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  1. love the colour of the cavalier you dont see many in that colour.
  2. In 1994 Rover 216 tomcat I bought this to be my daily driver after my mileage doubled and has been fantastic bought off eBay unseen and with the mot expiring the day the auction ended I stuck it in for an mot a few days after I got it and it passed, 8500 miles later all its needed was a starter and two track rod ends. 1989 Renault 21 GTS An impulse purchase its need a fair bit more work to get it useable but ive just started putting some miles on it and I love it. it has a strange charm to it, its still in need of some more work it needs some welding next summer and some other little bits on the interior sorting and a carb rebuild. Out 2008 Jaguar Xf 3.0 petrol I bought this at the end of 2019 to be my daily after my Astra gtc went back to Vauxhall, I payed 4 grand for it, 2 owners and full jaguar history absolutely brilliant car did loads of miles in it and the only thing that went wrong was the level sensor in the coolant bottle failed. it wasn’t very good on fuel and the road tax was 560 quid a year but I would defiantly have another only sold it as my mileage doubled and need something that did better on fuel. it hasn’t gone far as my brother now owns it as he dose a lot less miles. Non Movers 1982 Rover Sd1 3500 The resto is pretty much finished its been fighting me but now just needs to go for and mot its only been ready for over a month now just not had a lot of motivation to do it, I still need to get the steel wheels refurbished and put them on after its mot then it will be the little issues the first proper drives will throw up. not sure what the long term holds would like to do some travelling in it but not sure. 1964 Hillman super minx Ive had this a lot longer than I remember I got this in 2020 I did a fair amount to it I put new sills on it I changed the clutch did some wiring and a bunch of other things was hoping to get to use it this summer but getting it registered took nearly 3 months but finally got it registered so hopefully next summer it should be out and about sill got a few small jobs to do but not much. As for next year plan its to concentrate on what i have and have them all on the road and keep up with the maintenance and get some use out of the Hillman and the rover.
  3. cheers thank you its defiantly been a challenge at times the running issues nearly sent me and rich mad trying to sort them! I’ve been checking out your 2600 its really nice love the gold it looks pretty good the interior seems to held up really well mine was a total mess when I got it. with the sunroof on yours is it the metal sunroof panel that’s rotted ? if its the panel rimmer bros do sell new ones now as well as the seal. if you take the headliner out the whole tray assembly unbolts from the roof and will come out the boot aperture it is a two person job, once its out the metal sunroof panel is really easy to remove its just some screws and two springs ive got a few pictures of when mine was out of the car if you ever need them .oh that’s pretty cool you know the tomcat its been a really good car proper fun to drive. good luck and fingers crossed on the mot on the 2600!
  4. yeah I’ve got a fair bit of its history it seems to have stayed fairly local I’m in Bedford, it was originally sold from marshals in petebourgh it was built in 1980 and not registered until 82 the first owner seems to have used it as a second car to tow with for about 10 years it only had very light use by the mot papers I have as it only did about 12000 miles in 10 years, it then seems to have gone around few enthusiasts for most of the rest on the 90s being converted to a manual some time during then. the guy I bought it off had it since 2001 it was in practical classics in 2003 I believe and then it was taken off the road when it failed its mot that year ,I got in 2013 after it sat in his garden for 10 years.
