Mr Midge

  1. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    So. Finally I have a project of my own. Roadgoing running restoration. The plan is to run him through the summer and do the resto during the winter. He looks on face value very nice, I believe, having done a little more in depth inspection already that its had a major pro restoration sometime in its life but also more recently had a few more "budget repairs"? The guy I bought it from was an enthusiast and I genuinely believe it was a reluctant sale due to a baby!! It was Regatta Blue from birth and into original resto but when he bought it, the agreement was its has to be black not 'smurf blue'. He was not get your hands dirty merchant so anything that went wrong went to his local garage. Interior is probably original and very faded and its had a recent new roof which was only part finished due to the fact all the self tappers holding the back of the roof to the rear tub rusted and broke.
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    The first job is to sort the roof and I think for peace of mind with regard to the chassis and overall integrity of the shell I will do both outer sills as there is a fair amount of body filler in all the lower panels. I will finish this winter with an interior replacement then run it and see what rust appears rather than re skinning doors and replacing wings too soon.
     
  2. cumbriasteve

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    Very nice, great fun car's to drive..got to say though I don't like the colour at all, black on classic sports never does it for me, still jealous though, I would enjoy winter in the garage with that.
     
  3. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    So. Needed to get the broken screws out ideally as it holds an ally strip which is important in its location to the correct tension of the roof.

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    I bought some Verion 40 for the occasion and did it outside as I wont have it anywhere near my spray areas. Slowly ground the dead side of the broken screw flush with the seam to create heat, sprayed it again with the WD and rocked the protruding part of the screw gently with a mole and gradually managed to tap them out with plier and side cutter without any damage to the thread which I found to be actually 1/8" UNF.

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    A good zip wheel to remove the worst of the rust, a drop of krust and a brush of PPG epoxy and shes ready for a coat of black 2k which as its under the fixed part of the roof, ill locally brush in for now until I get round to the proper shell refinish, possibly in Racing green.

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  4. Bullet2012

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    Just my 2p worth but, sell it and buy a 1275 mk 3 or earlier, it will still be rusty but it will drive and handle a lot better.
     
  5. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Wouldn't be my first choice but definitely don't want red or yellow. It may grow on me (remember what old Henry F said) Way to go before the refinish and will probably do the Chrome bumper swap. Though the recent colour change was a half decent 2k finish but it was a mask off job revealing little bits of the blue allovertheshop. My absolute pet hate!!
     
  6. cumbriasteve

    cumbriasteve Moderator

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    The bumper swap would make a world of difference, my colour choice would be BRG, they just look so right, trouble is I would get carried away and do a 100% shell strip, roll it over etc etc.. a winter project would end up taking most of the following winter too I suspect.
     
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  7. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    It would have been my first choice tbh but they are fetching high prices for decent salvageable ones. A cheaper one right now would need a bare metal resto and having had the Mk1 Escort full strip down in the workshop for the last six years I want one to enjoy driving six months of the year then light/moderate resto in manageable bites.
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  8. slim_boy_fat

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    You're cheating...you've got a helper. :D :scared:

    Love these kinds of threads, I'll be following your progress. :clapping:
     
  9. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Exactly, as I replied to Bullet. Little stages. I think the final refinish though will probably involve the roll over jig that im using on the Escort.
     
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  10. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Privilage of being the go to guy. 2 helpers actually. Wife and my prodigy/ex navigator who owns the Escort.
     
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  11. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    Ran a few in the national forest championship in the 70\80>

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  12. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    The reason I chose a midget is because there are absolutely no ties to electronics, I.T etc etc. for that very reason. Computers drive me mad.
     
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  13. 500e

    500e Always buy fire insurance a flood is hard to start

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    When they stooped making them we bought 10 shells with boot bonnet & doors from factory for £60 each
     
  14. ronan

    ronan Forum Supporter

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    Love the car, hate those ugerly rubber bumpers.
     
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    The rubber bumpers, with inner steel reinforcement, are surprisingly heavy so a chrome bumper conversion will have the effect of quite a bit of weight reduction. This also means suspension raises so that aspect also need correcting at same time. The Rubber bumper front wings are different to chrome bumper so you have to be inventive about how to fit indicator / sidelights.
     
  16. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    I know. The purists hate the rubber. I guess in one way you could blame the Americans for doing it to us, but in another way, thank them for keeping a classic mark alive a while longer.
     
  17. norsa

    norsa old school painter

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    Pretty much in the same vein as rallying. Do one thing and you normally have to do 5 other things to make it work. I think if I did it, it would be at the time where I needed to change the front wings, where I would call up the earlier wings with the hole for the sidelight/repeater.
     
  18. marlinspike Member

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    I like the colour. Don't mind the bumpers either. Looks like an easy project. The panels look straight too - whenever I see an MG they always seem to have wavy doors.
     
  19. Springerdinger

    Springerdinger memoirs of the mediocre diy mechanic

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    My 1500 looks like a shed but is tuned and goes like a bat out of hell. Yes the bottom end is weaker than the 1275 however tuned properly with decent exhaust and air filter they are awesome. I kept the rubber bumpers on mine because I drive it all year round. Worth adding an oil cooler at the front which solves a lot of the low oil pressure issues.
     
  20. brewdexta

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    I've had two 1275 models with the round rear wheel arches. The first midget was my second car, my dad had loads of A series spares so made sense to buy it even though the front wings had become detached and the bottom and did resemble wings the faster you went. I made some repair panels and brazed them in with oxy acetylene bottles I borrowed from a mate. Absolutely awful repair. The car is still being taxed so it must be on the road.

    The second was in much better nick and I bought it mainly as the girlfriends first car, I had a stage 2 head and decent exhaust put on it along with other bits and bobs, brakes, balancing etc. I think I used Downton Engineering, it was a few years ago. It went very well and sounded great. The only problem was that the bull terrier we had used to sit in the passenger footwell if there was a passenger, the new exhaust made it very warm down there and after half an hour you would suddenly have 5 stone of muscle and bad breath sitting on your knee. :)
     
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