MG TF 135 for sale
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Sale price: £1,200.00
Car location: United Kingdom
MG TF 135 for sale
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Item Features MG TF 135:
|Used: An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. ... Read moreabout the condition||Year:||2003|
|Type:||Sports/Convertible||Drive Side:||Right-hand drive|
|Doors:||2||Previous owners (excl. current):||7|
|Colour:||Silver||Safety Features:||Alarm, Driver Airbag|
|Metallic Paint:||Yes||Exterior:||Alloy Wheels|
|Reg. Date:||15/01/2003||Interior/Comfort Options:||Power Locks, Power Windows|
|In-Car Audio:||DAB Radio, CD Player||Transmission:||Manual|
|V5 Registration Document:||Present||Fuel:||Petrol|
|Country/Region of Manufacture:||United Kingdom|
MG TF 135 for sale.
Bought as a toy, but got very attached to it and spent much more than I should have on it! Has now been replaced so is sadly taking up space on the drive.
Since I"ve had it, the head gasket has gone, and been replaced badly. Sadly, this meant that the block had to be scrapped (some fairly impressive warping and liners dropped beyond the point they could be shimmed). So it received a transplant courtesy of an F with approximately 46k miles on it. A replacement 135 head was added to the mix, and everything strapped back together. Cambelt, tensioner and water pump were all done at the same time, so that should provide some extra peace of mind.
After the head gasket going (twice), I got paranoid about it overheating. So it got a new radiator. It"s a race-spec unit with twin fans and the core is about 1.5 times the thickness of the standard unit. Treated it to a new thermostat and housing at the same time, just for good measure, as well as a new expansion bottle to keep the new coolant nice and clean.
Then the clutch started making itself heard. Clutch release bearing had gone. So that got replaced with a nice new 3 piece clutch kit. But then that one started making the same noise. Which wasn"t encouraging. Soon after, it became impossible for the gearbox to rev cleanly past about 4k. So the same company that fitted the clutch, and replaced the engine were brought in again to fit a second hand gearbox. The old was removed and we all had a good laugh at the amount of swarf in the oil. And the casing. So when it got the gearbox, it got ANOTHER new clutch plate, pressure plate, and release bearing.
In anticipation of getting the car on the road again, it also benefited from some uprated discs and pads, both front and back. It now has dimpled and grooved discs at both ends which have improved the stopping power no end. There is PLENTY of life left in them. Helping these keep things under control are matching Toyo Proxes T1-Rs all round with a good amount of tread. The alloys themselves are pretty reasonable too, given the age of the car.
The work for the engine and gearbox replacements is receipted, should you want to see it.
At some point in the poor thing"s past, there has been a coolant leak internally, so I"ve also had the valve for the heater matrix replaced. Not cheap, but it won"t pose any problems any more. And all that lovely hot air on tap means you have no excuses not to keep the top down as we head into the cooler part of the year...
More recently, I have painted and lacquered the passenger airbag blanking plate (this one was never fitted with a passenger airbag) and the centre console. It has been done in a pearlescent black, which is nice and shiny and sparkly and better than looking at and touching 15 years of untraceable human grime. The heater control knobs got a lick of a Fiat metallic silver paint at the same time as they were particularly nasty!
I even went to the trouble of taking the intake pods out of the car (from just behind the doors) to clean and respray the metal mesh. They"re sparkly black too.
The speakers remain stock, but they now bathe the occupants in glorious CD and DAB sounds. If it"s a deal breaker, you"re welcome to the original Kenwood tape player!
The footwell lights have been replaced with LED bulbs, likewise the two bulbs in the rear view mirror. Oh, and the number plate lights too.
The hood is remarkably watertight, cleaning up nicely. And the plastic rear screen has been plastic polished several times so that you can see out of it and everything! And for those glorious days when the sun beats down, I"ve fitted the wind deflector properly instead of the butchered mess it was when I bought it.
It has been an unexpected pleasure, not to mention an interesting journey, but an MX-5 has taken its place so it"s time for the MG to leave. It"s no longer taxed or tested, but there shouldn"t be any issues as it was my daily driver until recently.
It"s no garage queen, nor is it show-winning standard. The base of the driver seat is sagging a bit and the paint is not as young as it once was. I"ve resprayed the driver door very recently to try to smarten it up. But for these cosmetic imperfections, it"s in pretty good mechanical shape and should soldier on to see many more summers.
Any questions, please feel free to ask.
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