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NelsonW Silver Member Nelson W
Medina, OH, USA   USA
1962 Austin-Healey Sprite "Little Mo"
When I bought my Sprite it was like new. Actually it was new. That was back in January of 1962 and I drove it away from Donald Healey's dealership in Warwick, England. I was in the USAF and drove drove Little Mo on the left side of the road for almost a year. Then I drove it to Liverpool and it was shipped to Philadelphia. I picked it up on the morning of November 29 and drove home to Ohio via Massachusetts where I visited an Air Force buddy. Left there early evening and drove straight through the night. Arrived home at 6:30 in the morning. It was my only car for nine more years. By then the winter salt on Ohio roads had done its nasty work. What was meant to be a summer project was finally "completed" in 2011. Now it is mostly fun and has won quite a few awards for me.



Original owner
1962 Sprite "Little Mo"

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Midgetmini Frank Schuettenberg
Delmenhorst, Germany, Germany   DEU
When: 1992
Where: Delmenhorst (lower saxony) / Germany

Car was standing one year after imported from San Diego in a barn in bad condition. I need half a year to bring it to life.

Now the car is only in use for dry summer days



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Bondkbond Silver Member Kurt Bernhardt
Tomah, WI, USA   USA
Very sharp Frank!

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Yankeedriver Platinum AdvertiserAdvertiser Joel Young
Albuquerque, NM, USA   USA
In reply to # 3737792 by Midgetmini When: 1992
Where: Delmenhorst (lower saxony) / Germany

Car was standing one year after imported from San Diego in a barn in bad condition. I need half a year to bring it to life.

Now the car is only in use for dry summer days

Nice-looking car and lovely countryside, too. Thanks for telling us your story.

Joel


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MG47484 Mike B
Lima/Aston, PA, USA   USA
1963 Chevrolet C10 "My White Work Horse!!"
1975 MG Midget MkIII "Young Marine’s Weekend Pass!"
2005 Nissan Frontier V6 4WD "The Silver Ghost"
2009 Subaru Legacy "Wife's Slave"
Buying my 1st MG.
Well I just finished High school and had been looking for a new car to enjoy, Has my eye on this TR6 a friend of my Dad – But, he would not sell it to me – He knew something about it and my Dad and I think he liked his job and did not want a bad car deal to create problems! He told me, “This is not a car you sell to a buddie!” That’s why you cannot buy it!
Well I saw it and drove it – dealer gave it to me for the weekend, had a date on Saturday, plus mine needed an Inspection, past due and waiting for a part. Took her home, younger brothers loved it and my Dad kept saying get in her for supper! When he had to step to see what was going on said nothing. In the middle of dinner he asked me for the keys! Well told me to give him the keys! And said, to Mom that they were going for a ride when the kids cleared the table. Two hours later I get a call – “Find the Gas can… and get us … we on Buck Mountain road past the Parkway!” OOPS! The dealer warmed me it may need gas. Wait where are they? That’s 20 or so miles. Well I did not buy the car on Monday went back a week later and made the deal.
Well that was it!

CarverBoldman Carver Boldman
Kirbyville, MO, USA   USA
Wait, a dealer was selling the MG? That's suprising!

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76lucas Gold Member Josh L
Floyd, VA, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Blue "parts" Car"
1999 Subaru Legacy "Daily Driver"
" we on Buck Mountain road past the Parkway!” Wait I think I know where they were or they are two places with very similiar names in two different areas. I know it happens but it's would be the first time seeing proof of it.



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



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Statestreet John Lockwood
Tucson, AZ, USA   USA
I got the 77 'cause I'm the one my brother always came to when he broke his cars. He was a great electrician but couldn't be trusted around a car with tools. He bought it from someone in the Air Force stationed at George AFB In Adelanto CA in 1989. One day he called me because the clutch was grinding. I went over to his house and we pulled the engine/tranny out, rebuilt the clutch and put it back together that day. For the next two years I was his mechanic. Finally he tired of it and sold it to me fo $900.

WPriest William Priestley
Levittown, PA, USA   USA
Bought my '79 new in December of 1979 from Al Filipone MG Cars in Lansdowne PA (just outside of Phila.)

I was shopping for a new car at the time and the Midget was the cheapest (more or less) car I could find. I paid about $4300 as I recall (paperwork filed away somewhere).

