Sunday, 29 March 2020
When you use a car in all weathers, drive muddy tracks and leave it outside for many years, you can expect rust to attack the vehicle. Our Wagoneer has suffered all that, and it has needed a fair share of rust repair already. Now the rear of the sills were crying out for attention. Of course those small holes turned into slightly bigger holes after some prodding.
Wednesday, 25 March 2020
After replacing the displacers, I found that after a few days the suspension of the car went down a little. That is usually nothing to worry about, but when I found a little puddle of suspension fluid under the rear of the car, I was not happy.
After replacement of the 4 seals, I pumped up the suspension again. Now the suspension stays up and I can enjoy the comfortable Hydragas ride again.
Saturday, 21 March 2020
The idea of driving a Roadster is to drive it without the roof as much as possible, but to make this possible you do want to have a good soft top in case you run into bad weather. The hardtop on our F is very good, but the soft top was tatty and the plastic rear window had torn.
Here we have one very wet but clean top.
While I left the wet top outside to dry, I started to remove my old top.
First I removed the rear plastic panel behind the seats to reveal the four mounting bolts.
Then unclipped the five clips under the rear window
After this the whole assembly came off, by removing two bolts on both sides behind the seats
Then I could just lift out the whole thing.
Refitting is literally the reverse of dismantling. I only needed to swap one of the front clips and fiddle a little with the top, so it would close without hitting the windscreen surround.
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Sunday, 15 March 2020
I got in touch with Youri from Mgfntfparts.nl as he had already changed the displacers on another MFG nearby and he offers a service to come to your place to do the job. I had considered just ordering the displacers to replace them myself, but I decided this was much easier and faster as he has fixed about fourty MGFs this way, so he changed our displacers in about one and a half hours.
All Youri needs is your MG and preferably a dry place with a flat floor. Everything else he needs, he carries in his car, so there is no looking for tools or parts. Of course he has his own suspension pump, so after a very short time the F was ready and the suspension up to the specified ride height.
After the job we found that three of my four displacers were servicable, so they were exchanged and will be refurbished to be fitted to another customer's car.
Thursday, 12 March 2020
At the last run to cars & coffee my heavy shoes broke the floor mounted dip switch.