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gabethebabe Gabriel P
Cheney, WA, USA   USA
Hey guys! I just bought a '76 Midget (not sure if its a 1500 or mkiv yet) (or if it changes anything) and the one issue it has is that there is a leak somewhere between the gas pedal and carburetor. Is it worth trying to repair at home or taking it into the shop? Also, the interior needs to be replaced. Do any of you know where to get the materials (interior kits or otherwise) any good websites?

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76lucas Gold Member Josh L
Floyd, VA, USA   USA
1978 MG Midget 1500
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Parts Car"
Depends on your skill level. These cars are fairly easy to work on so they make great learning tools. Should be easy to find the fuel leak once you get to looking. There a couple of sites for interior parts the two biggest are Moss motors (main one) and Victoria British (cheaper prices spotty quailty) There are a lot of smaller ones who are on here and the bst forum is also a good place to look. The car would be a 1500 has that is what the factory workshop manual calls. Suggest getting a factory manual it makes working on the car so much easier. Good luck and welcome to the fun



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

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infinity2018 Joe T
Denver, CO, USA   USA
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Inca"
You must post pictures for those of us who can't read cool smiley

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wrenchingaround Silver Member Louis Zammit
Toronto, ON, Canada   CAN
Worth doing yourself or taking it to a specialist comes down to your skill level and how deep are your pockets. These are pretty simple cars, requiring pretty simple tools and there's lots of help here.

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bev sleet Bev S
Raunds, Northamptonshire, UK   GBR
It's a 1500 in a 1976 midget , there is no such car as a midget MK1V, mg went from MK111 to 1500 in 1975 I believe. get this manual



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gabethebabe Gabriel P
Cheney, WA, USA   USA
In reply to # 3666965 by wrenchingaround Worth doing yourself or taking it to a specialist comes down to your skill level and how deep are your pockets. These are pretty simple cars, requiring pretty simple tools and there's lots of help here.

Yeah I'm not the most experienced with auto repair. But I do work at Les Schwab so I have access the the lifts and tools to do the work myself as well as several co workers who love to help. Thanks for all your input guys!

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Homerr Jeff Kogut
Seattle, WA, USA   USA
1966 MG Midget MkII "Sold!"
1970 MG Midget MkIII "Midget On A Spit"
1971 MG Midget MkIII "The Donor"
1975 MG Midget MkIV "General MG"
Welcome!

Here are a couple additional resources:

http://www.spridgetguru.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Universitymotorsltd/videos
(John Twist covers a lot of mechanical issues, if you want to see what you are getting in to.)

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G0Bigred JD Wyborny
Winterville, NC, USA   USA
1976 MG M-Type Midget "The Midge"
Yes you can definitely do most if not all the repairs yourself. That is if you are willing to learn and want to get your hands dirty. This forum is a great place to start with many people who have done countless amount of work on their MG's. I previously had zero experience working on cars as well as no tools and a two car garage and have been able to accomplish a lot.

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davester Dave Diamond
Berkeley, California, USA   USA
1965 Austin-Healey Sprite
1971 MG MGB GT "Dad's Car"
Charlie, Welcome to the forum. As to your question, almost this entire forum is about Midget/Sprite owners helping each other to do at home repairs. These days, very few mechanics even know how to work on these cars. Now, what do you mean by a leak between the carb and the gas pedal? Are you talking about a water leak, air leak, gasoline leak, exhaust leak, or some other kind of leak. A more detailed description of your problem would probably result in your receiving good advice.

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matmire Matt Meyer
Studio City, CA, USA   USA
I started my Spridget experience with fairly limited car know-how. Learning about and working on the car has been almost as fun as driving it. Dig in!

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littlecars David Bassett
Nashville, TN, USA   USA
1965 Chevrolet Corvair "Ski Team Transport SOLD!"
1965 MG Midget MkII "Buffoon"
1966 MG Midget MkII "Swiss Cheese...SCRAPPED"
1970 Triumph Spitfire MkIII "Tamara's Turd... SOLD!!!"    & more
We love pics, Gabriel. Let's see what you have to work with. Only in extreme circumstances have I taken my car into a shop. Gradually everything you learn will get tested more than once and you will exceed the knowledge possessed by most standard mechanics (if these types still exist in their own shop). The hourly labor rate at our local "foreign car repair" shop was the tipping point for me. Last trip I took to this shop was 3 years ago, and it was for warranty work performed on the car a year before that!

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Awendaw, SC, USA   USA
I completely replaced the interior, minus the dash in my 1970 MGB. I replaced drives side floor pan, fitted sound proofing and put down new carpet. I learned a lot, started out with a low skill level, spent a lot of time with folks on here who offered suggestions and encouragement. Go for it.

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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Oh, your going to have fun! We all have used this forum to get help on things that confounded us. Welcome!

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infinity2018 Joe T
Denver, CO, USA   USA
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Inca"
Parts for these cars are very affordable and easy to find too. Try restoring a Ferrari, for the cost of three Ferrari lug nuts, I bought my whole running/driving MG...

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