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Re: Went and looked at the Midget

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Subject: Re: Went and looked at the Midget
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 08:41:07 -0800
Hmmm, doesn't sound too bad at all. It's possible some adjustment to the 
tranny shift linkage could be attempted (short of major internal work), 
but you do have to pull the engine and tranny together. I would recommend 
you get used to the wire wheels, though. Since most buyers consider them 
a "plus" it seems silly to go to any expense removing them. Of course it 
can be done, but unless you're planning to keep it as your #1 ride and 
you simply can't live with 'em, I think it would be a bad investment to 
switch to Rostyles. From your description, you could buy the car at his 
price, have a pro take care of the tranny, put in an interior kit, and 
sell for a decent profit (well, in some parts of the country, anyway). 
It's not very often that the math on these deals looks anything like that 

Bob Hill had this to say:

>Well I went and looked at the Midget that I wrote about last night and was
>actually pleased wiht what I saw.  FIrst off let me say that the two parts
>cars were not worth dragging home in my opinion but I was never really
>interested in them anyway.  So for the main vehicle.
>1970 Midget, beautiful body and paint job.  The guy is a painter by trade
>and this car is gorgeous as far as paint and body goes.  The car is red an
>dhas a new black top.  Wire wheels and good tires.  All electrical works
>and the interior is fair to good - I would prbably replace most of it
>though but it is usable as is.  THe car had been sitting for a while but
>it cranked up fairly easily although it does need some carb adjustment.
>The engine has 67,000 miles on it, doesn't smoke and seems to have pretty
>good power (as well as any 1275 can be expected to have I guess.
>Overall the car seemed pretty good HOWEVER (there always seems to be a
>however!) the car wants to keep jumping out of 4th gear as you are going
>down the road.  It does not jump out each time but it does it on a regular
>basis.  So what does that mean?  Total rebuild of transmission or ???  How
>hard would it be to just find a good used one and replacing it - do I
>have to pull the engine to get to the transmission?   
>Second question.  I guess I am strange but I do not like the wire wheels -
>I prefer the rostyle wheels.  How hard is it to change over to the
>rostyles?  I have access to hubs,e tc.  Is this a major ordeal?
>THe bottom line is I got the guy down to $1300 for the car and might could
>get it for a little less.  Based on what I have told you about the car, is
>this a good deal? Especially in consideration that I will have to put a
>transmission in the car?


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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