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20 March 2011


by James Mather

MG Midget 1500 5 Speed Conversion

First, find an adapter...

Chinese lathe is crap but does the job. This particular machine is very, very, well used. Machining takes about 30 mins to an hour. Dead simple to do too. Drilling and counterboring holes took longer

Adapter casting & keys
Machining adapter casting

Raw casting. Needs some minor (future..if ever) design mods for ease of fitting (in a perfect world). Car keys are for scale

Front view of adapter after machining. The centre spigot fits into the shallow recess back in the back of the Midget bellhousing. Top centre hole goes over Sierra gearbox selector rod.

Rear view of adapter after machining. Cast semicircle on the left is to clear the clutch slave cylinder

Adapter front view
Adapter rear view
Ford bellhousing front02
Machined and casting

Machined (left) and Raw casting (right).

Sierra Bellhousing intact

This might look like a gasket, but itís actually the front face of the Sierra bellhousing removed with an angle grinder. It took less than 15 mins to do. It makes an excellent drill jig.

Bellhousing drill jig