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Should I buy an SD1?


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#61 OFFLINE   Ratdat

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 07:55 PM

Looks great ratdat, I was watching that car to as a possible solution to the great single plen manual vitesse running gear surrounded by very tatty bodywork example of the breed in my custodianship :roll: Those glovebox literatures are nice!

It would have been a good solution to that! Although, in a way it'd be a shame to pull it apart and make it V8 as it's so unmolested. I bet a lot of six pots have been converted to V8 over the years, especially the smaller ones. Is your shell not worth fixing up?

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 08:55 PM

Looks great ratdat, I was watching that car to as a possible solution to the great single plen manual vitesse running gear surrounded by very tatty bodywork example of the breed in my custodianship :roll: Those glovebox literatures are nice!

It would have been a good solution to that! Although, in a way it'd be a shame to pull it apart and make it V8 as it's so unmolested. I bet a lot of six pots have been converted to V8 over the years, especially the smaller ones. Is your shell not worth fixing up?

Well, its a right tatty old thing really, all the door bottoms are gone as is the bonnet and tailgate, and some rather nasty looking bubbling around the windscreen and sunroof :roll: In an earlier post to this thread, you make a comparison of the Rover straight 6 to the Triumph engine, I have an idea the Rover engine was indeed based on the Triumph lump, and in a book I have on the history of the Triumph 2000/2500, there is a picture of a late model 2500 being used as a test-bed for the Rover engine with the bonnet open clearly showing the installation :wink:
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#63 OFFLINE   Justin Case

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:12 PM

Actually sounds pretty nice. Fairly muffled from inside the car. Sounds more like the old Triumph six to me than say, a Datsun six like in a Z or Laurel.

Weren't the six-cylinder SD1 engines developed from the Triumph six? If so it could account for that

#64 OFFLINE   MrRegieRitmo

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:29 PM

I've saved the pictures of the car, it looks a beauty! 8)

#65 OFFLINE   Spottedlaurel

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:12 AM

Looks fantastic Ed! It’d be period perfect to take along to the Neasden garage, we noticed they had a few SD1 posters up.P.S. Shame to see MikeD’s old Lancer sitting there.

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And a couple of modern Toyotas.


#66 OFFLINE   Mike D

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:02 PM

P.S. Shame to see MikeD’s old Lancer sitting there.

Bernie was using it for work for a while before she got the 323GT, it'll be getting re-tested soon and more than likely sold on, it's a lovely car, but as i have the Astra and it does twice the mpg, i don't really have a use for it anymore

#67 OFFLINE   Ratdat

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 06:33 PM

It's a shame that the Lancer has so little going for it. It's neither fast nor economical and it isn't even particularly attractive to look at! It actually drives lovely and is really confortable and of course is in really good shape so it's not all bad. I'm sure someone will be smitten with it though and it'll find a home.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:01 PM

I must admit it ticks a lot of my boxes, but there's no room at the inn, unfortunately!I'm particularly fond of the bland and the obscure.

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:07 PM

And it's gold too. All good 80s shite should be beige or gold. An awful lot of low mileage autos I've seen from this period seem to be gold. I suppose it went well with the beige/brown decor of the original retired owners bungalows. And their beige cardigans. And beige slacks. And beige loafers.
I dont no wot there worth tbh mate only wont it for pre 68 obvserly lol hav u got any pics plz mate

#70 OFFLINE   michiel

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 10:24 PM

Nice SD1, what a dashboard!

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:55 PM

SD1 looks very clean and straight - nice purchase.




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