PURCHASED: April 2001
RESTORED BY: Eric Hancock
RESTORATION DATE: August 2005
Year: 1965 Midget
Body: Lenham Le Mans Coupe Conversion
Bonnet: W&P Sebring GT one piece bonnet
Modifications: Body and bonnet widened 4”
Block: BMC 1275 cc A Series – Rebuilt to standard specifications and balanced. Unleaded head conversion.
Induction: Twin 1 ½” HS4 SU Carbs
Ignition: Electronic ignition
Exhaust: Extractors – 2” Exhaust
Gearbox: Five Speed Toyota T3 – Dellow Conversion Kit
Differential: BMC 3.7:1
Radiator: Austin 1800
Water Pump: EWP Electric Water Pump
Fan: Electric Fan
Front: Standard Springs; ¾” Sway bar; Negative camber trunnion bushes
Rear: Midget Rubber Bumper Springs; Telescopic Damper Conversion
WHEELS & TYRES
Wheels: Rebel 13”x 6 “
Tyres: Goodyear Ducaro 185/65R x 13”
Navigation: Halda Twin Master
Mechanically the rebuild was oriented towards reliability for use in Historic Navigation Rallies. The 5 speed and tall diff (3.7, maybe just a touch too tall) were suited to the longer distances covered in the events. We also soon found the “rubber bumper” rear springs were essential to give the car sufficient height with a crew of two, equipment for a days driving and to cope with the country roads. The extra 4″ of space in the cabin of the Midget was a side benefit of the wider body. The body had been widened by the previous owner to fit bigger rubber under the car for racing.
YET TO COME
More information about the Lenham can be found on http://www.lenhammotorcompanyltd.com.
Full conversion kits are still available from the company in the UK as well as Sebring Sprites.
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