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Old 15-08-2017, 11:52 AM   #191
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Brilliant thread and congrats on your work, fantastic job, well done
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Old 15-08-2017, 01:43 PM   #192
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Awesome, what a sense of achievement it must have been getting that pass certificate. Look forward to further updates
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Old 15-08-2017, 02:02 PM   #193
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This thread is gold. Awesome work!
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Old 15-08-2017, 02:24 PM   #194
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Nice... very tempted to buy a cheap MG ZS 2.5 v6 that has a clutch and HG issue... This is giving me inspiration!!
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Old 15-08-2017, 04:03 PM   #195
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What a fantastic write up, this felt like I was reading a good novel, I just could'nt wait to read the next chapter.

Well done for all the hard work, not just with the mini, but with the writing and pictures, absolutely fantastic
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Old 15-08-2017, 09:20 PM   #196
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Part 13

Thanks for all the lovely comments. I'm so glad you have enjoyed following this thread. Initially, I wasn't sure if anyone would be bothered!

The car is performing really well. I still need to sort the previously mentioned intermittent ABS/ASC/TPMS lights - I've found that it's known as the "Trifecta" in BMW land. Sounds very similar to "The Three Amigos" that Land Rovers suffer with! I'll clean the ABS sensors at my leisure, as I can live with it for the time being.





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what if we tried some tardis with an IPA wipedown after?


Yeah that Tardis stuff would remove me altogether!



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Fabulous result

Just need to keep an eye and ear out for the next few weeks for any issues like sticking brake calipers etc. And a change of oil and filter of course.
Thanks! The oil change is scheduled for this weekend. Let's see how much of it I can spill this time...


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Congratulations on a great job! Now go do some hooning and enjoy the thing!
Hooning, me? I couldn't possibly comment!

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Nice... very tempted to buy a cheap MG ZS 2.5 v6 that has a clutch and HG issue... This is giving me inspiration!!
A KV6 with head gasket failure, surely not!

Go on, I need a decent build thread to get stuck into!






Here are a few pictures from the last few days.

MOT - advisories






A beautiful MG ZT-T V8 that arrived for an MOT - a very rare beast. I had to speak to the owner, I recognised what it was as he pulled in - it doesn't sound like it looks!!!





The interior of the car was still nice and clean






My observations so far:

-The torque is ridiculous - it pulls hard from 1500 revs in any given gear, I suppose this is due to the supercharger.

-It sounds amazing. I've found myself driving with the windows down most of the time so that I can hear the exhaust popping on the over-run. And when revved over 4000rpm, it sounds like it's having some sort of climax

-The lack of run-flats make for a much more compliant ride - it is by no means comfortable, but the difference between this any my Mum's run-flat equipped car is remarkable.

-Mini must have screwed everything together better in the LCI (facelift) models, the interior rattles a lot less than the older models.

-The boot is rubbish, I've got a bottle of oil, water and my Autoglym bag in there - and it's got space for about two shopping bags







I took my half brothers to the cinema to see Cars 3 today (i'll be honest - I wanted to see it ... I just used them as an excuse) the car performed brilliantly.

After that, I went round to see the previous owner - she was really impressed with how the car was looking and got me to start up the engine so she could hear it again! She also gave me the original remote key - so now I've got remote locking and a less cheap feeling key!










I have ordered a new pair of spot lights for the bonnet and some 'chrome' indicator bulbs to remove the orange from the lenses. They should be here towards the end of the week.

I'm also getting ready to put my private plate on it - I am currently struggling to get the rear plate off, as the screws have rusted really badly. I'm going to drill the heads off, but I need to buy some HSS drill bits as mine are totally useless.

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This has been a great thread. Enjoyed every bit of it. Hope it spurs other people to make resurrection threads they are by far my favourite


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If your windscreen only has a couple of stone chips or small defects, try one of the windscreen repair kits from ebay or amazon. After watching youtube videos, I bought one for a chips about a cm across, and it came out great, you can hardly see anything at all. Well worth a punt!
Great project BTW, hats off to you and the write-ups are witty and informative. I hope you got an "A" grade from your English teacher
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Old 15-08-2017, 10:34 PM   #199
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Glad she did not want the car back

Now to keep chipping away, sorting all the things you want to and keep it running for a long time to come.
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If your windscreen only has a couple of stone chips or small defects, try one of the windscreen repair kits from ebay or amazon. After watching youtube videos, I bought one for a chips about a cm across, and it came out great, you can hardly see anything at all. Well worth a punt!
Great project BTW, hats off to you and the write-ups are witty and informative. I hope you got an "A" grade from your English teacher
or just claim your windscreen cover with the assistance of a hammer
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