He is from Surrey Ryan...
I would so put that car in a locked garage and keep it there. I reckon cars like this will become modern classics soon, especially one such as this in excellent condition.
Yeah early Metro's are becoming very rare, I know this one is not a very early one (mk1.5?) as it has the 1985 dashboard and revised front headlights but it is still a very rare car. To make this worth a lot in the future though it will probably need restoring back to factory condition. E.g original Austin steering wheel and black bumpers.
Its a very early Mk2 actually.
I keep seeing turbo kits on ebay... but then... ive already got a 3.5 litre V8 to play with. It'll never keep up with that so, other than maintainence, i'm not throwing any money at all at it. Well... I might convert it to EDIS 4? I know triggerwheel.co.uk do a specially modified a series pulley with 36-1 teeth for EDIS conversions.
GAH! stop corrupting me! It's fine as it is I think.
You bringing it to BL\BMC day?
ah... it wont be insured till the end of the month unfortunately.
I cant drive it now i'm the registered keeper.
Shame, always a few mettys which go. I will be there in the 200 and a Maestro Turbo.
Must have been away when this thread came around.
JC, thats a tidy metro! really tidy, and at an absolute STEAL of a price.
I knwo you say leave it std, but a stg 1 kit on that engine would really liven it up, and for not much money.
Stage 1? Thats just needles and a filter isnt it?
Ive had a look under the rocker cover... I spy beefy looking rockers!... Someone's played with it before me!
I had a run against a pug 106 today. Mr Metro was quicker. Not by much mind.
Stage one is replacing the cast manifolds with a proper exacust manifold, and alloy intake, full exasut system, and new filter, needle + set up. std breathin is so bad on the A series on minis and metros that it has seen up to 20% power increase on some cars!
A full kit can be had for £150-£200, then usually worth a trip to a rollign road to get the needle dialed in exactly unless your confident with filing needles your self.
Don't get too exited by the rockers. all late a+ series have sintered rather than pressed steel rockers, and you said the head has been changed (presuamably to make it unleaded?) then its likely the rockers are std.
AAA AAB and AAU are fairly common starting points i think, depending on engine spec.