[Spridgets] Hi, I'm new. Please help me and my '76 Midget.

Linda Grunthaner grunthaner at gmail.com
Mon Sep 15 04:27:18 MDT 2008

Wow Andrew,
You bought your old Midget that is amazing. I really like the Rollover Frame
idea best but if you can find a clean tub that would be better.

Chris I like your site and all the steps to the restoration and I really
like the Rollover Frame you posted from Gerards Garage. Do you have any
update shots of your white Midget, interior too? The Rollover Frame looks
easy to make and easy to store when not in use.

62 California Sprite "Pinky"

On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 8:41 PM, Andrew Payne <andrewpayne at intrex.net>wrote:

> My name's Andrew Payne from Boone, NC.  I recently bought a 76 Midget that
> runs pretty well, but has a lot of rust.  I broke most of the rules about
> vehicle inspections when I showed up to see the car and it turned out to be
> the car that I owned in high school and sold some 15 or so years ago.  I
> recognized the car from 50 feet away, despite the new color, by the small
> diameter wooden steering wheel and the roll bar (complete with scuffs from
> my rollover during my earlier ownership).
> So, there are many panels with rust and I know how to deal with them, but
> the real problem is the driver's floorboard. Really, the problem is the
> lack
> of floorboard. The area has enough rust to hold up a piece of sheet metal
> and the carpet - if you are really careful getting in and out.  Of course
> the area under the seat is perforated as well.  The passenger side is
> rusting, but not scary yet.   There is also a 8 to 10 inch rust line which
> is significantly perforated.  Oh, and the A pillar and sills are bubbling
> and cracking around the front left jacking point.  One last thing, the rust
> seems to be aggravated by seams that were painted together, and cavities in
> sills, etc. filled with something that looks like Great Stuff canned
> insulation.
> This car will never be a show winner, but I want it to be reliable and
> safe.
> How is the best way to fix this cheaply and with no prior welding
> knowledge?
> I'm not scared of welding, but I do want to be realistic.  I can't hire out
> the whole car, but I can hire a few panels if need be.  So what do I do?
> Patch panels, plain old sheet steel, cut out sections from a donor, or swap
> inner body intact from a donor?  If I change the tub, what are the titling
> implications?  Help!
> Thanks,
> Andrew
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