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OWNER :– Stuart Dunn

MAKE & MODEL :– MG TF 135 Sprint

YEAR:– 2002

COLOUR :– X-Power Grey

WHEN BOUGHT : – 2005

HISTORY
Monogram Interior as optional extra. Only went to the garage to pick up a part from summit garage in Gornal for my ZR and fell in love with the TF, which is how I come to purchase mine.

WHY AN MG?
My grandfather worked at Longbridge, also my father has always owned Rover?s so the interest has simply spread. I see the marque as a historical one, and a marque of a true British sports car.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
After going to collect the part at Summit, myself and My father took the TF for a test drive, fell in love but didn?t buy it. It was on the way back from a shopping trip in Chester, that I came across my TF at Brindley in Wolverhampton.

ORIGINAL CONDITION ? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
X-Power Grey, LEF Metallic ( Part of the Tempest Grey family ) Tan leather interior with black alcantara centres, tan door cards and dash.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Front wings, and under body protection, Under bonnet and boot internals re-sprayed by myself, however I did make a right mess of the bonnet at one stage and had to get someone who knew what they were doing to put it right..

MODIFICATIONS
Bespoke Exhaust, 4-2-1 manifold by Janspeed, One off back Box. Up-rated EBC AP Brakes disks and pads. Gas flowed head along with Paul Ivey oversized valves. Head also blue printed to exhaust manifold and Inlet Manifold. Up-rated Cylinder liners. Up-rated Valve Springs. Piper High lift Cams on Kent Vernier Pulleys. Variable fuel pressure regulator running 3.9 Bar. SU KV6 Swan Neck throttle bodies, With ITG Race air filter, Bespoke Idle Air Control and Breather system Which I fabricated as was unable to get parts to enable fitment to the EU3 MEMS3 engine. ( Bodies From a Caterham R500 ) All of which now running on an Emerald K6 ECU. Very little acoustic panelling and a lot of brackets now made from aluminium for lightness.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Wide Band Lambda sensor to enable true AFR ( Air Fuel Ratios ) to be set by the ECU, which would be determined by ambient temperature and humidity or altitude, this would also make the engine more efficient. Carbon Fibre Boot lid, Fibre Glass rear bumper. The aim is to do as much as possible, without losing driveability or altering the look of the Car in anyway, MG Themselves made to good a job of making the thing look pretty so I don?t have to.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
Heritage run, 2008 Gaydon Warwickshire. Brilliant run. Also the surprised face of an Audi TT driver who wanted to be in my lane on the way back from Bromsgrove, priceless!

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Check Water regular, Run EBC Brake Disks. Wrap your Exhausts, Best mod for £10.

OWNER :- Alexandra Jones

MAKE & MODEL :- MG TF 135

YEAR :- 2003

COLOUR :- Celestial Blue

WHEN BOUGHT : –
May 2014 2 previous owners. Bought with very little history & only 6 weeks MOT. 16inch wheels replaced with new in 2012. Only done 300miles since the last MOT

WHY AN MG?
My Dad has owned his MGB for 30 + years. My Brother owns a ZR & works at MG spares. I have been attending the BCMG club events for 21 years, About time I had my own.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
Advertised on the Auto Trader website. We were the second people to view it; First people didn’t like the colour. Bought with 1 months MOT.

ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Blue Metallic. Blue / Black leather interior. Blue hood with heated glass rear screen. 16 inch wheels Bigger front brakes. Wood trim on centre console and steering wheel. Chrome pack.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
First week of ownership New Cam belt, Water pump and Stainless steel cooler pipes. Work done by MG classic spares in Lye.

MODIFICATIONS
Wind stop.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Stainless steel exhaust. Under side to be painted / under sealed before winter.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
Passed MOT first time, no issues.

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Buy the best one you can afford. Or be prepared to spend money!

OWNER :- Peter Dunn

MAKE & MODEL :- MGF 1.8 i

YEAR :- 1998

COLOUR :- Anthracite

HISTORY First registered in Chester December 1998.

