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I've mentioned this old girl previously.

1975 MG Midget : JOI 5152

My youngest, Dan has decided that it's a good project for him to learn on (and me to finance...!) so we made a start a few months back.

August 2019
Jacked her up on stands to do the brakes all round, clutch, and other hydraulic bits we could find.


September 2019
Had a bit of difficulty getting the radiator surround off as some muppet had welded it on in a past life. Bit of grinding in a confined space is always fun!

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October 2019
We're making progress, the front and rear brakes, lines and master cylinder have been overhauled. Quite pleased that I could get away with a replacement seal kit on the calipers and master cylinder, never done that before.
Clutch slave was a rusty mess when it eventually gave up and came out of its housing. New one to go in. New seals in the master too.
Body was undersealed from new, and where it's come off has a bit of surface rust but generally, the underside is in great condition for a 44 yr old.

Engine needs a good flush, so next job is to get it off the stands and out into the yard to do that.
 

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You need a yard for a flush!

Keep up the good work

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You need a yard for a flush!

Keep up the good work

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Closer to the big drain... don’t want rusty ooze all over my unsealed garage floor!!

Better to send it back to nature.

(The drain goes to my soak away just in case you were environmentally worried - and rust is a naturally occurring mineral. )


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Closer to the big drain... don’t want rusty ooze all over my unsealed garage floor!!

Better to send it back to nature.

(The drain goes to my soak away just in case you were environmentally worried - and rust is a naturally occurring mineral. )


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I'm not environmentally worried at all

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Closer to the big drain... don’t want rusty ooze all over my unsealed garage floor!!

Better to send it back to nature.

(The drain goes to my soak away just in case you were environmentally worried - and rust is a naturally occurring mineral. )


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Rust or corrosion is just metal reverting to its more stable state - thats what we got told at college ;)
 

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I'm not environmentally worried at all

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Sorry Rick, was aiming that at the world in general

As a fellow classic owner, how could you be


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Few pics of progress on Joi

Front brakes done


Radiator shroud after cutting free and stripping back.


Engine bay


Rear brakes done





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Lol I thought she was blue Steve - now why is that

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Lol I thought she was blue Steve - now why is that

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You beat me too it.
Never seen brake discs like that!
 

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You beat me too it.
Never seen brake discs like that!
70's style - evolved from drum brakes I guess, looking at the central bearing dust cover(?)

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70's style - evolved from drum brakes I guess, looking at the central bearing dust cover(?)
Familiar with old stuff like this, the nut for adjusting the wheel bearings is behind that cover, castellated nut with a split pin through it probably ;)
 

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Familiar with old stuff like this, the nut for adjusting the wheel bearings is behind that cover, castellated nut with a split pin through it probably ;)
Spot on Geoff.

The disc is bolted to the back of the hub, so the whole lot comes off. The bearings are shimmed so the correct end float is set at the correct nut torque. There is a big spacer in the hub to separate the bearings.

I have an epoxy based rust converter for the bad bits.
I do have some jenolite somewhere, but the epoxy stuff does a better job.


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Lol I thought she was blue Steve - now why is that

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Lol Rick, you’ve been staring at your own cars too long....


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Lol I thought she was blue Steve - now why is that

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That's a MG Midget, the MGB is Blue.
 

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Yellow - nice colour. :cool:
 

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Wilf, why are you up so early ? I'm just about to go to bed. :)
 

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Normal time for me to arise!
 

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I'm not normally up at THIS time. Son and his family returning from holiday in Malta today so I've been appointed to collect their Bengal Cat from the Cattery between 8 and 9!
 

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MGB GT - S Reg 1978

Yellow - nice colour. :cool:
Not a pure yellow like Inca. Has a green tinge in daylight, I’ve always liked it. BL Citron.

No2 son wants to wrap it in graphite grey with a big yellow stripe up the bonnet.
He also wants Sebring style arches and Juan Fandango wide wheels..... I’m more of a purist in these things

Keep it looking standard and throw an AJ6 engine and drivetrain into it.....


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