added the smog pump, and may have added cantilever hinges as well.


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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
Thanks for that helpful gem of knowledge Warren

All the best Johnny



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Yankeedriver Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Joel Young
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA   USA
In reply to # 3629340 by johnnyw637 Joel,

Popped into a local parts depot today to get some bits to refurbish my SU carbs and whilst there, the subject of bonnet hinges came up. Mick one of the guys there has a number of Spridgets and is a fount of knowledge. Not only did I learn that when BMC cobbled together my Mk1, with it's new improved 1098cc engine and old 948 narrow gauge exhaust, plus manifold. But they slapped on some Mini Cooper carbrurettors.

And back to the hinges, seems that in the US the sunken hinges like your's and my car have, were replaced in about 67 or 68 with the cantilever type as the US authorities deemed our type not up to their new safety spec.

All the best Johnny

Johnny,

Fascinating. I just love learning about these cars. I have the good 'ole AUD 136s, which I am informed were used both on the 1098 and 1275.

My HS2s are up for sale shortly, by the way. They've got new butterflies and throttle shafts, viton tip float valves, new stock needles and I replaced with springs with (I think) blue ones. Probably sell them replete with the heat shield and manifold.

Joel


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tgsanford Tim Sanford
Georgetown, TX, USA   USA
1979 MG Midget "Ruby"
Cleaned trunk.
Shot trunk
Covered tire
New bag for “trunk goodies”
Removed upholstery from seats in prep for covering tomorrow. Pics below.


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Sprites and Spirits Ed Forrest
Marietta, GA, USA   USA
1959 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite
1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "Elizabeth"
1971 MG Midget
1981 AMC Eagle "Full Race"    & more
To all...thanks for the Ponca City comments! Believe me, it took a little courage admitting we were this way!

All the best, ed

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MiniCobra Mike B
Weatherford, Texas, USA   USA
1973 MG Midget MkIII "Mini Cobra"
1998 Dodge Dakota Pickup "Dak"
2006 Nissan 350Z Roadster "Rose-Z"
Today, I attended two car shows. First the Shriners car show and then the Old South Pancake Car Show. both good causes.


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thebeav55 Paul W
Tonawanda, NY, USA   USA
Congratulations on the win Mike !
Wow, that's a smokin' engine you've got in that thing !

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MiniCobra Mike B
Weatherford, Texas, USA   USA
1973 MG Midget MkIII "Mini Cobra"
1998 Dodge Dakota Pickup "Dak"
2006 Nissan 350Z Roadster "Rose-Z"
In reply to # 3630072 by thebeav55 Congratulations on the win Mike !
Wow, that's a smokin' engine you've got in that thing !

Thanks!

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Yankeedriver Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Joel Young
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA   USA
In reply to # 3630064 by MiniCobra Today, I attended two car shows. First the Shriners car show and then the Old South Pancake Car Show. both good causes.

Yeah, you're going to need an addition to house all the trophies.

So, what's the purpose of the mesh on the inner fender wells? Is that to let hot air out of the engine bay, or...?

Joel


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