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Registry: 1976 MG Midget 1500

Bishop Tinsley's 1976 MG Midget 1500 – “Dino”
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  • Placed 2nd at Eurofest 2011, Spartanburg SC

  • Placed 1st at NAMGBR 2012 in Dillard, GA

Resto-modded 2009-2011

- All parts off, down to metal for paint
- Urethane flex additive for bumpers
- Dual SU HS4 carbs & Ashley Hinton SS air-gap heat shield
- 3 -2-1 ceramic coated header
- Lowered 1.5 inches
- Oil cooler with SS lines
- (Newer) electrical harness
- Gear reduction starter
- Professionally finished Rostyles
- 300 watt Alpine amp JVC CD head unit - 6 Alpine speakers
- Jag alt
- PL 700 halogens on relays
- 3/4 sway bar with welded frame supports
- Pertronix ig & electric fuel pump with inertia switch
- Electric fuel pump
- New dash (the whole magilla)
- Custom fabricated visors and boot cover from marine vinyl
- Monza quad muffler (Two 1275 setups, not 1500) & resonator
- SS brake lines
- Carpeted trunk & matching vinyl spare cover
- Uprated axle half shafts
- New bushings - I prefer rubber
- New rubber all around, including windshield gasket
- Refurbished OEM luggage rack
- Smith's voltmeter in console
- Bonnet & boot gas shocks from Rick Ingram


- 0.30 bored over
- HC Flat top pistons - hello premium gas!
- Cam bearings modded to 1500 lump
- Head ported, polished and matched
- Larger oil galleys
- Switched electric Accusump for pre-lubrication
- Oil pressure regulator
- Larger aluminum radiator
- All braided SS hoses with Black AN fittings

Worked hard to make everything work, have tight handling and run like greased lightning...and eradicated all those annoying rattles, squeaks, and other noises that drive me crazy. What a difference!....til the next one happens LOL.

I've had my Midget over 30 years. I bought it for $1500 when i was 22. It was a stock sporty hoopdie for the first 10 years.

But that was then...

I know, I know, its a different kinda mod. I have always loved the marque and have a special place in my heart for the now maligned 1500, as it was the car I would see brand-spankin' new in the dealership parking lot on my way to highschool back in the 70s. When I first got it, it was only 7 years old & was in good structural shape, but needed a lot of engine & hydraulic work. I loved to troll our local Brit car junkyard for parts on the cheap, rain or shine. Ahhh such simple pleasures, know what i mean? Some pieces I retained & refurbished, and others got the 'ol heave-ho back when I was in my 20s...Hey, don't roll your eyes... I was just a college kid trying to keep the damn thing RUNNING!

For those wanting everything stock down to the last bolt...that is (understandably) fine & dandy - but not for me. A car is original only ONCE, after that, it degrades, plain & simple...don't get me wrong, the gracefully-aged stock midget can be a real thing of beauty (the CB ones look best patina & all with a few battle scars heralding its past and place in modern times). But after 30 years of owning mine, I was sooo OVER the purist philosophy - no disrespect to you purists, as someone has to keep the flame burning. But for me, it was time to improve its' performance & aesthetic (after all, this is a 1500 which is plentiful, not an Aston Martin). For many, the RB midgets needs to be de-bumpered. Not for me though - I like them, despite their heaviness. It's a part of the car. After all is said & done, I am pleased with the finished product...my own concept and creation.

BTW, I DRIVE this car...It's no trailer queen...it only looks like one, LOL. I travel to Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, all over Georgia...pretty much wherever I want. I try to stay out of the rain, but in enjoying my travels, I occasionally get caught in a rogue storm. And considering the overall prospect of driving versus not, sometimes it just really doesn't matter if once in a while it / or myself gets wet.

As I was a kid when I bought it, you KNOW it knows all my secrets! Maaaaan if this car could talk... remember, I had it through college in my early 20s into my 30s, 40s & now, 50s. There are stories to tell...and new ones made with every turn of the key...

Thanks for checking me out ! bishop

Vehicle Information

Owner: Bishop Tinsley   [btinsley]
Location: Atl, GA, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1976
Original Colour:Honeyglow
Current Colour:Cream & tan
Transmission:4 Sync
Last Updated:2018-02-13 20:13:57
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Factory: Abingdon, England
Make: MG
Engine: A-Series (803-1275cc) 4cyl
Body Type: 2 Seat Roadster
Series: '6' Unknown!

These are "best guesses" based only on the VIN, completeness & accuracy are not guaranteed. Information entered by the owner should take precedence.


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Member Comments on Registry: 1976 MG Midget 1500   ↵
Rated 9.5 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
2011-12-07 14:24:14 # 4072
Comment by Skye Nott
Rating: 9/10
Thanks for adding your Midget to the registry, the matching bumpers look great!
2012-04-26 15:10:45 # 5805
Comment by Steve Lacey
I like it . . . but isn't it lowered as well?
2014-02-04 10:45:33 # 13978
Comment by larry noel
Simply fantastic!
2014-02-06 11:30:06 # 13995
Comment by Gary Brown
Rating: 10/10
Saw your car in Dillard. Certainly deserving of the first in class award. Certainly a head turner.
2018-01-25 21:59:40 # 48062
Comment by Don Ipock
Great car, even greater history & ownership. I think your perspective is spot-on!

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-02-13 20:13:57

Changes from 2012-05-08 13:49:05 to previous 2012-01-03 14:27:51
Trans Type added   4 Sync

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Jan 2, 1983 Bishop Tinsley  USA Added to Registry (ID 11867)

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