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Just wondering if anyones done this? I know MGR had a test mule out in the 90's but it was before my time there.
I've got a complete donor MGF, i've also got Monty efi front hubs, driveshafts and gearbox mounts. The Maestro is currently a 1.3 so i know the Gearbox has gotta be swapped along with the engine (hence the mount), i know i need to fabricate a front and RH engine mount and i also know about the Fuel tank return mods and a pump is needed, also the gear selectors different etc but have i forgotten anything major?
All advice greatly received.
 

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Interesting idea, would like to see if it works out.

The 1.3 is a bit underpowered for the Maestro, but as above I don't know if the tyres/brakes etc would be up to anything faster.
 

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The reason is to do something different, i run British Legends, an MGF repairer in Essex, the Maestro in question is a van which is currently being repainted after extensive body repairs. It's currently sitting on 620Ti alloys with Dunlop tyres, the Montego hubs have vented Efi brakes on them already so the brakes should'nt be a problem.
Alot of people transplant a T series, so i fancied doing something else and a 1.8VVC in a company sign written Maestro van seemed like a good idea at the time!

It still does!!!
 

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The MG 2.0i version was no slouch - decent motor that. Before I bought mine i noticed several reviews saying it had a better chassis than the Golf.

One problem unrelated to engines though - plenty of rust came as standard equipment. Good luck.
 

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Obviously never driven a T16 turbo Maestro conversion, then. ;)

Wheeeeeee! :D
LOL. I'm not brave enough for that.

My Maestro used to feel as if it was falling to bits when it went above 60. It was an absolute rust bucket, still, it was a freebie. I loved that car. Until someone set alight to it. :mad:

Have you seen the Maestro review on Youtube. Quite interesting.
 

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I always wondered how the 1.3 went in Montego...I only ever saw one. I bet you could measure 0-60 with a calendar.
There was a time when I too wondered why a 1.3 Montego? Had you taken a Holiday on some of the smaller Med Islands in 1980-90s, you'd have seen plenty of 1.3 Montegos there ... there's little need for an MG Montego Turbo on a small Island where the longest straight may be only 50 metres and possibly a low overall speed limit. Two years ago, my son had a couple of Holidays on a Greek Islands. He photographed a couple of 1.3 Montegos still going strong there even as recently as that!

Obviously never driven a T16 turbo Maestro conversion, then. ;)

Wheeeeeee! :D
Thoroughly Recommended! ...... a real eye opener for those in need of ... having their eyes opened ...:rofl:
 

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Just wondering if anyones done this? I know MGR had a test mule out in the 90's but it was before my time there.
I've got a complete donor MGF, i've also got Monty efi front hubs, driveshafts and gearbox mounts. The Maestro is currently a 1.3 so i know the Gearbox has gotta be swapped along with the engine (hence the mount), i know i need to fabricate a front and RH engine mount and i also know about the Fuel tank return mods and a pump is needed, also the gear selectors different etc but have i forgotten anything major?
All advice greatly received.
What year is the maestro? i thinking about wiring, ecu etc,
im sure it posible, it would need simular wiring mods as with fitting a 1.8 in a older a-series metro or mk3 k-series metro with no Rover alarm.
 

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My first car was an Austin Maestro 1.3L. Why would you want to go fast in a Maestro? You're mental or brave :lol:
For a few years, the fastest road legal FWD car in the UK was one, its now a Rover 25 with the maestro engine in it, Andy Nichols car. So Maestro's do do fast :)
 

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The reasoning behind the 1.3 Montego was simple: the Montego replaced both the Ambassador and the Ital.

The Ital had been available with the 1.3 or 1.7 engine, in fact the 1.3 Ital was quite popular, so fitting its successor the Montego with the 1.3 created a model for ex-1.3 Ital customers.
 

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The 1.3 Montego was made for European market such as Greece, as anything above 1.3 becomes hugely expensive to tax & run. I mean a tax bracket that leapt from pounds (£) for up to a 1.3 to thousands above it. They sold a lot to Greece for that reason - big familly car, sensible tax bracket.

They were actually better than you would expect, not exactly lively, but not a slow old barge either - but they ran out of steam at about 65mph & struggled to get above 75mph ish. No slower than a Cortina 1.6.
 

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What year is the maestro? i thinking about wiring, ecu etc,
im sure it posible, it would need simular wiring mods as with fitting a 1.8 in a older a-series metro or mk3 k-series metro with no Rover alarm.

I have the whole wiring loom from the MGF so i am going to try and retro-fit the alarm/immobiliser system aswell. The ECU can be powered up fairly easily from the existing Maestro fusebox. I think the wiring will be the greatest challenge but not impossible.
 

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I always wondered how the 1.3 went in Montego...I only ever saw one. I bet you could measure 0-60 with a calendar.
I had a 1.3 Montego back in the early 90s, I found the car rapid, but then the last car I had driven was the Lada Riva 1.3.

Actually I immediately (less than 6 months) swapped the 1.3 E Reg for an F Reg 1.6L which was a million miles better than the 1.3. The 1.3 was so basic even the headrests were extras. The 1.6 had a decent sound system (for its time) and was understandbly the choice of the Reps at the time.
 

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As you'll probably know the maestro was the test mule for the K series engine, and there is bags of room to fit it. Infact apart from the offside engine mount it should just drop in. For the wiring I'd be tempted to cut and splice the MGF loom with the original van one. The van one is basic and simple and you can then use the alarm/immobiliser from the MGF.
You'll probably want to swap the radiator for a diesel/EFI one as it is full width rather than 2/3rds but otherwise it should be pretty straightforward. The hardest part by a long way will be the wiring and making all the pipes fit. You'll also need to modify the fuel tank to run an extra fuel return line but that isn't too hard, I welded one in to my mates van (which we converted to 2 litre EFI O series).

A light powerfull engine in a light car (well the van is lighter than the maestro saloon!), should make for a very interesting car.

One thing to bear in mind is the brakes. The standard van ones are carp (I know I've got one and I can cook them quite easily even though its an oil burner!). The bigger engined maestro hatch setup is vented and so better and you can get a further upgrade for these if you really want too - I've got them fitted to my MG Turbo). However the Maestro hatch has a different stud pattern to the maestro van. (3.75inch x 4 vs 4.5inch x 4. So you'll either need to modify the rear drums to fit 3.75 inch studs and find wheels to fit, or modify the fronts which I think is harder.

I don't often visit this part of the forum so if you need any specific info that I might be able to give then drop me a PM.
 
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