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Nigel's MG600

We bought this car in October 2004 off eBay, a slightly modified 1995 mk1 620Ti, it was insurance Cat C damaged, but drivable and needed a VIC check.

We originally bought it with the idea of breaking it and dividing the spoils, however, Nigel drove it home from Swindon and fell in love with the car and its big wheels!  The body work was pristine, except for the damage to the rear wheel arch and rear passenger side door.

This car was the perfect replacement for Nigel's first Blue Ti, which was rusting out even though it was newer and lower mileage.

Repairs:

new alloy wheel (ouch!!)

we cut the wheel arch off another car we were breaking (grey 620Ti) and got Rover to cut the damage out and weld and spray the arch.

replaced rear door (donor car black 620Ti, see other Rover 600's)

replaced whole interior (black 620Ti, not necessary but better condition)

replaced gearbox (eBay)

new clutch and replace slave cylinder

replaced catalytic converter, previously bodged using wrong cat by someone (a reputable company that claims to be Rover experts, more like motobodgers!!)

replaced engine mounts (bodged by motobodgers)

replaced power steering rack (donor car grey 620Ti)

replaced water pump (grey 620Ti)

replaced alternator (local scrapyard)

replaced alternator belt (motobodgers put a 5 groove crank pulley wheel on an air-con setup, it ripped the belt to shreds)

replaced missing gearbox bolts and missing exhaust manifold bolts (motobodgers again!)

Modifications:

Mongoose 3" stainless steel exhaust (already on car)

Moto-build Dump valve (already on car)

Kahn 18" 5-spoke alloys (already on car), originally fitted with 215/35/18, replaced with 215/40/18 on front and 225/40/18 on back

Bilstein shocks and springs (front lowered by 40mm and back 30mm, already on car)

GBE Boost controller (already on car)

Magnecor HT leads (already on car)

Forged pistons, with slightly oversize 2.1 re-bore block (engine replace by Moto-build, already on car) 

EEC stainless steel de-cat pipe (made to order)

Pipercross cone air filter (eBay)

Black Diamond drilled & groove break discs front & back (new)

Goodridge brake hoses (special order 6-peice kit)

FSE Boost valve (eBay)

Rear strut braces, upper and lower (also got front strut, but not yet fitted)

Externally:

Honda Accord (93-99) boot spoiler and replaced bootlid (the car came with a Rover boot lip spoiler and some unnecessary advertising for motobodgers on the bootlid)

Honda Accord (93-99) side skirts

Honda Accord (98-03) rear bumper splitter, fitted upsidedown!

Renault Laguna front bumper splitter

Modified front grille 

MG Rover stainless steel woven grill and bumper mesh

re-badged MG

foglights (already on car)

clear side indicators

blue brake callipers

Internally:

Metallic blue interior trim (replaced wallnut)

Modified door cards

Ripspeed gear knob (new)

Max Power pedals (new)

Sunpro Boost gauge and oil pressure gauge (new)

MG TF oil temperature gauge (local scrap yard)

Performance:

280bhp (approx)

turbo boost 14psi

0-60mph in about 5.5 secs

top speed 160+mph (ran out of road)

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Planned still to do:

replace oil sump (dodgy repair by motobodgers)

replace power steering rack (again!)

replace rear springs (something fishy about the ones motobodgers have put on?)

Front strut brace

ICE

MG ZS boot spoiler

blue under car LED's

blue window tints

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for more info contact nigel@rover600.co.uk