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Old 18-10-2016, 08:57 PM   #11
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I had a Trophy blue 1 from new back in 2001 - nice car
The standard twin exhaust should have 2 flaps in which i think open up at WOT and some owners had them welded to stay open as it made it sound deeper
The dealer i bought mine from was where i worked at the time, playing on the testbook we found a setting called "police Mode" - that was enabled but no1 knew what it was supposed to do (didn't give more power)?
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Old 18-10-2016, 11:36 PM   #12
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I'm looking forward to the progress on this one
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Old 18-10-2016, 11:46 PM   #13
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Me to can't wait to see updates, I have just saved a mk1 trophy blue only a 105+ but a 3door has only got 44k on it. It's a mess and sat for 8 years but I can see potential and I wanted a winter project! So I've started taking loads of diary photos. Good luck hope all goes well
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Old 19-10-2016, 12:48 AM   #14
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Love the Zrs and all things MG Rover. Have had a few Rovers inc a 200, the ZR equivalent. Now own a 75 diesel.

The 160 VVC engine is a terrific, rev happy engine. Pulls well and a popular track car.
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Old 19-10-2016, 12:55 PM   #15
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Lovely looking motor, I've had plenty of Rovers myself. The ZR is a great little go kart, as long as it's maintained properly you shouldn't have many problems.

I had a 2001 Rover 25 1.6, I got it with 156k on the clock and got rid of it with 180k, I did 24k in 10 months and it never missed a beat (except for the starter jamming once).
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Old 23-10-2016, 09:18 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the comments guys and great to hear that MGs/Rovers still get positive appreciation. I still recall the episode of 5th Gear where they took the ZS 180 round the track and were very positive about it.

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These are pretty good. Especially on track. I have had a few I have currently got a MG Express 160 which I use for work. Had it for about 6 years. If you need to know anything then just message me. I used to work for a Rover MG dealer.
Thanks Matt, useful to know you worked for them. I'd be curious if I could convert my rear seat area to that of your 160 Express because that feels like it would be a good way to remove weight for trackdays. A 160 Clubsport if you like.

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Looking good, loved your other projects
Thanks for the feedback, always nice to hear.

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Looking forward to more, I allways buy top brand tyres, but you say note ? to landsail tyres, I've just seen a Audi A6 on a 62 plate fitted with this make all round, I was shocked, but having now read good things about them, what is your opinion?
I would never buy this type of low end Chinese tyre, but equally I have driven cars with them before. In this case though they are 4 years old and showing radial cracks so they will be changed soon. Fitting them to a 62 plate Audi seems wrong though.

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A key with the weird pivot in it. My Rover '97 400 had one of those. Something to do with not breaking your knee on it in a crash??
Sounds plausible certainly. I wish it was just the key that I needed, given what I have since read about the alarm system longevitity.

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If it has a sunroof just watch for it leaking in.....something to do with the metal parts rusting and splitting the seal, and rust around the back arches and rear suspension mounts................my ex had an 02 Rover 25 and it was terrible rust wise.

At least you haven't got rear doors too....as the seals go and leak water in!!

I'm looking forward to your updates on it
This one has a sunroof, and a previous owner has clearly had trouble as it's been sealed up with silicone sealant. I'd prefer the car without one (trackday optimisation if nothing else) but at least this one doesn't leak!

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Me to can't wait to see updates, I have just saved a mk1 trophy blue only a 105+ but a 3door has only got 44k on it. It's a mess and sat for 8 years but I can see potential and I wanted a winter project! So I've started taking loads of diary photos. Good luck hope all goes well
Sounds good - have you got a project thread going?
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Old 23-10-2016, 11:56 PM   #17
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A few further jobs on the MG to update you with.

Firstly the dash clock wasn't displaying correctly:



So I removed it to replace it with the one from the earlier parts gathering exercise. Slightly different design, but it was taken from a car 1 year older.



And all back together and looking good



Then it was time to remove the cables from the previous car hi-fi install. The power cable was easy and just pulled through but the signal cable required some trim removal.

During



Which also made me realise how much underlying dirt there is in the car



And all removed.



Then it was time to remove the locking wheel nuts, mainly so I don't have any dramas removing the wheels in the future.

Before:



After:



And all replaced, all one has clearly been replaced in the past.



Then it was time for the exhaust. A reminder of what I had when I got the car:



And the replacement that I got hold of recently.



Following a clean up with wire wool and Autosol



Extraction of the old exhaust was a little hard won, mainly due to rusted fittings, but some penetrating fluid later and we have progress



Side by side with the back box that is going on. The one coming off is also by Klarius and according to the part number is for the 1.8 120bhp model.



And all back together and looking much better



While doing this work I noticed this mis-matching of bolts



And all sorted using a matching bolt I found under the boot carpet.



And I also turned my eye toward a little sticker removal:



Including those on the numberplates:



After:



Seward Cars are still an MG dealer as it turns out.

Then it was time for a clean, but if the perfectionists could bear with me here, this was a preliminary effort and I was pushed for time.

As always, the obligatory snow foam shot:



Grime in the usual places:



Window seal moss got a good going over:




Usual wash down followed, but while drying it I noticed a lot of contaminants in the paint, as this photo shows:



So out with the IronX:



And more:



And even more:



And it was like this everywhere. Here's the bonnet:



I haven't ever had a car as bad a this, and it's still not totally done, so I rinsed it, dried it off and put it back in the garage ready for me to tackle it again soon.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 24-10-2016, 12:35 AM   #18
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Nice project this one.
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Old 24-10-2016, 12:50 AM   #19
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Had a trophy blue one a few years back. Better car than people give them credit for. Mine did have its fair share of problems including the usual head gasket failure. Typical k series engine problem but easily sorted using the modified land rover triple layer version.
Look forward to seeing the progress on this one
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Old 24-10-2016, 07:52 PM   #20
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Lovely work so far, takes me back to owning MG Rovers. . . haha!
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