Brian Kraus's 1976 MG Midget with 1986 Mazda 13B rotary engine
For $5,, Would You Get Down With This Rotary MG Midget?
Like so many prescription stories, this one starts with a visit to the emergency room. Brian Kraus was driving back from work in his MG Midget when he was rear-ended—the driver was too busy playing with the radio to notice the fully stopped, bright-orange MG. In most cases, this would be the end of a tale; but Brian saw it as an opportunity. Even though Brian and the Midget had gotten off to a rocky start before the accident—the car actually broke down during the initial test drive—he was determined to stick with it.
MG Midget with a 13B Rotary
This allowed me to make a front mount that fit nicely in the Midget's engine bay. The 13B looked like it would fit well, except for one area that was hitting the intake manifold. That area of the Midget unibody was cut out and a boxed section welded inward to keep strength and give plenty of clearance. I also had to make a new transmission mount to center it in the very small tunnel.
This MG Midget project started project started after it was submerged in a flood very close to being restored. Obviously this would discourage a lot of owners but not this builder. Instead he decide to go in a completely different direction and make a custom track monster. The factory cc engine hp was removed and replaced with a naturally aspirated Mazda 13B street ported rotary engine that produces around horsepower. The uprights, brakes, and rear end are from a Miata.