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'63 Midget Rear End

tony barnhill

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This is now under my little car...what a bitch; not hooking everything up, just getting it up under there by myself...unlike an MGB rear end, this little sucker is too small & not center balanced enough to just sit on a floor jack!

Everything is finger tight right now....I'm cleaning up the park brake assembly & after its installed, I'll tighten things up a bit & set her on her wheels.

Another major milestone!

(Oh, if you look at the driver side of the differential case, you'll see a little silver band going around it - out near the elliptic spring tower...it holds the brake line to the case...I lost one of mine...anybody got an extra?)
 

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uh oh! That was supposed to be painted. :smile:
 
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tosoutherncars said:
Minus four points for originality... tsk tsk.
& where would that be? :lol: the missing clamp?
 

jlaird

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Alum on rear case and tranny are supose to be painted, rear end black and tranny engine color.
 

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:iagree: Not original, but clean, bare aluminum looks MUCH nicer IMHO!! :wink:
 
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jlaird said:
Alum on rear case and tranny are supose to be painted, rear end black and tranny engine color.
Not on a Midget, Jack.....on an early Midget the differential itself (aluminum 3rd member) is natural, the differential case is black....the transmission is natural.

There ARE some differences between the Bugeye & the Midget!

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:]Not original, but clean, bare aluminum looks MUCH nicer IMHO!! [/QUOTE]
On an early Midget, this <span style="font-weight: bold">IS</span> original! Remember, I took the car apart & found no sign of paint on the 3rd member or transmission (& on MGB's they are also both natural)...& some old factory/advertising photos I've got show them unpainted..remember, MG was always looking at ways to cut costs & they assembled lots of things just as the arrived at Abingdon.
 

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Intresting to say the least.

Somewhere we got to get a concourse guide.
 

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I do however think the bare alum. looks better than the painted.
 
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tony barnhill

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Hey, Kim - is yours bright red?

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jlaird said:
Intresting to say the least.

Somewhere we got to get a concourse guide.
Concourse guide for Bugeye or Srite wouldn't mean anything to the restoration/judging of a Midget....that's one of the things I've got against "The Original Sprite & Midget" - its too broad to be worth much.

Oh, I just slid up under my '74 RWA with a flashlight...I'm the 2nd owner & the female original owner from whom we got it never did anything to it except repairs.....3rd member is dirty but unpainted as is the transmission.
 

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We need all the Spridget concourse guides.
 
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jlaird said:
We need all the Spridget concourse guides.
One of the things I've never liked about the term "Spridget" is that it tries to homolgate the Sprite & the Midget into the same car - they're not!
 

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jlaird said:
We need all the Spridget concourse guides.

Not entirely sure I agree - we might actually get serious around here. :banana:

FWIW prior to my dismantling, everything was a lovely shade of oil - and it seemed to have come that way from the factory :laugh:
 

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I must agree Tony I have several Diffs at Home. Two From Midgets (Both Natural in Color) and two From Sprites (Both have black Paint on em.)
 

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Hi Scott, how's everything going?

So when you say "natural color" do you mean rust brown?
That's the color of mine, and I'd consider that to be "natural".

:wink:
 
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I do not know about the color of diffs. Honestly, I do not care, but I could see where there should be two separate concours guides (I thought there was). However, to say that they are "two different cars" may be a bit much. The differences in any given model year are superficial at best.
 
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