Feb 12, 2003 update to the MG Midget project car


Classic Motorsports’s publisher, Tim Suddard, will be the project lead on the Midget. He reports, “I got Midget on me yesterday! In a further effort to prove to you guys that we really are British car people and not Miata people (I have never owned a Miata, but have owned 14 British cars over the years and still have three right now), I got started on our MG Midget project car yesterday. It is unbelievable how a car can be so foul, yet so straight and rust free. This 1971 Midget is a perfect candidate for restoration. We are trying to baseline the car against a Miata before the restoration begins.”

The Midget had a bad fuel leak which my nine-year-old son Tommy (yes, my son helps me on everything car related) and I quickly remedied with a new piece of fuel line,” Tim said. We then lubed up the carb linkage, which was sticking badly, put the usual two quarts of oil in the thing and set the tire pressures. With the brake fluid and radiator levels up to snuff we are ready for some baselines. We are planning on testing both cars later this week.”

After we get an idea of how both the Midget and a Miata perform, the great dismantling begins. As legendary A Series engine guru, David Vizard, will be a regular contributor of Classic Motorsports, we should be able to build an interesting engine in one of the early story installments. We are captivated by the idea of using TWM’s SU fuel injection conversion and Mike Pierce’s alloy A-series head. Not the cheapest route, but we figured we might need to employ some technology if we are going to kick a Miata’s butt!

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