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Ryan_G1
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21st Nov 10 at 19:59   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

When I took the Corsa off the road at the start of the year. It was only ment to be for a couple of weeks, so my mum kindly gave me her MG to use when the Corsa was getting worked on. But a few weeks turned into nearly a year, and the MG started to get a bit neglected with me just jumping in and out of it with overalls on.

The Car is an MG ZR 1.4 105+, 2003. It has the half leather interior, sideskirts and 17" straights as standard. But thats all. Didnt come with electric windows, mirrors, front fogs ect. Also has drum brakes at the rear and shitty solid discs at the front which ment brake fade was a bastard on it

Couldnt find any pics of it on my computer. This one from Google will do.



So the 1.4 started to leak quite a bit of oil from the rocker cover, the brakes were shit because they are solid discs and the car was in need of a good clean.

I had 2 Rover 200 Vi's which were to be stripped and scrapped. I took both the engines out of the Rovers, both disc brake back axles, front brakes, and the electric window motors and wiring looms for them.

One of the Rovers stripped





Once the Rovers were stripped I could get the MG in and start doing some work on it. The night before I took it off the road i had a little bump







Bent the back axle Didnt matter because it was getting changed anyway.

The new disc brake back axle fitted, with new discs and pads.



As the 1.4 that was in it had an oil leak and was quite slow, I decided to do a conversion to the MG as I had the 2 engines out of the Rovers. They are 1.8 16v VVC engines with 145bhp.

So I set about removing the engine from the MG.





Once the engine was out, i set about removing the gearbox and flywheel from the old 1.4 engine as I wanted to use that gearbox on the new 1.8. I also fitted a new clutch, timing belt, alt belt, p/s belt and service kit.

The MG's do come standard with a newer style of this engine with 160bhp, one of the main differences is the throttle body which is larger on the ZR engine. So I sourced a throttle body from an MG ZR 160. The pic shows the difference in them.



Once that was done, it was time to get the engine in. I didnt get any pics of it when it was going in because my hands were full

This is how its currently looking as of yesterday night.





Everything is done except for the wiring, Im going to the local Rover garage to get the wiring diagrams tomorrow so it will hopefully be running tomorrow night. I will keep this updated as I do more work to it

Mark B
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21st Nov 10 at 20:08   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

looking good
davieslim
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21st Nov 10 at 20:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

thats cool, i was messing with a vvc engine from a mgf on thursday, didnt realise just how much they differe from the normal k series engines
Ryan_G1
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21st Nov 10 at 20:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Bottom end is the same, its the head and inlet thats the difference. 3 camshafts

I like them though, under rated engines the vvc

[Edited on 21-11-2010 by Ryan_G1]
davieslim
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the 2 small inlet shafts are more like 4 even smaller shafts lol, i was confuddled by the whole thing
Ryan_G1
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21st Nov 10 at 21:10   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

LOL and the vvc mech's are quite funky too
davieslim
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yeah, its like 2 timing covers and that random shaft that goes through the head as well lol

anyway, we cars mint
Ryan_G1
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21st Nov 10 at 21:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Aye its no bad Davie, will be a good sleeper when its finished
Ryan_G1
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22nd Nov 10 at 22:41   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Never got much done today, been busy running about doing other things.

Got a set of foglights from a ZR 160 at the scrappies today

Mark B
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22nd Nov 10 at 22:42   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Ryan_G1

Got a set of foglights from a ZR 160 at the scrappies today




Ryan_G1
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DannyB
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22nd Nov 10 at 22:47   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Nice work Ryan
Ryan_G1
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Cheers Danny, progress will stop tomorrow as ive got a couple of other jobs in
DannyB
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You still got the Astra or has that gone now?
Ryan_G1
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Done a deal with my dad to pay off some debt Means I can still use it whenever I want, result.

On the downside, I had it out today and the turbo blew up VXR turbo anyone?
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Fucking hell mate no luck at all eh
Ryan_G1
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22nd Nov 10 at 23:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

No mate, everything I drive blaws up

Maybe my right foot is too heavy
MarkSport
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I love these. I may be getting another zs soon (3rd one)

imo the vvc is a very good engine. people will slag them off with "watch the head gasket" comments but if cared for correctly and not thrashed on cold then they're bullet proof. keep it up
VrsTurbo
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if your gonna do it! why not the tomcat engine?!
Ryan_G1
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Ive had one with a tomcat engine in it, They are good fun but imo too heavy a lump. Plus as stated above, I had the 2 vvc engines anyway so its not costing me money!

MarkSport- Zs's handle superbly for a standard car, same with this.

Yeah most people slag them for HG failure, but most of the people who slag them havent owned one before.

As you soid if there looked after properly there fine. The 1.4 that came out the ZR had donr 60k, had its hole booted everyday and never let me down once. Alright it was leaking oil from the rocker cover but thats fuck all.
8vcorsa
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8th Dec 10 at 21:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

nice that m8
Archie
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9th Dec 10 at 10:35   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Beast ! I thought you were rippin the pish when you told me lol.

Whys the plate off it ?

I mind the Turbo ZR that was the boy.
flybikeslee
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yellow cars are for homos
hazzacorsa
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nice work mate looks good
Ryan_G1
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Because I got an ASBO in it with the plate on it

Aye the ZR turbo was fun, so was the 200 bubble turbos.

Didnt you have a yellow octivia lee?

 
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