MG MIDGET 1500
Check panel fit, and particularly the door gaps, as any tapering here may suggest that the bodyshell has distorted. Check each B-pillar for corrosion around the lower door hinge, too.
Beware cracks and flaking paintwork around the rear spring hanger and check the rear springs for sagging and cracked leaves. Rusty floors can also be an issue and glued-in carpets may be trying to hide corrosion.
Unlike earlier A-series Midgets, the engine the 1500’s Triumph engine has a reputation for bearing wear. Crankshaft thrust washers also wear – get a friend to depress the clutch and watch for crankshaft pulley movement.
Check for rot in the sills, edges of the side air intakes, door bottoms and – underneath the car – the condition of the subframes and front and rear suspension mounting points.
Cooling was marginal in the MGF, leading to many K-Series engines blowing their cylinder head gaskets. Ask whether a multilayer steel item has replaced the original and check all the associated hoses and pipework.
The MGF’s Hydragas suspension comprises a liquid and nitrogen filled displacer in each corner. These can be regassed but not refilled, and because replacements aren’t currently available, so you’ll be relying on secondhand items.