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The Lounge / Re: Don's New Ride - MG Midget Roadster
« Last post by tsumini on April 29, 2017, 11:23:43 PM »
I find that the wear on the steering wheel is one of the best indicators of mileage. I bought a 1973 Monte Carlo with 7000 miles in 1985 and the steering wheel was dramatically unworn. Especially noticeable on a wheel that has some texture. But the tires were square from not moving for years.
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The Lounge / Re: Mini Spares Experience?
« Last post by Tim on April 29, 2017, 08:34:13 PM »
I had the same problem with that tool.  The cone material was way too soft.  I got it done the old fashioned way as well.
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The Lounge / Re: Don's New Ride - MG Midget Roadster
« Last post by MiniDave on April 29, 2017, 07:59:39 PM »
Yeah, well we had to get it home, and it was only 180 miles or so......

The tires are not weather checked or dry rotted, so.....we took a chance. New tires are on the parts list already.
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The Lounge / Re: Don's New Ride - MG Midget Roadster
« Last post by BruceK on April 29, 2017, 07:42:27 PM »
We think even the tires may be original to the car....we'll know when he pulls out the spare.

 :-\  And he drove on the highway with them?     Argh.
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The Lounge / Re: Don's New Ride - MG Midget Roadster
« Last post by MiniDave on April 29, 2017, 05:52:07 PM »
Very possible, I did explain the difference for him and one of the fuses was a US style glass fuse. I'll see tomorrow, but so far he says he hasn't found any burned looking wires under the dash, and the heater fan spins freely. The more we look at it the more I'm convinced this is a 33K mile car.......
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The Lounge / Re: Don's New Ride - MG Midget Roadster
« Last post by MPlayle on April 29, 2017, 04:28:29 PM »
Could there have been a case of American fuses in the fuse box instead of the British fuses?  The rating system between the two is different and American fuses of the same rating will allow the harness to smoke.

British ratings are a "guaranteed blow value" whereas American ratings are a "guaranteed carry value".

I kept the attached pdf from a post elsewhere that explains the differences in the ratings and shows examples for the cross-over.

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The Lounge / Re: Don's New Ride - MG Midget Roadster
« Last post by MiniDave on April 29, 2017, 04:22:54 PM »
Today he's been learning about British car electrical systems...... 8.gif

He's trying to trace down why his turn signals quit working right after he turned on the heater fan switch and filled the car with electrical smoke - what he's found so far is that the heater and T/S are not on the same fuse, and BTW, the fuses were not blown!  ::)

Tomorrow we're taking our cars up to school so I can do an alignment on the Racing Green Mini and he can walk around under his new roadster and see what everything looks like.
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The Lounge / Re: Mini Spares Experience?
« Last post by gr8kornholio on April 29, 2017, 03:10:35 PM »
You guys are making me glad I got the whole assembly at a really good sale price.
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The Lounge / Re: Mini Spares Experience?
« Last post by MiniDave on April 29, 2017, 10:25:03 AM »
I was successful in my second attempt, but I think the way I usually do it works as well and is quicker. I bend one end of the clip up, engage the other two tabs in the slot on the wheel cylinder, then take a drift and smack the bent up end - and it pops right into place.

If you're doing it on the car rather than on the bench you have to wedge the wheel cylinder so it won't move when you pop the circlip on, where with the MiniSpares tool you don't.
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The Lounge / Re: Mini Spares Experience?
« Last post by BruceK on April 29, 2017, 09:58:13 AM »
I had the dish facing upwards, thinking the ends wouldn't dig in that way, but they did.......

Okay. I bought one of those tools too a while back.   I used it this week to install two wheel cylinders on backplates this week.   

My verdict is in: it officially sucks monkey balls. 

The cone portion is made of such soft metal that, even with a good coat of grease, the circlip gouged huge divots in it.   And the metal from the divots made dents in the flange of the last wheel cylinder top too.  I think it is a good idea, but it is very poorly made.
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