Scott Lear
Scott Lear
12/21/17 7:05 a.m.

Like so many prescription stories, this one starts with a visit to the emergency room. Brian Kraus was driving back from work in his MG Midget when he was rear-ended—the driver was too busy playing with the radio to notice the fully stopped, bright-orange MG.

“I got a trip to the hospital, and the Midget was totaled since the rear bumper was pushed up almost to the door,” Brian recalls. In most cases, this would be the end of a tale; but Brian saw it as an opportunity. “I decided to rebuild the car, but this time it would be the way I wanted it to be.”

Even though Brian and the 1976 Midget had gotten off to a rocky start before the accident—the car actually broke down during the initial test drive—he was determined to stick with it. While they didn’t set off on the best of terms, Brian still saw the potential for a neat British sports car. At the time of the accident, the Midget was actually undergoing a rolling restoration; the collision merely sent things off in a more radical direction.

“After doing some research, I found that the Mazda rotary motor should be a good fit,” Brian says, referring to the compact twin-rotor Wankel engine found in the Mazda RX-7. He was attracted to the diminutive size, light weight and high power output of the 13B-series Mazda rotaries; the fact that a five-speed transmission would be part of the package sealed the deal.

The prescription for an RX-Midget was in his hand; getting it filled would be the challenge.

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svisek
svisek New Reader
12/21/17 11:30 a.m.

Lightweight roadster with Mazda 13B rotary power is a great combo. 

If you want such a beast without having to do the conversion, I'd suggest considering the 1992-93 Maxton Rollerskate roadsters.  http://www.maxtonrollerskate.com/  About 50 were made, some sold in kit form but most were sold completed, all with 12A or 13B rotaries. 

Typically they change hands now in the mid/upper teens, though I saw a nice one sell for $12K a couple years ago and have seen as much as $25K bid and no-sale on a brand new condition super low mile car recently, so there is quite range. 

I own #19, one of less than 10 long-wheelbase cars, running a ported 13B, MicroTech LT-9c and fuel injection.  I also added the later RX-7 rear with discs and LSD just like the owner of this MG.  With over 200 horses and weighing only 1700 lbs. it is blast on local back roads. 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1699445860078841&set=a.1699445830078844.1073741831.100000403296440&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1699445866745507&set=a.1699445830078844.1073741831.100000403296440&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1699445920078835&set=a.1699445830078844.1073741831.100000403296440&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1699445863412174&set=a.1699445830078844.1073741831.100000403296440&type=3&theater

 

 

 

BirgerBuilder
BirgerBuilder New Reader
12/21/17 1:18 p.m.

I've got nearly the exact same car and engine combo waiting to be finished. I've seen this car before and already stolen some of the suspension ideas from it. Great to see a more in depth article. 

FPZguy
FPZguy
12/21/17 4:36 p.m.

Great build!  This is a well documented winning combination on the national autocross scene.  Bob and Charlotte King won multiple E-Mod national SCCA championships in their rotary Midget.  Looks like your heading toward the same kind of record.  Congratulations!

JimMurphy
JimMurphy New Reader
1/5/18 1:37 p.m.

Always like more entries in SCCA E Mod at the Lincoln Solo National Championship.  I have the yellow E Mod Jeep (there is a 2nd yellow Jeep in D Mod) originally built by Del Long but mine has gone through extensive upgrading over the years (and more coming).  Here is the 5 part blog - 

http://www.northgeorgiawx.com/the-jeep.html

 

See ya'll in Lincoln,

Jim

 

 

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
1/5/18 2:29 p.m.

A guy from the Little Rock area brings a Midget to our car show regularly.  It has some kind of Dodge 4 cylinder in it.  Then a big bottle of NOZ, then a turbo.  Running MegaSquirt. Year before last he mentioned getting a speeding ticket in triple digits.

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