  5. Evening all Bit of a thread resurrection I hadn’t quite realized its been just over a year since I last updated this!!! a little bit of explaining on the lack of updates its been a pretty mad year not long after the last update the engine went in for machining so for about a month or so I was just waiting for its return that was the end of November I ran into a fair few problems building the engine a mechanic friend was helping as and when he was able and then Christmas happened. my mojo was running a bit low at this point it was just fighting every step of the way. I think we got the engine in the car in mid January and tried to get it running to which it did but like crap, it would massively over fuel then under fuel we couldn’t time it and to top it off the power steering didn’t work the pump would boil over in 30 seconds of running. at this point I was just a bout done with it so I took a break for a while, then something I never expected to happen was I got offered another job which i took so had to pack everything up and get it all home which meant cleaning out my garage and that took ages. so didn’t work on the car from about the end of February till the end of may. also because I have a problem i bought more cars that didn’t help but I have a good chunk of pictures to up date this with along with the engine running issues saga and power steering fix. but I’ve waffled on long enough here is a few picture’s of its nearly finished state . as a bonus here is the cars that have joined the fleet a rover 216 tomcat this is my daily driver bought blind off eBay just before the end of the last lockdown its mot expired the day the auction ended I got it delivered and put it in for a mot which it passed and has been my daily driver ever since just over 8500 miles later it been perfect this is a keeper I have plans to have it resprayed next year if all goes well. the pictures flatter the terrible paint! next up was an bit of an impulse buy and has had a lot more issue’s to fix than I was hoping a 89 Renault 21 gts special another build eBay buy I paid too much for but for some reason I really like it and I’m slowly working through its issues. also if anyone knows where one minght be in a scrap yard please let me know it would be a great help. i should have all the rover pictures sorted for a proper update next. Ryan
  6. sometimes cars drive you absolutely mad one of these starts first turn of the key runs beautifully and pretty much everything works, one has had thousands spent on it and refuses to run properly and has multiple issue’s that are driving me and rich mad! I shall let everyone guess witch is witch. .
  7. Evening all so the time had come to be brave and connect a battery up this bit makes me nervous as I always think something is going to explode but the battery was connected and no magic Lucas smoke appeared so I turned the key. WE HAVE LIFE this was so exiting so I started going through and seeing what else did or didn’t work I put the headlights and fogs on and this brought the first thing that didn’t work the dip beam, side lights work but no dip beam other than that all the other lights worked even the bulb failure light works and it did indeed have two blown bulbs in the rear it went off once the bulbs were replaced . the indicator’s work but hazards don’t so that’s another thing to look into but all the windows power up and down the heater blower works and the central locking partially works. next up was to try the wipes witch work well with two speed and intermittent , so I did the hubnut wiper test and. yep triangle of doom and dribble! next was the front fog lights my intention was to clean up and reuse my originals but on closer inspection on had cracked down the middle so I replaced them with some nos one I got years ago for 10 quid. putting the old an new side by side shows how much the old ones had discolored inside so I fitted them to the new undertray and fitted it to the car now hear was where I made a mistake I bought a brand new headlining as my original was totally destroyed when I got the car. on the new one you needed to cut out the sunroof aperture material now I made the stupid mistake of not trying it in the car before cutting it and when I put it in the car It was too short. now thinking I had just ruined my very expensive headliner rich had the idea that if I could find the material we could recover it as its a fiberglass board, so a bit of searching online I found the material is called brushed nylon now I couldn’t get the exact color so I decided to go with jaguar champagne instead as I really liked the color so rich did an amazing job and recovered the headliner sunroof panel and d post trims and we fitted it to the car. I really like color of this material. the interior of this car is a bit of my own creation and I know its a bit strange but its been made from the best parts I’ve managed to source of the years that aren’t drastically different colors i do have three brand new door cards that I want to paint to match to the dashboard as I plan to paint the center console and gloveboxes as well to hopefully make the colors in the car a bit more uniform . Ryan
