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PostSubject: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:53 am

High guys here a couple of quick pictures of my maestro, as i bought. Im giving it some love and attention.

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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:56 am

Looks like a bit to do there, I had one of these many years a go and although many people laughed I have to say it was very reliable and lasted for a number of years. Good luck  Wob 

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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:56 am

I bought a 40 quid diesel Maestro not long before leaving for Taiwan.

Liked it a lot. Economical, good ground clearance and a lot of room inside.

Left it on SORN with my brother but he scrapped it when my planned return-in-six-months didn't happen.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:39 am

That was a shame he scrapped it. Father had a diesel van on that would do 65mpg on a long run and 50-55 running around.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:36 pm

Would probably have needed welding for MOT.

I've only done gas welding when I had access to army gear, but if I'd still been around that'd have given me an excuse to buy a MIG.

Anyway, I'm still here so I can't really complain about that.

I was a bit pissed off about my Nissan Sunny though, which was in pretty good nick and might not have needed anything. Gave it to some friends in Windsor who scrapped it when the task disk ran out.

Still, Windsor, y'know? There probably aren't many cars actually get old enough to even need an MOT there.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:05 am

Well iv made a list of what i now needs doing to get it on the road.

New cooling fan
Front bumper making new mounts and adding ballst
Welding front crossmember, just finished that a moment ago
New windscreen, Gonna be really hard and expensive to find and buy
Lower arm ball joints each side
Swapping and painting rear door, tho not urgent helps keep motivation
Rear brakes need sorting, self adjusters not working
Properly fitting the off side steering gaiter, been a struggle with these
Maybe the wheel bearing tho it might be ok
Fixing damaged rear bumper and number plate lights
Attaching rear bumper, done yesterday
Fixing exhaust a
Exhaust manifold gasket
Snapped off exhaust stud, probably head removal
Track rod ends
Rear shocks maybe.
Front number plate

I know it dosent sound very bangernomics to you guys but this is the second cheapest way of doing trialing, if i buy a differnt car it would needs lots of adapting, this one just needs fixing. A trial car already done is normally thousands. Tho a tax exempt car is really wanted.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:39 am

Good luck and don't forget to come back and let us all know this final cost?  Wob 
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:43 am

It wont be alot, just time. Tho the windscreen might be. Im aiming for a mot next year so i can use it for 6 months.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:46 pm

Once again good luck  Good post 
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:05 pm

Well iv managed to split the new steering gaiter trying to get it to fit. Really tight fit when you cant get to them. only got the passenger one on cause the gearbox was out. So iv ordered a universal one so i can cut it to size. Iv made up a bumper bracket to replace the broken driver side one and have beefed up both of them to hopefully stop them sagging. Iv also slackened off the handbrake cable and iv ordered a pair of wheel cylinders so hopefully il have working brakes. Those adjusters will be the death of me.
Iv also ordered the headgasket aswell for when that job needs doing. Need a iron infusion tomorrow so hopefully il start feeling abit better and can get more done.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:17 pm

I think it's great that you're putting this car use. I've known people lazily scrap cars with far fewer problems.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:04 pm

Thank you. I paid £250 for it with 4 new tyres and the rear of the land rover full of spares. MOT'D and ready for trialing its worth between £750-1000. So i cant really lose money on it and its a good project for me to learn different jobs on cars.

Il take some more pictures soon.
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:19 am

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I know it dosent sound very bangernomics to you guys but this is the second cheapest way of doing trialing, if i buy a differnt car it would needs lots of adapting, this one just needs fixing. A trial car already done is normally thousands. Tho a tax exempt car is really wanted.

What mods does it have for trialling?

I know there are different classes, but I'd guess a FWD might have a sump guard fitted and maybe raised suspension (though that was already pretty high on my Maestro).

RWD's could have twiddle brakes (which I've always fancied) but RWD cars are now sadly rare, and I've just scrapped a Sierra, making them even rarer.

Oh, the shame Sad

UK Trials Events were televised in the UK on Saturday mornings in the 60's, when I was a regular viewer. They involved, (I'm not sure what the current status is) driving up muddy hills against time, in 2-seater, 2WD open "sports cars" vaguely reminiscent of the Lotus 7, though I think some classes were specially built, with centre-pivot front axles of extreme articulation.

Co-drivers were usually women, and it apparently helped the tyres grip if they were big, and bounced up and down a lot. Large women bouncing up and down in sports cars in the mud probably made a big impression on me as a young lad, which may be the real reason I think twiddle brakes are great, though they are.

But tell that to kids today, and they'll not believe you.

Anyway I'm droning on again, just ignore me pointedly.

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(though the link to the DIY fitment to a Vitara is unfortunately but predictably dead.)
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:50 pm

Hello, the maestro dosent have many mods for trialing. Tho its fitted with a sump and tank guards. The front suspension has been lifted by having rear springs put inside the front ones. This actually seems to work very well. The back just got a couple of spacers fitted. Needs 17514 or 175/80/14 tyres as they are called today. Harder to get hold of these days in a decent tred.

FWDs are class1

I think your thinking of sporting trials with the fiddle brakes as these are not prohibited and you get into trouble for using it. Iv seen a couple sierras used before with mixed results. The Suzuki x90 2wd is probably the most common modern car used. Tho theres a bmw z3 and some 3 series used alot which do really well. The old escort are still used but its getting hold of one.

Yes its normally the girlfriends that passenger me. Tho on the 24hours one i normally have my cousin as it saves the fallouts at 3 in the morning.

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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:38 pm

Thanks. Don't want to rain on your trail, but the RWD cars seem to generally do a lot better. Smile

I've suggested something like this as a possible motor sport for Taiwan, but the idea wasn't well received. Local snags include:-

Americans (the majority of the local expats) have of course never heard of it, and can't relate.

There's an small off-road/Jeepnick clique that do fairly similar things, but with a bigger investment in hardware, so they'd be hostile to a cheapo minimalist approach.

Shortage of bangers

Shortage of muddy slopes. We have rocky slopes (like in the first vid) aplenty though.

ALL vehicle modifications are illegal in Taiwan. That'd put the specials out of play, but the standard car mods might be concealable/reversible.

I especially liked that Reliant in the first vid. Probably more stable going up hill too. There's a special class of three-wheel truck here which is formally illegal but generally ignored (no registration etc) which might have potential if you upped the power quite a lot.

Hmm...
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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:19 pm

Ha yes rwds do better alot of the time. I used to have a beetle and marlin which was a kitcar. Tho they cost thousands and parts arnt cheap. Fwd are more more fun and are the biggest class in the field trials. More fun cause you have handbrake turn around around the corners abit and its always slipping sliding. You do have to bounch off the rev limiter sometimes to keep it going. If you forget to close the window on a muddy bit you can come out with a face pack. Your not supposed to modify trials cars, tho adding a second spare wheel, sump guard and slight suspension lift is a must. Easy way to lift the suspension is to fit diesel springs and maybe a little spacer. These trial have been going for over 100 years. I always think it must be scary in that reliant without a roof. Dosent look very stable when he goes for it lol.

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PostSubject: Re: My MG Maestro project/trials car   Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:56 pm

Car has sold. Somebody really wanted it so I let them have it. Means iv got to do my fiesta up for trialing as theres advents im taking part in.
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