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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
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MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 21, 2020 08:59AM

Showed up on engine swap depot this morning. I haven't had time to read the article but this from the teaser email caught my eye; will be interesting to see what it means... Builder plans to "flip the rear end to compensate for the engine’s counter-clockwise rotation."

[engineswapdepot.com]


britcars
Phil Ossinger
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Re: MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: britcars
Date: January 21, 2020 12:39PM

Interesting swap. I don't know what the torque numbers would be for the v-twin. It was designed to haul around a much lighter package. Looks like he's using the stock Kawasaki rad...........wonder if this will be enough since the engine was designed to be not be enclosed and dealing with engine compartment heat.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
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Re: MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 21, 2020 04:22PM

Yeah, sounded interesting but @ 85hp; question about reverse & how "flipping the rear axle" addresses the backwards motor rotation, seems like a LOT of work for little, if any, gain. And possibly, per your point about motorcycle engine torque, maybe going backwards.


88v8
Ivor Duarte
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Re: MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: 88v8
Date: January 22, 2020 04:12AM

Flip... turn the axle over right to left, then it will drive backwards.
Yes, it seems a bit daft. Unless he puts in a heavier flywheel, it will struggle off the line especially on hills.

And no reverse.
Although there is a solution - Wilmaaa !!!

Ivor

Edit; this Berkeley with Honda 4-pot has no reverse, but at 700lb, one could certainly push it. Perhaps even uphill.
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BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
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Re: MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: January 22, 2020 11:45AM

Midgets are pretty light. We saw one at Dayton, didn't seem to have much trouble getting going.

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
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Re: MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 22, 2020 01:22PM

Quote:
Flip... turn the axle over right to left, then it will drive backwards.

OK, I see it now. :) Had to draw a picture. In my mind I was picturing pinion & ring gear rotations... wasn't till I drew a quick picture that the effect of the side/spider gears came clear!


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bill green
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Re: MG Midget with a Kawasaki V-Twin
Posted by: spridget
Date: January 22, 2020 02:41PM

Why?



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