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PostSubject: My 'new' Rover   Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:45 am

Looks very good you don't see to many of these now especially in this condition, I believe cars like this will be a future classic. Nice find  Thumb 

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:50 am

The photos flatter a little tbh. Its got enough rust along the sills to make a Lancia blush. Gotta get busy with the Waxoyl.
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:50 am

For its age, it looks good.  

A keeper   Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Thu Nov 06, 2014 11:38 pm

That's grade A!

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Fri Apr 10, 2015 6:31 pm

Looks like the sills aren't the only thing that's rotten. Near-side front inner wheel arch is shot. Smaller area of rot in the off-side rear arch, too. Once I've repaired (botched) this, should I put the plastic covers back on? I can't decide whether they're a help or hindrance. When I took them off, I noticed there was a lot of mud, leafs and other junk behind there. I worry the cover just exacerbates rust by trapping wet debris, holding it in situ to the wheel arch. On the other hand, it shields the metal from the worst of the road spray and stones that get slung up by the tyres. What ya think?

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:47 am

Depends on cost but if its a good runner and not to expensive to put right then go for it, I would Shake

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:30 am

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Depends on cost but if its a good runner and not to expensive to put right then go for it, I would Shake

You may have misunderstood. I wasn't thinking of getting rid of it - I'm in the process of repairing now. I wasn't sure whether to reinstate the plastic wheel arch covers as I suspect they may have aided corrosion by providing a place for dirt to collect against the body. Looks like I might have to put them back as the door hinges and wiring to side indicators are exposed to road-spray otherwise.
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:09 am

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I wasn't sure whether to reinstate the plastic wheel arch covers as I suspect they may have aided corrosion by providing a place for dirt to collect against the body.

See your point, but its now less of an issue, because it (probably) USED to be in the hands of an "ordinary" punter who ran it as a disposable appliance, BUT NOW its in the hands of an obsessive - compulsive bangernomicist who will give it (excessive?) care and attention.

Maybe build in some extra protection back there? (as well as stopping the rot and spraying with oil). Underseal? Aluminium sheet/foil? Plastic sheet? Roof Flashing? Denzler Tape?
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Mon May 04, 2015 6:10 pm

Aye, probably just over thinking things again.

Underseal (waxoyl) + covers back on.
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Wed May 20, 2015 6:49 pm

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Made some more holes today...

And yes, I am responsible for that poor welding in the fore ground. What of it?
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Thu May 21, 2015 9:54 am

Unless things have changed A LOT, if you're welding to MOT-pass standards, I think you could get away with much worse than that.

Its pretty messy, but its (almost) a continuous-seam weld. I believe MOT welds can be just tacked at intervals (can't remember the specs now) and original construction, come to that, uses occaisional spot-welds.

I did a ridiculous amount of welding on a Marina 1800 using flange-welds and gas, which is a skill-free combination, almost welds itself. Wouldn't work as well with a MIG or stick but I THINK it'd still be easier.

Tester didn't approve of the re-design and spent quite a long time hitting it with quite a big hammer (in blatant violation of MOT rules) but had to pass it eventually.

Is that coated-wire mig? (probably the cheapest option for DIY)
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Thu May 21, 2015 1:42 pm

At least you can weld Clap

Re: plastic wheel arches
As edlithgow said you know what could be happening under the plastic if refitted and are very capable of dealing with any potential consequences, plus putting any additional defence in before they go back on   Smile

I'm sure they are an aid to rusting :-)  
A friend had a Ford Sierra (haven't seen one of them in awhile) with some plastic wheel arches. I'm sure they were post production fitted to make it look like the RS that it wasn't.  Whether it was the arches, the fitting of the arches or a combination of the two, all I remember is he had a bit of surprise one day looking at where the arch should have been.  He lived a fair few miles away so only saw him occasionally, then next time he didn't have the Sierra.
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Sun May 24, 2015 9:27 pm

edlithgow wrote:
Is that coated-wire mig? (probably the cheapest option for DIY)

Yep. An el-cheapo unit with only two power settings - high or low.
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Sun May 24, 2015 9:55 pm


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This is quite a problem. I can't find a replacement.

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Tue May 26, 2015 11:35 pm

Noooooooooooo!!  affraid

Sorry can't be more constructive :-(
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:17 pm

Found a replacement btw. New old stock in original packaging, from Greece of all places.
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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:15 am

The MoT gods have smiled upon my unworthy Rover. Not a single advisory. Proof that miracles can happen.

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PostSubject: Re: My 'new' Rover   Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:40 am

Congrats. Always a relief, even here.

Which reminds me that I must be about due another inspection, cos they're 6- monthly.
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