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by Rob Bell
Fri May 26, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: MGF on eBay £180
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: MGF on eBay £180

Too far away for me, but 180 quid seems cheap for a runner. Difficult to judge for typical corrosion points, but it looks like a reasonably straight car. With very nice wheels!

It appears to be a fairly basic MPi without ABS judging by the lack of a high-level brake light.
by Rob Bell
Fri May 26, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: New MGF Headlights.
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: New MGF Headlights.

That's expensive for something that isn't quite right.

Are they made in the same way as the Valeo originals Geoff?
by Rob Bell
Fri May 19, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Mgf donor car: building an MG Allegro VVC!
Replies: 419
Views: 13600

Re: Mgf donor car: building an MG Allegro VVC!

Thanks James - I'll give it some thought. I might just have it there for when parked, and then remove when in use. Or simply disconnect the lightweight battery when not in use... The latter is the simplest I suspect, albeit with the risk of losing MEMS3 calibration when I go over to that system.
by Rob Bell
Thu May 18, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: 280mm BRAKES
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: 280mm BRAKES

The other reason why the rears may be dustier is that with the pads being smaller, they get hotter?

Just check that they're in the slides fully square and the dimple aligns - they can wear in a wedge pattern (don't ask how I know :roll:)
by Rob Bell
Thu May 18, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Mgf donor car: building an MG Allegro VVC!
Replies: 419
Views: 13600

Re: Mgf donor car: building an MG Allegro VVC!

That's really neat Ed. :thumbsu:

I've read some negative comments regarding flex in these obp pedal boxes - anything you've noticed?
by Rob Bell
Thu May 18, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Discount Rover MG Spares
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Discount Rover MG Spares

Very happy with the parts and prices from DMGRS. I'll be using them again soon thanks to acquisition of dead ZR! :lol:
by Rob Bell
Thu May 18, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: MGF Trophy rebuild
Replies: 64
Views: 1803

Re: MGF Trophy rebuild

Making good progress there! :D
by Rob Bell
Thu May 18, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Oh no! I've gone and done it again... Project Shed version 2?
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Oh no! I've gone and done it again... Project Shed version 2?

Thanks guys - the car doesn't owe me very much at all :) Well, not yet anyway! If the cylinder head has gone, it'll be very difficult to save based on today's prices. But as you all say, the engine is a doddle to get to! I'm hoping to be able to work on this with the kids, so that they keep there no...
by Rob Bell
Mon May 15, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Oh no! I've gone and done it again... Project Shed version 2?
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Oh no! I've gone and done it again... Project Shed version 2?

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Argh! It's Hellman's Mayo!!!! :-0

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Disaster zone, ground zero

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Recovery

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Made it this far...

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... And managed to reverse onto Philip's drive. The front bumper needs some work and the bonnet doesn't close. All good then. :roll:
by Rob Bell
Mon May 15, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: EBC Yellow Stuff brake pads
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: EBC Yellow Stuff brake pads

Finally fitted the yellow stuff pads. Not really driven enough to form a useful impression, but initial retardation feels just fine :)

Need to bed the pads in now ahead of the Abingdon CAR-nival :D
by Rob Bell
Mon May 15, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Oh no! I've gone and done it again... Project Shed version 2?
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Oh no! I've gone and done it again... Project Shed version 2?

Moral of the story: don't by a used car from my Nephew! :lol: In short, I am now the "proud owner" of a 2004 ZR105. It's another Shed. Obviously. I thought I'd put the brief story of it so far here as a bit of group therapy! The backstory is that my Nephew bought the car as a stop gap afte...
by Rob Bell
Mon May 15, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: Mgf auto
Replies: 3
Views: 143

Re: Mgf auto

I think the question is why the automatic gearbox is not shifting when in drive (but is shifting in manual mode) - I presume that the problems with overheating have been solved? I am no expert on the CVT, but I do know that these gearboxes are very particular regarding the oil used in them: do NOT u...
by Rob Bell
Fri May 12, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: 1997 MGF help needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 248

Re: 1997 MGF help needed!

So loosing power rather than increasing rpm?
by Rob Bell
Fri May 12, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Brake Servo Support
Replies: 16
Views: 264

Re: Brake Servo Support

I haven't tried this. But it may help if the one in your car is worn. :)
by Rob Bell
Fri May 12, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Technical - Sponsored by Brown & Gammons
Topic: 1997 MGF help needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 248

Re: 1997 MGF help needed!

A binding caliper is generally easy to diagnose: the smell of burnt friction material, and even a little smoke, will give the game away!!! A brake problem would not necessarily explain the boiling coolant either. When the engine gets VERY hot, you will loose power and the engine will eventually stal...
by Rob Bell
Thu May 11, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Brake Servo Support
Replies: 16
Views: 264

Re: Brake Servo Support

That was a nice job and superb bit of recycling :thumbsu: Essentially mimicks the B&G bracket (and the MS version).
by Rob Bell
Wed May 10, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Stainless Manifold/Downpipe
Replies: 30
Views: 292

Re: Stainless Manifold/Downpipe

I wonder whether a good "Italian tune-up" to get the manifold properly hot would help clear this carbon? Certainly does a good job on the cylinder head! :lol:
by Rob Bell
Wed May 10, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Mgf donor car: building an MG Allegro VVC!
Replies: 419
Views: 13600

Re: Mgf donor car: building an MG Allegro VVC!

Yes, it is the optimisation that you loose I think. The chaps over on rovertech.net will likely know more :)
by Rob Bell
Wed May 10, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: General Board
Topic: Stainless Manifold/Downpipe
Replies: 30
Views: 292

Re: Stainless Manifold/Downpipe

A Dremel-type tool, or a carbide burr on an electric drill should do the job :)
by Rob Bell
Wed May 10, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: General Board
Topic: Stainless Manifold/Downpipe
Replies: 30
Views: 292

Re: Stainless Manifold/Downpipe

Smoother welds - depending on whether you got a "good one" or a "bad one" from the factory! The pipes are internally welded, and the weld can significantly reduce the diameter of pipe! Which is why you can probably get most of the advantage of one of these s/s manifolds in a stan...

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