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Old 24-10-2016, 08:43 PM   #21
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Old 25-10-2016, 01:11 PM   #22
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Looks remarkably straight considering the amount of previous owners !
Nice project.
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Old 25-10-2016, 01:18 PM   #23
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I have got a Mk 3 200 Bubble Turbo in the garage waiting for time and space to do the restore!

I have a pile of ZR compatible spares if you need lights, mechanicals or steering wheels!
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Old 25-10-2016, 02:47 PM   #24
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Great project - got a soft spot for these as I used to have the Rover 200Vi - very quick little car!

I wonder if the previous sunroof problems explain the mess/mouldy sun visors?

Keep up the great work and thread - sub'd
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Old 25-10-2016, 03:22 PM   #25
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My mate used to have a bubble turbo as well. It was an absolute weapon. I've got a 220 coupe turbo myself which I hope to bring back on the road next year.
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Old 01-11-2016, 08:27 AM   #26
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Good to see you're not the only one with a mouldy sun visor!

How hard was the clock to replace? Sounds like a common problem as mine has gone as well.

Can't wait for more updates!


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Good to see you're not the only one with a mouldy sun visor!

How hard was the clock to replace? Sounds like a common problem as mine has gone as well.

Can't wait for more updates!


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Clock replacement is as simple as removing the clock surround (pull up and towards you) and then removing four screws to extract the clock. Refitting is the reverse and that's it.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:00 AM   #28
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Good news from Project MG as you will seen soon, but first an update.

Firstly I have been using it twice a week for the commute and a journey to Heathrow. Childishly I took the chance to find the only other colourful car in Heathrow's Pod Parking:



I had also taken the chance to get a track day booked so, having recently bought the car I wanted to check the condition of it more thoroughly, especially the brakes. So one night a few weeks ago I headed to the garage. Luckily I have a decent amount of working space as you can see:



I had also bought a some new parts, but more on them later




So I got stuck in and firstly took off one of the front wheels. It turned out to be a good idea because it was full of dirt and a thick layer of grease from what I assume was a previous issue with a CV joint.



Multiple hits with degreaser later it's fine, although I didn't take a picture sadly.

Next I turned my attention to the brakes and other than having different brands front to back (Borg & Beck and something else) everything seemed fine. I did notice my front arms had Powerflex bushes which I was pleased to see, although I've since learnt they came from the factory like that.



Then I investigated the bottom of the front and rear arches, as in my case one rear arch has rust and I wanted to see what was happening. In short, massive dirt build up. Before:



During:



After:



And exactly the same story on the other side (front)



And also cleaned up



Some time that evening I fitted the new wipers, which are all 18" and keeps things simple. Must have been years since the previous ones have done given the noise they made, so nice to have them back quiet again.

Time then ran out so I decided not to fix the other Powerflex bushes or do a service until I had done my track day, which was yesterday at Brands Hatch.

So a lovely sunny, if cold day at Brands Hatch and the car performed faultlessly. Engine feels a bit workmanlike which I suspect is just how they are, but the handling was really nice and predictable with no nasty issues. My Nankang tyres (fronts) hung on OK once some heat was in them but the Landsails on the rear never felt they keyed in properly. So some better tyres are on the cards as are some better brakes pads, as then current ones started grumbling toward the end of the day.

Some photos from the pro-photographer:









In summary, I'm delighted with it and I was far from embarrassed on the track which was great as it's completely standard at the moment.

Plans next are to fit those Powerflex bushes, carry out a service, fit some Mintex 1144 pads and sort tyres. Not sure if I'll just fit them to the existing wheels or get a set of 16s for track work. And finally I've done one panel with the rotary and some Menzerna and it's come up really well, so the rest of the car will get done too.

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Old 03-12-2016, 11:51 AM   #29
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Looks like its been near a steel works or train strain station with all that fall out, as for all muck compacted inside the arch, you must be very lucky to find no holes underneath. I hope there is more to come.
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So glad to see one being put back on the road. Always had a soft spot for the MG ZED range
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