Tom's Metro Van Project

Tom's first Metro was a Mk1 Austin Metro 998cc, which he still owns and has been his daily driver for the past 6 years. Wanting something with a bit more power he purchased a 1993 Mk3 Metro when it came up for sale locally; first converting to 1.8 VVC and then into a van project...

Like a few people Tom had had the idea of making a Mk1/2 K-Series Metro for a while but the amount of time and work finding all the parts, then cutting up your car and doing the work to convert it is a big step to make. 

When Tom bought this Mk3 he wasn’t planning to do this conversion. However, having seen the totally different driving experience of the K-Series when a cheap Mk2 van came up for sale on eBay making a Mk1 1.8 K-Series van seemed too good a opportunity to miss! 

Tom's A-Series van before being sprayed  Tom's A-Series van conversion


  • 1993 Rover Metro Rio
  • original steel van panels fitted, rear bulkhead, floor extension, spare wheel cover
  • Mk1 Turbo bonnet
  • Mk1 tailgate fitted
  • Mk1 bumpers and lights, grill
  • new rear arches and rear panel
  • modified doors for security locks, deadlocks also fitted
  • modified Mk1 front wings, made 1 inch longer than standard
  • modified scuttle 1 inch longer than standard
  • custom made front panel
  • upper fuel filler welded, lower fuel door welded in, fuel filler inside car 
  • roof aeriel removed, rear wiper removed
  • custom made full bolt in roll cage, boxed mounting platforms, main hoop tied into rear jacking points
  • custom made alloy roof rack
  • Mk2 Turbo body kit
  • custom mixed colour based on nardo grey

Morris badge

Suspension & brakes

  • fully rebuilt suspension all new parts
  • Individualised / lowered / stiffened
  • front sock absorbers fitted, gaz adjustable
  • modified rear subframe mounts and large droop stops
  • front and rear anti-roll bar
  • MGF front brakes
  • MGF 14 inch steel spare wheels banded from 5.5 to 7 inch 185/50/14 tyres


  • 1.8 VVC K-Series rebuilt with new pistons / liners etc.
  • standard R65 5-speed gearbox
  • K&N air filter
  • remapped ECU
  • modified MGF alloy rad with electric fan
  • remote thermostat
  • stainless steel powerflow side exit exhaust and decat
  • omex rev limiter
  • sump guard


  • MG red carpets
  • MG 130mph speedo
  • GTi seats
  • Schroth 4 point ASM harnesses
  • Grant steering wheel with d1 spec quick slim release
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