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  • deepfat created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Not sure if this will work as it's the first time i've attempted to attach a picture.
    In the picture you can see my binnacle has cracked exactly where the white nylon mounting inserts into the binnacle and this introduces a spreading load into the binnacle as they open to accept the screw.
    When I replaced the binnacle I took out these nylon mounts and replaced them with a speedclip which is also in the photo. I glued these to the back of the binnacle with contact adhesive, this allows the clip to self centre if you have not got it exactly lined up and means they stay in place when you remove the screws in future.
    This changes what was a spreading load into a compression load that the binnacle can handle much easier, if your doing any work in this area it will only take a few minutes and may save an expensive binnacle.

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  • deepfat created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Three times I have needed to take the instrument shroud off the binnacle lately, each and every time I attempt to unplug the instrument dimmer and the wing mirror adjuster then give up and move it to the side still connected. The how to's are brilliant and would be even better if the photo's were still there, can anything be done about this? I intend to do a couple of how to's and I will do them from the viewpoint of a complete and utter idiot (me).
    Please don't just say unplug the cable explain exactly how preferably with a bloody big picture of the clip and its release mechanism, rant over.

    So has anyone got a bloody big picture of the cable connections with an explanation of what bit to pull/push, I think the white nylon one (mirror?) may have a bit snapped off prob the bit I have to push/pull, I have tried levering up what I think is the clip with a thin screwdriver but if I'm wrong I'll break it.
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  • Have you thought about widening your search, I know that sounds stupid when your 1/2 a world away but I think quite a few went to japan and dare I say it NZ, perhaps these area's have a spares market.
    I know language is a problem but the Kiwi's are getting better at it
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  • deepfat created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Final bit of the exhaust turned up today so I refitted it all, the only prob was the post CAT sensor position is slightly different and now doesn't reach the mounting, I presume using a cable tie to anchor it to something convenient will be OK?
    This is the 1st time I've worked with sensors and was dreading getting an engine management light come on, but fingers crossed she's up and running with no lights, bloody noisy though without the engine cover.
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  • deepfat replied to the topic Newbie in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Well done mate I hope you really enjoy it.
    One thing I will mention in your first post you talked of having the head gasket down, look on the various forums and the general advice seems to be leave well alone with the head, the cam belt/water pump yes it's a service item.
    We are close enough to probably pass each other at some point make sure you bloody wave:welcome:
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  • deepfat replied to the topic Newbie in MGF/TF Pitstop
    Mine's not what you would call well sorted and it's currently up in the air having the exhaust repaired so if you want to know what the layout is like underneath your welcome to have a look, I'm only 15 miles from Lynn at Holbeach.
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  • Thanks Steve, its done now defo engine cover off but what a pain just to unclip a plug!! at least I now know why on the rare occasions the hood is up it rattled, two of the clips weren't done up. Now all the hood is in this state I suppose when it's time to put it all together I will have to replace the window panel with the HRW one I bought ages ago.
    The exhaust parts should arrive Mon/Tue so the car should be back together on ?????????????????
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  • deepfat created a new forum post in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I'm about to drop the downpipe and need to disconnect the lambda sensor and I'm having difficulty following the wire, from a photo it appears the connector is at the end of the head. To access this do I need to remove the engine cover or is it possible to do it from the boot access, if so what do I remove here, airbox?. The cable is also attached to the engine near the downpipe is this a clip? or do I have to unbolt it (it's pretty dark down there0, is this the only clip?

    I intend when I locate the connector on the head to attach a string to it so when I disconnect it and pull it through I can pull it back again following the same route. Will I have problems doing this ie will it get caught on anything or is this bit simple.
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  • deepfat replied to the topic CAT stolen in MGF/TF Pitstop
    I hear what everyone's says about the exhaust band and I probably will end up leaving it off but I do have some questions.
    If this item serves no purpose why didn't MG Rover delete when they were trying to save every penny they could?
    Was it still fitted to the late LE500 models, I don't know the answer to this but if it was why?
    With all due respect the MG spares answer is business speak for "we will sell you this pointless strap for £50 but as we don't do one for the smaller exhaust it's not needed"
    Looking at how it all goes together the strap (if it was better quality) is there to support the CAT, the CAT has a solid mount to the backbox at one end but the other end has a "solid" mount to the downpipe which has a flexi in it, so not so solid/supportive. To my mind this means the weight of the CAT is almost entirely hanging on the backbox mount and this area will be subject to stress.
    It would be interesting to find out where backboxes fail most commonly, if it is around the area that the exhaust enters the box this is the area I think would be subject to stress.
    Being old I do have a Victorian attitude to engineering if a 1/2 inch mount will do make it 5/8 to be sure but I also appreciate an elegant solution, this is neither
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  • deepfat replied to the topic CAT stolen in MGF/TF Pitstop
    The general opinion seems to be that this part is not needed, I have asked the company who made the C3 one for a quote on a strap of the correct length so I await their reply and will make a decision then. The backbox is in remarkably good condition and if it's not the original I think it must be OE as it still has a fully functioning exhaust bypass valve ! I'm going to refit the backbox for now the new shiny SS will have to wait till next year.
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