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Restoration complete (almost)
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  This topic is about my 1976 MG Midget 1500
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Northern Midget Norm Paterson
Haileybury, ON, Canada   CAN
1961 Morgan 4/4 "Joan"
1968 Fiat 600 "Luigi"
1976 MG Midget 1500 "None Yet"
Yesterday I finally completed the restoration of the '76 Midget 1500. It turned out to cost much more in parts than I had envisioned (surprise, surprise). However it is now like a new car after being stripped right down for new paint, with new brakes and hoses, shocks, new rubber bushings from front to back, new interior, new top etc. It has been fun to do. I still have to buff the new paint, and wax and polish, then on to my next project.

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76lucas Gold Member Josh L
Floyd, VA, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Parts Car"
Nice of course we want pics. "It turned out to cost much more in parts than I had envisioned (surprise, surprise)" isn't that true.I had this great plan when I did mine of how much I was going to spend. That ended quickly. Congrats on getting it done. Time to sit back and enjoy it for a moment.thumbs up



If you never try to do it You will never be able to do it

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Come on Norm, time to share a few pics with us!

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Northern Midget Norm Paterson
Haileybury, ON, Canada   CAN
1961 Morgan 4/4 "Joan"
1968 Fiat 600 "Luigi"
1976 MG Midget 1500 "None Yet"
Pictures will come after it's polished, but here's a couple of shots of the car after the paint job.


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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Looks nice Norm!

infinity2018 Joe T
Denver, CO, USA   USA
That's nice MG

Funny, I'm finding that my restoration is going over budget too. But at least it's very fun to work on. I have some cars (newer) that you open the hood and still can't see the engine. These Midgets are a joy to work on...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-02-10 10:54 AM by infinity2018.

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bev sleet Bev S
Raunds, Northamptonshire, UK   GBR
Nice one Norm , but i'm a bit puzzled as I thought all 1500cc midgets 1975/1979 had two jack holes ??, you only got one on your picture.. my midget is also gone over my budget and I'm nowhere near finished after three years but I do a bit now and again when I feel like it . my car built 1976 see pic



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Northern Midget Norm Paterson
Haileybury, ON, Canada   CAN
1961 Morgan 4/4 "Joan"
1968 Fiat 600 "Luigi"
1976 MG Midget 1500 "None Yet"
This car only had one jack hole. Maybe because it was manufactured January of 1975? They hadn't recovered from the factory New Years party yet. smiling bouncing smiley

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bev sleet Bev S
Raunds, Northamptonshire, UK   GBR
Thanks for that norm your probably right about the new year party, seems like I learnt something new today smileys with beer

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L8RSK8R Ciaran W
LA JOLLA, CA, USA   USA
Your getting there thumbs up

I've a rebuilt motor to install in mine, then I'm gonna repaint in Volvo Polestar blue. A little darker then what it currently is.


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Northern Midget Norm Paterson
Haileybury, ON, Canada   CAN
1961 Morgan 4/4 "Joan"
1968 Fiat 600 "Luigi"
1976 MG Midget 1500 "None Yet"
So here are 4 pictures of the restoration.

Just to let you know, this was a non-running barn find when I got it. It was populated with squirrels and insects. The engine had 2 cylinders with 45 pounds compression (the other two were above 100 pounds but only just) even though the car only had 56,000 miles on the odometer. The carb was missing parts and the air pump was partially removed.

It now sports a Triumph Spitfire 1500 with only (I was told) 32,000 miles. The Spit was totalled out in an accident. I found a pair of SU HS2 carbs on a 1275cc manifold.

The car runs like a charm now. Idling at 700 rpm with 25 pounds oil pressure at idle and 50 pounds at running speed. Compression is now an even 140 lbs plus or minus 2 lbs.

I have really enjoyed redoing this car, and have my eye on another Midget that needs help.


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midget73 Dwayne M
Knoxville, TN, USA   USA
1971 Mercedes-Benz W114
1972 MG Midget MkIII "Rhett"
1996 BMW Z3 "Miss Scarlett"
We've had Rhett 18 yrs..I quit counting after the 3rd year and 5k plus spent. No idea how much we've spent,but it was well worth it.


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dlrhine Silver Member Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   USA
WOW, that looks nice Norm!
The body colored bumpers look great too, the factory should have done that.
Good Job!
smileys with beer



If it ain't broke, I'll fix it 'til it is! winking smiley

infinity2018 Joe T
Denver, CO, USA   USA
How did you put the convertible roof on in the winter? I just bought one for mine but because of the cold, it's so shriveled that the snaps are two inches away from where they're supposed to be.

infinity2018 Joe T
Denver, CO, USA   USA
That looks like Pepsi Blue.



In reply to # 3678588 by L8RSK8R Your getting there thumbs up

I've a rebuilt motor to install in mine, then I'm gonna repaint in Volvo Polestar blue. A little darker then what it currently is.


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