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Brian Luti of Dreadnought Garage (known as Scooter), many years ago in the MG magazine wrote the following.

These are Brians recommendations:


  • Fit the Orange clip to the Fuel Filter. (Bought not fitted).
  • Fit the Two-Sixties – upgraded heater hose. (Bought not fitted).
  • Fit the Two-Sixties – “Black Olive” replacement heater valve.
  • Fit the Two-Sixties – magnetic hex-head sump plug. (Bought not fitted).
  • Modify the block on the bonnet opening mechanism
  • Check your spark plugs. They are known to work loose, or worse, to blow out of the head. Take them out once a year regardless of mileage, lube the threads with a LITTLE copper grease and replace. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN as there are only a few threads in the head. Torque to 12NM (8Ib ft), no more.
  • Fit a lighter throttle return spring to improve accelerator feel and minimise cable sticking.
  • Be heard. Fit the second horn, originally removed by the factory as a cost saving measure. (fitted standard on my car).
  • Service your aircon compressor and especially replace the original refrigerant/oil mixture.
  • Adjust the handbrake carefully. You may have to replace the handbrake compensator and the handbrake shoes.
  • Check rear sub frame cross-tube for rust.
  • Check welding on the four radius arms on the rear subframe.
  • Fit scooters rear wheel alignment replacement bolt and bushes kit (and new radius arms if needed).
  • On pre-facelift cars check the rear springs for broken top coils.
  • Throw away the four locking wheel nuts.
  • Upgrade the cooling fan resistor (or the complete cooling fan unit).
  • Monitor the alloy wheels as they are known to crack at the rims and cause slow leaks (they can be welded and fixed).
 
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