This is sat around doing naff all other than being used as storage at the moment, and I was going to scrap it, but it's such a rare beast now and such hilarious fun when it's going right that I thought I'd see if anyone wants to rescue it.
I've owned it for a few years now - I spent a bit of money getting it through a test when I first bought it and then ran it around for a year pissing off VAG drivers. Towards the end of the year however it started using increasing amounts of coolant, so when the test ran out it got stood up.
We're all aware of the obvious conclusion that one draws when a K-series starts using coolant, but none of the other signs were present - no apparent mixing of fluids, no white smoke from the exhaust, no excessive pressurisation of the cooling system (apart from when the level got too low and the bastard airlocked obvs), and if kept topped up and driven sensibly it could do longish journeys without the temp gauge ever moving above halfway.
Now that the coolant loss has got really bad I've finally been able to spot where it's coming from - it's the water pump. I'm assuming it's been leaking slowly for some time but now it's, if not quite pissing out, then definitely a steady trickle onto the ground.
Unfortunately a water pump on a kettle (with all the cambelt-related shenanigans that involves - and there's two belts on a VI) is more than I'm willing / able to undertake, so that's pretty much ended its chances of going back on the road under my custodianship. However I know that a lot of people here are far more competent K-series fettlers than I, and I'm hoping somebody will take pity on it and give it a new lease of life.
Bodywork is far from immaculate - it had some welding on the sills for its last test and the arches are a bit scabby, but not rotten. The alloys are scruffy. Interior (half leather) isn't too bad - I was going to take the seats out and fit them to the Rover of Doom, but I honestly can't be arsed at the moment.
The engine is a 143bhp 1.8 VVC as fitted to the higher-end MGFs and early Lotus Elises. It's easily upgradeable to the 160bhp of the later MG ZRs by fitting the metal (and slightly larger) throttle body that those used. It still starts on the button and sounds fine (a bit of VVC rattle when warm (tadt,s) but nothing excessive). Clutch and gearbox are OK, it had a new nearside rear hub when I bought it as the wheel bearing was noisy. Brakes are discs all round and are a bit shite for what they are tbh - they're really no better than the disc / drum setup on the RoD - but they work OK. I think all the electrics work - the heater fan even works on all speeds, unusual for an R3.
It would need to be trailered away - although it does start and drive (and still goes like feck), it is losing water at a rate of knots, has no test and the tyres are shagged.
Here's a couple of pictures - quite old but it hasn't changed much.
In NE Norfolk, as always.