classic car forum header
Classic cars forum & vehicle restoration.
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
How To Register     Posting Photographs     Privacy Policy     F/book facebook.com/oldclassiccar

Any Metro Fans?
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Classic cars forum & vehicle restoration. Forum Index -> Classic & Vintage Cars, Lorries, Vans, Motorcycles etc - General Chat
Author Message
Rootes75



Joined: 30 Apr 2013
Posts: 3049
Location: The Somerset Levels

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:14 am    Post subject: Any Metro Fans? Reply with quote

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-54423328
_________________
1937 Ford 7w
1937 Hillman 80
1946 ERF C.I.5
1947 Hillman Minx
1955 Hillman Minx Mk8
1950 Commer R541
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Miken



Joined: 24 Dec 2012
Posts: 348

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a machine toolmaker apprentice i helped build part of the production line that machined Metro cylinder heads.
"Today young man, your going to learn how to scrape a surface truly flat using engineers blue and a hand scraper. Don't worry this machine bed is only 40 foot long". It took weeks.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ray White



Joined: 02 Dec 2014
Posts: 4002
Location: Derby

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the Metro have any redeeming features?

If so; sorry, but they have escaped me.

Sorry, no offence intended.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Rick
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Apr 2005
Posts: 21548
Location: UK

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
Does the Metro have any redeeming features?

If so; sorry, but they have escaped me.

Sorry, no offence intended.


Not my thing really, but I've always thought that the design of the body made for a very airy cabin, and a car that's easy to park, reverse and so on - unlike most modern contraptions.

RJ
_________________
Rick (OCC Admin)
Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
badhuis



Joined: 20 Aug 2008
Posts: 1177
Location: Netherlands

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here. I think it was a good design and very practical but not my cup of tea.
_________________
a car stops being fun when it becomes an investment
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
mikeC



Joined: 31 Jul 2009
Posts: 1656
Location: Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the misfortune to be given a Metro as a company car; I hated it, but then I don't like Minis either Laughing
_________________
in the garage: 1931 Austin 7, 1953 Lancia Appia
recently departed: 1967 Singer Chamois, 1914 Saxon, 1930 Morris Cowley, 1936 BSA Scout, 1958 Lancia Appia coupe, 1922 Star 11.9 ... the list goes on!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ukdave2002



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
Posts: 3610
Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was learning to drive Metro's seemed to be the driving instructors vehicle of choice, I like mini's and would love to restore one, can't see me restoring a Metro!
That said the price of Mini's has gone a bit bonkers, so maybe I will have to settle for a Metro!..the MG Metro was supposed to be good fun.

I may have got this wrong, but when launched were they not described as "Mini Metro's" ?

Dave
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Penman



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
Posts: 4277
Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
With a full, or near full, tank the early ones had a nasty habit of spilling petrol on the road just in front of the O/S rear on left hand bends and corners, could be quite tasty on a wet road.
The filler cap behind the flap was just about level with the top of wheel (not the tyre, the wheel) Later it was moved upwards to the waist line or above.
_________________
Bristols should always come in pairs.

Any 2 from:-
Straight 6
V8 V10
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ray White



Joined: 02 Dec 2014
Posts: 4002
Location: Derby

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember my Dad getting it in the neck from Mum when he set fire to her MG Metro! Shocked

It was an accident, of course, but they certainly go up well!

Secretly, she was glad of the excuse to go back to driving a Mini Cooper s which she always preferred.

Who wouldn't.???
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Rootes75



Joined: 30 Apr 2013
Posts: 3049
Location: The Somerset Levels

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never been taken by them.

My sister had one as her first car and it was awful to drive, I remember my Father and I having to replace the gearbox on it and then she quickly sold it on.
_________________
1937 Ford 7w
1937 Hillman 80
1946 ERF C.I.5
1947 Hillman Minx
1955 Hillman Minx Mk8
1950 Commer R541
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rick
Site Admin


Joined: 27 Apr 2005
Posts: 21548
Location: UK

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ukdave2002 wrote:
When I was learning to drive Metro's seemed to be the driving instructors vehicle of choice, I like mini's and would love to restore one, can't see me restoring a Metro!
That said the price of Mini's has gone a bit bonkers, so maybe I will have to settle for a Metro!..the MG Metro was supposed to be good fun.

I may have got this wrong, but when launched were they not described as "Mini Metro's" ?

Dave


Yes the early ones were MiniMetros. Mum had a posh one, I forget the version, with a stage 2 MG engine. Went ok from memory but I was never a fan of the bus-like steering wheel angle.

RJ
_________________
Rick (OCC Admin)
Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Penman



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
Posts: 4277
Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I forgot to mention the large bruise I developed on the inside of my right knee which kept getting bashed against the key when getting in, it was just too low down the column.
_________________
Bristols should always come in pairs.

Any 2 from:-
Straight 6
V8 V10
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Ray White



Joined: 02 Dec 2014
Posts: 4002
Location: Derby

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and what about the galloping rust? The Metro (ADO88) was a dreadful rust bucket - much worse than the mini - which is the main reason they are thin on the ground today.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Bitumen Boy



Joined: 26 Jan 2012
Posts: 1475
Location: Above the snow line in old Monmouthshire

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not my favourite but I do notice the few that are around, seem to remember Dad had one for a while back in the late 80's when he couldn't scrape up the brass for something better, though it did get us from Notts to Devon and back without problems one summer before being replaced with, IIRC, the first of the Acclaims he had.There's a chap down in Fleur-de-Lys who's restoring one, I was having a word with him about the rusted out hulk on the driveway which has been a spares donor. I followed one along a road in Blackwood a month or two back that must have been burning nearly as much oil as petrol judging by the exhaust smoke, it looked quite tidy body wise but I doubt it would get another MOT without the engine being replaced or rebored.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
V8 Nutter



Joined: 27 Aug 2012
Posts: 550

PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

. I followed one along a road in Blackwood a month or two back that must have been burning nearly as much oil as petrol judging by the exhaust smoke, it looked quite tidy body wise but I doubt it would get another MOT without the engine being replaced or rebored.[/quote]


So many British Leyland/B.M.C. cars were oil burners, it was to do with the block casting techniques they used. B.L.'s official position on oil burning was "If it does 250 miles to a pint that is acceptable". Apart from the oil burning Metro's were always on the limit when it came to MOT emissions. It was common practice to lean the mixture down until it would hardly run just to get an MOT then richen it up again afterwards
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Classic cars forum & vehicle restoration. Forum Index -> Classic & Vintage Cars, Lorries, Vans, Motorcycles etc - General Chat All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
Forum T&C


php BB powered © php BB Grp.