Over Christmas 2003 I decided to find an old Rover 214
16V to get an engine, gearbox and ECU from. I was then going to get the
engine and 'box reconditioned. I wanted an MPI (Multi point injection)
version as this gives 101 bhp whereas the older SPI versions are only
89bhp. That meant that I needed a late 1992 onwards car. Looking
through the local newspaper I found a K registered silver 5 door Rover 214 Si.
I went to have a look at the car and to check that it was an MPI
version. When I got there it was indeed the MPI, with 102000 miles on the
clock. I wasn't expecting the car to be in good condition with it being 11
years old and high mileage, but I was shocked. There wasn't a speck of rust
on it and the exterior and interior were in mint condition. I snapped the
car up there and then.
My original plan was to quickly take the parts out that
I need, then scrap the rest of the car. After owning the car for a few
days I soon realised that it was far too good for a donor, so I sold it to a
friend and went searching for another engine!
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After some searching and reading through
the forums I found
a link to www.roverbreakers.com who
specialise in breaking late model, low mileage cars. I
managed to get a 1.4 16v engine, 'box all ancillaries and ECU from a MG ZR and a
set of rear calipers from an MGF for the rear of the Libra.
A couple of weeks before my kit collection
I phoned round for some insurance quotes and found out that if I had a 1.8 VVC
(160 bhp) it
would only increase my premium a little bit. So, I went back to Andy at
Rover breakers and got a VVC engine/box, MGF drive shafts and MGF hydraulic
clutch cylinders! Third time lucky!