  8. Evening all a good amount of progress has been made I finished the brake pipes in the engine bay so the only one left is the front to back line. I also fitted the info stickers on the bonnet. I cleaned up the rear seat and heal board carpet and refitted the rear seat. it was at this point a huge box turned up for me i this box contained some much need parts such as a new expansion bottle a lower front valance a set of genuine mud flaps and most important a windscreen and bonding kit. so I employed the skill of rich to bond the screen and chromes in as he has done it before and dose and excellent job. all bonded in and looking good so that’s a full set of windows. I fitted the new expansion bottle and cap. next up was something I’ve been waiting to fit ever since I bought it years ago what is it a new old stock dashboard . this dash has been all the way to America then sent back as it was for a right hand drive car. I also took the instrument cluster apart and cleaned and fitted it it so nice to have an undamaged dash. next I cleaned up the door cards and fitted them I need to paint up some surrounds for the rear door locks but fitted the cards to prevent them getting damaged. next up I put the wiper and indicator stalk on and fitted the column surround . I got pretty lucky a few years back and found a complete series 1 cruise control system I’m slowly working out where it all goes in not sure ill be brave enough to try it when the cars running. next I turned my attention to the boot area. first up I fitted the central locking unit. I fitted the boot light and the rails the parcel shelf rides on I also made up some tabs and mounted the rear speakers. I remade one of the wiring harness that goes into the boot lid for the central locking and rewrapped the other loom and fitted them to the boot . with that done I cleaned up the rest of the parts for the boot lid and fitted them. next was to tackle my ruined parcel self mine had all the vinyl lift off and the catch’s brake it also split into two half’s .so the latch’s are just made of thick plastic and after 30 years they just crumble I did find some nos ones on eBay but they were 12.50 each and you need 4 so I decided to see if I could make them out of metal. these are the mk1 versions they work quite well I just need to make another set of 4 and spot weld them together to make them a little wider but for now they work well. I decided with the parcel shelf to just paint it satin black as the fiber glass texture makes it blend in pretty well. I recovered the boot boards and cleaned up the vinyl boot matting and finished up the boot area. its a little bit strange seeing it with the boot fully trimmed as it never was when it was on the road but is coming together really nicely. next up I cleaned up and fitted the center console and fitted my nos sharp radio this wont actually be wired in as I’m going to do the hidden Bluetooth amp but this radio is nice and period correct. the radio came with the warning stickers for the window so i fitted one to the windscreen. and that’s it for now I should be able to put a battery on it soon and see what comes to life Many Thanks Ryan
  9. Evening all a little while back I refurbished the heater box I had to buy a second hand one from a car that was breaking on eBay as my original heater box had all the link rods for moving the vents cut for some reason and the plastic box itself had been broken in places. so with the second hand box I pulled it completely apart re foamed all the flaps and fitted a new heater matrix and gave the box a really good clean . with that back in I went to look at the brake master cylinder I really wanted to put the car back to the correct ap Lockheed master cylinder but new ones are no longer available so after a very long time I found a used one on eBay that I thought I could rebuild unfortunately upon taking it apart it had leaked brake fluid into the servo, the servo looked to still be ok but the master cylinder itself had some very deep pitting in bore I asked a few brake rebuilders if they could sleeve the master and test the servo but I was told no so I decided to use the new series 2 Girling master and servo I bought just before the car went in for restoration. I also fitted a new clutch master cylinder but I ran out of brake pipe to finish doing the engine bay so more has been ordered .I have cleaned up and painted the wiper motor and linkage and refitted the air intake grills now you may notice the wood rim steering wheel fitted in the last pic it was my birthday last month and I had spotted this steering wheel some months back and decided to buy it. its a genuine momo wood and Pickett wheel from 1983 its the wheel they fitted to the sd1s they modified and with the light color interior the car is going to have I though it would look quite good. I dug my carpet out of the garage at home and got out the carpet cleaning hoover and gave it a damm good clean as it was absolutely horrible 30 odd years of muddy feet plus being in my garage for the last 2 years it was pretty horrible but came up really well. the stuff that came out of it was absolutely disgusting this was what was in the machine after the second pass. nasty but with the carpet clean I made up some new thick sound matt to go under the carpet and l put the carpet in the car to help it recover its shape. next I put the sunroof back together I gave the tray a really good clean and I employed the service of triple rich to help recover the sunroof panel with the new fabric as upholstery is not my strong suit and I really didn’t want to mess it up rich did an amazing job it looks brilliant. while i had richs help we put the roof rail chromes on i hate putting thease on and rich knows the right way to get them on rich also helped fitting the tailgate glass I got very lucky a few years ago and managed to find a new old stock series 1 tailgate glass seal these haven’t been available for years and rimmer bros only sell the series 2 ones which are different . it was quite difficult to fit but went in nicely I almost have a full set of windows now I just need to get a windscreen. next I cleaned and fitted the coil and piped the washer jets and fitted an new washer bottle and pump. I just need to finish clipping the pipes in place and that’s done. I’ve got lots of little jobs to do but I’m slowly ticking them off Ryan.
