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MG MGF Technical - HGF - The Cost...

air filter> I recently had to sell my beloved 'F' when my wifes Rover 216 Convertible suffered HGF on the way to show someone who was going to buy that.
In order to save pennies, I tried to do as much of it as I could, and thought that some of you might be interested in the cost breakdown. I know it's not an 'F', but it is a K series engine (1.6), so all the ancilliary bits are the same or similar.
So here goes:

Head - Strip, Skim, Pressure test, Lap vales and linnish followers:
Kieren Gibson

So my guess is the K&N produced the extra
Bruce Caldwell

The extra 42.50 on the K&N was my treat Bruce. I'm amazed at what a difference it's made to a 1600cc engine, but it sounds superb - and it's only a single pipe.
It was a bit daunting, but I did get some help, and I am lucky enough to have wireless network cards and a laptop. I had the laptop in the garage with me, which was a great help.
Now I've done it, it doesn't seem that daunting. The only bits I would still not attempt are the setting of the timing belt and the skim and pressure test (for obvious reasons.
I won't be a stranger. I'm still looking forward to a Luton or Ireland meet, and hopefully I'll have an 'F' again soon.

Cheers

Kieren
Kieren Gibson

>The only bits I would still not attempt are the setting of the timing belt

Whyever not?
assuming it's like my 400 (1.6k 97) engine :
The crank should not have been rotated with the head off, the cams are locked in place, all you have to do is losen a 8mm hex bolt, loosen a 8mm bolt, apply slight pressure to tentioner slip belt on, release tentioner, do up bolts, turn engine over twice, undo bolts, note no movement, do up bolts job done!.

Note that Rover probebly wouldn't have changed the bolts, or the water pump, or the plugs or the airfilter. when you remove these 'service items' from the list it gets much cheaper.
Will Munns

Of course you're right Will. It's just it was a tad daunting having to raise and lower the engine in order to get the timing belt done.
I guess if i had someone checking what I was doing 1 more time, I'd be ok on my own after that.
Drove the car as far as Miltol Keynes today. It's unbelievable. I'm more convinced than ever now, that it wasn't right when we bought it. It's just too different.

Cheers

Kieren
Kieren Gibson

Yep, I suppose that the ease of changing the cam belt was enhanced by the fact the engine was on the floor!
I have yet to run the engine as I am having great problems with the exaust manifold.
Will Munns

on which car Will - The midget?

Cheers

Kieren
Kieren Gibson

Well, half the midget, should have been finished two weeks ago but ...
Will Munns

Sounds EXACTLY like my projects...lol.


Cheers

Kieren
Kieren Gibson

This thread was discussed between 08/09/2003 and 11/09/2003

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