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  • VVCJames created a new forum post in For Sale
    MGF VVC from 1999, 70k miles, HUGE folder of work with thousands spent in restoration and performance. Black leather interior, 5 spoke VVC alloys, AC, rare fog lights. Ultimate head gasket repair/ cure, CD/ MP3, airbag SRS, alarm and central locking with 2 keys and fobs, freshly waxed and valeted, full years MOT freshly serviced.

    I have owned this car now for 6 years, but having previously owned older classics I’m wanting another older classic so I am selling for an MGB GT. This car has been mainly a fun weekend car with some patches of daily driving when my daily has let me down. Its been to many car shows and car meets, and is lots of fun to drive. In my ownership I have spent thousands and thousands on restoration and maintenance but also on performance and cosmetic mods/ upgrades.

    - Uprated full stainless performance exhaust system including manifold with downpipe, flexi, and back box (still has cat)(a little louder tuned sound than normal but not intrusive or OTT)
    - Uprated 52mm throttle body,
    - Cold air feed and smooth alloy induction kit with performance filter,
    - Uprated drilled and grooved disks with mintex pads
    - MG TF Full black leather interior including seats in excellent condition and black leather and alloy door cards, alloy gear knob and new black and blue gators.
    - Full pioneer sound system including MP3/ CD/ AUX/ Tuner head unit, door speakers, and rear speakers in a TF sound “T Bar” (audio sound is great but it’s subtle/ factory looking)
    - Trophy front splitter
    - Trophy front lights (black rather than chrome)
    - Alloy mesh grilles
    - Heated glass rear window.
    - ULTIMATE HEADGASKET CURE! See below…

    Some other repairs done (more in folder, too many to list)
    - New clutch
    - New clutch slave cylinder
    - Good used low miles gearbox
    - New shock absorbers and other suspension parts
    - Head gasket and engine rebuild (again see below, 3k miles ago)
    - New cat (500 miles ago)
    - New alternator (10k miles ago)
    - New coil pack and leads
    - 4 new toyo tyres and tracking
    - New under body coolant pipes

    HEAD GASKET, the downfall of the F, not any more! After the dreaded milk on dipstick 3k miles ago I took the car to a well known specialist, who told me the gasket had failed and head was no good, also the cylinder liners had sunk and pitted. After talking to them and much research I decided to do the “ultimate” head gasket fix, this is to strip the engine, fit new cylinder liners and shim to correct height (new crank shells also fitted), supplied tested and good skimmed used head, with MLS uprated head gasket, measured/ replaced stretch bolts, uprated lower oil rail (this helps give the engine more rigidity and is the final extra step to stopping the issue for good), new water pump (and cam belts and tensioner), new thermostat and cap and thoroughly test the cooling system. This all came to over £1000 and came with a year’s warranty I’ve not had to use. The engine was ran in gently over the next 750 miles and oil changed and is now perfect and in excellent health. No overheating, no mayo, no water loss and should never fail again. Since its been on holiday with me this year where its been in traffic and hot weather its had no issue.

    In the interest of honesty, this is an excellent car but as expected at this age it has a few minor downsides, the single speed heater fan does not work, the AC radiator is removed for better air flow to the engine rad, there is some minor scratches on the front bumper from the hedge where it is parked. A few minor age related marks.
    These are really minor points in my opinion, especially as the body and underside are rust free and the interior and engine are like new.
    Comes with (if you want) additional set of 4 six spoke 1. 8i alloy wheels with legal tyres and a fifth five spoke vvc alloy for a spare.

    These cars are appreciating in value, especially the high spec VVC like this one. Faster, less rusty and more practical than an MX5, more economical than a Z3 and not as pricey as a Boxter, what’s not to love. These are characterful little sports cars, that are very usable and enjoyable and don’t have all the draw backs of older classics. (Even get 40+mpg)

    £2950, sold as seen. Call me for more details and pictures/ videos, or to arrange viewing and test drive (with proof of insurance). This is not a cheap basket case rot box or overheating mess, it’s a great well sorted loved car and I don’t need immediate sale, I’m not entertaining silly low offers, I’d rather keep it. Thanks, James. Call me on 07762756849.

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  • VVCJames created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Hi all, at the risk of getting shouted at and told to find the search bar :P I need new tyres.

    I've currently for Toyo proxy's (arrow shape tread) and have found them god awefull (although I know many/most swear by them). Back end steering by its self lots.

    After much searching I seem to be looking at falken 914
    205/50/15 XL on the rear
    185/55/15 or 195/50/15 on the front.

