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OWNER :- Stuart Dunn


MAKE & MODEL :- MG TF 135 Sprint


YEAR:- 2002


COLOUR :- X-Power Grey


WHEN BOUGHT : - 2005


HISTORY  

Monogram Interior as optional extra. Only went to the garage to pick up a part from summit garage in Gornal for my ZR and fell in love with the TF, which is how I come to purchase mine.  

 

WHY AN MG?  

My grandfather worked at Longbridge, also my father has always owned Rover’s so the interest has simply spread. I see the marque as a historical one, and a marque of a true British sports car.

 

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

After going to collect the part at Summit, myself and My father took the TF for a test drive, fell in love but didn’t buy it. It was on the way back from a shopping trip in Chester, that I came across my TF at Brindley in Wolverhampton.


ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

X-Power Grey, LEF Metallic ( Part of the Tempest Grey family ) Tan leather interior with black alcantara centres, tan door cards and dash.


RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS

Front wings, and under body protection, Under bonnet and boot internals re-sprayed by myself, however I did make a right mess of the bonnet at one stage and had to get someone who knew what they were doing to put it right..  


MODIFICATIONS  

Bespoke Exhaust, 4-2-1 manifold by Janspeed, One off back Box. Up-rated EBC AP Brakes disks and pads. Gas flowed head along with Paul Ivey oversized valves. Head also blue printed to exhaust manifold and Inlet Manifold. Up-rated Cylinder liners. Uprated Valve Springs. Piper High lift Cams on Kent Vernier Pulley’s. Variable fuel pressure regulator running 3.9 Bar. SU KV6 Swan Neck throttle bodies, With ITG Race air filter, Bespoke Idle Air Control and Breather system Which I fabricated as was unable to get parts to enable fitment to the EU3 MEMS3 engine. ( Bodies From a Caterham R500 ) All of which now running on an Emerald K6 ECU. Very little acoustic panelling and a lot of brackets now made from aluminium for lightness.


MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Wide Band Lambda sensor to enable true AFR ( Air Fuel Ratios ) to be set by the ECU, which would be determined by ambient temperature and humidity or altitude, this would also make the engine more efficient. Carbon Fibre Boot lid, Fibre Glass rear bumper. The aim is to do as much as possible, without losing driveability or altering the look of the Car in anyway, MG Themselves made to good a job of making the thing look pretty so I don’t have to.


INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE

Heritage run, 2008 Gaydon Warwickshire. Brilliant run. Also the surprised face of an Audi TT driver who wanted to be in my lane on the way back from Bromsgrove, priceless!


TIPS - TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE  

Check Water regular, Run EBC Brake Disks. Wrap your Exhausts, Best mod for £10.

 


Stuart Dunn

OWNER :- Peter Dunn


MAKE & MODEL :-  MGF  1.8 i


YEAR :- 1998


COLOUR :- Anthracite

 

HISTORY  First registered in Chester December 1998.


WHEN BOUGHT:-  October 2008

 

WHY AN MG?

I’ve always liked the MGF as well as most other MG models. Spares are readily available and at the moment are easily obtainable. There are quite a number of MG clubs, of which I’m a member of a few, so altogether a good experience.


WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

 I first saw my MGF advertised in Auto express, it was actually purchased from a private seller only 3miles from where I live.


ORIGINAL CONDITION INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

 The car is mostly original although I have changed the door cards for Mk 2 one’s and Ive changed the leather steering wheel for a walnut veneered one.


RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS

Small aspects of paint work on the sill joints and Wing support brackets.

MODIFICATIONS  

1mm skim taken off the cylinder head, inlet and outlet valves enlarged by 2mm on diameter, VVC plenum, bespoke exhaust, Spax adjustable shock absorbers to improve handling. AP 2 pot front brake callipers, EBC grooved and drilled brake discs, EBC green stuff brake pads.  Trophy alloys have been fitted to accommodate the AP callipers.


MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Possibly an Emerald ECU, also a trophy front spoiler.


INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE

MGfest 2009, MGfifteen 2010, Arden run 2011&2012, Mg’s in the trees 2011&2012. Various local classic car shows.


TIPS - TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE  

 With the MGF a close eye must be kept on the coolant level, if there is a significant drop in the coolant level then the dreaded head gasket failure must be suspected.  


