MG Midget: A broken Wheel

So it seems the never ending repairs keep on coming, This time it was my half shaft, or at this point i believe it is my half shaft. Sitting at the line i pulled away and heard a crack, and then no power. After being pushed back to the paddock, i turned the car so it...

MG Midget: Adventures in race land

So the season is creeping to an end and I have managed to squeeze in the odd race or two, Doune and Kames to go and then the car get mothballed for another season. On the whole the changes and fixes have held together well, the suspension pinning came a bit lose after...

MG Midget: The Final Story

I thought i had everything completed when i put my car back together in March but that was the start of a painful journey. The damage my car suffered last year was worse than i ever expected, and after putting the car back together, i found it would not start. So out...

Open vs. Limited Slip Differentials

With an open/ standard differential, gears called spider gears allow the wheels to vary speeds to negotiate turns without binding up. This setup works great for the majority of passenger vehicles on the road today. If you are running an open differential and you hit a...

The Same but Different

The Mini is an icon of British culture, as much a thread of the national fabric as cups of tea, red phone boxes and delicious, room-temperature ale with twigs floating in it.   When Alec Issigonis was requested by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in late 1956...

Can you predict the next collectible car?

Time adds value to many objects and this is especially true with motor cars. There are people who spend their whole lives trying to guess which model will become the “must have” addition to add to their glittering garage. There are a few givens along the way; Porsche,...

MG Midget: final stages

So I made a list of things to be done, and i was surprised i had missed a few things out. Reconnecting the rear brake cables should have been an easy task, but my axle is modified for the custom suspension, and the lump of metal welded to the axle was in the way of me...

MG Midget: gearbox and engine

So no photo’s this time. i finished connecting up the engine, all bar the radiator. I am still waiting for a replacement hose to arrive. i have been assured it will be here today so i can crack on with that on the weekend. No dram so far everything went back on...

MG Midget: Engine refitting

So gearbox now in hand it is time to stick the engine back in the car. I have my trusty guide, and have about 20 zip lock bags all labeled with nits and bolts ready to go. My first step was to fit my cylindrical clutch. I think this came off a SAAB but i may be wrong,...

MG Midget: Gearbox Replacement

So it turns out i did more damage to my gearbox then i initially thought. I knew the case was damaged , but i thought that it had been caused by the strain of the axle breaking free. In fact  the lay gear and first gear was shattered,    and i mean shattered. So one...

MG Midget: Engine Removal – Stage 2

Last week i left the engine ready to be taken out. I have an excellent engine hoist so moving that into place, it was a simple matter of putting two nylon ropes around the engine and lifting it out. with my car removing the engine is really easy as there is no front...

MG Midget: Engine Removal – Stage 1

So today was a productive day, I had my 14 step guide to removing the engine, and  i started as it were at the very beginning. I had the engine out about 5 months ago so things should go pretty quickly Remove Fiberglass front end : Nice and easy on my car the front...

MG Midget: Suspension rebuild

So after 2 months of no activity, i have finally allocated time to putting my Sprite back together, All the replacment parts were ordered in November and were waiting for my to start playing, still I ended up having to buy some longer M10 Bolts once i started putting...