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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
Jorge, my grandfather had a '63 Falcon...it is the last American car I remember that still had a choke up on the dash. Before that he had 1950 Buick Special...probably weighed twice the Falcon. When I was a little snot I used to love stuffing leaves and stuff in those fake engine outlet-ports running down the sides of the bonnet. The house/garage is still in the family, and I'm betting that old Falcon is probably still sitting in the garage. A barn-find for someone.

The Honda is a nice bike, but like everything else, deteriorates with lack of use. That and the seemingly worsening safety issues surrounding motorcycles has us convinced it's time to send it on its way. We briefly, very briefly, owned a Suzuki 1000 something-or-other. That was before the crotch-rockets with their plastic fairings and big engines. The thing just looked lethal, and rode about the same. Peg handle-bars are not for wussies, lol. Rode it once...scared the hell out of me.

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SapitoPR Jorge Olazagasti
San Juan, PR, USA   USA
Yes, back then I felt quite insecure ( and it would be more at my actual age ) knowing your only protection is your ability/ experience , a helmet and not frequently used leather pants and jackets. No doors, bumpers, safety belts or air bags for protection, just the air around you. Still I admit riding a motorcycle is a great thrill, maybe even greater than driving our cars.



Jorge

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Jorge

I must empathise with the potholes; Pennsylvania is justly famous for them. Here, its a tough environment with a combination of freesing and thawing cycles, then ground-springs forcing their way through the asphalt as water runs down the mountains during the snowmelt. The state isn't broke so much as spending the vast amounts of tax-money on the two major cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Harrisburg, the capital, gets its largess as well. There are some serious wheel-crackers out there now, so even modern cars are at serious risk of sudden damage at speed.

The pie-crusting with hot oil and gravel they do in summer does nothing really but waste money that could be better spent on drainage, real cut-and-patch repairs, and paving with, oh I don't know, asphalt? Grin!

Ah, motorbikes...

I too remember the immortality of youth and a bike or two, a prewar Indian, a 650 Bonneville, a rather dangerous old Beeser. They were great days! Now, I'd be a fool of course to ever get on one again, but I still love the nice proportions of a Bonnie especially.



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Agree Brian,

The old Bonnies were great, never had one but been on one plenty of times as a couple of mates had them. Hundreds of miles in one day on them though gives you a sore ass, I my mate Eddie and me found coming back in one shot from La Rochelle to Cherbourg. Brits a couple of years younger than myself though would be dreaming of Honda CB whatever's and think Paul's bike vastly superior. Sadly it wasn't Japanese bike's being poor that killed the British bike industry.

I heard that the Falcon had a problem with the wings suddenly folding in when pigeons flew near.

All the best Johnny

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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
I too can empathize with the dread for the emergence of potholes each spring. Inevitably the local road department will patrol with a dump-truck full of hot asphalt, a few shovels full tossed in the hole, a bit of tamping, and the crew moves on. Three months later you're falling in the hole again.

The real answer for roads is that they should be engineered properly in the first place...failing that they should be taken up, reconstructed, and paved appropriately. But of course there's no money for that. There's especially no money for that in the countryside, where most roads were most likely dirt originally, then sometime sixty or so years ago they threw a layer of gravel on the dirt, then laid a few inches of blacktop on top of that. Crown the road...unlikely. Drainage...maybe sixty years ago, but that's largely silted in by now. It's like spring itself...renewal.

Having lived in the sticks nearly my entire life, I'm actually okay with the tar-and-chips "surface treatment". It's pretty much all I have known. I know they won't rake up the excess, leaving a potential death-trap just over the next hillock. I've accepted it. I am one with the road. Hummmmmmm...

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
In reply to # 3907562 by johnnyw637
I heard that the Falcon had a problem with the wings suddenly folding in when pigeons flew near.

All the best Johnny

Then swooping down for a quick meal!

I admit loving the old first Gen Falcon. This mundane little unsung car that was a killer in early saloon racing. They were big in Australia and I seem to remember them getting imported into the UK for what was then the saloon series that became the touring car championship, Falcons and Minis on the same track. Of course, memory could be flawed.

I'd have one today, especially the Falcon Ranchero. My mind's ideal of the ute...



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Don't get me started on potholes those and speed ramps are causing great profits for suspension and wheel alignment specialists. The UK avoids sorting potholes, preferring to pour billions into cycle routes...….awwwww now I'm in danger of going all political confused smiley

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Johnny me son, speedbumps are becoming very posh here. Next I head to my mate's shop I'll have to take a picture of the signage that now identifies them not as a speedbump but a "speed awareness riser".