  10. now’s the best time to start collecting panel work if you need it some stuff is starting to get harder to find like rear quarter panels and some of the inner front panels, but quite a lot is still available and not too expensive. the wiring looks scary but isn’t too bad, what part of your loom has gone brittle mine was still nice and flexible even in the engine bay just someone attacked mine with an angle grinder.
  11. hello all with being back at work has allowed me to return to the rover ,so just before the lockdown I had taken the week off so the first job was to install some sound deadening mat onto the floors and the doors. I went for this silent coat sound mat it wasn’t too expensive but seems to do a good job of taking the ringing out of the panels when you tap on them. I’ve put a fare bit more of this on than rover ever did from the factory, I still need to make the mats that go on the floors and bulkhead. with that done I cleaned up and put the steering column in. next I cleaned up and repaired the rear wiring harnesses and refitted them to the car. next I decided to refit the v8 wing badges ,the badges are in fairly good condition you can buy new ones but so much of this car is new I wanted to keep some of the original parts I took off so a good polish with some chrome cleaner and some new sicky pads they went back on really nicely. next was to get all the doors completely fitted up so each door was gone through its had all new window seals the window motor was cleaned up and re greased as was the latch and catch, its got all new door handles and brand new rubber mirrors. it took about 1 day a door to get them fitted up. the electric windows on my car worked quite well but the one weak point I found in them was the window switch’s they are very susceptible to corrosion on the terminal’s inside, lucky these switch’s are super easy to take apart and service you just pop the top off them with a small screwdriver and lift the two small contacts out and give them a good clean, after I cleaned them I put some dielectric grease in to hold off them corroding again . here is a bit of information that might be useful to someone on series 1 car their a two types of outer door handles early cars I believe 1976 to 1978 have a brushed chrome finish to them and later cars 1978 onwards have a regular shiny chrome finish but here is a picture of the two side by side. also the rear door handles are exactly the same both sides all you need to do to make the handle fit which ever side you need is to swap over the arm that actuates the mechanism on the inside. next I did the same to the other doors and fitted the rear quarter windows with new rubbers and fitted the b and c post trims. these little clips are what holed the rear quarter chrome trim on under the window the little plastic spacer you can still buy form rimmer bros but rimmers say the metal clip is no longer available this isn’t true the clips are available from bresco and eBay if you search for mk4 ford zodiac waist trim clips as they are exactly the same clip bresco list them with the ford or rover part number. here is the other side fitted up. i pushed the car outside as i wanted to see the car in the sunlight. well typically their wasn’t much sunlight but its starting to look like a car again its getting really exiting. with it back inside it was time to finish repairing and fitting the main wiring loom. the loom was damaged when it had the wings changed Meany years ago they hit the loom with a grinder badly slicing about 5 wires one being the main earth running inside the car, instead of fixing the damage they just taped over it and left it. so with it fixed and re wrapped I refitted it. next up will up will be the heater box and brake master cylinder. Ryan
  12. I’ve heard of speedy spares I need to contact them about some parts for my 64 super minx I didn’t think they did anything for it as it seemed on their site that they mostly did 60s and 70s stuff. I’ve had the same fun with the rear door hands on mine lucky mine freed off with a bit of wd40 and now seem to work ok. my mirrors were so smashed their wasn’t really anything left of them I ended up fitting 309 mirrors which kind of fit. I’ve managed to source some parts for it I’ve got genuine outer cv boots, rear wheel cylinder’s and flexi hoses also track rods, I’ve also got spares carb on the way from Spain I order a few weeks ago as mine still has running issues. the main issue is bushes pretty much most of them are dry rotten they don’t haven any play in them that i can feel but I think they would fail an mot the worst bush being on drivers side front lower control arm which has been soaked in oil for years and has gone gooey, the book says you have to take the torsion bar out which looks really fun. and the other issue under the car is the drivers rear trailing arm has a very small rust hole near the spring cup this is the one that really stumped me as your not supposed to weld tailing arms but i don’t know where you would find another one. their a really quirky car especially when you throw in the random Peugeot bits.
