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post #21 of 137 (permalink) Old 14-02-2011, 20:16
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Hey, really nice 213 you have. Mrs Bucket would be proud.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRNhOJkrR2M

Why not take some photos of these Portugese 200s!
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Love your SD3! Credit to you for keeping it going and credit to your grandfather for being a man of CLASS.

Please keep us updated!

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Always loved the shape of those. Used to have a 216 Vitesse many years ago, one of the best cars I've ever owned.
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Thanks, to all of you!

I would really like to have some details from the 200 XH VP on my 213, such as those lovely leather seats. Last week I saw ones on Ebay, but it would be impossible to get them here, to Portugal.

I would also like to try a 216 Vitesse. Those 103hp under the bonnet should be interesting

I will take photos of some 213s, if you want to.

Red_rover, I am really glad about my grandfather's choice. I simply love this car, and it will stay with me forever. There are too many good memories of it in my head, I couldn't get rid of it, even if I wanted to.

Besides that, there is something that i really enjoy in a car: exclusivity. I never saw someone of my age driving one of these, and there are so much wonderful details on the 213 that you can't see in a new car these days! There are no wood trims in the interior on the equivalent cars of its size (real wood, not fake!), or so much chrome finishes on the exterior as you can see in these Rovers. And also, I doubt that any new car would last as long as this one, without loosing all of its elegance!

This one just turned over 205 000kms! (about 120 000miles, if I'm not mistaken).




What a machine!
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I've been away because I had to study, so, here you have some news.

Before Spring Break I decided to wash my Rover, as it was really, really dirty because of the rain.





In this foto you can see some of the scratches made by my mom.



And an usual problem in our Rovers:



Still, I think it looks good for it's age.



And I love it! Can't wait to lay my hands on it.



I also cleaned the interior:









A 50/50:





And then my dad took it to the MoT:



No problems at all.
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I always thought that there was something missing in the 213's interior. The lack of walnut trim on the dash was a terrible fault, and so, I am thinking of "correcting" it.

I was inspired by the contemporary Mercedes 190D, and, of course, the 213's "premium" brother, the 800 (in this case, mk2 without airbag).







The result (photoshop):



What do you think about that?
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As lots of members on the MG-Rover Portugal Club started to complain about my exhaust tip ("it looks like a diesel", they said), I searched for a new one.

I always liked those with two exits and, as I have a friend with an MG ZS 105, I "borrowed" his exhaust tip to try on my 213.



It was far too large, it wouldn't even fit on the bumper space.

So, I found this:





It fits nicely in the bumper, it is discrete, and it has that cut in the end that I absolutely adore.

Here's a photo with my 213 side-by-side with the ZS 1.4:

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Really clean car, nice!
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Wow, ZS 1.4, we don't have them here? Are the 105 bhp?

So many memories that 200 makes. Such a shame I haven't seen one in over 2 years- not even at shows, As far as I am aware there is no forum or owners club for them, unless with the Honda Ballade club?

Is that dash a photo edit or have you fitted the wood? It's looks factory fitted to me.

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Thanks, to both of you!

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Wow, ZS 1.4, we don't have them here? Are the 105 bhp?

So many memories that 200 makes. Such a shame I haven't seen one in over 2 years- not even at shows, As far as I am aware there is no forum or owners club for them, unless with the Honda Ballade club?

Is that dash a photo edit or have you fitted the wood? It's looks factory fitted to me.
I think you don't have any ZS 1.4 in the UL, but I might be mistaken. It is a perfectly normal 45 1.4 103hp... With a sporty exterior and interior. :P

But, once again, in Portugal we rarely see a 45 petrol that isn't a 1.4, and in Britain I think that you have lots of 1.8s and so on. There are some 400 1.6, or 416 Tourers, but that's all!

I never heard of a non-1.4 ZS in Portugal, unfortunately.

I think that there is no 200mk1 owners club, as they aren't many of them left on the road (well, as I said before, I still see lots of them in here, but I know that they are quite rare in Britain). But that doesn't upset me at all. As I own other models already from the MG-Rover group, I sign up on those MG-R related forums, and there I also talk about my 213.

But that's really a shame, these 200s truly are great cars.
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I've been away, once again, because I had to study.

But now I am back to the business, and I will try to participate a little more in this forum.

I also bring lots of news.

During the last days of May, my 213 overheated 6 times... In 8 days.

First, we thought that it was the radiator and expansion bottle leak, but ir wasn't enough. Then, we saw that the radiator fan cables weren't connected. Still, it overheated once more. Then I realised that de fan wouldn't turn on, even knowing that everything was connected. As my grandgather installed a "direct connection" to the fan, I turned it on permanently. Still, it got really really hot again. This time, it went to the red area, and we has to pull over.

When we (me and my mom) arrived home, and after the engine got cool, I filled it with coolant, and it simply got out from somewhere behind the engine.







Soon, we found that it had an enormous leak in a corroded metalic tube, under the intake manifold.

We went to Honda, and they said that they didn't had that tube. We went to an automotive parts store (I don't know how do you call it there), and they said that they didn't have it, as it wasn't produced anymore.

So, we anticipated something we had on our minds since last year.

We once had an Honda Concerto 1.4 GL (twin carb). It was immaculate, but my brother had an accident with it. We decided that fixing it wasn't a good idea, once it had several structure damage (and so we bought the 400 Tourer).





I had the privelege to be the last one to drive the 213 to the garage where we would change the engine.

And when I parked it, suddenly, a massive oil leak appeared. I guess that the D13 engine was really saying goodbye.





(That big spot on the floor is what I am talking about... It appeared in less than 5 minutes!)



A video to say goodbye to the Honda D13 engine (and to the rattling exhaust silencer :P):

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So, the swap began.







The D14A1 Honda engine.



Side view of the D14A1



Side view of the D13:



We used all the mounts from de Concerto, and we adapted them into the 213. No welding needed!



This mount was almost 100% compatible, so we used it as our starting point.



We had to join this mount:


We fitted the Concerto's exhaust line and gear linkage (as the 213's was too long):









The final result:









The Concerto's exhaust line needed some work, as it was too long, and the mounts were a little bit behind (we just welded them the other way round).



The old 213 exhaust system.

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Tight fit!



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Then, I replaced the rear speakers (which were dated from... 1987! )

In order to do that, I had to remove the rear seat. Is it supposed to be this way?!




I also replaced the front speakers, and the window elevator was lubricated. Now, it works perfectly! Not bad, for a 24 year old car, with 206k km (around 120k+ miles).







The new stereo was fitted.







It looks much better than the "old" one:





Still, later I will buy an 80's stereo, with green illumination.
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The new rear silencers:







A cold start:


It was needing some valve adjustment, which was made in the next day.
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And then, the headlining. I think it is a common problem to all of us:



But I have a particularity... Mine is made from... Cardboard.















The new aerial.

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Then, the inspector came! She approved the work. :P









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Last thursday I recieved 3 MG-Rover Club Portugal members at home.





We went to the S.Martinho do Porto Bay, which is near my home, and took some photos.

My 213 was driven by them.


















Whg drove it told me exactly what I already felt: The car is very very responsive with this engine, but also "softer" and more silent.

The steering is very direct and precise, and so are the brakes.

I can't wait to have my drivers license... But I still have to wait 1 month and a half.
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Last friday, I spent some time working on the 213.

This was the result.







I still have to take some photos with everything on its place.
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