    First up is this correct on a 98 f vvc with 5 spoke 15" wheels.

    Where are people finding these, especially the ones for the rear as I can't seem to get them anywhere.

    Thanks, James.
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  • VVCJames replied to the topic Mayo, NOT HGF in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Just to conclude the thread.... Oh dear.

    Started loosing lots of water suddenly. Took it to mg rover mobile mechanics in derby. Sunken liners, pitted soft head, and bad hgf.

    £1030 later.... Mayo is gone

    She had new liners, new shells, shimmed new liners, new MLS gasket, new used skimmed head, new uprated oil rail, new cap, belts, tensioner, water pump, and thermostat for good measure.

    Hopefully it won't go again, 12 month warranty for price of mind.
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  • VVCJames replied to the topic Mayo, NOT HGF in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Aah, ok that makes sense, I did uch up my jubilee clip on some hoses at the back of the engine shortly before the steaming incidents, as they were very only just on, I wonder if one is leaking or kicked now. I will take off the engine cover and have a look this weekend or after work this week.

    So frustrating as it's driving the best it has in a very long time and 99% of the drive has no trouble....

    Thanks
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  • VVCJames replied to the topic Mayo, NOT HGF in MGF/TF Pitstop
    UPDATE

    Up to now, given it gives me little to no bother, i have just left it like this, and ran the car as is. But recently it overheated - cold heaters, steam out back, temp gauge suddenly at top - so i stopped and let it cool down, but the water level never got beneath a quarter on the tank. i assumed the cap to be at fault and got a new one, its been fine for about 150 miles, not lost a drop of coolant, then today again the same thing, after about an hour and a half of spirited driving in the country mixed with slower town driving, only this time heaters went cold, temp gauge went up to 3/4, so pulled in and turned off, the expansion tank was full (it was half full at the start of the journey) and no steaming. After 15 mins or so ive driven 5 miles home, its then on half way again (and drove home perfect, red hot heaters, one notch under half way on the gauge etc).

    Very confused, how can i temporarily gain coolant, why suddenly is it doing this on 2 different caps, surely i dont have this badder luck with caps, any ideas? or is this a nod at me being in denial about hgf?

    Thanks, James
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  • VVCJames created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Hi, about 2 years ago my car was in at a then mates garage having new pollybushes all round plus a new gearbox ..... We then fell out over some truly terribly work he did on my land rover and he tried ripping me off over some other work.... I got the car back and working, but I know he didn't fit all the Polly bushes, annoyed I just drove it half Polly half rubber, but I'm now getting some odd feeling back end, very wondering and it doesn't seem to pick up speed very well feels like it's bogging.

    So, when I got the car back I did find a bag of unused bushes, I'm going to get my local garage to Finish the job 2 years on... But want to make it easy for him, so, what bushes do I have left.... Name that bush! Thanks, James


    I'll start,
    4= tie bar bush :D
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  • VVCJames replied to the topic Mayo, NOT HGF in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Thanks for the replies, it definatly looses no water, and with the dry weather recently it's all but disappeared, so, where can water from rain get in? I have already got a new dipstick filler neck and lower pipe and gasket. Could the cold air feed be a cause, cold aluminium tubing moving the filter to just behind the passenger seat belt mount.
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  • VVCJames created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Hi all, I've had my F for about 4 years now and love it to bits but having got my dream TVR recently im looking at reluctantly selling. But, my car has the dreaded mayo on the dipstick....

    Some backstory, it had HGF shortly after buying, it had the head skimmed, new pipework and relocated thermostat, new updates head gasket and me being very anal and careful to check the fans work yearly.

    For 2 years no mayo, happy days, then slowly but surely I started to get mayo up the dipstick, not chocolaty gloop at the bottom but white stuff up the dipstick from the max mark up.
    I loose no coolant
    It doesn't ever overheat
    Its temp guage sits happy at one mark under half
    No oil in water, or oil down block.
    Work is over an hour away so it gets a good drive.
    I've had Russel out who said it looks like condensation and pressure tested the coolant and it passed and to run it without the dipstick in and itle burn it off. It does, but returns seemingly next time it rains, but not 100% sure of the correlation (England being so..... Not dry)
    I've chainged the oil twice and done a flush. New kn oil filter....

    It has me beat, as it's never caused trouble I've left it, but when coming to sell, noone in their right mind will believe me.

    So, what else can cause this?, I've heard of some pads behind the breather hoses, do they exist? Do they block? I've picked through and checked the hoses and holes are clear.


    Many thanks
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