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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:13 pm 
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As I no longer spend any time on here, I thought I would update you with my car situation.

Back in September when I was sorting the Audi out I needed a car asap and bought the MG. Its a ZR mk2 1.4 16v 104bhp.

Started my new job in November and my insurance was going sky high at renewal, as well as needing a turbo the Audi was going to cost more than I could afford that ks to the insurance database. So I sold it, lost plenty of money, and so did the new owner as he's just recently had to scrap it.. So that was gutting after wasting all that time and money, but hey ho.

Currently using the MG daily to and from work, and recently just hit 60k. Shocking its still on its original headgasket........
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Does the book mpg of 36mpg and can manage a little more on lonnnng motorway runs. If you boot it, its shocking.. But its a nippy car, 104bhp from a 1.4 offt.


Only thing I have done major wise is fit the rover 200 heater pipes, as the later models used a Saab valve and when it goes tits up you have a shitty heater until you sit at high revs. Now have a toasty heater.

I have a very very slight waterleak., which I am 99% sure is the inlet gasket (shit designed waterways these k series engines...). Which I am going to replace along with the waterpump, timing belt, alt belt, and full service next month.

This past weekend I hardwired in an android charger, and two USB charging points as its handy to charge things like my iPod etc.
I also fitted a cheapo aftermarket clock as the pixels had gone in the standard one.. Interior temp is crap as its in front of a blower pipe, but it gives external temp which is nice.
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Plans...
As said, belts, pump, service and what not.
I want to fit some front fogs to it but wire them myself or turn them into halogen DRLs as rover decided that the mk2s needed the ecu coding to enable the pissing fog light circuit.
Going to fit elec mirrors as long as the ecu doesn't need coding for them.
Paint the foglight/indicator surround black.
Fit rear seat headrests.

That's it.

This will be the other halves car end of the year I'm hoping, and I might get a ford. But I'm leaning towards retro cars... Or shitty ones... Because newer cars aren't doing it for me now.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:30 pm 
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Very good, like iv said before iv drove a 1.4 MG in the passed and thry areprettygood gor a 1.4, engine revs nicely, has a kick just before you hit peak power.

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Nice little daily you've got there mate :thumbsup:


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good to see you back on here buddy :thumbsup:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:00 pm 
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Nice daily drive mate

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Miss mk3 fiestas tbh.

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Excellent, and good luck with the headgasket too bud :thumbsup:

I have a mate who had one of these, drives like an old woman and he still managed to smash 2 headgaskets in just over a year :lol:

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I keep a keen eye on the water level and temp gauge and no issues as of yet. If it goes I'll just keep fixing lol

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The Head Gaskets are very susceptible to corrosion. The trick is to change the coolant regularly.

There's a reason the K-series is fine in the Caterhams and Lotus', and that is that they're services properly and not just topped up at <insert shit national chain garage here>

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Everyone loves Mk3 fiestas Paul lol

Hopefully mg keeps being reliable

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Had an 8v 1.4 k-series metro breifly. That engine was the best. flew!

I'm looking to wire in some usb ports. any tips? isn't usb 5v?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:36 pm 
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That's a good point about giving it fresh coolant more often!

Just about to hit 61k now, so really do need to sort the belt / pump etc etc, so will do it all in a oner.

Op, the USB ports were off ebay, and have a little box inline to the wiring which turns the 12v to 5v, I wired them into the ignition live circuit and bobs your uncle!

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So, after my fun with this...
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I needed a window, which I replaced, but soon came apparent that my electric window regulator was well and truely knackered, most likely due to the force of a massive stone being launched through it...

So onwards to the scrapyard on a sunny saturday morning, and low and behold... no chuffing electric window in 3 door rover/mg/200/25/zr's :lol:
So went out with a wind up and down like a 80's car mechanism, with the idea in my head of making it fit with the electric motor from mine!
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Of course I didn't just go without fitting some things in my box, and I also went to the other scrapyard to have a look too....

Came out with Electric Mirrors and switch (plug and play mod!)
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Foglights (not such plug and play and need activating on the ECU, but will probably wire them in myself, need a specific mk2 zr switch and people know they are rare!)
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Some random bulbs (im tight!) and some clips for my doorcards!
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MK1 Zr Passenger side dash cubby hole thing! & Replacement center dash as I broke an air vent and my aftermarket clock fell out :lol:
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Full inlet manifold with injectors and wiring loom, which I need for my LPG conversion!
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Also came out with mudflaps, but the rears dont fit my mg bumper, and a fuel filler flap but it was the wrong shade of red!


Anyways, here we go:

Regulator mod/bodge/fix/whatever :lol:
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Works perfectly!!!

Cleaned the window tint gunk off the window from the scrappers! Thinners and nail varnish removal shite! Burnt in my cuts ha
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Sprayed the fog/indicator surrounds black!
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Fitted the fogs too
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And sorted the dash!
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BOOM!

Next on the list, LPG Conversion which is being delivered tomorrow.
Replace backbox.
Replace some tyres.
Tracking.
That's about it!

Currently doing 40mpg too, which is better than the books stated 36mpg!

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nice work!

more black details?

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Nice bit of work there mate :thumbsup:

Will keep an eye out for a fog light switch if they are that rare :) Think a few of these end up in the scrappy round me so you never know :D

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Great work Paul :thumbsup:

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Cheers guys!

TBH I wouldn't know what else to do black!

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Looks like a pretty cool project Paul :)

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Black wheels are tempting me hmm

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do it!

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