Thanks everyone, some good advice here, and thanks for the warm welcome :-)
It isn't mine (yet - christmas / new year) but I am doing some preventative maintenance to ensure it's in good condition when it becomes so, and I've been given free reign to 'keep it running' until then. It's only had non - MG servicing when things go wrong from a local garage, so I can guess there's quite a bit to do.
@TpperMG - It's been regularly used and garaged for half its life, so it is in good condition. Although I was horrified to find out it's still on its original timing belt earlier today (eek), so it looks like that's on the agenda for next weekend... and yeah, Bilsteins would be my damper of choice, once tried a set of 20 year old, rusted almost beyond recognition, Bilstein sports (B12's maybe) on a VR6 Corrado, and they still felt absolutely amazing, gripping and compliant even at high speeds on uneven yorkshire roads. That VHS kit looks like decent value for custom Bilstein dampers...
, the gear linkage does feel a bit worn, spoon in pudding bowl comes to mind, but everything else seems in good condition, if a little tired. It's 100% original, except for a few rear ARB links. Question on the suspension grease ports though - what exactly do these lubricate, the shock internals? And are they front and rear? Not seen this before. And yeah, got an OBD2 cable and am pretty IT literate, been using VCDS/Vagcom, is there any specific software for MG / Rover?
, yeah the brakes are about as good as the missus's 1.0 Arosa, which aren't even vented discs and struggle to stop the 750kg 49bhp monster that is the arosa... terrible to be honest. A breaker / mechanic near me has a 1.6 MGF in with the AP 4 pots and 304mm discs (for some reason), also with the 11 spoke 16" alloys, and he's open to offers... what are these worth usually? Wheels have seen better days and the calipers are gonna need a refurb, had a look earlier and some muppet has painted over the bleed nipples and rubber caps with red hammerite, god knows where else they've been painted, but they look pretty mighty compared to the 288mm VW brakes I'm used to.
There's a bit of a knock coming from the front end turning, coming on / off power or over camber changes (top mounts, wishbone bushes or drop links I reckon) so it goes on the stands tomorrow so I can work out what bits I need to order, although I imagine everything perishable is on the way out after 14 years, so probably gonna polybush the lot to be safe.
Tyres are 4x different manufacturer DitchFinder Xtremes, so I've ordered a set of 4x 75% Michelin Pilot Sport 3's from a friend who gets used sets of race tyres for £100, in 195/50/15 - I assume this is within spec for standard 15" alloys? I've used PS3's on an old mk3 Golf 16v, and they seemed like decent tyres.
Passenger door had deadlocking issues and wouldnt open, which was how I came into being it's carer - it looked like Pektron SCU relay issues, so I sent the SCU to Technozen (highly recommended) and and it was back with me repaired within 3 days of me sending it, and locking working as normal - can't recommend this service highly enough. Passenger locking mechanism makes an awful noise on locking, but apparently it always has done.
All in all, it's a car that deserves looking after, and I've a soft spot for older cars with a bit of personality. I'll upload some photos and might need more advice as I get stuck into it!
Cheers all :-)