Join Date: Jun 2007
Car: MGF Trophy 160SE, Classic Mini 35.
The rear subframe on my Trophy was bent and rusty. In 2010, I brought a complete subframe with all the suspension parts for £25!
Dismantled, stripped (using heatgun, wirebrushes, etc) and 8etch primed, and hammerited the subframe, it took over a month.
The labour cost of changing the rear subframe was £500, but I had a bit of welding, new clutch and arm, new cat, polybushes, new front wishbones, droplink, etc all replaced at the same time. Since then, I have had the hydragas units replaced, as well as cambelt and head gasket etc.
I do clean and waxoyled all crevises underneath the car every winter, the MOT inspector was impressed!