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Mg midget and Morgans #656187
14/08/20 03:07 PM
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I recently bought an MG Midget on a whim. I've been driving it for a couple of weeks now.....not far in any one journey as I've no confidence in it yet. A good few things to sort out. BUT, it reminded me of how different pre 1980 Morgans were. It's that instant throttle response, brakes that feel dead but once you get used to pushing hard are very sensitive to how hard you are pushing...like a musical instrument with big dynamic range. The steering is really sharp, you can place the car exactly where you want it. Biggish, soft, slab seats reduce the impact of hard suspension.
Acceleration feels really brisk but the speedometer disagrees. By which I mean the excitement is there at much lower speeds.
I've bought a new Morgan every six or seven years since the 70s and hadn't noticed the gradual change. I realise my 2015 car is nothing like my 1978 car was.
It's turned everything on it's head over the years. Better suspension but uncomfortable hard seats. Fly by wire accelerator. Doesn't feel particularly fast but a glance at the speedo shows I'm greatly exceeding legal limits. Heated windscreen which only partly works and so not as clear as the old airflow heater. Mind you, the heater is still brilliant.
I'm going to sell this one and find a nice old 1970s Mog.
I think.....
Nick

Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656193
14/08/20 04:03 PM
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Not forgetting very cheap insurance and no high VED thumbs


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Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656219
14/08/20 07:14 PM
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How about a 1956 mog...

[Linked Image]Untitled by Robert & Ali Davies, on Flickr


Rob Davies
Morgan 3 Wheeler 1934 MX
Morgan Series 1 1947
Morgan +4 1956 TR4
Morgan +4 2000 T16 Rov
Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656222
14/08/20 07:21 PM
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nick w, seems you may be displaying Luddite tendencies... laugh2

I have oft typed of the directly involved feeling that a pre digital machine provides, and at lower speeds than that may be required to feel similarly involved in an overly complex machine that may require to be driven at excessive speeds to achieve a similar sense of involvement....? Which is very much why My Morgan is pre digital, that and such were my limited mechanical skills that I felt I was self reliant in terms of maintenance and repair...

In my case 3.5 litres, fed with a couple of carbs, no cats and complexity fits better with my ideals for a fun car, though suspect that I could be just as happy these days with a sweet little 4/4, and if it had a 60`s Lotus twin cam, what`s more to want... love Well I suppose to be supple enough to get in and out of the darn thing oldgit

Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656243
14/08/20 09:16 PM
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Chester, UK
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Oh don’t. I’ve had two midgets and they are truly marvellous machines.

eBay has a couple of nice ones................. (no, I mustn’t. )


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Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656248
14/08/20 09:37 PM
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I had a Sprite IV in the 80’s (Midget III with better badges). I shall never forget the continuous battle to keep the steel / void ratio within the bounds that might grant an MOT. Or the one line in the Haynes manual that said “remove the cotter pin, then unscrew the fulcrum pin” when new king pins were required. 2 days later ....

However, it was a lovely drive - not fast by today’s standards but always fun. Only sold when a tow car became essential and a skint mate offered me his Rover 2200TC in exchange for the Sprite and some cash.


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Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656287
15/08/20 08:26 AM
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I had a 1968 Midget that I sold to Helen Thorne to buy my first Mog. It was a great fun car.


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Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: John V6] #656291
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Originally Posted by John V6
I had a 1968 Midget that I sold to Helen Thorne to buy my first Mog. It was a great fun car.


Was that the powder blue one?


Simon @ Sifab.co.uk

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Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656292
15/08/20 08:38 AM
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Suffolk Uk.
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My old midget was possibly my worst car purchase. I ended up buying a damage repaired one with a bent chassis. Being young at the time I let my heart rule my head. Still a lesson not forgotten

Re: Mg midget and Morgans [Re: nick w] #656294
15/08/20 08:40 AM
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Has anyone else noticed the gradual distancing of values between MG Midgets and AH Sprites? They are to all intents and purpose exactly the same cars except for a bit of trim and badges but the Sprite is getting more expensive.


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