Car served me well until I took it off the road when my son began to drive and the insurance wanted to rate him on a 'sports car' (1987). Only problem has been non-standard parts--clutch master cylinder leaked in Jan 1981 -- rebuild kit didn't fit. Al replaced it with a standard part --told me that one of his mechanics worked at the factory and in the end they put any part on the shelf into the cars. Now having a problem with parts for the PDWA--another non-standard part.

I've been restoring/cleaning it the past 2 years--

It's running but need to finish the complete brake system rebuild.

later
Bill

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
I bought little Red Rider the spring of 2015 from a dealership in L.A. Only saw a few posted pics. She was pretty much stripped of the good OEM parts and replaced with a mish mash of later parts. Thanks to several of the guys on this forum I have been able to get her back to OEM. Only took two years to run it all down. Next thing up is a complete stripping to bare metal and a new Tartan Red paint job this fall. But, for now I'm really enjoying the driving experiences she gives!


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mikecody Mike Cody
Niagara Falls, NY, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget MkIV "Snake"
I had a major issue with my laptop, and took it to my computer guy. As we were splitting, I mentioned that I had always wanted a TR-3. He told me he didn't have one, but he did have a Midget that he had to get rid of because he and his wife just had their first child and there was no way for the three of them to go for a ride in it. I took one look at it, heard it run, and wrote him a check. That was three years ago and I have been in love with it ever since. This is the picture he showed me:



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MG47484 Mike B
Lima/Aston, PA, USA   USA
1963 Chevrolet C10 "My White Work Horse!!"
1975 MG Midget MkIII "Young Marine’s Weekend Pass!"
2005 Nissan Frontier V6 4WD "The Silver Ghost"
2009 Subaru Legacy "Wife's Slave"
Buck Mountain - If your in Floyd VA your close - Our house backed up to the Parkway back then near the rt. 220 interchange. They had gone back road down some place that ran somewhat barrel to the parkway. A fun town back in the 70's - My younger had an offer to run shine - said only if he used his car - he knew the shiners car was known so it was a not go - even at 17 we may have a little crazy but not stupid!
MB

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mrmg1965 Gold Member Steve Strublic
Peoria, AZ, USA   USA
1965 MG Midget "Gidget"
2011 Mini Cooper S "Nigel Whitworth"
I didn't buy my 1965 Midget... I inherited her.

My dad bought her in 1975 in Milwaukee WI, on a trailer and in boxes. I find it amazing that a 10 year old car was already falling apart, but that's how she was. The $300 he spent was money he didn't have, but having just gotten rid of his 1960 Morris Mini racer he needed to scratch the itch somehow. Having sat in the garage for a couple of months, my mother said 'put it together or get rid of it!'. So he did, and they drove her to Atlanta and back. At one point the Midget was our only functional car and we used her in the winter for grocery runs. That led to more rust damage... and a cracked head. So away she went into storage to rust.

I inherited Gidget (my name for her) in 1990 when my dad handed me the keys and title after we worked for two years getting her back on the road after an 8 year hibernation. I did the mechanicals, and he did sheet metal, body and paint. It worked out OK for about 15 years, at which time I had to start over after years of continued degradation and pending structural failure. (My 14-year restoration saga can be read at https://midget.strublic.net.)

First pic: 1975, post-assembly with me behind the wheel. Yes, I'm dating myself here.
Second: Mid-1990s in a Porsche rally my parents hosted.
Last: This Christmas 2018, wearing new livery (plus antlers and a very shiny nose).

Steve



http://midget.strublic.net



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mickri Chuck Losness
Squaw Valley, CA, USA   USA
I had been looking for awhile at a bunch of different cars. Everything from old 240Z's to 914 porches and even some old american cars. Only requirement was that it had to be 1975 or older to avoid the smog hassle. Even considered making a locost 7. I had been posting different midgets and sprites offered for sale on this forum looking for suggestions and advice when out of the blue I got an email from a guy who said his boss had 3 midgets/sprites and he would sell any two of them for $400. They were definite projects. I picked the 66 midget because it had a hardtop and not much rust and a 69 sprite for its steel wheels and other parts. I stripped everything off the sprite that might of been usable and scrapped the rusted out tub. These are two of the pictures I got. The last picture is what it looks like right now.
Come hell or high water I plan to drive it this summer.


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dlrhine Dave Rhine
Columbia, SC, USA   USA
I bought my little beast 10 years ago as a bonding project with my grandson.
It was pretty rough, but we worked on it & smoothed out the rough edges.
10 years later it's a decent little car...



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


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