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  • Jeff Turbo
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    Sorry to hear that John, Best of luck with it

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  • John C
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    This car is currently looking for a new home, urgently.

    It is outside under a cover and I'm conscious that it will degrade if left out for too long in the elements. Is anyone interested in taking it on?

    It was MOTd before being parked up, and is currently located near Silverstone circuit, NORTHANTS.

    It's a Stage Rally '84 MG Maestro 1600 in decent order which is eligible for Category 4 Historic Rallying.

    I don't have much time to use it (or work on it). Anyone interested in using it? I can co-drive for you, or vice versa. Or we can each use it for the events we want to do. Or you can take it on for a year or 2 and do some events.

    Open to suggestions really.

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  • John C
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    Car back from Angus.

    Stuff to go onto the Jobs List
    where is all the missing kit from inside the car?
    Is there enough fuel in the car?
    Front tyres don't hold air for more than 2-4 weeks approx
    Flat battery
    Needs an Accumate charging lead on the battery (sticking out of the battery box)
    Needs the Jump Lead connection points in engine bay labelling clearly (and/or photographing)
    Low coolant sensor needed
    Is it leaking coolant? (it had lost a lot of coolant during its drive north and there was a trail of water on the tarmac near house!)
    Replace existing coolant (probably too weak as it was re-filled with a hosepipe!) with distilled water and anti-freeze
    Blow from exhaust manifold?
    Bonnet stay needs affixing properly
    Where is the switch to turn on the black stalk light above co-driver's seat?
    Engine Kill cable needs a screw-lug on the end (after cable goes through hole in red T-handle). If cable isn't long enough it will need to be replaced. T-handle needs a slot cutting in it so that it can be removed from car inbetween outings (for security).
    Test drive car


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  • John C
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    ACW

    Full kit (2 front windows no sliders, 2 rear windows, 2 quarterlights & a rear window) = 155.40+ VAT
    each slider is +21 + VAT

    Full kit (2 front windows with sliders, 2 rear windows, 2 quarterlights & a rear window) = 256.98 inc VAT & delivery

    Full kit (2 front windows IN HARD COAT POLY with sliders, 2 rear windows, 2 quarterlights & a rear window) = 340.90 inc VAT & delivery

    Tinted (for all windows except the front to be tinted) as it doesn't show up the scratches as much as clear poly. Grey tint = light metallic blue during day and looks black in eve. Or try Bronze (like a 2 pence coin).

    Black edge: primer paint or can get a sign writer to do it.

    Can get rear window made to same size as old one -check if each window is fitted into rubber seal, or if it is a larger size (so send it to the firm so they can replicate its size).
    2-2.5 weeks to make the windows.

    Fitting kit 8.20 + VAT
    5m neoprene rubber 4mm depth x 10mm wide (self-adhesive on one side so that you can still remove/change the window if required). Stick this around the edge of the poly panel to stop water ingress.
    40 stainless nuts/bolts Nyloc (so you don't overstress/crack the pol when bolting it up)

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  • John C
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    Info on how to put lateral bars into car (to bolt the seat mounts down onto):

    https://www.fia.com/regulation/category/123
    253 - Safety Equipment
    p22 of 38

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  • John C
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    Thanks, yes I phoned Templar and he also sent me a free sample kit of each type/tint of plastic -v helpful chap.

    I could buy a large sheet of plastic and use the existing plastic windows as templates to cut the new ones with a jigsaw (anything except an angle grinder will work, I'm advised), but they will be a bit rough on edges so will still need finishing by hand.

    However, getting the sheet is not cheap. How big would it need to be to do all -there are all manner of sizes of sheet available?. Unlike the factory, I won't have loads of offcuts lying around to make the smaller windows cheaply

    http://www.plasticsheets.org.uk/4mm-...ths-2396-p.asp
    2m x 2m 129.10 inc VAT


    http://www.plasticsheets.org.uk/4mm-...ide-2585-p.asp
    2m x 2m 249.92 inc VAT

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  • g200mss #146
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    Good to hear its now passed its MOT. Did you phone templar performance to get that price? I dont see it on their site. I was going to buy a few sheets and make my own but its seems cheaper to buy a kit, especially if sliders are included

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  • John C
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    The car's now passed its MOT after a minor brake imbalance issue was sorted out.

    Considering plastic windows for it from:
    http://www.plastics4performance.com/...ult/?q=maestro
    http://www.templarperformance.co.uk/products.html 280+VAT (inc a slider in both the front windows, and black border on rear screen) 4mm Lexan (scratch resistant stuff is 1.7 times more expensive but will last at least twice as long before getting too scratched) -will last about 4 years before they get too scratched (longer if its not used for gravel rallying
    http://www.murraymotorsport.com/t/pr...s-and-material
    http://www.acwmotorsportplastics.co.uk/about-us.html

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  • John C
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    Beespeed did nothing at all on the car and let me down on the arrangement, so I've had to take it back -very disappointing.

    It's now at Autoskills. Here's their initial update:


    The spares in the back- 3 rims with tyres, all look good but will double check and get back to you.
    - 2 rims without tyres, rims look in good order.
    - Under-tray- do you know if it has bolts/nuts/screws with them?
    - Gear Box- do you know where it has come from? what should we do with it ETC.
    The maestro came with one flat tyre- NSF.
    The car has signs where it has been left for a while - Paint Faded, moss around the car will send you another email with more details.
    The car came with a flat battery like literally flat ( no lights were on when ignition is on, the battery will be charged)
    No fuel in the car.

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  • John C
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    Here's one person's list of what the car might need -but it's only an opinion and needs to be verified (some of it is definitely unnecessary):

    Larger Petrol Tank
    Plastic side and rear windows
    Exhaust manifold as its cracked
    Bumpers front and back before its painted
    Battery box to move from where it is to accomodate a larger petrol tank
    Gear linkages need new rosejoints
    Alloy sheet for tankguard
    Sumpguard needs modifying as it's too low
    battery box & battery

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  • John C
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    the manuals given to Nick for Sean...

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  • John C
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    The car leaving the college on BEESPEED's trailer...

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  • John C
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    and gone to BEESPEED in Caernarfon
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beesp...60939407529930
    for upgrading and then hiring out as a Historic rally car...

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  • John C
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    The car has now left Myerscough College...

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  • John C
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    Now liaising with Paul Loveridge & HRCT to confirm exactly what car eligible/ineligible for
    http://hrct.co.uk/contact/

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