WHEN BOUGHT:- October 2008

WHY AN MG?
I’ve always liked the MGF as well as most other MG models. Spares are readily available and at the moment are easily obtainable. There are quite a number of MG clubs, of which I’m a member of a few, so altogether a good experience.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
I first saw my MGF advertised in Auto express, it was actually purchased from a private seller only 3miles from where I live.

ORIGINAL CONDITION INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
The car is mostly original although I have changed the door cards for Mk 2 one’s and I’ve changed the leather steering wheel for a walnut veneered one.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Small aspects of paint work on the sill joints and Wing support brackets.

MODIFICATIONS
1mm skim taken off the cylinder head, inlet and outlet valves enlarged by 2mm on diameter, VVC plenum, bespoke exhaust, Spax adjustable shock absorbers to improve handling. AP 2 pot front brake callipers, EBC grooved and drilled brake discs, EBC green stuff brake pads. Trophy alloys have been fitted to accommodate the AP callipers.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Possibly an Emerald ECU, also a trophy front spoiler.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
MGfest 2009, MGfifteen 2010, Arden run 2011&2012, Mg’s in the trees 2011&2012. Various local classic car shows. Winner of best MGF 2015, at MGF 20 Gaydon.

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
With the MGF a close eye must be kept on the coolant level, if there is a significant drop in the coolant level then the dreaded head gasket failure must be suspected.

OWNERS :- Les & Lorraine Jones

MAKE & MODEL :- MGF Steptronic

YEAR:- 2001

COLOUR :- Solar Red

WHEN BOUGHT : – 2007

HISTORY
Bought from a couple living in Cambridge who where emigrating to Austraila, they had it from new. The car was fantastic on the drive home so no problems with mechanicals, however in the daylight we discovered numerous marks in the door wells (from the seatbelts) and the whole offside paintwork was peppered with white paint (from road marking we think). Of course they didn’t want to know (sold as seen) so we set about transforming the bodywork to ‘as new’ condition. It took lots of hard work, we didn’t want to re-paint so every splash/spot of white paint had to be flicked off using ‘believe it or not’ my thumb nail.

WHY AN MG?
We had 4k to spend , it had to be British, open top motoring, modern mechanicals but a future classic. An MG was the only choice.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
Searched for a couple of months on the internet, eventually found on e-bay. Steptronic in red, exactly what we were after.

ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Solar Red, condition not good as described above. Original interior was black leather/cloth with black, black and black.

MODIFICATIONS
Custom built Exhaust and back box, 4-2-1 manifold and sports cat by Scorpion. Stainless steel exhaust shield cover. Up-rated EBC AP Brakes, ultimax disks and green stuff pads front and rear. Stainless braded brake hoses. Taipan cold air induction. 52mm throttle body. TF solid sub-frame mounts and cross braces front/rear. Gaz adjustable shocks.

Full leather interior including:- Seats, side pods, gear stick/hand break gaiters, tonnou cover (all cream). Dashboard, Door cards, centre console, Tee bar, Arm rest, Window surrounds (black). Steering wheel (cream/black).

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Never really got on with the lexus lights so am changing to quads, not decided on weather to use the fiat coupe lights or change to LED‘s. Water level sensor kit. Electric boot release (only locked the keys in twice),

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
Every run in the MG is interesting and enjoyable however the Isle of White meet in September is always a great weekend ‘its not happening in 2013‘. The MG Royal Heritage Festival in 2009 was a great weekend, a bit expensive but quite an experience. Met the duke and his dew drop ‘it was a little on the cold side’,

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
I agree with Stu – in your F/TF check water regular, keep your eye on the temp gauge and look in the rear view mirror for a steam cloud following you. IF IN DOUBT STOP.

OWNER :-James Pace

MODEL :- MG TF 135 80th year anniversary

YEAR :- 2004

COLOUR :- Silver

WHEN BOUGHT : – I purchased my TF in December 2012.

