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Old 04-30-2021, 09:25 PM
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I have a MG Midget and am wits end on getting to run right. I am considering on bringing it to Glen's MG and British Car Repair in St Petersburg. Anyone have any experience with them?
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Not running right not really clue to the problem?
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Old 05-01-2021, 02:45 AM
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Old British cars always respond well to a 'Damned good Thrashing.'
You Americans treat your problem cars far to leniently.
Please watch video for correct treatment for stroppy cars!

Basil thrashes his car - Fawlty Towers - BBC - YouTube
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Old 05-01-2021, 06:08 AM
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Have used AG Auto Repair, Leesburg and Shannons Auto in Ocala.
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British cars from that era never did run right, not even when new. It would take away all of their character :-)
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Try Auto Master in Leesburg foreign auto repair they service my Benz I'm happy
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Several of my friends and I owned several British sports cars back when we were young and foolish. Every one of us had a tool kit in the trunk. One friend owned a Jaguar XKE. He only got to drive it on those rare days that it wasn't in the shop. They are fun little cars but they require constant maintenance.
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These cars were known for electrical problems. If this appears to be what you are having, I might be able to help. I am assuming you have the documentation (aka wiring diagrams) for this car.
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I can teach you how to set up and balance the SU carbs if that is the problem. Villagetinker is correct they do tend to have electrical problems and be careful with brake fluids, the original seals on the brakes will be destroyed by modern brake fluids.

They require almost constant maintenance, but are a lot of fun to drive.
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I had a GT6. It was well worn when I STUPIDLY bought it. I don't think I ever drove it 300 miles without a repair. Tools, you needed three sets, sae standard, metric and wintworth.

You should learn to repair it yourself. Reason is fairly simple. When, you bring it into a shop unless they specialize in your car, they will not know how to fit it either. Many will not even try.
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Mine too, great place.
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Old British cars always respond well to a 'Damned good Thrashing.'
You Americans treat your problem cars far to leniently.
Please watch video for correct treatment for stroppy cars!

Basil thrashes his car - Fawlty Towers - BBC - YouTube
So says the kitty car drivers
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Old 05-01-2021, 09:30 PM
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British cars from that era never did run right, not even when new. It would take away all of their character :-)

Disagree, I had Ford cortina when I was stationed in England. After I cleaned carburetor and adjusted, set valve lash it ran like top. But I agree MG is no Ford cortina.
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So says the kitty car drivers
From someone who drove a Dagenham Dustbin!!
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I wore a t-shirt in the 70's that said "Lucas Prince of Darkness" I owned a AH bug eyed Sprite and a Morris Minor convertible. Hit of bump and the lights go out, hit another and the horn beeps. Lucas ignition.
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