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Benoit Leus
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Username: benoitleus

Post Number: 356
Registered: 6-2009
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 12:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I recently turned 50 and had maybe reminded my family a bit too much that I thought it was a special event that deserved a special gift.
Well, my wife certainly came through as this is what she got me :



Admittedly, itís the less desireable rubber bumper version in a lurid 70ís colour but itís 17 year old restoration has aged well.
I plan to convert it to chrome bumper anyway and might change the colour at the same time.

Itís also a very different driving experience to the Silver Shadow.
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Geoff Wootton
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Username: dounraey

Post Number: 1931
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 01:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

It looks great Benoit. Just in time for summer.

Maintaining it will be so much easier than the Rolls.
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Omar M. Shams
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Username: omar

Post Number: 1464
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 02:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Dear Benoit,
congratulations on your 50th birthday and of the two birthday presents that you have been given so far I think the Jacket that Ross gave you has to be comparable to none.
However, Mrs Leus has trumped Ross with her gift to you. I actually love this colour on the midgets. What a lovely car!!Congratulations.....

Omar
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Mark Luft
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Username: bentleyman1993

Post Number: 177
Registered: 10-2016
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 04:27 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Congratulations Benoit!!
50 is a milestone year, you deserve a special gift from your dear wife. I gave the same car to my daughter on her 16th birthday. It was an easy car to drive and maintain. Enjoy the weather with the top down.
Mark
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Mark Aldridge
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Username: mark_aldridge

Post Number: 521
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 10:02 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Congrats Benoit, I have had my 1970 Sprite for 41 years, and I also have a 1979 1500 Midget, that I keep and use at my coast home. Straight through exhaust, roof down, just don't grow up ! If you find the original exhaust mundane, the RC40 Silencer and tailpipe from a BMC Mini works well.
I have just purchased a rather nice 1985 230E Mercedes saloon, maintained by a well known local Mercedes specialist from new for all but the last 5 years and it is returning to him for a sevice next week so my 1983 Mulsanne is for sale. ( Can't keep everything)Keeping the Shadow, S1 and Bentley8, so won't get withdrawal symptoms too badly.
Mark
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Larry Kavanagh
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Username: shadow_11

Post Number: 165
Registered: 5-2016
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 10:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Nice Midget Benoit. If you decide to change to chrome bumpers I think the suspension has to be lowered too and you will still have the square rear wheel arches rather than the earlier round ones. A grill will be needed also. Chrome looks better but personally I would stick with originality and enjoy the ride. I had a 1500 similar to yours a few years ago, had too many cars and not enough garage space so the Midget was presented to my brother who still has it as a running restoration. I have a Triumph Spitfire 1500 which has the same engine as your Midget and a Triumph Herald convertible 13/60 also same engine just not bored out as much. Enjoy, they're fun and easy to maintain.
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richard george yeaman
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Username: richyrich

Post Number: 958
Registered: 4-2012
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 05:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Benoit enjoy your car, don't change it,

Richard.
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Mark Aldridge
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Username: mark_aldridge

Post Number: 522
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 06:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Benoit, to change to chrome bumper is a lot of work, including new front wings, front panel, lowering suspension, reshaping rear panel, altering lower part of rear wings around the bumper etc. In my opinion. live with the black bumpers, but ensure front shocks are good (and have oil in them !) and consider a Spax adjustable rear shockabsorber conversion. I have this on both my cars and it is excellent. Just enjoy the car.
Mark
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Geoff Wootton
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Username: dounraey

Post Number: 1932
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Saturday, 14 April, 2018 - 01:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hi Benoit

I agree with Mark, Richard and Larry - I personally would keep the car as it is. It looks great. Your wife selected a gem for you.

Geoff
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Patrick Lockyer.
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Username: pat_lockyer

Post Number: 1842
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Saturday, 14 April, 2018 - 02:54 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Cracking little sports car as is what a present to behold.
I think they used the marina gearbox in the later ones, 4 speed synchromesh box.
Don't hold the clutch pedal down in gear at traffic lights or ride the pedal in the stop go traffic, have changed to many cranks over the years due to thrust bearing failure.
Maybe a mod has been done over the years.
A true classic to drive with ease in todays traffic.
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Patrick Ryan
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Username: patrick_r

Post Number: 1871
Registered: 4-2016
Posted on Saturday, 14 April, 2018 - 03:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Happy 50th Benoit.
Many happy returns.

Fantastic present mate, I hope you enjoy many years of topless motoring there.
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Omar M. Shams
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Username: omar

Post Number: 1466
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Saturday, 14 April, 2018 - 04:18 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

of course we all like topless motoring and topless everything.........
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Username: soviet

Post Number: 865
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Sunday, 22 April, 2018 - 03:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Benoit, it is true in Belgium that you can drive around with topless girls in the car as long as they are very attractive, isn't it?
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Larry Kavanagh
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Username: shadow_11

Post Number: 169
Registered: 5-2016
Posted on Monday, 23 April, 2018 - 07:17 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Yes Vladimir, providing they are wearing seat belts!
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Benoit Leus
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Username: benoitleus

Post Number: 359
Registered: 6-2009
Posted on Wednesday, 25 April, 2018 - 03:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Vlad,

if only that were a reality.
In Belgium were pretty laid back about things like that but I'm afraid I can't see that happening soon.
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Vladimir Ivanovich Kirillov
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Username: soviet

Post Number: 867
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Wednesday, 25 April, 2018 - 07:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Damn Benoit, but it would be good to tool around in a convertible Rolls Royce with three hot babes all perky and topless for moral reasons only and just giggle when you pay the fine wouldn't it?

When Omar and I hit Belgium eventually we'll see what mischief and scalliwag capers we can get up to!
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Omar M. Shams
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Username: omar

Post Number: 1470
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, 27 April, 2018 - 02:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

I have my ticket to Belgique ready.....
bring on the topless girls........

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