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Ashleys Rover - progress

#1 Post by martin_bmth » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:38 pm

Usually cars get names in my house but this blue 216 cabriolet seems to have got stuck with being known as "Ashleys car" after its former keeper. I thought id start a thread to keep up with whats going on.

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Ive given the radiator brackets and battery clamp a coat of hamerite so they look nice. :clapping

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This weekend proper work started and its got a new head gasket, radiator and thermostat (Beware eurocarparts thermostats and their wrong seal -small one in pic! They will leak like a sieve and you have to do it again).

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Ive decided to swap to OAT coolant as it matches my other cars. All went well and everything runs up, heater gets hot and the fan kick in when they should.

Belts and water pump are very new and didnt need replacing.

Stuff to do before MOT seems to be:
- replace blowing exhaust section (ive not looked to see whereit is yet).
- adjust/ fix handbrake. (not rovers strong point at the best of times :laughing2 )
- Fix fog lights (button doesnt light up so im guessing its a fuse)

Nice non-esensential stuff to do:
- Good clean and a polish
- give the roof a greasing and make sure its all loose ready for the summer.
- Tidy the bodywork to keep the rust at bay
- find a nice front bumper and bonnet in the right colour (both are ratty and are probably cheaper to replace with nice ones than try to fix.
- refub wheels as ones a slightly different colour
- Collect the spare doors from Ashley and drop a crate of beer round to him for being such a great bloke.
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#2 Post by itsonlyme » Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:59 pm

its good to see things moving Martin

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#3 Post by martin_bmth » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:10 pm

Thanks Tony, I feel more like a custodian than a keeper of this car. Its so old school with the original tape player, its like going back to 1997 when you sit in it. :)

Im thinking of taking it to POL next year. :D

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#4 Post by StubbornPatriot » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:50 pm

Yes, it is good to get updates from members as to what they are doing and the occasional progress report. There should be more of these types of postings. Great to see you are getting on with it and keeping another one roadworthy. Keep up the good work and keep us posted.

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#5 Post by martin_bmth » Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:15 pm

Fitted the backbox today and I cant beleive how clean the car is underneath.

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Shiny! *laughs*. :clapping
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All the lights work now - the rear fog switch is a little temperamental. Will try to pick up a replacement some time. :D

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#6 Post by martin_bmth » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:55 pm

Everything is working and ready. Its in for its MOT tomorrow! First one for a while but im sure ive checked everything so hopefully it'll be good :)

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#7 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:18 am

martin_bmth wrote:Everything is working and ready. Its in for its MOT tomorrow! First one for a while but im sure ive checked everything so hopefully it'll be good :)
Good luck! :)
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#8 Post by RoverRevival » Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:29 am

:clapping Keep up the good work.
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#9 Post by martin_bmth » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:01 pm

Stumbled at the last hurdle with the MOT, one of the rear brakes isnt working well enough... Its the only problem found so my mechanic is gonna give it a wiggle and perhaps a new brake cylinder and we should be all sorted for a Monday retest :D :clapping

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#10 Post by RoverRevival » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:49 pm

just take it off and reset and regrease you'll be surprised how much it helps.
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#11 Post by martin_bmth » Sun Jan 10, 2016 7:44 pm

After a new handbrake cable we were all mot'd. Old one was just not going to play nicely ;) . This weekend it was tax and insurance time so we're on the road. Happy days :D

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Mixed emotions with the insurance..... I went with Saga as the cheapest... I have to accept im getting old, I suppose with £134 as the premium its not all bad :D A little drive through the forest for the first outing went well :D

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#12 Post by RoverRevival » Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:21 pm

:clapping
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#13 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:12 pm

Seconded :clapping
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#14 Post by martin_bmth » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:32 pm

Friday was a lovely day and the top came down for the first time in my ownership for the drive home from work. :clapping


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#15 Post by martin_bmth » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:40 pm

Today was clutch day. Down to the rivets... nothing left to give :laughing2 Treated her to new gearbox oil too. :clapping Thanks to my good friend Phil who changed the clutch.... highly recommended if you need someone good with a spanner near Bournemouth. :D

Mrs S hasnt noticed ive spent money on this..... so I should be able to get away with getting the bodywork sorted soon. ;) :angel

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