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1972 MG midget knob in upper right corner.

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Chrisa Christine Voss
South Weber, UT, USA   USA
Does anyone know what this knob is For? I can't seem to find it on the dash instrament Panel?

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Wayne Burner Avatar
Chester, New Hampshire, USA   USA
Manual choke?

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Chrisa Christine Voss
South Weber, UT, USA   USA
I don't know, and I don't want to mess with it till I know. The gentleman that I bought it from inherited it from his father, so the car sat in a garage for 5 years. We put on a fuel regulator so far, and that's it. It runs very well, and we're going to give it a oil change tuneup this weekend. The gentleman we got it from couldn't really tell us a lot about it. I can't find my dash in any Catalog! Wondering if it is maybe a roadster or mgb?

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Chrisa Christine Voss
South Weber, UT, USA   USA
My mg


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Wayne Burner Avatar
Chester, New Hampshire, USA   USA
Open the bonnet, and look at the firewall, on the other side of that knob. If it's a cable, or wire, on the engine side, see where it goescool smiley

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Chrisa Christine Voss
South Weber, UT, USA   USA
It turns not pulls out

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73midget Chris Edwards
Carrollton, Texas, USA   USA
it's the choke knob.

that dash design was used on US midgets from 1968 until the end of the line in 1979. The manual choke was there until at least 1975 (maybe 76 when they added auto choke).

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-07-10 12:54 PM by 73midget.

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73midget Chris Edwards
Carrollton, Texas, USA   USA
In reply to # 3549202 by Chrisa It turns not pulls out

it actually does both. You pull it to choke the carbs and then turn it to lock it in place so it doesn't slide back until your engine is warm enough to not need the choke. If it starts easily without the choke, your carburetors are probably adjusted too rich.

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Chrisa Christine Voss
South Weber, UT, USA   USA
My engine and firewall.


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trevorwj Trevor Jessie
Louisville, KY, USA   USA
Most definitely a choke knob. The cable may be stuck and therefor not want to pull out.



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73midget Chris Edwards
Carrollton, Texas, USA   USA
This cable is attached to that knob.

if it is locked (turned to the right) that would stop it pulling out too.


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littlecars David Bassett
Nashville, Tennessee, USA   USA
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The locking feature wears out over time. I've always pulled it out and held it while getting a cold car running.

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VintageBob Platinum Member Bob Crow
Alvin, TX, USA   USA
This car would have had an owners "Handbook" supplied with the car. 63 pages and explains a great many things. Mine is red with MIDGET Mark III across front and woman and man sitting in car. Do a google search for 1972 MG Midget drivers handbook. They're not impossible to find and $20 -$25 might buy one in good condition.

Quick google search shows this book store has one for $23.50. https://www.abebooks.com

Another book you might find very useful is Terry Horler's "MG/A-H Midget/Sprite: Your Expert Guide to common problems and how to fix them". Published 2012.

Good Luck.

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Chrisa Christine Voss
South Weber, UT, USA   USA
Thanks to all, it is a choke.

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Statestreet John Lockwood
Tucson AZ, USA   USA
Now you have me wondering . . . My 78 has a manual choke knob in the opposite corner below the heater control knob. Did the 1500's come with a manual choke, or were they all auto chokes?

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