MGExp

MG Midget Forum

Sleeping Beauty - 16 years in a Garage

Moss Motors
AutoShrine Sponsor
AutoShrine Sponsor
AutoShrine Sponsor
AutoShrine Sponsor

mreinsmith Avatar
mreinsmith Matthew Reinsmith
Southeast PA, USA   USA
I'm new to the Forum, thanks for having me!

My brother and I just aquired a family heirloom

1974 Midget (not sure yet if it's an MK III or a 1500, but working on that)

After it's former owner passed away, it sat for 16 years in a heated garage (it was loved). It was passed on to us by the owner's daughter who is a family friend (extended family really)

We are "experienced ameteur" car guys and are ready to put it back in action!

It needs a new clutch, so we are in the process of pulling the engine and trans to do that job.

Anyone have any suggestions what maintence we should be looking at performing to get it restarted?

The last rebuild we did was a complete engine overhaul, but I was hoping to get some advice short of doing that of things to check before we crank it over.

So far we've cleaned and recoated the gas tank and started the process to remove the engine and trans, so I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to fix any "standard" issues that should be addressed for a midget.

Thanks a million

M

(Matthew Reinsmith)

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Gold Supporting Member <
dte948 Avatar
dte948 DAVE ENSIGN
CLAVERACK, NY, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget Conversion "MIDGET Aka Woodie"
Start replacing rubber. Bushing, hoses, and seals.

Dave

dlrhine Avatar
dlrhine Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   USA
Welcome Matthew smileys with beer

x2 on rubbers!

If it's a '74, it should be a MkIII with a 1275 A series engine.

Go to these websites, you don't have to buy parts from them, but their parts breakdown pictures are great for reference, cost estimates, etc.

http://www.victoriabritish.com/icatalog/sm/t.aspx

http://www.mossmotors.com/Browse/ComponentMenuProducts.aspx?WebCatalogID=1&PlateTypeID=1

Is that you car there with Crocodile Dundee? If so, it looks very nice & yes, it would be a MkIII

Pictures please, we love pictures!

thumbs up



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



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2010-12-18 06:18 AM by dlrhine.

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Gold Supporting Member <
Col Avatar
Col colin renshall
liverpool, UK   GBR
Hi Mathew and welcome from the U/K if your pulling the engine and transmission out you will find access to the transmission by removing ruber grommets in the foot wells and dont forget the ground wire attached to the gearbox to body.best of luck

mreinsmith Avatar
mreinsmith Matthew Reinsmith
Southeast PA, USA   USA
Awesome! That's where I'll start

Great Forum BTW, seems like a great bunch of people

DID SOMEONE SAY PICTURES!!!!!

you can start by going here:

http://reinsmith.net/gallery/midget/midget.aspx

Other than that is there a Gallery to post to, or can I just slap them in a post?

Thanks everyone!

M



a petcock is NOT FOWL!

JMoore Avatar
JMoore John Moore
Clifton Park, NY, USA   USA
WOW! Beautiful RWA (Round Wheel Arch) midget! Defintiely a prized 1275. Good deal, you got a great midget there!



John Moore

'70 MGB, '68 MGBGT, '99 Land Rover Discovery II, '61 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite

Mr.Duvall Avatar
Mr.Duvall David Duvall
IN, USA   USA
nice car

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Gold Supporting Member <
davester Avatar
davester Dave Diamond
Berkeley, California, USA   USA
1965 Austin-Healey Sprite
1971 MG MGB GT "Dad's Car"
Beautiful Midget.

This is indispensable, written by a forum member who unfortunately passed away a few months ago: http://web.archive.org/web/20070714104323/www.theautoist.com/awakening_a_sleeping_b.htm

Also, if you don't already have one, be sure that you get a copy of the factory workshop manual, published by Bentley, and known by most people simply as "the Bentley manual".

Cheers, Dave

jeffnoll Avatar
jeffnoll Jeff Noll
Western MA, USA   USA
Wow, excellent land you have there. You will have a blast and be the talk of the town when you cruise around in it. And pics are always welcome in your posts. We always enjoy seeing our brethren.

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Gold Supporting Member <
parisric Avatar
parisric ric paris
port charlotte, FL, USA   USA
1979 MG Midget "Ezmarelda"
beautiful car! You are going to love it. Being new myself to this site i have found the members are full of knowledge and useful tidbits. I have had AH,Triumphs and MGB in the past but last one was back in the 80's, it was easier when they were new. good luck with it, it is a great looking car.

pomacanthus Avatar
pomacanthus Brian Broughten
Rogers, MN, USA   USA
Hey welcome and nice looking car!
I love the RWA midget lol

My advice is:
Rubber x3

fuel delivery from gas tank forward
check www.gas-tank.com/ for a cheap gas tank fix you will probably need it
I had 2 restored for $200 to include eliminating the inside screen, rewelded pickup line,
3 coated inside and out of baked on PVC

PS super easy to replace the entire gas line when you have motor pulled out (goes up the tunnel)
and not expensive i got standard gas line from local NAPA store

Good Luck!

dlrhine Avatar
dlrhine Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   USA
Very nice car!

And yes, you can post a picture with your message...just click the attach a file link.

thumbs up



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

mreinsmith Avatar
mreinsmith Matthew Reinsmith
Southeast PA, USA   USA
Outstounding responses!!

Thanks a million

As everyone indicated it's definately a 1275 (checked the engine)

I'll be gathering some more details soon, I havn't looked at the registry yet, but I'm guessing I will need some more specifics.

I'm also interested in researching its history.

So here is a picture for, I'll post some more with other replies



a petcock is NOT FOWL!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2010-12-18 02:57 PM by mreinsmith.


Attachments:
midget_20101017_0001.jpg    58.9 KB
midget_20101017_0001.jpg

mreinsmith Avatar
mreinsmith Matthew Reinsmith
Southeast PA, USA   USA
http://reinsmith.net/gallery/midget/midget.aspx



a petcock is NOT FOWL!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2010-12-18 02:55 PM by mreinsmith.


Attachments:
midget_20101017_0009.jpg    55.2 KB
midget_20101017_0009.jpg

dlrhine Avatar
dlrhine Dave Rhine
South, Carolina, USA   USA
Now why can't I find a sleeping beauty like that?

I'm jealous!

eye popping smiley



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

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Gold Supporting Member <

To add your reply, or post your own questions




Registration is FREE and takes less than a minute!


Having trouble posting or changing forum settings?
Read the Forum Help (FAQ) or contact the webmaster