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  1. Just my opinion but I think the main thing working against the 45 is the cost of insurance as they are generally in a higher insurance group than a Rover 75 with the same engine. My 1.4 45 for example is in the same insurance group as a 1.8 75 (Group 17) and I suppose that, given the choice, a lot a people would rather have a 75. To be honest it's the thought of the insurance costs that has .put me off buying it, as well as not having driven an automatic before.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions guys. I has a look at the radiator and IMG this morning and they look OK (assuming I was looking in the right places). I topped the coolant up again and took it out for a run as I thought it might be easier to spot any potential leaks when the engine was hot rather than cold. After a 40 mile run which included a traffic queue, a single track country lane and a 60mph blast along a dual carriageway I got back home having notched up 800 miles since I bought it. Upon opening the bonnet if the coolant level had gone down it wasn't noticeable. What I did notice was that the upper radiator hose was damp in a couple of places. DSCF0413 by timothy jones, on Flickr DSCF0414 by timothy jones, on Flickr It did make a cracking noise when I gave it a light squeeze so maybe it's on the way out. If it's the original hose it is 16 years old and these things don't last forever. The coolant could do with changing anyway as if it's been in since the last time the timing belt was changed it's 7 years old which would explain the rusty looking gunk in the expansion tank. I think I've found where the power steering seepage referred to in the MOT is too as this looked rather moist. DSCF0417 by timothy jones, on Flickr Although it can be a nuisance having to check under the bonnet every time I take it out it is helping me to understand it better as I'm not the most technically minded person out there.
  3. Six months MOT, 34,500 miles, 2 hours to go and 1 bid at £220 quid. I may have to make a bid on it. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROVER-25-1-4-iL-34575-miles/264326523088?hash=item3d8b16a8d0:g:ajEAAOSwywtc3vTx
  4. Would I be right in saying that the rear wheels are larger than the front?
  5. I was followed by a white R reg Toyota Carina E and later saw a red L reg Mondeo estate and a K reg Cavalier Expression in red with grey plastic bumpers in Stourport.
  6. If I win it I'll be taking it to Shitefest, which is 50 miles nearer to me than the car currently is. The last time I was in Chester le Street I was in my 1969 Maxi back in 1996 when the A30/A35 Owners Club held their national rally at Beamish. Paid.
  7. I don't really want another silver car but I do need a cassette player so I'll have three randoms please.
  8. The Rover passed its MOT with just 3 advisories. I was told that the airbag light went off at first, then stayed on and finally went off so it did behave itself in the end. 😀 The new expansion tank cap has had no effect as I'm still having to top up the coolant. It was OK after I took it for a 45 mile run but if I do a few short journeys I have to top it up, any ideas?
  9. I started taking driving lessons in 1979, back when BSM used Triumph Dolomite 1300s. My first car was a 1970 Austin 1300 2 door so by the time I passed my test I already had experience of front and rear wheel drive . As for my current fleet, the equivalent of my 6 year old Skoda Fabia 1.2 would be a Skoda S100. As for the Rover 45, there weren't any small engined Rovers back in 1963 so spreading the net wider for a mildly posh BMC product the closest I could get if you go by engine size would probably be a Wolseley 1500. I wouldn't mind having these on the fleet now, I've always fancied some Wolseley illuminated badge action and the Skoda S110R is my favourite Skoda.
  10. Blimey, I haven't seen an Ariel 3 for decades.
  11. Slightly crusty 1.6 Tomcat with 5 months MoT £500. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover-Tomcat-Coupe-1-6/254200810948?_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140328180637%26meid%3D97af6f7babdc4d48a39a7ad63b794430%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D202653082207%26itm%3D254200810948&_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982
  12. Not yet. It's booked in for its MoT next week so I've got a few days to sort it out.
  13. I took the Rover to POL on Saturday where it was parked next to a very nice 400 saloon. DSCF0301 by timothy jones, on Flickr The ex Hubnut Rover 45 was also in attendance. DSCF0380 by timothy jones, on Flickr I had a chat with clayts450 about various things Rover including the noisy tappets which mine has had since I bought it. He suggested Wynns Hydraulic Lifter treatment so I tried it out and after a run out yesterday it has made a difference. The tappet noise is still there but it's now a lot better than it was. One thing that's still going on is the coolant loss but I have ordered a new expansion tank cap which will hopefully sort it out. The MoT is up in a couple of weeks so fingers crossed all goes well.
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