I found that the car was barely safe to drive as they detailed the problems that they uncovered. And big thanks also to The Mighty Thor. The metal the bolts were supposed to be connected to had rusted away. Steve, I agree with the posts above - purchase the best bodied Midget you can find or afford. The front wings have now been filled and sanded so they can be put away until I start with the paintwork. It turns over but we are not getting gas up to the carbs.
A parts car makes any restoration project easier. And of course gave it a very much needed service. I believe the only thing in the fender holes was the turn signal wiring. The guy said it ran but the battery was dead. The addition of rubber bumpers and raising the car hurt the driving experiece. I fail to understand the logic of British Leyland in making such a large openings just for 2 front indicator wires. I rubbed it in with screwed up tin foil another tip.
I have replaced the starter, solenoid, coil,alternator and rebuilt the distributor. The body is very sound structurally, with an as new floorpan. I didn't buy a car, I bought an adventure. Here's a picture of the same area after one application. . Car is a rolling chassis with most parts to restore back to the original configuration.
With this being a 1 owner from new we have comprehensive paperwork warrantying the miles the vehicle has covered. Note the nifty piece of carpet gaffer taped to the wheel and some surrounding bodywork. Have a paint shop we use for what we don't do in house. The floors will need some minor patchwork but can be saved. Come and pick that up soon or it's going on eBay. The problems I see are that the oil filter is on the front center bottom of the V Max and there is a cross member that would need to be modified or the filter moved to a remote location.
If you want one of these adorable sports cars to zip around town, then search the listings on eBay. There have been some rust repairs previously done. Inner and outer rear fenders join at the lip and are welded together. We have V5 in the office. At a loss I started to have another look round and found two more bolts not described in the manual. Meaning if you want chrome, then buy chrome. I will sell the car separate without the motorcycle engine and gearbox if wanted.
Vehicle ready for the next chapter in its Life. I'll undoubtedly need to buy some tools and equipment too. The interior is tatty, but all there. Anyone who has traveled that route knows that it can be a harrowing journey in any type of vehicle. I will try to include a few pictures of some of the runs and drips in the paint. These panel joins are supposed to be visible.
The body is one strong, rigid structure, with a box-shaped boot. These forums have been invaluable Since I basically knew how an engine worked, but very little else when this started Now I am hooked! Are the hard tops any good I've owned 5 minis are the mechnics similar I've been looking on ebay is there anything I should be looking for. It's a bit of a pain to keep covering and uncovering it every time I want to work on it but needs must. Details like these often make up the largest part of a restoration budget. At first, I babied the car a bit but eventually got into the left lane and traveled with the fast traffic. Now starting to understand why the panel lines were filled. I was very impressed with their expertise, of course, but more importantly with their honesty and integrity.
I have no experience of spraying cars and no facilities in which and with which to carry out a decent job. Can't really add anything other then to say: buy what you like! The car is fine for what it was in tended for. The metal is very solid and body is straight there is no indication this car has ever been wrecked or repaired. It was the same story on the driver's side. The Yamaha V Max is a wonderful rugged V 4 engine that produces nearly 3 times the horsepower than the stock engine and more torque also. Roof has No Damage at all.
For about ten years, we addressed the problems evident to me and thought we had a slightly shabby but road-worthy vehicle. With the sequential shift on the V Max gearbox its a very simple arrangement to have a strait line shift lever in the car. It will not be an exact replica of a chrome bumper car, but more how I want a Midget to look like. We considered doing it, then stayed with the square arches on my 1967. Good luck with the hunt. One large question looms, can you update the brakes and keep the wires? I decided to remove that wing first.