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Been there, done that, with a 1970 MG Midget. Engine didn't need much, but everything else did. :rolleyes: Got it almost done, just needed front shocks (cantilever, weird, expensive, typical English crappy engineering (sorry Rod)) and a big yellow station wagon ran out in front of me and I totaled it. Bummer. That car gave me a new appreciation for how weird English machinery could be. My first lesson on that was a BSA Lightening 650 motorcycle.

I sincerely hope the new Triumph motorcycles are better engineered. They're laid out very Japanese like, I can say that. :D
 

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I sincerely hope the new Triumph motorcycles are better engineered. They're laid out very Japanese like, I can say that. :D
And now made in Asia, I understand. That's such a shame.

British vehicles look pretty cool, for the most part, whether two wheeled or four. The motorcycles, sports cars, and small sedans had great lines.

Cool video. I like the extra parts at the end. And how he finally drains the oil after the engine is halfway taken apart. :) Looks like he did a great job.
 

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Such a cool video whichfinger, thanks for sharing. Did you do this or someone else?
 
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British vehicles look pretty cool, for the most part, whether two wheeled or four.
The electrical systems, not so much.
 

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Reminds me of why the British don't make many computers. They have a hard time getting them to leak oil.

I worked on a British car...once.
 

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First car I ever owned was a brand new 1962 Austin Healy Sprite Mk 2 that I drove off the floor of Jaguar Cleveland. Red of course! I think I was 19 at the time.

Talk about being the envy of your friends!

Great job on the engine rebuild and video. Hope you have many years to enjoy driving it.
 
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Reminds me of why the British don't make many computers. They have a hard time getting them to leak oil.

I worked on a British car...once.

You only need to work on British cars once.... in that monent between purchase and selling it to the next sucker.
 

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Lucas Electronics- Innovators of the intermittent windshield wiper.
 

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The electrical systems, not so much.
Lord Lucas...the prince of darkness. :D

I walked in to a Bryan, Texas Triumph motorcycle dealership in 1971 and every bike had a drip pan under it. :rolleyes: Not real thrilled about bikes that leak on the showroom floor. There's a reason all the Brit marques went belly up. Well, the Enfield got bought by an Indian firm and is still produced today. I'm not really into THAT much retro, though.
 

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Nice.

Way back in the 80 I bought a 67 Spitfire (1147 cc high compression engine) with a rod knocking. I fiddled around with it until it finally dropped the rod.

I waited 6 months for a rod from the local dealer. Eventually got it together. It was bored .060 over to clean up the block & had to have the crankshaft welded & reground. Needed it other parts, but availability was non existent. The body had lots of rust and other issues. I ended up selling it without getting to legally drive it.

It was a fun project though.

Good luck with yours.
 

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I discovered that the shocks on my early 60-something MGB had a small rubber plug at the top of the hydraulic oil reservoir, and that after the seals failed, (they always fail), and the fluid leaked out you could take a flex-snout oil can, fill it with motorcycle fork fluid, re-fill the reservoir and get a few hundred miles out of it before doing it again. Lots cheaper than new shocks when you're a college student.

Lucas Electronics- Our Motto- "Gentlemen, be home before dark"
 
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I owned a '63 MG Midget years ago, great fun car for those Sunday afternoon road trips. You drive it for a week, then work on it for two weeks to keep it running. It died in a low speed T-bone collision years ago, but fortunately my wife wasn't seriously hurt.
 

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I had a Midget for two weeks. I couldn't take the cross beam in the foot wells. I got a B instead, which compared to a Midget is a big car.
 
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