'71 Midget Donates Lever Shocks To 20R Sprite Hell ProjectS

Thanks to a tip from Patinaproof, I've finally found a cheap source for the many small parts I need for my personal Project Car hell. The big score: front Armstrong lever shocks in great shape.

'71 Midget Donates Lever Shocks To 20R Sprite Hell ProjectS

Because British Leyland was committed to obsolescence tradition, lever-style shock absorbers remained on the Midget all the way to the end of its production run in 1980. There's really nothing wrong with the concept of lever shocks- they work just fine- but they're way more complicated and expensive than the modern tube-type variety. No doubt replacement Armstrongs are still made in the traditional English manner: an old guy in a shed illuminated by a coal-oil lamp, hammering away at pig-iron ingots between refreshing draughts of sludgy porter. You can convert a Spridget to tube shocks, but it ain't cheap. Naturally, the front shocks on my car were completely shot, beyond the capability of the good ol' Harley fork-oil trick to fix, so I was overjoyed to find that this Midget's shocks felt good as new.

'71 Midget Donates Lever Shocks To 20R Sprite Hell ProjectS

Success! I grabbed a few other bits and pieces, including a new fuel filler pipe and hose. Unfortunately, the brake calipers were shot, but I'll just rebuild the ones I've got.

'71 Midget Donates Lever Shocks To 20R Sprite Hell ProjectS

Meanwhile, the Sprite waits in the Evil Genius Racing on-deck circle, prior to being fitted with an RX-7 rear end with 5-link suspension.

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