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Old 12th July 2019, 11:08   #51
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I'm impressed! Who made it?
Can't remember off hand, it was a few years ago. I do remember the Hermes delivery driver asking what it was as the depot were taking bets on its identity
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It wont be the mechanical parts that kill these cars, it will be the electronics. For example you must have an indication that the fog lights are on the for the MOT. Where is that warning light? How many of our cars have dodgy displays that will still be operating in another 10 or 15 years? Yes a bulb could be wired up but think of all the other electronics that keep the car on the road like the ECU, ABS and body control module.

Some of this can be swapped from other cars but in the end it wont be viable or there will be nobody left with the correct software to do it.

I think the death of these cars will be a 2p diode or capacitor making a warning light come on or not if it should.

The joy of old cars like the E type is that anything electric is fixable or replaceable.

If I was planning to keep my ZT for ever I would be buying up all the electronics, getting them coded to your car and wrapping them up in tissue paper, bubble wrap and silica gel until the day I need them.
The fog light on illumination is on the dash, one facing left, one right, indicating front and rear
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Old 12th July 2019, 11:24   #52
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Those survival figures in FINLAND and NETHERLANDS are interesting. Impressive even.

However, my dealings with MG and Rover owners worldwide over the years shows time and again, these cars are more highly regarded elsewhere than in the Country where they were made. Rightly so.

Yes, and I do blame our UK FAKE news media for creating the "Foreign Good, British Rubbish" mindset where reporting anything home indigenous UK manufacturing related is involved. Signs are that IS changing but far too late after all these years of negative poison by those responsible. The damage is done and is permanent.

Perhaps I can best illustrate this with a couple of interesting "mindset" observations.

1] My always buys German friend and neighbour is convinced the reason MY MGs and Rovers are so reliable is because of their HONDA engines.

2] Advertised my Rover 620ti on the Firm's Notice Board about a dozen years ago. Colleague tried and drove it during the lunch break and I quote :~

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This Rover is faster than my 5-Series John!
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Who knew? Some of us did, he did not like so many of the brainwashed out there.

All very sad and disappointing for this car enthusiast and yes, for reasons already given, all too late now. The harm has been done and is permanent.

FOOL BRITANNIA!...............
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Old 12th July 2019, 15:23   #53
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Today I took delivery of a tank strap, rear o/s wishbone (both MOT advisories) and a door latch. The tank strap - well I found one new one on eBay and had it. I can't see any more available. MG Rover partfinder has one at Summit in Dudley (no they don't) and one in Holland.

So I popped next door to the metal fabricator and showed it to him, he said he could make one no problem. Thing is he's semi retired, so I could get him to do one or two maybe, but that's it.
I got two brand new tank straps last years around £38 if i remember genuine MG Rover ones too, there were not many left the either in 2018.
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ATHERSTONE MG ROVER specialist has T4 and i have no problem getting parts, there very good on the MG Rover cars, based in Atherstone near Tamworth.
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Thumbs up Change of heart today.

Where my cars are concerned, cosmetics are never near to top of my list of priorities. Change of heart today.

Years ago when I had a small fleet of MG Montego Turbos, I had specially made the MG Turbo Decals as fitted on the early cars from Cowley to the front doors and leading edge of the bonnet. My 1985 Car still has those door and bonnet decals. I never fitted the decals to the other cars mainly due to most of which got terminally vandalised.

I still have several MG Turbos though. All ZT 1.8Ts. So, ... see how they shape up on my ZTs. I have some sets in Dark Grey and Sky Blue. I think they shaped up just fine. Well I like 'em... a minor blast from the past reminder....

This sequence of images shows what was involved using Masking Tape to position and hold the Decals in place before careful removal of the Backing Paper :~



Careful alignment using Masking Tape as a guide is essential. :~









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Old 13th July 2019, 00:16   #56
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Those look good and remind me of Austin Rover 1984!!
just great
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Those look good and remind me of Austin Rover 1984!!
just great
Yes me too. Love a bit of subtle, tasteful low profile "bling". Here's one I've had for ages and still have it tucked away in my double garage :~



This was my very first Montego Turbo but, not my first Montego. I preferred the early ones. The wall, trees and shed behind the car have been replaced by a Double Garage ... my "Man Cave"..:~



Had quite a few over the years. :~


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Those survival figures in FINLAND and NETHERLANDS are interesting. Impressive even.
I think numbers are quite good, when originally BMW Rover Finland did sell around 355 Rover 75.
After that, there were also private imports from Europe too.

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However, my dealings with MG and Rover owners worldwide over the year's shows time and again, these cars are more highly regarded elsewhere than in the Country where they were made. Rightly so.
That is really true. Like in Finland, Rover's did never have this stigma "old people's car".
Certainly it was never a boy racer or first choice on person in their 20 either.
In here, Rover especially 75 is considered prestigious marque same like Jaguar etc.

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Yes, and I do blame our UK FAKE news media for creating the "Foreign Good, British Rubbish" mindset where reporting anything home indigenous UK manufacturing related is involved. Signs are that IS changing but far too late after all these years of negative poison by those responsible. The damage is done and is permanent.
I have always had this view, that the average British consumer, never appreciate the domestic cars like Rover. And that's really shame.

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MG John
love those MG montegos, always did, we had the 2.0 Petrol ones in minty green colour fantastic ones with the crinkle back lights ( Austin ones) then had the first of the Rover ones flush back lights 1989 F plater, it was red fantastic car.

I always wanted a MG Maestro tickford turbo in white but never captured one at the time now probably just two left!!, I think the MGZS 180 is todays tickford MG Maestro today, those are just about available.

we are going to miss BRITISH LEYLAND,AUSTIN MORRIS, AUSTIN ROVER, ROVER GROUP, MG ROVER......

When all the stock has gone..... the best engineers in the world who can work with £4.50 and make a car, Germany can make cars so can Japan, but i bet they could not with the money had to play with, two fag packets, class that!
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In 2022 they’ll be 75 and zts around but the mg rover car that’s at risk really is the MG ZR and ZS facelift and the zt I still see plenty around my area there’s one coming out of otley and he looks after massively


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