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Old 20-03-2018, 07:37 PM   #1
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1989 MG Maestro turbo

I hope this is ok with the mods to start another thread (and apologies to those that subscribed to my previous thread) but as some of you with a good memory may recall back in very late 2013 I decided to head back to my early driving days and purchase a MG Maestro Turbo which I had posted here when I bought it

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=325280

Also decided in my wisdom Iíd try a webpage to document my progress and itís here

www.mgmaestro108.wordpress.com

As with most things unfortunately life, other commitments, laziness, weather, detailing my daillies etc. got in the way and although Iíve made progress itís definitely not as much as I would have liked.

For those of you that follow me on Instagram (A8VMG) youíll have seen some of the work Iíve done but other than that Iíve been pretty lazy updating anything else!!

As such rather than resurrect my old thread which really hasnít that much on it I thought Iíd start a new thread to try and inspire me.

Iím working away quite a bit this year so I thought that the extra time I have in hotel rooms etc. Would at least give me time to update the thread with work Iíve already done and work I do. Thatís the plan at least.....

From my point of view Iíve been driving for 27 year now (dear gawd is it that long!) and it was the era as per a recent thread where you bought old cars and did most of the work yourself. I reckon in my first 4-5 year of driving I never paid more than 600 for a car and my first car at the tender age of 17 was only 18 month younger than I was

My only real car that I regretted selling was my first Maestro turbo which I had for 7 year but eventually got rid of due to extensive rot and it was beyond my capability to restore it. Hereís an old polaroid of it which is before the digital days and must have been around 95/96 and yes that is an old H plate Escort Eclipse in our driveway.



This meant it was a no brainer when I decided on what project car I should look at. I would say Iíve a good general knowledge of mechanics and bodywork however donít have the skill to carry out a full nut and bolt refurbishment so this was what I had to bear in mind as there were some complete and utter wrecks out there.

Prior to my 40th in 2014 my OH had asked what I wanted so this was the ideal opportunity to start looking seriously so I joined the Maestro and Montego Owners Club and eventually managed to find a suitable car through it actually agreeing a deal online whilst I was holidaying in Dubai. The turbo was a limited run of 505 including the press cars and was produced in Flame red, British Racing Green, White and Black. I managed to find a flame red one the same as my original which was a bonus as we all know that red cars are the fastest

The engine was out for a rebuild so it was agreed this would be done and refitted before I picked it up. Hereís some pics that I was sent prior to me buying it.



















Price agreed and a mate kindly agreed to travel the 600 mile round trip to pick it up in his trailer. I also got a load of spares and paid extra for a triple core radiator and Scorpion exhaust.

Hereís a picture of it on the back of the trailer and then back in my driveway at home.







As with all older or classic cars on the face of it they look good however when you start to strip them down all is not as it seemed......That said it was in pretty decent condition and I was happy with it.

I knew that it needed two new sills which were supplied with the car and the suspension was shot but other than that I had the joys of stripping it down to find out.....

Anyway first post up to give a bit of a background posted from a holiday inn express before I head out for dinner for 1 oh the joys of working away!
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Old 20-03-2018, 08:13 PM   #2
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I spent many years driving a Maestro van for work. Poor thing was thrashed within an inch of its life. Will be following your thread with interest
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Is this the proper mg turbo. That would stomp on cossies?

Had a maestro years ago, Moonraker blue it wasn't the best handling, rusted like nothing but at least it was reliable.

Had a montego, 1.6L 1990 with 3.5k's worth of ice, that car was comical

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Now subscribed, looking forward to this bet there’s not many left now.
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I couldn't subscribe quickly enough to this thread!
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Awesome. Don’t remember the last time I saw a maestro, let alone a turbo. Always had a hankering for one.
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Is this the proper mg turbo. That would stomp on cossies?

Had a maestro years ago, Moonraker blue it wasn't the best handling, rusted like nothing but at least it was reliable.

Had a montego, 1.6L 1990 with 3.5k's worth of ice, that car was comical
Yes it's a genuine turbo number 108 of 505 with an advertised 0-60 time of 6.7s or 6.9s depending on which advert you viewed and at one point was the fastest fwd car for sale in the UK and advertised as faster than a Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston and Ferrari. They also advertised with a picture of the Maestro with the slogan underneath "the golf gti will be along in a minute"

That aside I'm not trying to say it's better than those or stomp on cossies but in a straight line it certainly put up a good fight

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Now subscribed, looking forward to this bet there’s not many left now.
There are very few on the road however are actually coming out of the woodwork recently when I got mine you were lucky if you saw one advertised a year there's been quite a few recently including one coming up at Brightwells auction soon link here.....

https://www.brightwells.com/classic-...ue-21st-march/
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Only 99 left then! There’s a few cars in the auction that I remember from my childhood but the one that caught my eye was the manual SD1 in dark brown.
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Just looking at this car, it still seems quite modern in terms of its shape. Very good use of interior space as I remember a pool car we had at work years ago. It was a 1.3 so not quite in this league.
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