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post #81 of 137 (permalink) Old 14-01-2013, 21:56 Thread Starter
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So, once the another 213 has been getting all the attention, I didn't want mine to feel jealous. After all this is not one of my cars, this is MY car.

So, I've got some pictures when coming back home from college.









Today he made 227 000kms.
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Very nice. I love how people abroad take such good care in these car's.
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Very nice. I love how people abroad take such good care in these car's.
That's not as it seems.

In Portugal, the Rover name is quite shadowed by its HGF problems. They are widely known for being utterly unreliable. Usually, they are owned by someone who either really likes them, or by someone who bought them because they were cheap.

The 213s not so much. You can see them being used by the same owner from new, this is the most common situation.

Amazingly, on the MG-Rover club from Portugal, most 213 owners (which are few) are really young. I am 19 years old, two others are not even 18, two others are in their 20s, and one in his 30's.

I will take some pictures from the 213s I might see daily. We still have lots of them!

Speaking about cars from abroad, here is a small video that a MG-Rover club Portugal member made, as a tribute:


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Last weekend, we made the long promised suspension maintenance.

The front right shock was tottaly wasted.




The new material:








Another soon-to-be-fixed item:





The front shock mounts:



The new ones, which came from the USA, for the Civic mk3.

The difference is that they hadn't the 2 holes that mine had, and they had a washer on top of them, instead of a rubber piece as mine had. The 213 mk1 is exactly the same as the Civics, not as the mk2.





So, I decided to leave those rubber pieces on my car.





The rear lower shock mounts...





The spring difference (old vs new):



Both old ones. Now I know why my car was leaning on the right side!

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The final result.











It was a bit too much, wasn't it? I still have to lower the front a little bit, as it is higher than the back, right now.

Well, still, it is far more confortable (mainly because before I barely had front shock absobers, and now it doesn't leans at every little provocation on the steering wheel).

It is quieter, the engine vibration on idle is almost none (I still have to get new engine mounts), and it is quite a pleasant car to go around corners, now. And it isn't too much "dry", you only feel it harder on those big city speed bumps, and on those holes with a metal "cap" on it (forgot the name, sorry ), as well as on those worse pavements, with considerable damage.

Even on those old pavements, which aren't entirely concerete, he still goes quite smoothly.
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Sits realy nice mate, great work.
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Thank you! Well, still have to lower at the front, so it can be leveled correctly.
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Very nice 200 Just be careful when adjusting the ride height that you don't overcook it....


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In comparison:



My 213 & a grandson!



And some sound proofing:





Some plastics were "barely rigid", so:




Once I got the centre console out, I saw this:





And I immediately thought that it was from the terrible steel partthat Austin Rover created in order to acommodate the centre console on the 200 XH mk2.

This is it:







Now, it is all far more consistent! And noiseless, off course
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Of course.


Should be a nice motorway cruiser now.
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Of course.


Should be a nice motorway cruiser now.
There is a major handicap which is not helping: The D14A1 gearbox is a bit short. I'll show you why:



So, it is a little bit louder at 120kph (or 140-150, which is my cruising speed ), than, for instance, my 416 Tourer.

Sure, it makes it quite agile from 0-100kph, but... In this car, I think I will prefer the comfort!


We'll see if I can change the gearbox, when this one dies. (which will not be soon... This gearbox is a delight. The gearchange is short, thight, and the it is healthy... Probably I will change my mind when the time comes :P).

Next soundproofing step will be the roof, which, in these cars, is rather rubbish. I am confident it will make some big difference.

Until now, I already did de bonnet, engine side firewall, and the boot gate.

I will still have to do the passenger compartment firewall, floor, roof, inner boot, doors... Still have a long way to go!

But it is a good B-road cruiser... And, telling the truth, once I have to do 360 miles almost every weekend, I prefer driving on these roads (because they are, most of the time, empty, so I can have some fun around the bends :P)

Now that I see it, I never showed the other british cars I have at home. Only both 213s.

Well, I also have the 416 Tourer, 2 Minis, a Montego 1.6 Estate, and my brother has a 200 SDi.

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Very nice 200 Just be careful when adjusting the ride height that you don't overcook it....


Sorry, I just saw this. Is it yours? If mine was like that at the front, I wouldn't be bothered anymore with this!
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This time, I was to organize this year's MG-Rover Club Portugal National Meeting, which was in my hometown (Caldas da Rainha), as it was the first time I did something like this.

So, I was able to get all my Rovers to the meeting (both 213s, the Tourer and my brother's 200 Diesel).








The Jacinto bothers' Rovers, together.












This one, unfortunately, isn't part of the family. But I wanted to share it with you!


My reaction was clear: Why the hell did I had a D14A1 Honda engine fitted when I could have this? :P

Logically, this was confirmed when I had the chance to drive it. This was something I wanted to do a long time ago! That engine growl from the S-Series, that quick response... This car is really, really good! And I want one so bad!



I hve to say this is the most perfect Vitesse I ever saw, and even the better looking 213/216 from the many I see every day. It has around 70 000km.

Coming back to reality, my 213 will get to the 230 000km mark this week.

Next week I will have it in the garage to get him ready for the MoT (steering rack gaiters will be replaced, as well as the plastic mount in it, and expansion vase). If I have the time, will also replace the radiator, do some welding on the metal support under it, and have the cam seal replaced. But probably this will not happen so soon.
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Here's a video from the meeting. I can get some photos if you want.

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I forgot the best photo!

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Great pics mate.
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One more update:



By the time the Easter holidays arrived, my brother started to help me to get the alarm fitted.



But then, I remembered that it was best for him to go to his MoT that week, as I wouldn't have time to do it after that (and it had to be done before April 14th).

So, we needed to work on him!




It is said that these cars rust as hell. I agree!








The "intruder":



The coolant was looking good.



So, my brother decided to recover all that area:













The steering rack:



I thought it had some wear in the plastic piece inside it, but no! Everything was pretty much solid, no play at all! So, now I really don't know were the steering play and noises come from.


An oil leak, which was fixed:













The "remains":

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In the process:



Result:


(Already with the larger aircon model NOS radiator, which I bought from the UK :P)


And this is the MoT mode: ON



(I still have to legalize the 15" wheels)
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Cracking repair job on that lower beam mate, the old one was well past its sell by date.
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This is excellent job done!
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