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jimbenedict Silver Member Jim Benedict
Waterford, MI, USA   USA
With Spring around the corner in MI, I look forward to many months of driving my MG Midget. However, it's time to perform a little maintenance. Overall the 60K mile car is in good condition.

I found out this winter my front disc brakes were shot. The car is new to me last winter. I am installing new replacement discs with new brake pads plus repacking the front bearings. I am replacing the wheel bolts too as I do not know the history and common over-torqueing the bolts can cause bolt fractures. These bolts are only rated for 30 ft lbs torque.

I decided to replace the mechanical fuel pump as the car ran, but I did not find any fuel flow for 5 seconds with the fuel line disconnected from the carburetor & engine still running. Likely I was driving on a prayer last winter. We had a few 70F days this winter- go figure.

I notice the starter bendix would kick out once in a while on cold starts, so a new starter will be installed. The front-end is tight, but the rubber boots on the tie-rod ends are rotten allowing water/dust in the joints. So, new tie-rod ends with a front-end alignment will be performed.

Finally the only work I will personally perform, is installing a new modern AM-FM MP3 stereo radio and four new speakers. the radio is 25 watts per channel so no amplifier is needed. I do not blast my stereo while driving. I bench tested the new stereo and was shocked how much better it sounded vs the old mono AM-FM radio. I have two Alpine 6 x 9 inch speakers for the rear interior panel and two Kicker 3-1/2 inch speakers for the radio box. The Kicker 41KSC354 has the perimeter ring spacer to keep speaker cone from hitting the grill. Be careful as some 3-1/2 inch speakers do not have the ring spacer.

Enjoy the new driving season.

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