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  1. stamford

    Brake pad selection

    I’m hard on my brakes too as I trail brake. I upped the calipers to 4 pots and run DS2500 pads. Now I stop quicker than I drive! Happy with that set up and decent spec fresh fluid on a regular basis.
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    Hi from NZ

    I was based outside Auckland in East Tamaki. Then drove south to Rotorua then around Lake Taupo. Also went to some ski resort with a long name that escapes me! Absolutely loved the country. Managed to meet up with a fellow MG nut whilst in Auckland.
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    Hi from NZ

    I guess the NZ environment is kinder to the classics? Quite a mix. Where abouts are you? Love the place, spent a few weeks out there working and some sightseeing.
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    T16 220 2.0 Turbo Kit?

    You would be better of searching the MG ZS Facebook groups as there are always T16 abandoned builds for sale or even engines and looms. I had a T16 ZS myself, running just over 250 bhp. Other options are the k-series 1.8T conversions out of the ZT. Do not even think of the associated issues...
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    My 2nd track day in 2022

    Lol yes true but what boring sods we would be! My wife knows I will never change, she won’t even attempt to try. Besides I’m looking forward to when my grandkids can sit beside out on track. :cool:
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    My 2nd track day in 2022

    It’s not a cheap hobby, spent 6-7 years racing on the ovals. Now it’s about a bit of fun and personal development ;)
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    My 2nd track day in 2022

    Look forward to the feedback. At some point I’ll be needing to replace my tyres, they’ve served me well. Doubt if they do them now. Decent track tyres are not cheap and cannot be compromised with.
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    Small update

    Yes Piper can regrind the standard cams to 270 spec.
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    Small update

    Tough one that. These KV6 lumps are hard to tune, unless you are West Surrey Racing! Current set-up is around 210-220. With those throttle bodies who knows? Currently running Piper 270 cams on the current mapped ecu. If I could find 285 cams that would match the proposed set-up as they need a...
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    Small update

    Got these tucked away. Going to be hard waiting to get them operational.
  11. stamford

    206 GTI track car project

    Nice read, clear ideas on work required. Handling and braking 1st, performance later. Common brakes used are the 4 pot Brembos off the coupe.
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    Small update

    Most likely an appropriate Emerald. I know QED offered quite a few upgrades on the MGR KV6 lump regarding throttle bodies, 285 cams etc but they have either scrapped it all or forgotten where it all is, it’s been that long ago!
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    Small update

    Been acquiring a few hard to find spares for future work. Bought some Janspeed manifolds, up to now I have not bothered with them as can be hard to keep within noise limits on track, but with the right sports cat I may be okay. Also have a set of 6 throttle bodies on an inlet manifold and air...
  14. stamford


    Obvious question being is the engine an interference type? As in possible bent valves etc as that is the usual thing to expect when cam belts let go. If the valves are clear then it’s possible to re-align the timing marks and fit a new belt just to try it. If okay I’d advise to replace the belt...
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    E36 No Crank

    Sounds like you need to get someone to interrogate the ecu/alarm/immobiliser system. Could be something there causing the issues seeing it’s been played with already. Maybe get the fob re-synced? Process of elimination or you could be chasing bugs.
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    Left foot braking

    I’m using the same fluids in my track MG, Hel braided lines but running 2500 pads up front on Brembo GT2 4-pots/Reyland mounts and 326mm vented discs. I’ve never been comfortable doing left foot braking, guess I should’ve kept at it. However I trail-brake so tend to be hard on my brakes through...
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    TCJB'S quest for faster lap times in 2021

    And you haven’t even started drilling holes in everything? ;)
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    Your goals for 2021

    Where do I start? I’d like to give my daughter away, two cancelled weddings this year. Start my new job and get back into a routine. Get the MG ZS finished and track it again. Be COVID free would be the thing to look forward to, it’s ruined too many lives and families.
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    Getting started with Tools

    Depends on where you are from as some makes are not available globally. I’ve collected a lot over the years. Impact sockets (6 sided) for some heavy use. One of my first socket sets was Kamas, over 30 years later I still have most of them. Some Snap-On tools, Halfords professional. As for what...
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    Dangerous passenger behavior

