MOBC Newsletters for sale by Ian Hawkins posted 02/11/2015


Hi. I have a number of early MOBC newsletters (Issues 1-6 & issue 9). I was a member back in the day and had an article published in issue 3. I came across the newsletters recently and was going to list them on ebay. However I wondered if they would be of interest to the club or members. I would only be looking for a nominal amount, postage cost plus whatever they would be worth to you. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks. Ian
you can email Jim 
For Sale and Wanted

 If anybody has or knows of any Suzuki cars suitable for Mk2 Midgification, SJ models (410, 413 and 413 Samurai) they might be of interest to members, and could be mentioned here.
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I've had an email through the club website from John Eden who built a Midge 30 years ago UNX 859G, but had to sell it owing to a lack of space. He is looking for it again. In 2015, according to the memlist it belonged to Thomas Freeman in Glasgow, but Thomas is no longer on the list. If anyone knows where it is now, could they email me jim@jimhewlett.com or send an answer to me on the club facebook page?
I had an email from a prospective member in New Zealand about gearbox extensions. It's a pity he's not a little closer as Gareth Bennet's would do nicely. However I did contact Dave Gleed who has some like this (below). The straight one is for a Mini (old style) UNF and the cranked one for a Herald. UNC ie a coarse thread
Dave supplied me with one (£1 +p&p) a few years back and I have asked him to dig some out. If you want one, email me. Jim. I'm hoping he will find them soon (6/09/2016)  No sign yet. (23/10/16)
 John Cox in North Yorkshire had a collection of Triumph bits that have now gone. A new list will be up soon.
 Keith Oldfield has a set of wings in France ( I wonder how he's going to get back if he sells them) He says....
 .....  a set of 4 kit car wings, don't know what they are off of, might be of use to one of the members, £50.. They are here in France, but could arrange to get them to the tunnel in Folkstone. contact details from Jim or on memlist

 Stuart Young has contacted me (Jim) and wrote as follows....
    My Midge is registered as a Triumph and it's make as Herald 13/60. (Seen below)
Built by me in the late 1980s before I went to college I ran it for three years until 1993. The Midge has not moved for 20 years and in addition to the photograph below I have various parts including unused side screens, windscreen, an used petrol tank, rear spare wheel mount and various boxes of spares. The hood has perished, The engine does not appear to have seized. I would describe the vehicle condition status as 'barn find'. Before I advertise nationally as 'spares or repair' would any Midge enthusiasts be interested? 
I live in the village of Pucklechurch between Bath and Bristol and 20 minutes from where the M4 and M5 meet. 
Clearly, a trailer with winch would be required. I may be able to arrange delivery.
I, (Jim), had a chat with Stuart and found the vehicle was garaged for part of that time but it was outside for 12 years, well covered but the roof disintegrated. The chassis originally well painted is unexamined and may have survived, the dash varnish is peeling but currently dry. The owner says he told DVLA that it was part dismantled and asked if it should be SORNed but they never replied so it may or may not still be registered. (Update, John Bircumshaw says it is still on the register.) Stuart's mobile number is 07980 978075 and email stuartkyoung@icloud.com 
MOBC   Mk1 and Mk2 Midge Owners' and Builders' Club

If anyone has any of the particular Mk1 Midge bits, surplus or required  by club members....

Radiator surround, 
Windscreen, Brookland racing screens,
Dash-top, Narrow chairs
cloth roof, 
side screens etc 
or Incomplete builds for spares and repairs

We can advertise them here. I currently have some parts including a few suspension and steering bits. Obviously moving them around will be tricky, but I can note what is available here.
I can do Mk2 as well, but I don't know much about them as yet. JH.
Dave Hubbard has got too much 'going on' so, sadly:-

"Midge part built kit of bits- part complete donor 12/50 Herald good engine and gearbox but no V5. Built Midge body & doors, alloy bonnet, side panels, windscreen and frame, spare wheel mount, bumper, GRP dashboard top, full dash from Dolomite(?) plus 4 MG F wheels and tyres. £500 ono.
Ring 01256 321436 (Basingstoke) or email David at   thehubbards1954@hotmail.com 
for photos."
                    WILL NOT SEPARATE

Roof, Windscreen.
    A new member David Radford from Bristol has a black doubleduck Mk1 roof for sale (no side screens) and a windscreen for sale, Neither were used but a small preparatory hole has been made for a windscreen top mounted wiper motor (also available but probably ruined from water contamination) His original project was abandoned resulting in these spares, but he now has a replacement Midge that does not need them. He is not on the internet but can be contacted by telephone on 01179652000. The roof will have cost about £300 to buy (see addition on right)
David Radford in the advert on the left has been thinking he might like to buy a top end Midge. The decision won't be for a couple of months but when his property is sold he'll be able to decide.  He is leaving the decision of which bits, like the roof, to sell until he has bought said new Midge. He'll be looking for very good build quality and a suitable 'type' in the V5c (Midge, Moss or whatever). So if you are thinking of selling in a couple of months then it might be worth remembering the number. He isn't into computers so emailing him won't work.
From John Adams, member no 1007 with reference to his Midge. He is moving to Zurich and can't take his Midge. He says,
It is running well and has never let me down, it rattles a bit- front mudguards. I have not used it much over the last few years as I have done a lot of travelling. 
I have all the old MOT’s etc. The MOT has just run out but happy to get a new MOT on it. It is garaged in Hinckley. I am off to Zurich at the end of this month.
The VC5 details: KNR 616E
I bought the Midge in Feb 1993 but it belonged to my Sister in law prior to this so i have known and worked on the vehicle for many years.
Date of first Registration: 04 04 1967
Make; Triumph Model; Herald 12/50
Taxation Class ; Historic Vehicle 1147CC
I have no idea what is is worth but would accept a reasonable offer if it goes to a club member or via the club.  Thanks  John.