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J Man
jason adkins
NW OH
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01/21/2009 08:49PM

Main British Car:
'61 Morris Minor panel, '70 MGB GT, '74 MGB GT MGB 1.8, unsure yet on the GTs

Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: J Man
Date: November 30, 2010 08:03AM

Does anyone make fiberglass doors for the Sprite or Midget? I have found front ends and trunks but no doors yet. Thanks


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: November 30, 2010 12:12PM

Jason, none that I've ever seen. From the cars that I've seen at the races and here in the photo section most use the original doors with the window mechanisms removed. If you really want to lose some weight from there you'd have to remove the door beams on the later cars and you could drill holes in the inner frame. The outer skin is pretty simple to form, you should be able to reskin it in aluminum if you delete the door handles and use in inside latch like the bugeye did.


Dougie
Doug Escriva
Pacific NW
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Registered:
10/28/2009 07:46PM

Main British Car:
1957 Austin-Healey 100-Six MM BMC 2912 6-cylinder

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Re: Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: Dougie
Date: November 30, 2010 11:13PM

You might try [bmccomps.co.uk] or Speedwell Engineering.


J Man
jason adkins
NW OH
(194 posts)

Registered:
01/21/2009 08:49PM

Main British Car:
'61 Morris Minor panel, '70 MGB GT, '74 MGB GT MGB 1.8, unsure yet on the GTs

Re: Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: J Man
Date: December 04, 2010 08:45PM

Will a early roadster door fit the later convertible bodies?

aka can I put windowless doors on a window style body?


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: December 04, 2010 10:43PM

The doors should bolt on, but the sheet metal won't line up along the upper section because the shape of the bodies was quite different in that area. The rear latch mechanism was different as well so you'd either have to update the latch in the door or on the B pillar to match.
If you don't want the roll up windows then you can remove them and all the inner hardware and make an inner door pocket similar to the MKI and MKII Sprites but you still have the vent windows to deal with . Of course you could remove those as well, but you'd have to make up custom side curtains if you want to have any protection from the rain.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/04/2010 10:44PM by Bill Young.


castlesid
Kevin Jackson
Sidcup UK
(361 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2007 10:38AM

Main British Car:
1975 MGB GT Rover V8 4.35L

Re: Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: castlesid
Date: February 09, 2011 08:05PM

The windscreen is different too with a more curved shape and the ends of the frame are matched to the door window quarterlight frames.

Kevin.


Preform Resources
Dave Craddock
Redford,Michigan
(359 posts)

Registered:
12/20/2008 05:46PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB V6 3.4

Re: Spridget fiberglass doors
Posted by: Preform Resources
Date: October 28, 2011 11:12AM

Rod at Spridgetech asked me about doing fiberglass doors , but the availability of doors(plentiful)
and the weight savings (none on a MK 1, little on a MK11 once you take the innards out) versus the cost
just doesn't seem worth the effort,imho.
Dave Craddock
[spridgetech.com]



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