    My missus is my worst passenger. The sharp intake of breath, the sudden movements or grabbing when she sees something. I have already seen it but don’t always react, her reaction makes me want to crash!
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    TCJB's last track day for 2020

    You sound fortunate to be able to do that. Nothing going on here. I’ve missed the rush of being on track.
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    Small update

    Well guys there’s always something to be done but as the years roll on I’m finding working under a car not as enjoyable! I wish for a 2 post lift and a barn to fit it in! Just happy enough having kept the car and been able to plod along, it’s been my saviour this year during furlough.
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    Small update

    Update. T16 was sold on, decided I needed to focus on the blue one. I’ve managed a lot of work on it, quite a chunk this year due to furlough. All suspension arms stripped and rebuilt, some OE spec bushes, some polybushed. Interior fully stripped including sound deadening, painted. Top of...
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    So you have a modified car

    Many of those mods will probably be the cause for the accident in the first place, altering the factory handling purely for looks doesn’t bode well.
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    Will manual transmissions die out

    It may well become rarer in the future as technology advances. I prefer manual for track use but have auto for everyday purely for comfort in today’s traffic. Older autos can become problematic as seen many on Audi forums swapping out their autos for manuals on Allroads and S6s etc. Luckily my...
  26. stamford

    Avoiding the Kerb

    Kerbed my new 18s on the Avant, not happy. Reverse parking in crowded Portsmouth streets to see my daughter.
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    What are the dead giveaways of a bad driver

    Drifting and crossing white lines, tailgating for starters.
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    What's the biggest engine you've ever owned

    Audi 4.2 V8 circa 300 bhp. Had a hire car with a 6.2 V8 480 bhp ;)
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    What are you passioniate about ?

    Tough one that. Can’t really give one answer, I have a passion for engineering, MGs for starters.
  30. stamford

    Is there such a thing as a finished project car

    Never had a finished project. When I do I’ll let you know ;)
  31. stamford

    Why is it so?

    No offence taken! You may be misinformed as I can agree with some of what you are saying but not all. We used to have an MGF, great little car, progressed to a much bigger 4 seater. Yes it is heavy but a great cruiser, full electric roof and not blowy at all with the wind stop fitted. We enjoy...
  32. stamford

    Why is it so?

    Best hide my caps then! If I’m driving the A4 cab I have to wear a peaked cap to stop the sun in my eyes when the roof is down.
  33. stamford

    Would you still be able to pass the test?

    I would probably struggle if I am honest. Had my licence some 38 years, no points, never been breathylised but that doesn’t make me a saint ;)
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    How many cars have you owned

    I do have a list somewhere, just over 60 cars and a couple of vans including race cars.
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    Which car was the most fun to drive

    My HSX Chevette stood out for me, bit of a sleeper. Got teased by many and the look on their faces when it took off! My current MG ZS is my favourite, great chassis and always puts a smile on my face, probably why I still have it some 14 years later.
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    Do they make cars that only last 10 years

    Duracell made the mistake a few years back by improving their battery’s life, cost them dearly and they ended up pulling it. Car manufacturers are the same, build in obsolescence to keep people’s interest in evolving models.
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    Your weekend plans

    Just freeing up a sticky window on the Golf, it got stuck down! All ok now. No other car work planned as had some DIY to do. Granddaughter time Sunday!
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    What is your current dream car

    Too many to list. Still would love a Droopsnoot Firenza with the Old Nail kit. HSR Chevette too. However I wouldn’t mind a newish Mustang convertible V8, one day. RS6 Avant for a daily.....
  39. stamford

    My last new car

    Looks very swish!
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    How mechanically skilled are you

    Not a pro as not done every job. Not stripped or rebuilt a gearbox yet, got one that needs doing. Self taught mostly but in my younger days learnt from older friends/family. Stripped and rebuilt engines, super bikes too. Machined pistons and cylinder heads (time served toolmaker by trade)...

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