Metro resto: Part 1 – An introduction

10496252_10203468525849205_4016440257538936061_oBen Hatton introduces us to his mkI MG Metro and explains his plans for the car over the coming months…

A258DPE is a mkI MG Metro 1300 which was first register in August 1983. I purchased the car in September 2012 from a friend as I had always wanted a “Classic” British car.

The car was in very original condition having only appeared to have had a pair of replacement front wings and a small repair to the inner offside wing.

Upon purchasing the car I did a small amount of work to the suspension, replacing the shock absorbers, ball joints and track rod ends, I also had the suspension set to the correct ride height as it did look a bit lop-sided!

For two years I have used the car as my weekend run around and attended many classic car shows, the biggest of these being the MG90 celebrations at Silverstone the car took its place MG90 timeline.

10497283_713177998729883_2364343606724576940_oThrough going to different shows I noticed that the car was getting a lot of attention with many people having owned one, learned to drive in one or knew somebody who had one. I soon realised that the car was now very rare.

It is because of all this I started to look at the car and think it wasn’t really looking its best, original yes but it was starting too look its age. Faded paint a couple of dents in the doors faded graphics and a very dirty engine in the wrong Red, but despite these points it is structurally very sound…which is rare for a Metro.

I’ve decided the time is right to do a full strip down restoration so I can get it looking as good as the day it left the Longbridge factory 31 years ago. Originally I’d be planning on just tidying it up but I as I plan on keeping the car I want to do it right so it can be preserved for as long as it can be.

I will be posting regular updates of my progress with the car and hope to have it back on the road for the major shows next year.

1 response on Metro resto: Part 1 – An introduction

  1. Hi there. I enjoyed reading the story about yr MG Mk1 1300. I look forward to the updates regarding yr progress of restoration.
    Regards – Eileen (MG ZR owner)

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