I am reconditioning a 1275 Metro Engine pulled from a 1989 Mk 2 Metro to transplant into my 1982 HLE 1000, the engine thread is in my signature "1275 Metro Engine Project".
The car will be a fast road spec (AC RS Cam, Stage One Kit, Lightened Flywheel, MG Metro Cylinder Head (large valves), HIF44)
I am finalising some parts that I need for when I finally get it into the car and need some help with the cooling system. Where I am confused is whether or not I need a Bypass Hose on the water Pump? Which hose set to get (must be blue), what thermostat housing and do I need a sandwich plate under it (the extra aluminium piece), what thermostat, and do I need a heater / heater valve on the cylinder head? I have a heater matrix in the car but it has not been used since I have had the car (about 9 years) for fear of flooding the car?
I have set out the parts / queeries below but I guess answers to some will depict answers to some of the others?
Radiator - I have been advised to get a 2 Core Radiator and was going to get a Fletcher or possibly a cheaper copy?
Heater - Do I need a heater / heater take off / does it improve cooling.
Hoses - I am not sure which hose set I will need?
Water Pump - Which pump do I need? Large Cast Impellor? Do I need a Bypass Hose?
Cylinder Head Do I need a heater take off valve?
Thermostat and Thermostat Housing - What thermostat do I need, do I need the extra sandwich plate?