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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Re: well this is off to a great start....

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    if you are inclined to rebuild, I have 2/3 of the instructions on how to rebuild an a series transmission
    i appreciate you having faith in me, but no WAY am i going to try and rebuild one! i'm not that daring. currently searching for a used one.

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    Not hard to rebuild, just follow manual. Lube lightly and measure all gaps with feelers gauge as in manual. Before putting final cap on, go thru gears to see how you did. If not right disassemble and reset gaps. Takes a little time but once you do this one you can do most of these old British units.
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    Re: well this is off to a great start....

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryK View Post
    Not hard to rebuild, just follow manual. Lube lightly and measure all gaps with feelers gauge as in manual. Before putting final cap on, go thru gears to see how you did. If not right disassemble and reset gaps. Takes a little time but once you do this one you can do most of these old British units.
    isn't it considerably more expensive to rebuild though?

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    Re: well this is off to a great start....

    Rebuilds, I do not know. Started at 15 building Jaguars,Triumphs,Mgs, never bought rebuilt, so do not know prices. Check gear prices vs.rebuilt and you will see. Whatever gears cost and bearings etc. doing it yourself you save labor and cores and shipping. Still even rebuild own stuff , generators, alternator and if repair kits available do water pumps too. Since you are in Md and I am in IL cannot show you how. But this forum and the knowledge here can get you through it. It is a pride thing when you can accomplish your own repair. Not always quickly, but you have a lot more time than most of us on here.
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    Re: well this is off to a great start....

    Are you can buy used but you already have used. These old mechanical units are on there last leg sometimes. One of these trannys can last usually into the 90K miles. The fit and machine work is not as delicate as the digital work on today's lot. Not knowing the maintenance before you a rebuilt unit would be best.
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    03 Cooper S, 2011 Cooper S Countryman, 2011 Land Rover LR4 HSE LUX, 1964 Valiant V200
    Also had , 68 Cortina 1600E, 64 Spit 4 & 80 1500, 73 GT6 3, 71 XJ6, 79 XJ6, 86 XJS V-12, 53 XK120 OTS.

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