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Ernie Peters '74 MGMidget Refurbishment

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Home Page: Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA
Edwardsville, IL, USA

Total Posts: 26 Latest Post: 2018-02-14
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Fuel Tank And Brake Master Cylinder

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Saturday January 27, 2018 1:21 PM


The new tank is baffled

The new tank is baffled.

The new tank has a drain plug

The new tank has a drain plug.

The new sending unit I bent the terminal to run p

The new sending unit. I bent the terminal to run parallel with the top of the tank, for clearance when installed.

The insulating foam that comes with the tank to se

The insulating foam that comes with the tank to seal the tank from the trunk floor. I added foam around the emissions fitting.

The old brake master cylinder has no room for a so

The old brake master cylinder has no room for a socket - the hole is very close to the cylinder body.

The new brake master cylinder has room for a socke

The new brake master cylinder has room for a socket for its two securing nuts.

I opted for the Lucas TRW master cylinder

I opted for the Lucas/TRW master cylinder.

Now there is space between the brake and clutch ma

Now there is space between the brake and clutch master cylinders.




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Rusty Crud In The Fuel Tank

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Saturday January 20, 2018 9:55 AM


The rusty sending unit

The rusty sending unit.

The float arm was rusted in the up or full positio

The float arm was rusted in the up or full position, explaining why the gauge always reads full. Some Fluid Film freed up the arm, and it worked properly when reconnected to the fuel gauge.

The float has been sitting in some rusty fuel for

The float has been sitting in some rusty fuel for a long time. But is still intact, no leaks.

A shot of the rusty crud through the filler neck h

A shot of the rusty crud through the filler neck hole.

With most of the loose rust removed the bottom of

With most of the loose rust removed, the bottom of the tank looks to be in pretty good shape. But there is still rust on the sides, and presumably on the top of the tank.

An overhead shot of the tank to be replaced by a

An overhead shot of the tank, to be replaced by a new one with new sending unit.




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It's Springtime For The Mirror

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Wednesday January 17, 2018 10:10 AM


The spring I ordered from a forum member It fits

The spring I ordered from a forum member. It fits between the mirror glass and the mirror body, putting pressure on the retaining ring which holds the glass in place.

The mirror body which I removed and brought into

The mirror body, which I removed and brought into the house to let it warm up. If you look closely you can see the semi-circular mark where the spring resides.

The spring installed in the mirror body

The spring installed in the mirror body.

The mirror glass with an impression on the mirror

The mirror glass, with an impression on the mirror backing where the spring fits.

The glass reatining ring The tabs around the peri

The glass reatining ring. The tabs around the perimeter fit over the glass, to help it stay centered on the mirror body. The perimeter itself fits into a groove on the mirror body, and is held in place with spring pressure on the glass.

Another look at the retaining ring

Another look at the retaining ring.

In less than 10 minutes I installed the spring gl

In less than 10 minutes I installed the spring, glass and retainer in the mirror body.




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A New Pump, And New Keys

Ernie Peters   Silver Member USA — Posted on The MG Experience
Tuesday January 16, 2018 11:22 AM


The new key ordered by using the key code found on

The new key ordered by using the key code found on the trunk lock and glove box lock (they are the same). Fits the doors, glovebox, and trunk lock perfectly.

After removing the defective windhsield washer pum

After removing the defective windhsield washer pump. The old (new) replacement pump did not work, and was replaced by the supplier.

The new replacement pump that works perfectly

The new replacement pump that works perfectly.




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On a great early December day I drove the Midget t

On a great early December day I drove the Midget to a local Cars and Coffee. It ran flawlessly. I think I could have parked the little car in the '59 Caddy's trunk!

A trio of classic cars each with its own charm

A trio of classic cars, each with its own charm.

The windshield washer pump on the car when I bough

The windshield washer pump on the car when I bought it. Aftermarket, and nonfunctional, I ordered a replacement for it.

The replacement pump installed after ensuring the

The replacement pump, installed after ensuring the lines and nozzles were clear. This pump was defective, and I ordered a new replacement pump from my supplier.

The replacement interior lamp is an exact copy of

The replacement interior lamp is an exact copy of the original.

Reverse lamp gaskets The lamp uses the same gaske

Reverse lamp gaskets. The lamp uses the same gasket between the lamp housing and the body, and the lense and the housing.

Both lamps work as designed after cleaning the con

Both lamps work as designed after cleaning the contacts and installing new bulbs.

A new bulb in the side marker lamp and all is well

A new bulb in the side marker lamp and all is well.




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My car did not come with the door trunk or glove

My car did not come with the door, trunk, or glovebox key. The trunk lock has the key code stamped into it. If the glovebox code is the ssame I can be pretty certain the trunk key will fit the doors.

The glovebox key code matches the trunk And most

The glovebox key code matches the trunk. And most certainly matches the doors.

The space to remove the nuts securing the trunk ha

The space to remove the nuts securing the trunk handle/lock is very confined.

The passenger side reverse lamp did not come with

The passenger side reverse lamp did not come with a bulb (spare bulb shown below housing). There was no voltage at the bulb contacts.

The connections on the backside of the reverse lam

The connections on the backside of the reverse lamp housing were corroded, as were the bulb contacts inside the housing.

There was voltage at the reverse lamp wiring conne

There was voltage at the reverse lamp wiring connector. Cleaning all contacts with Deoxit worked - with a functioning bulb the passenger side reverse lamp works again. I duplicated my cleaning efforts on the driver side.

The aftermarket windshield washer pump fitted to m

The aftermarket windshield washer pump fitted to my car was non-functional. It had voltage at the connectors, but the motor did not spin.

Inside the pump there was a lot of crud built up

Inside the pump, there was a lot of crud built up, and the impellers on the pump wheel are mangled. New pump time.




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