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Old 16-04-2017, 07:08 PM   #71
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Love seeing things done properly,keep up the good work.
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Old 16-04-2017, 07:29 PM   #72
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nice to see someone taking care of an mg zr, they seem to be treated like builders tools around here, including one of my mates. he had one that basically fell apart and nothing worked on it, and then the head gasket went. was an utter shed!
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Old 18-04-2017, 12:33 PM   #73
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Nice job with the CV joint.

Hope that's not a job I need to tackle any time soon!
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Old 18-04-2017, 03:57 PM   #74
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Nice work .. cvs are horrible to work on.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:23 AM   #75
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Great work, nice to see a diy job carried out, propper car maintenance.
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nice to see someone taking care of an mg zr, they seem to be treated like builders tools around here, including one of my mates. he had one that basically fell apart and nothing worked on it, and then the head gasket went. was an utter shed!
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Nice job with the CV joint.

Hope that's not a job I need to tackle any time soon!
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Nice work .. cvs are horrible to work on.
Thanks guys, not a job I'd rush to do again, but very satisfying nonetheless. Near on a thousand miles later and all is still well.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:25 AM   #76
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Looks like good fun. Are you planning on sorting the rust out?
No plans Steve. If it had perfect service history and was low mileage I might consider it, but it's too far down the line to spend the money I think. Definitely lots of fun though!
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:56 AM   #77
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So a brief update on the MG. Last post was when I had sorted the CV joints and was about to put it in for the MOT.

As usual I took it to a local garage in Guildford that I've used many times before and as luck would have it another yellow car was also in for an MOT that morning.



The owner of the VW failed on tyres but I'm pleased to report a pass with only one advisory, that being play in a track rod end. The tester took me in to the workshop to demonstrate the issue and commented that I'd had the CV joints replaced. I took some pride in telling him I'd done them myself.

With that all sorted, I spent some time that weekend cleaning it and then over the next week I spent most evenings in the garage with the rotary bringing the paintwork back to life. There were lots of localised problem areas, and it looked like the classic bird mess rubbed away with a scourer scenario. A combination of Sonus pads and Menzerna had it looking great again.

No good photos to speak of, but these were taken on my phone:





I also cleaned all the glass, applied some Gtechniq to the front screen and sorted out a problem with the sunroof. The previous owner told me it was sealed shut but it turns out it wasn't. However the seal wasn't very happy after I'd tested the slide and tilt function as you can see.



So that was removed, the frame tidied and seal refitted. However it's still not right so I think a new seal may be the way forward.

A few weeks later it was then time for my next trackday which was at Pembrey, some 200 miles away up the M4. I travelled the evening before and pausing in Reading services I took this shot, which goes some way to show the improvement in the paint finish, which by this time it had received some Dodo Juice Rainforest Rub as an LSP.



The following morning I was joined by a good friend in his Elise at a very wet Pembrey.



But it gradually dried out over the course of the day and we got to have some great battles on track. To my surprise, an MG ZR160 and series 1 Elise (120bhp 1.8 K series) are very well matched, performance wise.



Only toward the end of the day when my brakes started to go off was he able to build any kind of lead on me and that's with us both running trackday style tyres (hence why my alloys are smaller and black, the silver 17s are the regular wheels)

So after giving both cars a decent thrashing all day it was then time to go home so I swapped back to my regular wheels and loaded the track wheels in to the boot. It's worth saying that I passed 97k miles at this track day and the Elise passed 123k miles so anybody that thinks the K series is a fragile engine may wish to think again!



The journey home was uneventful, and everything remains business as normal.

Plans now are to fit the remaining polybush to the bottom of the gear shifter, fit two new track rod ends and just continue to use it. More on that when it happens.
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Old 28-09-2017, 01:13 AM   #78
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After the track day at Pembrey I drove the 4 hour journey home and continued to use the car for normal everyday duties, like going to the tip, for which it has proved so useful for.



I also got time to clean my main car, the C350 and spent some time working on the paint with the rotary. Still not loving the dieselness of it, but everything else it does pretty well.





Some four weeks later I was back on track this time at Lydden Hill. Having arrived late I missed the drivers' briefing and was ushered out on track almost immediately as my session was due. It was raining and I was on my road tyres so inevitably I span after about two laps.



Fortunately I was able to drive out of the gravel. I drove back in to the pits and fitted my track tyres and then spun once more before I got the hang of the circuit.



It's the only place in the UK where you can overtake on both sides and I must say it felt a bit lawless sometimes. I did have a cracking battle with a Mini Cooper S (2006) however although he then went on to rear end somebody later that afternoon. Like I said, lawless.

Once back home I wanted to have a look at the sunroof seal as I'd been having a few issues so one evening in the garage I set about removing it.



It was surprisingly simple, just three torx bolts on each side and it lifted out.

Covers on


Covers off


Torx removal


And out



Very quickly it was obvious that there was a rust issue which was preventing the seal from sealing correct.





I had thought this might be the case and had bought some extras for my Dremel for just this.



Some time later and I've cleaned the rust up as best I could. I was going to add some Krust but I've mislaid it so I went straight to the re-fitting of the seal only this time used some of this.




During the refitting of the seal



I don't appear to have photographed the finished results, unfortunately. It definitely sits less proud but I can't imagine it will last that long.

Another trip to the tip happened along with the need to buy some lengths of wood, so again the folding seats and hatchback came in useful.





Then very soon the final track day I was planning for the year came round, this one being an MG only day at Castle Combe. I was last here in 2008 in my 944 S2 (where it blew the heater matrix, here) so I was looking forward to going back and finishing what I had started. Since I was joining other MGs I wanted the car nice and clean so set about that.

So overall condition at the start. Note rubber marks all over paint from the previous track days.











Snow foam shot



I then dug out lots of rubber from the lower wheel arches, which is also a terrible dirt trap and these ZRs



Then being a UK summer it started to rain so I sheltered in the garage



And some time later all finished









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Old 28-09-2017, 04:32 PM   #79
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Got ALOT of time for this thread!

The one thread i look forward updates.

Great build,saving a car and using it how MG/ROVER intended.
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Old 28-09-2017, 09:34 PM   #80
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Still enjoy reading this James. Keep up the good work
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