WHY AN MG?
I have always loved the elegant and sporty look of the MG TF ever since I saw my first one on the road. I searched long and hard for nearly 2 years to my perfect TF.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
I eventually found the TF I have been searching so long for on eBay. The car was located in Dorset so I had to make sure it was the one as it is a long journey from the midlands. The seller kept it as a weekend car so it had low mileage (36K), 2 owners from new, full service history and was the model I was looking for. It all seemed to good to be true. After looking through additional photos and talking to the seller on the phone I was sold. I jumped on a train the next day, which was a great experience, as I couldn’t sit still the whole way due to excitement! The seller kindly picked me up from the train station and took me to his garage where the car was stored. As soon as the garage door opened I fell in love.

ORIGINAL CONDITION – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Seat centres are red suede with 1924 MG 2004 stitched into the up right of each seat. Centre of the door cards are also red suede. 80th year anniversary badge displayed between seats (car number 738 of 1600). Chrome pack (door handles/ash tray). Wine red soft top.

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Wheel arches re-sprayed where rust was coming through. Bonnet striped, prepped, re-sprayed and polished to eliminate all the stone chips that were on there. Timing belt changed (original Rover one was on there), plugs, filters, oil and coolant all changed. All this work was done within the first 4 months of owning her.

MODIFICATIONS
Uprated Mintex drilled and profiled brakes disks fitted to front and rear with new Mintex pads. Rear callipers painted red to match the fronts. Underneath coolant pipes upgraded to stainless steel. TT Mrk 7 stainless steel exhaust fitted with twin back box. Linkage pipe also fitted.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Emerald ECU/re-map, Janspeed 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, refurbish all 4 alloys where past mechanics haven’t taped up their sockets! Sound system upgrade.

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
The journey from Dorset back to the Midlands to bring the car home was incredible! The lanes in Dorset were perfect to test out the handling and acceleration. The motorway was where I really stretched her legs!

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Always un-zip rear window fully when folding back the roof to prevent splits in window (if rear window is plastic).

OWNER:- David Arter

MODEL:- MG TF 135 Sprint

YEAR:- 2003

COLOUR:- Trophy Blue

WHEN BOUGHT : – 2013

HISTORY
Originally Stuart’s Wife’s MG TF. She brought the car after their first holiday away, when Stu let her drive his TF, and she fell in love with it, so came back and brought this one.

WHY AN MG?
We have had two MG B Roadster’s before (the last one we had for fourteen years) and have always had a keen interest in the Marque.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
I was going to look at another TF over in Telford, and saw this one

RESTORATION WORK BY SELF OR OTHERS
Due to have the wheels refurbished, and have had the driver’s seat re-upholstered to help with my back problem.

MODIFICATIONS
Brakes and disks changed, new rear screen, HID Gas discharge Lighting, Service items, Inspection panel upgrade. New Scorpion Exhaust. The complete underside has been cleaned & re-undersealed.

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Wheels could use a re-coat

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
Malcolm Garratt Run, Five day holiday in South East covering 500 miles.

TIPS – TECHNICAL OR OTHERWISE
Check Water regular, and upgrade the inspection panel on the driver’s side

OWNER:- Ben Bowater

MAKE MODEL:- TF 135 Sunstorm LE

YEAR:- 2004

COLOUR:- Raven black

HISTORY :- Originally a demonstrator for mg rover. So has every optional extra available on the tf. According to build numbers only 150 sunstorms were made in black.

WHEN BOUGHT:- 2014

WHY AN MG?
Always had a soft spot for the old octagon having previously owned a zr 105 +. I always liked the look of the tf but could never afford one or insuring one.

WHERE FIRST SEEN (ADVERT/WORD OF MOUTH ETC)
Seen on the auto trader

ORIGINAL CONDITION ? INTERIOR/EXTERIOR
Body work not in bad shape apart from a few minor dents. And the interior is in fantastic shape

MODIFICATIONS
None quite yet

MODIFICATIONS PLANNED / WISH LIST
Trevor Taylor mk7 s/s exhaust, pipercross panel filter and maybe slotted and drilled brake discs

INTERESTING JOURNEYS, EVENTS OR USE
First shown at baggeridge on 18/5/14