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Hello! I’m Philip and I have a car problem. The first step is admitting it, right?

I want to spitball this idea with you all…

Fiat 1.4turbo/6mt into my 1970 midget. Feasible? I’m anticipating a fair amount of transmission tunnel and rear axle work.

It’s my daily driver and I’m thinking about this. Otherwise I’ll continue with my plans to build out her 1275, supercharge and Datsun five speed swap it (~130hp, 1500lbs). But, I rented a Fiat 124 Abarth on Turo a few weeks ago in LA and loved the drivetrain so much.

Once I’m done with the body and paint work, I’ll be tackling this. I’ve a lot to learn about the platform from you all!

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I knew a guy with a 350 sbc in one of those so I have to imagine that you wouldn't have much trouble getting the 124 power plant to fit. Should make it a fun little car. I wonder though - will the complexities of the multiair variant of the engine befit a swap like this or would you be better off on the not so variable everything engine?
 

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I knew a guy with a 350 sbc in one of those so I have to imagine that you wouldn't have much trouble getting the 124 power plant to fit. Should make it a fun little car. I wonder though - will the complexities of the multiair variant of the engine befit a swap like this or would you be better off on the not so variable everything engine?
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Hello! I’m Philip and I have a car problem. The first step is admitting it, right?

I want to spitball this idea with you all…

Fiat 1.4turbo/6mt into my 1970 midget. Feasible? I’m anticipating a fair amount of transmission tunnel and rear axle work.

It’s my daily driver and I’m thinking about this. Otherwise I’ll continue with my plans to build out her 1275, supercharge and Datsun five speed swap it (~130hp, 1500lbs). But, I rented a Fiat 124 Abarth on Turo a few weeks ago in LA and loved the drivetrain so much.

Once I’m done with the body and paint work, I’ll be tackling this. I’ve a lot to learn about the platform from you all!

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Years ago I was approached by someone wanting to upgrade a Datsun 510 and knew I had been down that road. My advice was to do something with a newer car that had a more competent chassis. It’s likely you can accomplish this project. But in the end how usable will the car be? Are you going to replace all the original wiring and electrics? Will you have a snug top? It’s all a matter of what your expectations of the end product are. It’s not going to be inexpensive. Unless you are an expert fabricator you’re going to need to locate a dependable one.
Finally, if you’re married, are you willing to sacrifice your marriage over this? I’ve got a friend who went down this road with an old Ferrari . . .
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T-jet is the engine you are referring to. But honestly the Alfa 20v was a brilliant engine with an amazing exhaust note. That would be an awesome swap.
 

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This is a dope idea! Surely you wont have any issues shoeing in a baby 1.4, these arent very long at all. It would be a treat to hear that growl coming from an mg like that though! Tune it with the pops and gurgles!
 
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