That car site contains the highest proportion of "All MGs and Rovers are Crap" mindsets in the known Universe. I kid you not. Some real hateful nasty pieces of work over there. Very few there who do not have that negative mindset. However, most of those few are all members of this car enthusiasts' site and other MG and Rover ones.
One such nasty piece of work there accused me of being a liar when I posted having bought and MG Montergo Turbo out of the darkest depths of the Forest of Dean for ten quid. This one which had stood unused for four years. After some basic checks, fitting a spare Turbo carb as the original had been partly dismantled by her brother in an attempt to start it, with some fresh fuel in the tank and all other levels checked, engine fired up immediately. The rear brakes ( Handbrake fully on for all those years ) were seized solid. I nearly burnt out the clutch trying to reverse that car up the 1 in 4 slope ~ could not drive forward ~ and with lots of burning clutch smells, those rear brake shoes finally let go. :~
After a quick wipe over with an oily rag the car soon became this :~
OK I lied about the oil rag bit. Needed rather more than that. But car was a daily driver for a couple of years.
Why only a tenner? Some months previously I had driven out to view the car but, the lady wanted more than I was prepared to pay then. I left my card and if she changed her mind, give me a call.
Six months later, she phoned me asking if I was still interested. She said make me an offer. I jokingly said "A Tenner". She said done provided I removed the car by the weekend as her late father's property had been sold and the several vehicles there needed clearing away asap. The turbo with seized solid brakes on the steep slope was stopping their removal.
Here's another picture of the Turbo under those big Forest Oaks complete with Stinging Nettles growing in the leaf mulch trapped where the wipers park. You can just see the wing of a dead Land Rover in the right hand corner of the image. These were old prints and slides digitised.
I liked that car a lot. Here's another view of the engine after the oily rag treatment.
The lady who inherited it from her father last words to me when I bought it. "Be careful, it's very fast you know" ... Bless .... ...
Funny old game folks and their cars. ...