Peter Dunn

MGF & TF

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OWNERS :-  Les & Lorraine Jones

MAKE & MODEL :- MGF Steptronic

YEAR:- 2001

COLOUR :- Solar Red

WHEN BOUGHT : -  2007


HISTORY

Bought from a couple living in Cambridge who where emigrating to Austraila, they had it from new. Collected on a Friday night during fading light in a rainstorm. The car was fantastic on the drive home so no problems with mechanicals, however in the daylight we discovered numerous marks in the door wells (from the seatbelts) and the whole offside paintwork was peppered with white paint (from road marking we think). Of course they didn’t want to know (sold as seen) so we set about transforming the bodywork to ‘as new’ condition. It took lots of hard work, we didn’t want to re-paint so every splash/spot of white paint had to be flicked off using ‘believe it or not’ my thumb nail. Once all the white paint had gone  it was Meguires clay, clean, polish, wax and lots of elbow grease did the rest. The door wells had to be filled and painted by a local garage.

  

WHY AN MG?

We had 4k to spend , it had to be British, open top motoring, modern mechanicals but a future classic. An MG was the only choice.

 

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

Searched for a couple of months on the internet, eventually found on e-bay. Steptronic in red, exactly what we were after.


ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

Solar Red, condition not good as described above. Original interior was black leather/cloth with black, black and black.  


RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS

Just the touching up of the seat belt damage in the door wells by a local garage and the self punishment of reviving the paintwork ‘I loved it really’.  


MODIFICATIONS  

Custom built Exhaust and back box, 4-2-1 manifold and sports cat by Scorpion. Stainless steel exhaust shield cover. Up-rated EBC AP Brakes, ultimax disks and green stuff pads front and rear. Stainless braded brake hoses. Taipan cold air induction. 52mm throttle body. TF solid sub-frame mounts and cross braces front/rear. Gaz adjustable shocks.

Trophy front and rear spoilers. MGF Trophy 16” alloy wheels with toyo proxies. Stainless Steel woven mesh front and side grilles. Chrome lexus style rear lights. Chrome wiper arms/blades.

Full leather interior including:-  Seats, side pods, gear stick/hand break gaiters, tonnou cover (all cream). Dashboard, Door cards, centre console, Tee bar, Arm rest, Window surrounds (black). Steering wheel (cream/black).

Chrome:- Roll hoops with etched Perspex wind deflector. Hood latches and hooks. Engine grille cover. Seat belt tidies and guides. Battery cover and clamp. Radiator mounts. Horn brackets. Bonnet catch and striker. Bonnet stay. Bonnet release. Door and boot catches.

Polished aluminium door pins/collars, cigarette lighter, centre console and air vents. Stainless steel under bonnet nuts and bolts. Black TF sun visors. New speedster soft top. Pioneer CD/Radio.


MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Never really got on with the lexus lights so am changing to  quads, not decided on weather to use the fiat coupe lights or change to LED‘s.  Water level sensor kit. Electric boot release (only locked the keys in twice),


INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE

Every run in the MG is interesting and enjoyable however the Isle of White meet in September is always a great weekend ‘its not happening in 2013‘. The MG Royal Heritage Festival in 2009 was a great weekend, a bit expensive but quite an experience. Met the duke and his dew drop ‘it was a little on the cold side’,


TIPS - TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE  

I agree with Stu - in your F/TF check water regular, keep your eye on the temp gauge and look in the rear view mirror for a steam cloud following you. IF IN DOUBT STOP.

 


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OWNER :-James Pace


MODEL :-  MG TF 135 80th year anniversary


YEAR :-  2004


COLOUR :- Silver

 

WHEN BOUGHT : - I purchased my TF in December 2012.  

 

WHY AN MG?  

I have always loved the elegant and sporty look of the MG TF ever since I saw my first one on the road. I searched long and hard for nearly 2 years to my perfect TF.

 

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

I eventually found the TF I have been searching so long for on eBay. The car was located in Dorset so I had to make sure it was the one as it is a long journey from the midlands. The seller kept it as a weekend car so it had low mileage (36K), 2 owners from new, full service history and was the model I was looking for. It all seemed to good to be true. After looking through additional photos and talking to the seller on the phone I was sold. I jumped on a train the next day, which was a great experience, as I couldn’t sit still the whole way due to excitement! The seller kindly picked me up from the train station and took me to his garage where the car was stored. As soon as the garage door opened I fell in love.


ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

Seat centres are red suede with 1924 MG 2004 stitched into the up right of each seat. Centre of the door cards are also red suede. 80th year anniversary badge displayed between seats (car number 738 of 1600).  Chrome pack (door handles/ash tray). Wine red soft top.


RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS

Wheel arches re-sprayed where rust was coming through. Bonnet striped, prepped, re-sprayed and polished to eliminate all the stone chips that were on there. Timing belt changed (original Rover one was on there), plugs, filters, oil and coolant all changed. All this work was done within the first 4 months of owning her.


MODIFICATIONS  

Uprated Mintex drilled and profiled brakes disks fitted to front and rear with new Mintex pads. Rear callipers painted red to match the fronts. Underneath coolant pipes upgraded to stainless steel. TT Mrk 7 stainless steel exhaust fitted with twin back box. Linkage pipe also fitted.


MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Emerald ECU/re-map, Janspeed 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, refurbish all 4 alloys where past mechanics haven’t taped up their sockets! Sound system upgrade.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE

The journey from Dorset back to the Midlands to bring the car home was incredible! The lanes in Dorset were perfect to test out the handling and acceleration. The motorway was where I really stretched her legs!


TIPS - TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE  

Always un-zip rear window fully when folding back the roof to prevent splits in window (if  rear window is plastic).

  


James Pace

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Dave Ormerod

OWNER:- David Ormerod


MODEL:- MG TF 135 Sprint


YEAR:- 2003


COLOUR:- Trophy Blue

  

WHEN BOUGHT : - 2013


HISTORY

Originally Stuart’s Wife’s MG TF. She brought the car after their first holiday away, when Stu let her drive his TF, and she fell in love with it, so came back and brought this one.

 

WHY AN MG?  

We have had two MG B Roadster’s before (the last one we had for fourteen years) and have always had a keen interest in the Marque. I have been a committee member for the MG Car Club Midland Centre for 10 years, six of those were spent running the Curborough sprint meetings with the help of Gay who looked after the entry details.  

 

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

I was going to look at another TF over in Telford, and saw this one  

  

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS

Due to have the wheels refurbished, and have had the driver’s seat re-upholstered to help with my back problem.   


MODIFICATIONS  

Brakes and disks changed, new rear screen, HID Gas discharge Lighting, Service items, Inspection panel upgrade. New Scorpion Exhaust. The complete underside has been cleaned & re-undersealed.


MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Wheels could use a re-coat


INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE

Malcolm Garratt Run, Five day holiday in South East covering 500 miles.


TIPS - TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE  

Check Water regular, and upgrade the inspection panel on the driver’s side.

 

OWNER :- Alexandra Jones


MAKE & MODEL :- MG TF 135    


YEAR :- 2003


COLOUR :- Celestial Blue


WHEN BOUGHT : -

May 2014 2 previous owners.  Bought with very little history & only 6 weeks MOT. 16inch wheels replaced with new in 2012. Only done 300miles since the last MOT  

 

WHY AN MG?  

My Dad has owned his MGB for 30 + years. My Brother owns a ZR & works at MG spares. I have been attending the BCMG club events for 21 years, About time I had my own.

 

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

Advertised on the Auto Trader website.  We were the second people to view it; First people didn’t like the colour. Bought with 1 months MOT.


ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

 Blue Metallic.  Blue / Black leather interior.  Blue hood with heated glass rear screen. 16 inch wheels Bigger front brakes. Wood trim on centre console and steering wheel. Chrome pack.


RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS

First week of ownership New Cam belt, Water pump and Stainless steel cooler pipes. Work done by MG classic spares in Lye.


MODIFICATIONS   Wind stop.  

 

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Stainless steel exhaust.  Under side to be painted / under sealed before winter.


INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE   

Passed MOT first time, no issues.  

 

TIPS - TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE  

Buy the best one you can afford. Or be prepared to spend money!  

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Alex Jones

OWNER:- Ben Bowater


MAKE MODEL:-  TF 135 Sunstorm LE


YEAR:- 2004


COLOUR:- Raven black

     

HISTORY :- Originally a demonstrator for mg rover. So has every optional extra available on the tf. According to build numbers only 150 sunstorms were made in black.


WHEN BOUGHT:- 2014

 

WHY AN MG?

Always had a soft spot for the old octagon having previously owned a zr 105 +. I always liked the look of the tf but could never afford one or insuring one.


WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)

Seen on the auto trader


ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

Body work not in bad shape apart from a few minor dents. And the interior is in fantastic shape


MODIFICATIONS  

None quite yet


MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST

Trevor Taylor mk7 s/s exhaust, pipercross panel filter and maybe slotted and drilled brake discs  


INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE

First shown at baggeridge on 18/5/14


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Ben Bowater