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Hello! :)

#1 Post by dado_k » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:30 pm

Hello everybody!

First of all thank you for activating my account! I'm really very happy to be part of this forum community! :)
I'm from Italy and I'm happy to share with you some pictures of my twenty-two years old Rover 200, 1.4L, that I own since 1998!
She's not yet well customized and tuned like the many beatiful ones that I could see here on the forum but I hope to find here tips,
tricks and suggestions for doing that on my 200!

I've just started the application process to register my Rover 200 into the historic vehicle italian registry managed by the ASI Association
(the italian classic car authority). The first step has been successfully passed since the main requirements is that the car must be well-maintened
and original in all of its parts: engine, bodyshell, ...
I hope soon to share other good news! :)

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She could be an old lady because of the 22 years but, as a young lady, she still knows how to run on the road and I still enjoy very much driving her! :)
She only asks me to be regularly serviced! :angel

It's my second Rover since I previously owned a 1992 Rover 216 GSi 1.6L (imho a really great car!).

I will mostly read posts rather than write because I'm not a technician or a mechanic, so I can get the chance to learn!

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#2 Post by 1234dist » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:01 pm

:welcome
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#3 Post by redandwhitE » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:01 pm

Read away!!!! I too am no mechanic but there's plenty of knowledge and great ideas here which will encourage as well as help.
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#4 Post by Nigel B » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:31 pm

:welcome

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#5 Post by 961tat » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:32 pm

Ciao dado-k
macchina dall'aspetto incantevole . :clapping

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#6 Post by montegoman » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:48 pm

That is a great looking car you have there.
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#7 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:43 am

dado_k wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:30 pm

She's not yet well customized and tuned like the many beatiful ones that I could see here on the forum but I hope to find here tips,
tricks and suggestions for doing that on my 200!
:welcome

You have a very original looking car there so my suggestion would be to keep her that way - but I would say that wouldn't I :)

Good luck with your registration too. Please let us know how you get on.
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#8 Post by dado_k » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:20 am

Thank you all for your answers and support! Have you a great Sunday! :)

961tat wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:32 pm
Ciao dado-k
macchina dall'aspetto incantevole . :clapping
Grazie mille veramente, di cuore! :D

GTiJohn wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:43 am
:welcome

You have a very original looking car there so my suggestion would be to keep her that way - but I would say that wouldn't I :)
I think I understand what you mean. In some way it's like the Hamlet's doubt "To be or not to be"! :)
For the moment I have to keep her as original as possible because of the registration.
Afterwards, I can't guarantee I can resist giving her a "new" look! ...expecially seeing the 200's and 25's amazing pictures here on the forum!

Imho one of the aspects that contributes to the great charm of the Rover brand is that Rover cars have been designed and produced with a beautiful design
(simple but attractive, and "simple" often means "genius"!) but are equally suitable for being well-tuned and well-customized, while remaining intact in their
original personality. That's why (imho!) Rover cars design is still unique, modern and fascinating despite the passing of the years until today.

GTiJohn wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:43 am
Good luck with your registration too. Please let us know how you get on.
Thank you! Sure! No doubt about that! :)

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#9 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:40 pm

A/C too, very nice, much needed over there, very nice car. :D
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#10 Post by Roverlike » Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:20 am

Welcome along!

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#11 Post by G.Watts » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:22 am

:welcome Thats a nice original car that doesn’t look it’s age your climate is much kinder to older cars than ours.

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#12 Post by dado_k » Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:44 pm

Hi everybody! :)

I would have liked to give you some updates soon but
the application to register my "200" into the "historic cars register" has been unfortunately temporarily delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown restrictions measures. :mope

For the same reason I haven't been turning my Rover on and driving it since the last March 8th.
"She" has never stood still for such a long time!
I hope that this period of inactivity does not damage in any way the engine. I'm especially concerned about the cylinder liner heights: could the engine inactivity be a cause for the lowering of the cylinder liners?

I hope that soon I'll be able to give you some good news. I can't wait for this bad and ugly period to end soon for all of us and to be able to "ride" again my Rover, as well!
For now, be safe my friends and a great hug to you from Italy! :)

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#13 Post by crepello » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:45 pm

dado_k wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:44 pm
I hope that this period of inactivity does not damage in any way the engine. I'm especially concerned about the cylinder liner heights: could the engine inactivity be a cause for the lowering of the cylinder liners?
The problem with dropped liners is generally understood to be a possibility after a head-gasket failure and subsequent overheating.
It also appears to be a consideration only in the later 'damp liner' engines where the support arrangement for the liners within the block was revised.
Without definitive factory explanation, my personal suspicion is that the liner dropping is a symptom of its seating in the block having become softened by excessive heat.

So, resting a car for a while should not bring on this problem. But it might be an idea to run the engine occasionally to circulate the fluids.

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#14 Post by 1234dist » Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:57 am

Mine sleeps 3/4 of the year and every 3 months I run the engine to temp. Mainly to charge the battery but also helps things not becoming stagnated. Less than a month is nothing.
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