I’ve been slowly stripping the Midget over the last week and I’m now starting to see the scale of the task ahead. It’s is rather fortunate that I do like welding but the problem I can see is what to weld the new panels to. The A and B posts are in a bad way where they meet the sills. The floor isn’t joined to the sills and there are substantial holes under the pedals. The rear spring hangers on the bulkhead have been repaired badly in the past so they need replacing, and so the list goes on.
Anyway, a few pictures of the state so far.
Today (13th March 2011) I took delivery of my latest project but quite why I chose this car is unsure. I was at Race retro the other week and tried out a race Midget for size and was surprised that I fitted fine. One week later and I’m on ebay and bidding on a 1970 car that was “for spares or restoration”. Worryingly this car was on the road in the summer of 2009 but there are holes in the floor, sills, A posts, B posts, wheel arches – and that is before I strip anything off it. Over the next few days I’ll be organising the shed so that there is space to work on the Midget before I get cracking on it and get to see what is salvageable.
One good thing I’ve already noticed is that there is more headroom in the Midge than the TVR S3. Legroom isn’t quite as good but with some GRP seats that issue can be resolved. Here’s a shot of the interior – and this is the best part of the car!
First job is to sort out the paper work and get the V5C and V890 to DVLA. Time for a stiff drink now.