Started on Sept. 17 by nocones

1978 MG Midget

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1978 MG midget Undergoing some serious surgery. Full tube frame conversion in progress.

Latest updates
April 06
Body on for no apparent reason.

I needed the fenders and hood on to fit the pedals.. Yeah it’s tight like …

Feb. 13
Rearward HO!

So of course I decided I had to move the engine 5” back.. because I …

Nov. 14
Not dead yet!

Rumors of this projects demise have been greatly exaggerated. I finally got tired of the …

May 08
The List

I’ve generated a list of items that need to be completed before I will be …

May 07
Floor Pan flitted

I cut and riveted on the floorpan. It’s the first part attached to the car …

May 03
Chassis Paint

The chassis is now painted! Whooo! Sorry for the bad pictures.. phone, late at night …

April 18
Prepping for Paint

The time has come to paint the chassis. Finally. In effor to make that easier …

March 23
I builded a steering wheel

So I decided I liked the wood wheel but not the diameter so I built …

March 15
Boom! Two doors

2nd door hinges are on. And it fits almost the same as the other side. …

March 12
Doors and Stuff

Over the past few months I’ve finished all of the diagonals, gotten final body mounts …

Feb. 13
Rear fares fabricated

I fabricated all of the flares. I say fabricate as I still need to finish …

Jan. 16
Metal flares

I got the main part of the front fenders tacked in in steel. I still …

April 17
Flare Mockup

I mocked up the flares. I went with a DTMesque front flare with a JGTCish …

April 13
Body Mockup

So life has been a little exciting in the past couple of months. My wife …

Dec. 03
Roller DAY

A big day in the development of a car like this is always roller day. …

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Comments
isinc
Sept. 17, 2008, 10:49 a.m.

Midget? I guess I'll take your word for it, though I think I can see a wooden steering wheel ;)

cghstang
Sept. 17, 2008, 5:12 p.m.

And a wooden seat!

RossD
Feb. 18, 2009, 12:05 p.m.

Hey I voted you up. Go Darboy, USA!

Apexcarver
Feb. 26, 2009, 12:26 p.m.

I DEMAND SPECS!!! what motor? what rear? I am interested in doing something like this sometime.

nocones
Feb. 27, 2009, 10:27 a.m.

Hey look comments! It does in fact have a nardi steering wheel, so it has to be a Midget. As for specs it will start life with a stock 12a, however I have a s4 turbo to put on it. The rear and uprights are from a 1986 Rx-7. Suspension is full custom. The steering system will be stock MG (rack, steering arms, column), and the body will be a midget. Thanks for the comments! Daniel

93celicaGT2
April 3, 2009, 4:21 p.m.

Your tires are mounted backwards...... :D

wheelsmithy
April 7, 2009, 9:53 p.m.

You got the stock rack to work with your suspension geometry? That explains the wide track. AWESOME RIDE. Can't wait to see more.

wheelsmithy
Dec. 16, 2009, 9:20 a.m.

I love those cantilevered shocks, and from where I sit, looks like a zero bump steer setup up front. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like a couple more pics. Beatiful work. I can't wait to see the FLARES!

WilberM3
March 30, 2010, 1:16 p.m.

that looks great. what do you have planned for fender flares?

Luke
April 19, 2010, 11:52 a.m.

The flares look amazing! You just turned a Midget from 'cute' to 'angry.'

wheelsmithy
April 29, 2010, 6:38 a.m.

I have no words-except WICKEDAWESOME!

ansonivan
Oct. 18, 2010, 9:38 a.m.

Keep up the good work sir.

Graefin10
April 8, 2011, 8:04 p.m.

Hi nc, that's a very impressive car you're building. Can you direct me to a good pace to get info. on pushrod suspension geometry?

nocones
April 12, 2011, 8:39 a.m.

I learned all I know about it from Allan Staniforth's Competition Car Suspension book, Carroll Smith's book series, and some from Race car Vehicle Dynamics by Milliken. Unfortunately that is ~$150-200 worth of books that librarys don't tend to have (sometimes you'll find competition car, and the Smith books). There is some information scattered about the web but nothing I've found too "comprehensive" perhapse if only we knew of some sort of web forum and perhaps magazine publisher that could create an article on them.. .. . If you have any specific questions feel free to PM me.

RossD
July 29, 2011, 7:51 a.m.

Yeah, I got a question for you: Did you terrorize you new subdivision with this thing yet?

96DXCivic
Sept. 27, 2011, 6:27 p.m.

I could of swore I saw a thread on how you did your flares but I can't find it. Can you post a link? I am helping a friend with a car and we need some big flares to cover a Supra suspension.

nocones
Sept. 27, 2011, 8:10 p.m.

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/forum/grm/metal-box-flare-construction-thread/30763/page1/ Here it is. Good luck and feel free to add your pics to the thread. I need to update it as all 4 are now mocked up and I'm going to be working again after our move to Illinois.

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