Hello...This is "not" your Grandpa's dual SU carburetor MG Midget...., "BUT", it does get 33 MPG....it is an everyday driver, cruising comfortably and easily @ 80+ mph down the interstate. Everything undependable has been replaced with dependable, and this is a safe, reliable fun sports car. If you are familiar with MG Midgets, then you will know what I am referring to in the list below. If you are not familiar with these great little sports cars that have a winning history behind them, then please feel free to ask any questions....The car retains its charming 1974 exterior, but, much like a new car, because there is a lot of upgrades it has a thoroughly modern appeal and all it needs is PM and oil changes- ( in the winter I use oil VR1-W10-40 and in the summer I use VR1-W20-50, this oil has more ZDP for the metal to metal engine that it is ).
Some of the quality parts are ($$$, Napa, Quaife LSD, Suzuki Samari single wire alternator, QA-1 shocks and more), and all work and craftsmanship is done to a professional meticulous standard by a certified journeyman diesel mechanic - note the detail... And no oil leaks! LOL. I have a good portion of the stock/original parts that I took off the car, (also literature, books and information), and there is an additional low mileage Datsun 5-speed transmission included in the parts bins...When I bought the car in Provo, Utah, about 4 years ago, it was all stock, except for an electric fuel pump. It had enough issues that I decided to tow it rather than drive it home. It has 3 little, manageable rust spots that have been addressed and do not jeopardize the integrity of the body, but it does need body work. It was all stock, had 54,000 miles on it and was a sports car for the college student who owned it. Since the vehicles rebirth, it is now only solid, dependable, and a daily driver, but also always an attention grabber that handles like a go-cart with doors on even the most windy mountain roads. In October 2016, I drove a flawless trip across country and back to see family in Atlanta, Georgia in 5 1/2 days. I got 33 MPG. It has an in cab air filter and it does come with a car cover! Drive this car and feel the accuracy of the steering wheel, and the connection with the road... Break downs are not a worry, this is a serious built car... Previous injuries as a journeyman diesel mechanic in the trucking industry have caught up with me and it is time to sell my tools; no more projects.....thank you...John...keep the classics rolling! Here is a list of changes:
- tapered front wheel bearings (I retained the spacer)
- "double wishbone" front suspension fabricated from MG parts and uses stock MG Midget bushings
- polyurethane bushings throughout the whole suspension system/components (both front and rear)
- hydraulic shocks front and rear have been replaced/fabricated with QA-1 coil-over adjustable shocks in the front and QA-1 adjustable shock in the rear
- a larger diameter front sway bar (from a 9/16 diameter to a 11/16 diameter)
- fabricated/installed a 5/8" diameter rear sway bar
- upgraded rear Double Bearing Axle Hubs which included installing a wear sleeve(s) and a fabricated part that supports and maintains the function of the original emergency brake system...
- rear axle is fitted with a Quaife LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
- 5-speed Datsun transmission upgrade with a fabricated transmission mount that incorporates "Energy Suspension" polyurethane bushings
- MG flywheel machined to accept the Datsun pressure plate and clutch disc
- aftermarket gear reduction/high torque starter
- single wire Suzuki Samurai alternator
- Dura-Spark electronic ignition
-. All wiring was done with relays and fused circuits; I used as much of the stock wiring as possible
- 32/36 progressive Weber Carburetor w/Cannon Manifold and a modified air cleaner from a 1984 Cadillac Cimarron (kept the heat riser function)
- 5-point seat belt harnesses
- matching electronic tachometer and speedometer
- vacuum gauge
- NGK real time air fuel ratio gauge and matching exhaust sending unit...
- electronic oil pressure and water temp gauges
- Toyota 11" electric radiator fan
- new 2-core, dual-pass modified aluminum radiator
- Piaa fog lights
- rebuilt engine (1275 cc)
- APT cam (266)
- custom engine torque bar
- new convertible top
- 5 Daisy VTO rims (5.5" x 13")
- 27" air horn tucked under the right front fender ( "very very loud!" )
- 1-gallon air tank and a Viair air compressor tucked under the rear axle well .
And the list goes on....
....keep the classics rolling!
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