Car of the Month
Owners name: Arthur Wood
Owners location: Claverley, Shropshire , GB
Model: Midget GAN5 Round Wheel Arch 71 - 74
Engine size/type: 1275cc
Year of manufacture: 1973
Colour: Blaze Red
How long owned: Since August 2017
History of Car and any work or modifications carried out: The car was purchased from Doncaster by Mike Mohr with the intention of preparing it for hill climbing. On closer inspection it was realised that the car was in a rust free condition. It would have been sacrilege to remove the wings, bonnet and bootlid to replace them with glass fibre parts. Mike, who I have known for a least fifty years, asked me if I would be interested in buying the car, and Mike, who has rebuilt many cars including 'E' types and Healey, would finish the rebuild. I jumped at the chance. I decided to finance a Sierra gearbox, which I was reliably informed would improve the driving of the car considerably, having had no experience of the original four speed gearbox I am unable to make a comparison. We agreed on a colour, flame red, an early BMC colour, which it was felt would be ideal, C&R, in Bridgnorth did an excellent job in spraying the top coat, most of the preparation having been done to a very good standard by Mike. On closer inspection of the engine we found that it has a high compression head which explained why the inertia starter motor was having difficulty at times. This was changed for a Power Lite pre-engaged unit purchased from the manufacturers in Brierley Hill. It was felt that the steering rack was worn so it was changed for a new one. A great deal of care has been taken in setting up the car and in fact I'm still working on it and expect to be throughout the winter.
My only association with MG Midgets is that I navigated one in the Buxton Rally in 1967. My own interest at the time was hill climbing a 500 Cooper Norton.
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