  13. bloody hell that’s a rare sight good spot I think the last time I looked theirs less that 12 alpine rapiers left with only 2 on the road. its a shame it doesn’t use more Peugeot parts its silly things like inner driveshaft boots usually the shaft is around 20mm but these are about 42mm I’m not sure why with only 90hp. the closest I could find was 35mm boots which might work.
  14. Time for a thread resurrection!! with the lockdown I’ve had some more time on my hands to remember I had this, id be lying if id said I had done anything to it in just over a year about the only thing that happened was I moved it when I sold my calibra.so I decided I should probably take a look at it now my brother wanted to have a go at welding it as he has never done any welding and this would be some good practice. I wasn’t planning on this so didn’t bring home any of my equipment from work so we made do with the stuff I had in the garage which isn’t much. their was two large holes in the rear inner tubs that he welded up. the top one was his first attempt and overall I think he did very well for his first attempt at welding with the not very good welder I have here at home it only really has two settings doesn’t weld anything or so hot everything melts, but with those done he moved on to some smaller holes in the tubs and under the rear seat. with those done I gave him a hand to fix the hole in the passenger chassis leg and b post. with those done that was pretty much all the holes that would fail an mot.so I went on to finish tidying the repair I did to the driver rear sill some time ago. looking much better I did paint the sill with some silver paint that is close to the original and then game it a cote of lacquer but didn’t take a picture of it. I also made an attempt to tidy up the drivers rear wheel arch now the rear section of the arch by the filler cap is completely rotten the last owner looks to have made a section out of plastic and filler now I have two new wheel arch panels to go on but I didn’t want to do it with the welder I have here I also have no air tools here so I ground back the worst of it put some rust treat on it and re skimmed it with filler. now I really don’t like doing stuff like that but it looks a lot better and should hold it back for a while I also did the other side as well which is in far better shape. I also re stone guarded the passenger sill and painted it too. with that done it looks much better now I had to remove the tow bar as every time I’ve walked past the back of the car I’ve hit my leg on it which was annoying also I had discovered it was rotten when I was looking underneath at something else so off it came. to my amazement all the bolts came undone really easy which was nice. while that was off I cleaned up the spare wheel mount bolt and repaired the stripped thread on the end witch I believe is a safety. # I also painted the interior door handles as they were really badly faded and bugging me. now this is where I have hit problems pretty much everything I’ve been looking for is really difficult to find it, or you need to modify something to fit. I had been toying with the ideal of selling it when I got the Hillman I’ve also wanted to get a mk2 Astra for long time so I’ve pretty much decided that I’m going to put it up for sale so if anybody is interested I would like 650 for it as that’s what it owes me so if anyone is interested send me a message I can list every thing it needs. I don’t want to put it on eBay if no one wants It shall keep it. Ryan
  15. These were my two back in 2012 my dolomite 1500hl Which i had been my main car through my third year at collage and my daily driver to work. then i got the bluebird turbo sr Which took over daily dutes from the dolomite, i wish i had kept the bluebird but parts were just impossible to find.
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