Hello...This is "not" your Grandpa's dual carb MG Midget...., 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 text that follows. If questions arise, please feel free to ask. The car retains its charming 1974 exterior, but because there is a lot of customization, modification, retrofitting, and fabrication it has a thoroughly modern appeal.
These parts are all quality parts ($$$, Napa, Quaife LSD, Suzuki Samari single wire alternator, QA-1 shocks and more), and all work is done to a profession standard by a certified journeyman diesel mechanic - nothing is so-called restored on this baby! 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 to Atlanta, Georgia, (to see family) and back in 5 1/2 days. I got 33 MPG. It does come with a car cover! Previous injuries as a 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
- polyurethane bushings throughout the whole suspension system/components (both front and rear)
- hydraulic shocks front and rear have been replaced/fabricated by QA-1 coil-over adjustable shocks in the front and QA-1 adjustable shock in the rear
- a larger diameter front sway bar (11/16 diameter?)
- 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 original emergency brake system...
- rear axle is fitted with a Quaife LSD (Limited Slip Differential), and double bearing rear axle hubs (the emergency brake, works like the original with the original emergency brake parts...)
- 5-speed Datsun transmission upgrade with a fabricated transmission mount that incorporates 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 custom 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
- 1-gallon air tank and a Viair air compressor tucked under the rear axle well .
And the list goes on....
....keep the classics rolling!