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Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199321

Hi all,

Long time (old) petrolhead, fiddler and amateur welder here, I bought an MGF as I was looking for a fun project and one turned up locally which seemed to fit the bill (head gasket = done), it’s a bit of an on-the-road mess but it’s coming along.. and I’m discovering the joys of MGF ownership and discovering what delinquent previous keepers have attempted all in one happy journey.. anyway, I thought I’d better join as the site has been a valuable resource when trawling for answers to the eternal questions such as ‘why do the windows leak’, ‘why does the roof leak’ and ‘why do the windows STILL leak’ :lol: :lol:

Anyway, here’s a pic, I’m based near Brighton and I’m sure I’ll be posting stupid questions over the coming weeks so please be patient :)

Just to add, it’s a 2001 1.8 in Anthracite.. and I’m up early this morning fitting a burgundy hood! Much tea and swears incoming no doubt :P

Tom

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Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199325

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Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199352

Hi Tom,

Welcome from a fellow new member of the forum!

I'll no doubt have the same bunch of questions as you when I start to use mine a bit more...
Probably mostly about roof leaks, rust and misfires....

Cheers
Darren
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Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199356

Welcome to the most helpful MG F/TF Forum!
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Re:Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199359

Hi Tom,

Welcome from a fellow new member of the forum!

I'll no doubt have the same bunch of questions as you when I start to use mine a bit more...
Probably mostly about roof leaks, rust and misfires....

Cheers
Darren


Hi fellow new person Darren,

Well, over the weekend I’ve had to become somewhat of a master of roof leaks, window adjustment and door alignment with the help of forum articles, google and the workshop manual.. so if I can help or pass on any of what I’ve learnt, do shout! :lol:

Tom


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Re:Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199365

Welcome aboard. :)
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Re:Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199381

Cheers Tom, I may just have to ask about door alignment, my driver door is way out - almost looks like it is open from behind!

I'll have a dig around the forum and see if I feel brave enough to have a go at it...

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Re:Re:Good Morning! 5 months 2 weeks ago #199385

Cheers Tom, I may just have to ask about door alignment, my driver door is way out - almost looks like it is open from behind!

I'll have a dig around the forum and see if I feel brave enough to have a go at it...


I had a similar issue, you need a ratchet and a torx bit to fit the striker plate (which the latch locks onto, attached to the door frame), if you loosen it you can tap it until it moves in a bit then tighten it and try shutting the door, small movements are best, make sure that you wind the two rubber ‘stops’ in on the edge of the door first, as these might have been wound out to compensate! You can wind them out to suit once the door fits better! Also, before I start I draw round the striker with a marker, it gives you a reference as you can move it in any direction so it’s good to see just how much and where you’re going :)
Lastly, if you move the door a lot, you may need to adjust your windows when you’ve finished, there’s a decent guide to it on here, however, make a note of how your window sits in the seal before you start.. and it WILL be frustrating.. but it’s amazing once it works, which it will! :lol:


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Re:Re:Good Morning! 5 months 1 week ago #199392


I had a similar issue, you need a ratchet and a torx bit to fit the striker plate (which the latch locks onto, attached to the door frame), if you loosen it you can tap it until it moves in a bit then tighten it and try shutting the door, small movements are best, make sure that you wind the two rubber ‘stops’ in on the edge of the door first, as these might have been wound out to compensate! You can wind them out to suit once the door fits better! Also, before I start I draw round the striker with a marker, it gives you a reference as you can move it in any direction so it’s good to see just how much and where you’re going :)
Lastly, if you move the door a lot, you may need to adjust your windows when you’ve finished, there’s a decent guide to it on here, however, make a note of how your window sits in the seal before you start.. and it WILL be frustrating.. but it’s amazing once it works, which it will! :lol:


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Thanks for the info! Very helpful.

I'll give it a go on the next dry day that I'm off work. My windows sit against the seals, and water can get in, mostly when washing and not in the rain luckily. Hopefully when I adjust things I'll have a better seal....then I have to try and seal the hard top - it lets more water in at the front than the soft top...

All part of the fun of F/TF ownership!

Cheers
Darren

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