LocostUSA.com

Learning how to build Lotus Seven replicas...together!
It is currently June 14, 2024, 5:07 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 30 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 11, 2023, 10:42 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
Bought the Midget.
Picking it up to trailer home next weekend.
Tires were 10yrs old & didn't want to put faith in them for the 65 mile drive home on the freeway in the dark
Car seems to run well, brakes need some work & a few small leaks to resolve.

Will keep it at my dad's place while we get it roadworthy then bring it home. Gives me time to get a cover built where I'm going to park it.

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 12, 2023, 11:07 am 
Offline
Automotive Encyclopedia
User avatar

Joined: December 22, 2006, 2:05 pm
Posts: 8066
:cheers: I'm jealous. :ack:

Agree on the crank thrust bearing clutch press test or you can just push-pull on the crank. Must be a way to retain a loose thrust bearing without drilling to countersink brass screws in the face, then trying to line the holes in the main cap for subsequent thrust bearings. Need a pro machinist imho.

_________________
Miata UBJ: ES-2074R('70s maz pickup)
Ford IFS viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13225&p=134742
Simple Spring select viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11815
LxWxHt
360LA 442E: 134.5x46x15
Lotus7:115x39x7.25
Tiger Avon:114x40x13.3-12.6
Champion/Book:114x42x11
Gibbs/Haynes:122x42x14
VoDou:113x44x14
McSorley 442:122x46x14
Collins 241:127x46x12


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 12, 2023, 11:12 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
Couple snaps in the seller's garage last night.
Obviously needs a full respray & a could body dents fixed.
Brakes need a bit of work. New MC & rear cylinders, but the pedal takes a fair bit of effort for good braking response.
Cat already deleted & my dad thinks m8ght have an upsized header on it, which is then downsized to the tiny straight pipe to the rear. Sounds pretty good IMO. Not sure about the smog/air pump, lots to learn.
And, the rubber bumpers gotta go.
Image
Image
Image

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 12, 2023, 6:06 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
Still waiting on my membership on an MG forum to be approved.
Any of you MG pros know if a 175/60-13 will fit without interference on a stock Midget? First this, this toy needs tires. Looks like Kimbo offers the current 155/80-13 & 175/60-13 which are <1mph difference on the road. Need to c9nfirm the spare size & order 5 tires.

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 12, 2023, 7:16 pm 
Offline
Automotive Encyclopedia
User avatar

Joined: December 22, 2006, 2:05 pm
Posts: 8066
Stick with the 155-80-13. I think the original size is 145-80.

Quote:
Sprite/Midget: The square-arch rear-fender cars have very restricted wheelwells. Even a 165-section tire is probably going to rub on the back under hard cornering. The round wheel-arch cars have much less of a problem, and 5.5” wheels can be fi tted with wide tires as long as the springs do not allow the tire to contact the fender lip. This led to many a Bugeye that looked like it got mated to a steamroller. Perhaps Austin moved to the square wheel arches specifically to prevent Americans from fitting Chevy Vega wheels with fat, wide-oval tires to their cars.


https://mossmotoring.com/tire-wheel-plus-sizing/

_________________
Miata UBJ: ES-2074R('70s maz pickup)
Ford IFS viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13225&p=134742
Simple Spring select viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11815
LxWxHt
360LA 442E: 134.5x46x15
Lotus7:115x39x7.25
Tiger Avon:114x40x13.3-12.6
Champion/Book:114x42x11
Gibbs/Haynes:122x42x14
VoDou:113x44x14
McSorley 442:122x46x14
Collins 241:127x46x12


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 12, 2023, 7:17 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
Thanks, good to know. Now to verify the size of the spare & get 5 tires ordered.

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 4:13 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 11, 2013, 4:47 am
Posts: 1635
Location: No. Nevada
The spare would be a matching wheel so all the same size.

And I can supply you with an unmolested trunk lid if you like, I have several, cheap.

_________________
If I must be a one-man PC free zone, so be it!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 7:34 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
If we decide we don't want the luggage rack, may take you up on that
Shipping will be the gotcha, I'm sure. Unless I can manage a local pickup. My mom lives between Vegas/St George, not sure how far that is from your area

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 9:30 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
One of the disclosed issues was that there is a tear in the top.
The driver's side 1/4 window is separated from the top in the corner. Think this can be patched/mended, even short-term until we feel like shelling out $500 for a Robbins replacement?
Image

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 9:53 am 
Offline
Automotive Encyclopedia
User avatar

Joined: December 22, 2006, 2:05 pm
Posts: 8066
Comes from not hand flexing the top at those window corners when putting it down; especially if it is cool weather. You could probably find a hard top for that kind of money. Here is an affordable soft top:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/185694833663?f ... %3A2047675

_________________
Miata UBJ: ES-2074R('70s maz pickup)
Ford IFS viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13225&p=134742
Simple Spring select viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11815
LxWxHt
360LA 442E: 134.5x46x15
Lotus7:115x39x7.25
Tiger Avon:114x40x13.3-12.6
Champion/Book:114x42x11
Gibbs/Haynes:122x42x14
VoDou:113x44x14
McSorley 442:122x46x14
Collins 241:127x46x12


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 9:58 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
Not a bad price, but that's for a B, not a Midget.
Can't tell if it has the retainer snaps or if those have to be installed.
The Robbins, I'd found on Moss Motors. Honestly, if I can repair that separation, it would work. Top would be down anytime the car's moving, would just need that in the event of rain while parked away from home.

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 10:08 am 
Offline
Automotive Encyclopedia
User avatar

Joined: December 22, 2006, 2:05 pm
Posts: 8066
https://www.ebay.com/itm/295527717332?f ... %3A2047675

_________________
Miata UBJ: ES-2074R('70s maz pickup)
Ford IFS viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13225&p=134742
Simple Spring select viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11815
LxWxHt
360LA 442E: 134.5x46x15
Lotus7:115x39x7.25
Tiger Avon:114x40x13.3-12.6
Champion/Book:114x42x11
Gibbs/Haynes:122x42x14
VoDou:113x44x14
McSorley 442:122x46x14
Collins 241:127x46x12


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 13, 2023, 11:04 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
:cheers:
Couple hundred cheaper than the Robbins, and since it'll very rarely see anything but a sunny day, don't need a super premium lid.

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 16, 2023, 9:39 am 
Offline
Automotive Encyclopedia
User avatar

Joined: December 22, 2006, 2:05 pm
Posts: 8066
My spitfire has a hard top, but I will also be fitting one of this suppliers soft tops. :cheers:

_________________
Miata UBJ: ES-2074R('70s maz pickup)
Ford IFS viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13225&p=134742
Simple Spring select viewtopic.php?f=5&t=11815
LxWxHt
360LA 442E: 134.5x46x15
Lotus7:115x39x7.25
Tiger Avon:114x40x13.3-12.6
Champion/Book:114x42x11
Gibbs/Haynes:122x42x14
VoDou:113x44x14
McSorley 442:122x46x14
Collins 241:127x46x12


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Midget 1500?
PostPosted: March 16, 2023, 11:00 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: November 6, 2020, 6:29 pm
Posts: 604
Location: Spring, TX
Glad for the endorsement :cheers:

_________________
1975 MG Midget
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=24382
13B Powered Rotus Geauxkart
http://www.locostusa.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=20899


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 30 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 14 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
POWERED_BY