1972 Midget Restoration and possible LHD to RHD conversion
I am a bit of a novice at restoring classic cars, just installed a VVC engine into an MGF (MPI) few problems but got there in the end.
Now, I am embarking on restoration of a 1972 Midget (1275). It is in a very sorry state I have not looked closely on how bad the chassis is. However, I also have a LHD Midget possibly older than the 1972 one but do not have any information on it. This one has a good chassis with minor work (possible welding) but stripped down as can be seen by the photos. The welding side of restoration does not phase me at all. I have all the gear for it and I am very handy at welding. I am working away at the moment and looking forward to getting stuck in with my young Son. So here are a couple of photos for you guys to see what I am up against lol. Cannot put a time frame on the project but suspect it will take quite a few months
Re: 1972 Midget Restoration and possible LHD to RHD conversion
Looks like you and your Son are in for some fun! The great thing about these cars is the parts supply and inexpensive running costs so well worth the work. The left hand drive car is actually a later car by the look of it, a 1500cc Rubber Bumper model, as it has the additional upper chassis rail to support the extra weight of the (very) heavy Rubber Bumper! You'll see that the RHD car does not have this. You can use the LHD body if it's in better overall condition and fit the Chrome Bumpers of the earlier car with a bit of body modification. Lot's of owners have done it!
If you have the chassis numbers of the two you can discover their age by looking in our production data section.
Good luck and we'd love to hear, and see, how you get on. There's always plenty of help and advice available from fellow owners too.