1971 MG Midget

1971 MG Midget

Eclectic Motorworks' Carl Heideman set out to make a Miata-killer of our "rust-free" 1971 Midget.

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Jul
13
Jul 13, 2009
Inside Our Midget Motor

The nuts and bolts of making a fast, reliable and streetable Midget motor.

May
19
May 19, 2009
Thoroughly Modern Midget

How drivable is our Midget? We piloted it on a 1200-mile journey from Carlisle to find out.

Feb
02
Feb 2, 2009
Worth the Wait

It's been a long wait, but the results of our engine rebuild are worth it.

Jun
17
Jun 17, 2006
Runs and Drives

Today was the day to fire up the Midget and take it for a drive.

Jun
16
Jun 16, 2006
Almost There

We finish off the interior.

Jun
14
Jun 14, 2006
MG Almost Ready to Run

We continue the push to get our MG roadworthy.

Jun
05
Jun 5, 2006
Closer to Running

We finish up more details to get the Midget running.

Jun
04
Jun 4, 2006
Putting the Front On

Hanging the front body work

Jun
03
Jun 3, 2006
Thrashing Away

We are scrambling to get the car running for MG2006.

May
17
May 17, 2006
Getting the Interior Going

We put "in" the interior.

Mar
29
Mar 29, 2006
On the Ground!

It's finally a roller.

Jan
15
Jan 15, 2006
Front Suspension Installed

Putting together the new front end.

Dec
17
Dec 17, 2005
Rack Repair

We fix the steering rack.

Dec
11
Dec 11, 2005
Painted, and Ready for Reassembly.

Now that the body is painted we can start reassembly.

Oct
04
Oct 4, 2005
Finally, Ready for Paint

The paint goes on.

Oct
04
Oct 4, 2005
The Midget is Finally Painted!

The Midget is finally painted and we'll be showing more pictures of the painting process (and revealing the color) in the next issue of Classic Motorsports.

Feb
13
Feb 13, 2005
Putting on the Bondo.

Mud work is long and tedious.

Jan
22
Jan 22, 2005
A Little More Metal Work Before Mud

We tackle some final metal work before we start the bondo.

Dec
05
Dec 5, 2004
Almost Done With Rust Repair

We get to work on the rear cowl.

Oct
07
Oct 7, 2004
More Metal Work!

Metal work continues

Aug
11
Aug 11, 2004
Making the Panels Fit

Making the panels fit together right.

Jul
13
Jul 13, 2004
Trunk Repair

Repairing the Midget’s Trunk

Feb
12
Feb 12, 2004
Hammerform Work

We turn to the hammerform to make parts.

Feb
02
Feb 2, 2004
Rust and Rust.

Just when we thought we were done, we found more rust.

Dec
03
Dec 3, 2003
Major Rust Repair is Finished

The floors are replaced, now we can tackle the body panles in need of help on top.

Oct
30
Oct 30, 2003
Replacing the Trunk Floor

We replaced the trunk floor in our Midget.

Oct
09
Oct 9, 2003
Welding in the Floors

We put new floor panels in our Project Midget.

Oct
01
Oct 1, 2003
Working on the Bottom

After sandblasting, we start working on the underside of the tub.

Aug
07
Aug 7, 2003
More Stripping

Getting paint off is a tough job.

Jul
03
Jul 3, 2003
Figuring Things Out

Assessing what we have.

Jun
11
Jun 11, 2003
Working on Getting Things Right

This car is going to be a driver!

Apr
29
Apr 29, 2003
Getting the Midget to Michigan

Carl gets the car.

Apr
28
Apr 28, 2003
Enter Carl Heideman and Eclectic Motorworks.

Carl is the builder.

Mar
21
Mar 21, 2003
Baseline

Finding our baseline on the Midget.

Feb
12
Feb 12, 2003
Plans

Having a good plan in place makes any restoration easier.

Feb
10
Feb 10, 2003
Start the Modern Midget

The start of any project can be daunting, but we walk you through updating a classic.

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