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Postby mickri » Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:28 am

I have a 1966 MG Midget that I am swapping in a 3tc and 5 speed out of a 1982 Corolla SR5. The engine is in place. It is a nice fit and a fairly easy swap if any swap can be considered easy. Not looking for lots of horsepower. A midget only weighs 1500 lbs. So it doesn't need much hp to have lively performance. Just want a reliable engine that doesn't leak oil. I am going to use a Weber 32/36 carb on the stock manifold and will have to make a set of headers. Might put in a mild street cam. My guesstimate is that I will have 80 to 90 horsepower when I am done.
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Re: Hi to everyone

Postby BOBLOOK » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:39 am

Welcome Mickri, would be nice to see your MG project progress pictures ? You can use the board picture upload setting.
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Re: Hi to everyone

Postby mickri » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:00 am

I have two threads running on the mgexp forum. https://www.mgexp.com/phorum/ One is a general thread about the resurrection of my midget https://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?3,3483766 The other deals specifically with my 3tc swap. https://www.mgexp.com/phorum/read.php?40,3716265. Lots of pictures there. Once I figure out the picture upload I will post some pictures.
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Postby AE25 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:47 am

Good to see a 3t swap! These are getting old so if oil leaks are an issue definitely put a gasket kit into it if still has original crank seals and sump and rocker cover gaskets.
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Re: Hi to everyone

Postby mickri » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:29 pm

The engine has over 200,000 miles on it. I plan to do a complete rebuild with all new bearings, gaskets, seals and whatever else needs to be fixed. That's when I will have my questions for the forum. I have been reading through the posts on engine and drivetrain.

There is an old adage about British engines that if there is no oil under it there is no oil in it. 3tc's don't have that reputation. In fact I think that the 2tc and 3tc are some of the most reliable engines that toyota ever made. The original 1.1L engine that came in my midget barely made 50 hp on a good day. Performance with the oem engine is underwhelming to say the least. Because I plan to change the cam and with headers I hope to have around 90 hp in my 3tc. Besides the engine the other main problem area in a midget is the rear axle. Due to what I will call a design flaw the rear axle haft shafts tend to break. Especially when you get much over 100 hp. There is a relatively easy fix if you have a lathe which I have. Or you can buy race axle haft shafts. Expensive but still cheaper than swapping in a stronger rear axle.

Midgets do have great handling. If the driver is up to the task not many cars can keep up with a midget on a windy, curvey road. It's like driving a big go kart.

Thanks for welcoming me to the forum.
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