Oooooooh! Nice, that!

I'm all for cyclists trails if it gets them a good alternative to blowing through stops because they can't be bothered and flipping the rest of us off in narcissistic indignation in the process. (Whoops! Did I say that out loud?)

Way hey!



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
The Lycra Vegan Alliance,

Has lead us land short Brits down the no common sense line of, putting cycle ways on the roads and doing it with as many closures to roads and roundabouts as their little hearts can manage. Our sensible cycle routes on disused railway lines are few and far between and over run by dog walkers with little whittle mutts called Trixie Bell who seem to run about in a random fashion on 15 foot long invisible micro cords, whilst their clueless and oblivious owners amble along on the opposite side of the route, either talking to equal incompetents or glued to a mobile phone.

And I had been trying to play so nicely, think I'll just break out the gin!!!!!!!!!

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
In reply to # 3907584 by Sarge101st
In reply to # 3907562 by johnnyw637
I heard that the Falcon had a problem with the wings suddenly folding in when pigeons flew near.

All the best Johnny

Then swooping down for a quick meal!

I admit loving the old first Gen Falcon. This mundane little unsung car that was a killer in early saloon racing. They were big in Australia and I seem to remember them getting imported into the UK for what was then the saloon series that became the touring car championship, Falcons and Minis on the same track. Of course, memory could be flawed.

I'd have one today, especially the Falcon Ranchero. My mind's ideal of the ute...

Pictures please they sound fascinating smileys with beer

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Shamelessly from a Google image search.

The first the regular saloon, the second the ute.

Pour me a gin, too, please?

"We used to call people who couldn't distinguish green from red 'colour blind'. The politically correct term now is 'cyclist'"

Grin!



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jimbvd Platinum Member Jim Bravard
Hopkinsville, Ky., USA   USA
Very interesting story, Jorge. I was intrigued by the part you mentioned you went to radar tech training. In '68. What type radar? I'm assuming ( possibly incorrectly ) it was on an aircraft. I worked on AERO-1A and AWG-10 radar on F4B and F4J Phantom jets in the early 70s.

In reply to # 3907436 by SapitoPR Nice bike Paul, seems to be in pretty good shape,( other than the fuel tank ); i briefly owned a smaller version of a Suzuki motorcycle while stationed in Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss. for radar technician training during 1968 and needed transportation as I lived off base with my recently arrived new wife, as you can imagine this was not a practical vehicle for a couple w/o a washing machine/drier. Some time later the bike was sold and a beat up 60's Ford Falcon bought, which went alright for a while before the crankshaft went. With the help of some buddies who helped remove the six cil. engine in my side patio, a remanufactured crankshaft was installed and the car lasted until the end of training and then sold. So, haven't been posting much as the current topic is snow, road salt and rain, could send you some photos of pot holes in our roads which render the Sprite almost unusable or make the occasion a high precision obstacle course for drivers of all cars , specially the ones with 13 inch wheels and archaic suspension. Said problem is being addressed slowly because of a bankrupt local govt. I keep a positive attitude and hope somehow all problems will be solved soon!

Cheers, Jorge.



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
"We used to call people who couldn't distinguish green from red 'colour blind'. The politically correct term now is 'cyclist'"


I love this GRIN

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Johnny, bless you, my son! I'm glad you appreciate the humour! Grin!

That one is one of my favourites. It has gotten me in more hot water over here than just about any other one-liner in my arsenal. Lectures, disapproval, angry bearded faces voicing spittle flecked offense.

I'm convinced "offense" is the opiate of the humourless.

I'm happy to report the colourblind line gets more vitriole than even this one:

"Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. However, for your donation of only 85 cents a day..."


More angry emotion about poking fun at cycling rather the availability of fresh water in the world...

Speaks volumes! smoking smiley



Offence is the opiate of the humourless.



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Boris 2"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
In reply to # 3907618 by Sarge101st Shamelessly from a Google image search.

The first the regular saloon, the second the ute.

Pour me a gin, too, please?

"We used to call people who couldn't distinguish green from red 'colour blind'. The politically correct term now is 'cyclist'"

Grin!

Meant to say Brian,

Doesn't matter where you got them at least I know what has been spoken about now.
Thanks and not what I was expecting, a big like a boxy version of the Ford Cortina, I love the pick up version.

Thanks Johnny

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