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replacing the starter motor 6 months 4 weeks ago #204580

Slide the engine into a “fat suit” put that in a wheel chair & send it over as a disabled passenger.
Just a thought.
M

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replacing the starter motor 6 months 4 weeks ago #204581

Emotional support engine ? I've needed one of them in the past.

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replacing the starter motor 6 months 4 weeks ago #204585

You have some very entertaining thoughts, Airportable. I do hope that your moniker is not an indication that you send your time flying hundreds of people around the world.........

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replacing the starter motor 6 months 4 weeks ago #204586

Emotional support is most certainly required currently..

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replacing the starter motor 6 months 4 weeks ago #204587

Here in Australia there are quite a few companies that specialise in freighting cars and parts from around the world, there are probably similar specialist companies based in the US, you might want to try and find one of those.
"Keep calm, relax, focus on the problem & PULL THE BLOODY TRIGGER"

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replacing the starter motor 6 months 4 weeks ago #204604

The Airportable / lightweight bit is a reflection of my time driving an ancient exMOD Land Rover. Rover produced a slight narrower vehicle ruggedised for throwing out of airplanes, the army became quite proficient at this & not always with a parachute.
When some of these came out of service it was found that they would sit comfortable on three wheels, so twisted we’re the chassis.
Mine sits plumb on its wheels due to it being assigned to RAF signals, they were proficient & chucking the army’s airportables out of Argosy’s (?). They were more careful with their own.
It’s too heavy for me now sadly & sits in the garden waiting for my son to take over ownership. But as he’s just became a dad again the old thing slips further down the urgency order.
M

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replacing the starter motor 1 month 3 weeks ago #206331

Six months ago I posted an entry under the heading “Replacing the starter motor”, based on the “diagnosis” of the AAA man who we called out when our MGF ground to an unscheduled stop.
Now, many thousands of dollars later, our MGF is back on the roads and looking good. To all those who responded to my post and have offered suggestions and help over the past six months, I offer my sincere thanks.
If you happen to receive the MG Driver magazine then you may have seen in the March/April 2024 edition a letter from Mark Jones to Dave Brawn about our car’s travails, covering the earlier part of the saga. I have emailed both Dave and Mark a summary of the activity that has occurred over the past few months leading up to the car’s resuscitation, which may appear in a subsequent issue.
In summary: the engine was found to be in a really bad state due to pistons and valves not being where they should be, but the cause was not the infamous K-series head gasket leak that had been predicted by both our garage in the UK and most of the MGF community in North America. At first sight this was puzzling, as the timing belt was also intact, but on closer examination it was found that a ribbon of the belt had come adrift along some of its length and had become caught up in the pulleys and ground the car to a very speedy and unplanned stop.
So, “Cobber”, from Australia, was, sadly, correct that a) the timing belt failed and b) we would need to replace the engine; “Notanumber” kindly informed us that he had searched the Internet and found a replacement VVC engine for sale in the UK, which we snapped up quickly – but not quick enough to miss a significant increase in what was already a very steep freight charge from the UK to Texas!! The suggestion from “Airportable”, however. to save freight costs by putting the engine into a “fat suit” in a wheel chair and sending it across the ocean as a disabled passenger did seem just a shade over the top!
One aspect that had not occurred to me was that the replacement engine is a few years younger than the car, so we needed to a) “cloud the issue” as to the age of the engine when bringing it through US Customs and b) overcome the fact that the car and the original engine were built using MEMS2 technology whereas the replacement engine has been built under MEMS3 standards. This may become an issue for other F owners in North America, as it seems that we are now set up on a combination of MEMS2 and MEMS3 electronics.
So, thanks again to Mark, Dave, Tom (who, despite being a Triumph man, took on the task of fixing our car and must surely now be considered one of the leading experts in Texas on the workings of an MGF) and the many members of NAMGBR and AMGA who have offered advice and encouragement to bring our F back to life.

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replacing the starter motor 1 month 3 weeks ago #206333

Has the new engine arrived with you or is it still in transit ?
2003 TF 135 sunstorm

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replacing the starter motor 1 month 3 weeks ago #206337

In Oz we have an expression that we use when we get it right……FIGJAM, it stands for fuck I’m good just ask me! 😆
"Keep calm, relax, focus on the problem & PULL THE BLOODY TRIGGER"

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replacing the starter motor 1 month 3 weeks ago #206338

Your modesty is to be admired!!

Thanks for the helpful input.

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replacing the starter motor 1 month 3 weeks ago #206339

Arrived, fitted and now running just fine, Thanks.

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replacing the starter motor 1 month 3 weeks ago #206340

FIGJAM ! ! If you are careful with your punctuation you can extract subtle nuances in its interpretation.
M

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