MK1 Rover 200

MK1 Rover 200

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Liquid Knight

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15,631 posts

139 months

Wednesday 26th January 2011
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CDP said:
Liquid Knight said:
That VDP looks worth saving. Being a pre-facelift one they're aren't many left out of the 160-odd series one Rover 200s left in the UK. The barren looked salvagable until I tried to straighten it and it cracked.

Bought one of these for now.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&am...

hehe
Looks like 44K miles. May well be a scrapage car..
That would explain the parts only rule. So many perfectly good cars have been destroyed because of the "Scrapage Scheme" the environmental argument is invalid due the the amount of energy it takes to build a new car compared to keeping an older car on the road. I own one of only three Alfa Romeo 33 Giardinetta 4x4's left in the UK and there were nine before the government kicked in. frown

Needs to be more orange flavored. At least with a normal teacake you can taste the jam. frown

350zwelgje

1,814 posts

217 months

Wednesday 26th January 2011
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Good work!

Understand what you are going through as I am bringing back to life my '81 Rover SD1. Had it for 16 years, so no need to buy one as it was already there.... Not used for over 10 years but it is ready for its MOT in a couple of more days (I hope and not to discover all sorts of things, which is nearly impossible as only the engine has remained untouched).
Hope it is for you as for me, the tinkering is part of the experience, not only driving.

Rob

edited for spelling...

Edited by 350zwelgje on Wednesday 26th January 10:27

Rollcage

11,326 posts

148 months

Wednesday 26th January 2011
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350zwelgje said:
Good work!

Understand what you are going through as I am bringing back to life my '81 Rover SD1. Had it for 16 years, so no need to buy one as it was already there.... Not used for over 10 years but it is ready for its MOT in a couple of more days (I hope and not to discover all sorts of things, which is nearly impossible as only the engine has remained untouched).
Hope it is for you as for me, the tinkering is part of the experience, not only driving.

Rob

edited for spelling...

Edited by 350zwelgje on Wednesday 26th January 10:27
Start a pic thread and link it please!

I find this sort of thing very interesting - I am sure many others do too!

Liquid Knight

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15,631 posts

139 months

Wednesday 26th January 2011
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Another Rob with another old Rover that's three of us now. scratchchin

Just been to the local scrappy for a barrel. All the Rover ones either didn't have keys or were the wrong type. I did see this while I was there though.....



...2.2 carb engine, manual box and a very cool set of retro wheels for £250 (pity I'm broke eh?) all the conversion parts I'd need and I could weigh the shell in for half my money back (£200 per Ton for scrap at the moment). frown

iain_thornton

16,909 posts

135 months

Saturday 29th January 2011
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great read, hope to hear more smile
also, I like the look of the push button start laugh
how does that wire in?

Liquid Knight

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Monday 14th February 2011
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The push button starter was a bit tacky for the old girl so I took an interior pannel off the dash and stuck what's left of the barrel to it.



Just as well I'm not going for the concourse eh? wink


Liquid Knight

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Friday 4th March 2011
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I am fed up with music in my car sounding like it's being played trough a Whoopie Cusion. Found the cause....



...and the solution.



The "yeah but no" speakers from my Fiat fit stealthily (like in-it)...



...behind the factory door trim.

The door speakers took a mater of seconds to fit because it's a simple pop the trim off, unscrew and fit process. The parcel shelf however is a pain in the cheeks and requires the kind of skill it would take to perform open heart surgery with a local anasetic to pull off. After all that because the car dates from a bigone era where in car entertainment involved the goings on in a village called Ambridge (I had to google that) only silly little speakers (as you can see from the first photo the same size as the door ones) will fit without fouling the rear seatbelts. rolleyes

So I'll have front speakers only until the payday fairies come to visit next week. Still a hundred times better than (4.08)....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UMedd03JCA

Liquid Knight

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Friday 11th March 2011
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Thanks to the Metric system you can not get speakers that fit the hole in old cars properly. So to get surround sound in the Rover again I've had to opt' for slightly small ones with lugs that stick out again. Hmmmm.





Cheap Rip(off)speed ones but a lot better than before all the same. wink

Liquid Knight

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Sunday 20th March 2011
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Found some period modification speakers to improve the Rover a bit more.



As fitted in 1989 to my old MGB GT. I took them out and forgot about them. I am curious as to how a Honeycomb Subwoofer is going to sound. wink

Liquid Knight

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Wednesday 6th April 2011
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Grrrrr! furious

Liquid Knight

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Wednesday 13th April 2011
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Good morning.....



...sorry a bit random but a nice photo' none the less. smile

Liquid Knight

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CoolC

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170 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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Only just found this thread. Did you ever get the screen sorted from the MOT? What did it need (I'm on my phone so can't see the details)

The reason I ask is because those old rovers always had a habbit of the scuttle panel under the plastic couling rotting out. It was a design flaw where water would sit there slowly doing it's best to turn the car to oxide.

Liquid Knight

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Monday 18th April 2011
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Welcome along. beer

The car sailed through the M.O.T because the crack was below the (adjusted) wipers.

Advisories on the sills and tyres. wink

When the weather's nice enough I'll get the welding done and have a cunning plan for the rubber bits. wink

moribund

3,384 posts

170 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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You've hit the eBay jackpot there! I don't know why, but I love threads/blogs like this.

Liquid Knight

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Tuesday 19th April 2011
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I've bid on the sills so please let me have them. wink

Liquid Knight

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Tuesday 19th April 2011
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red_rover

817 posts

176 months

Wednesday 20th April 2011
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Liquid Knight - I love your SD3 posts. Have you thought about coming on austin-rover.co.uk forums and tell us about your car?! There is a big fan base on there for these cars biggrin

red_rover

817 posts

176 months

Wednesday 20th April 2011
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Liquid Knight

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Thursday 21st April 2011
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hehe I wave at "boyracers" now if I had an efi "O" Series I'd deploy a cloud of oil smoke as I did. wink

I used to have a blue 216SE and every time I went round a roundabout (enfusiasticly) oil would surge into number 1 cylindar and would take a mile to burn through the exhaust. driving

Just like this chap. wink

http://youtu.be/iM6trhD6avU

Nearly bought a set of those wheels though. I think they were Metro ones though because they had stupid Metric tyres on. irked