I seem to have acquired the Autoshite Rover Cabriolet... the grey one with the red seats...
Making a little list of bits needed if anyone frequents breakers and finds these sort of things. It's not a long list!
First up, though, is sunvisors, as the driver's side one is missing the mirror.
I'm also looking for better seats, I think - may fall on the side of putting a leather interior in it (or actually buying another one and selling this one!) - there's something weird about that velour fabric plus Rover's foam, and the seats are just... odd. They feel like the foam has turned into that oasis stuff florists use, and though it doesn't really stay put when you poke it - surely they weren't supposed to feel like this?
There's also a contagion of yellow powder falling out of the cover for the folded roof.
Kudos for Rover thinking of the environment when they specified biodegradable foams...
In other news, what a nice little car that I can't think of any good reason to be as unpopular as they seem to be. I got it because I can't afford a Mk 1 Golf Cabriolet anymore.
Congrats - I miss that car dearly
Love the red seats though even if they are fucked
That yellow shit is a huge PITA!
Well, y'all can always buy it back - I've got my eye on one locally in a colour more to my taste - though I suspect it cost me a bit more than you sold it for (and has a lot of MoT); after driving this one and having poked it properly I think I'm prepared to spend more on a leather model with cleaner trim, as all the qualities I wanted from a small '1980s' cabriolet; roll bars, slim pillars, narrow body, slim doors, actually feeling open with the roof down - all that is perfect. Plus two things the Golf never had - decent bootspace and a refined engine/gearbox. Oh, and decent brakes.
It seems fundamentally solid, at least, and drives nicely. Roof is happy with a bit of tweaking and refitting cant rail seals as correctly as I can (they're NLA so must be protected); two generic spare keys made so risk of locking in boot is reduced, and ordered two genuine Rover blanks from Rimmers... CD changer works, too, which made me very happy!
I still don’t have storage that would do it justice but if you do end up sitting on it for a bit I’d definitely be interested
Have the dodgy CV boots etc been replaced or was the tester just a bit more lenient / incentivised than mine?
Things I am likely to do:
Change gearbox oil
Tidy some interior bits (it's not bad, really - only broken bits I have found so far are the recline on the passenger side, which needs a spring clip in the knob, and the aforementioned sunvisor)
Keep an eye out for a cheap new radiator, as there's a venting/coolant smell I want to trace - no signs of leaks so I suspect pinholes - lots of room to work.
Replace pressure cap (standard).
Investigate rear demister blower as I can't tell if it works.
Stock up on cheap NOS spares from Rimmers...
Stick some kurust on the little bits.
Things I can't do: Fix the little dents