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Hello, Intro/New owner. Love this car!

caseyjones955

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Good day all, I wandered into the MG forum and was made aware by some nice folks there that I own a Spridget (fairly decent 78 Midget)and might do well in this forum.

I have a few questions about what might be gained by adding a header and different exhaust. The existing exhaust has a cat converter, muffler and resonator and not in the greatest shape. I currently have the stock zenith carb. As $ presents itsself I was thinking the twin SU carbs or a weber. Other than that I will not likely do to many mods (student budget). In the meantime I would love to get rid of this rattling restrictive (I think) air box inlet tip. Any ill effect to this? Thanks for any info, experience or comments.

Tony
 

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Welcome Tony, should have your questions answered here, lot of 1500 owners.
Fun aint it?
 
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Im hoping so. This is really a cool car. I might have to find a way to get that seat back another inch or two pretty soon but its to much of a fun car to be picky over weather it actually fits or not /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

The decals along the side say "special" does this mean anything, anything at all?

Thanks!
Suns out! going for a drive!!!

Tony
 

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Tony, a twin SU setup can be difficult to find in the States, as all the North American spec cars were fitted with the single ZS. I think there are some modifications required to the fender well area to fit the duals on a Midget.
I ran a single SU HS4 on my 1500 Spit race car, and it was good enough to support 140 HP.
Headers and a free flowing exhaust will noticeably help performance, and sound much better.
Jeff
 
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a single SU would be fine by me. If I can get anywhere on the other side of 100 ponies I would be happy. This car still has smog pump-fixins, I intend to remove and keep it. I may comb ebay for a single SU and see what I can find. Will I need the manifold also or will the Zenith manifold be sufficient?

Thanks!

Tony
 

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Tony, on the Spit, I was forced by the rules to use an original manifold, and the HS4 bolted right on. You may have to be a bit creative with throttle linkage, though.
Jeff
 

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The decals along the side say "special" does this mean anything, anything at all?

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/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/lol.gif It means you have a sticker on the side that says special. (and you probably are) /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif Seriously, that is pretty much what it means. The "special" package was the stickers/ rear luggage rack/ am/fm.

It's all about the marketing

JP

BTW I have a '76 and am also getting rid of the pollution stuff
 
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Looks like the link I added isn't working (auction must be closed). The Special Edition included an AM/FM radio, trim rings on the wheels, luggage rack, & special stripes. Hope this helps.
 
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Excellent, I love stickers!!! I plan to paint the car in the distant future, hope I can get the decals again, it does look pretty cool.

Any idea on what size exhaust is ideal for this engine in nearly stock trim w/a single SU, header and flowmaster of appropriate size. I would like to let it breathe but not go so big that it compromises low end drivability.

Thanks, it seems that each time I drive it I come up w/more questions. I will be doing the exhaust right after I sort out the ride height/alignment issue.

Tony
 

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Hey Jeff,

What all did you have to do to get 140hp? That is amazing!
 

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Hmmm, I think not. Maybe will work up to 140 but think Jeff has a longer lasting engine than that.

I can smell the burnout and hear the tires. Weeeeee.

Talk to us Jeff. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devilgrin.gif
 
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