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My new project

Postby Sunbmw » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:33 am

Hi all, I thought it only fair, seeing as you guys are virtually family and all that, that I share with you what has been ahppening in the world of Sawdon for a while.

Well, we all know that the M3 went, then I had a foray into an Escort, and a few things happened...........

A, the car wasn't as good as first thought, it had had some major cosmetic body work, not particularly well executed, and it didn't seem to me like a good place to start from, but I wasn't worried as I had another "good" shell at home.

B, we had run out of money to finish the house and pay everybody up, so the decision was made to sell the Escort again, luckily for me, although I split it and sold the rolling shell and engine seperately, I got my money back. Result.

Anyway, we paid all the bills, finished the house and I was left with a few quid to buy a toy, now, I looked around a bit and fancied something different, (those who know me, know I like "different"!) and had seen a car I had hankered after since I first started driving, as it was the first car I legally drove on the road, a Rover Sd1.

So I had a look around, and was surprised just how many were still about, and saw one advertised local ish to me and went to have a look, bearing in mind that at the back of my head, I was secretly thinking of building a rally car with one, anyhow, this car was immaculate, 2 owners from new with a genuine documented 44,000 miles, it had been owned by a Sir/Professor and was flawless, so, I did the decent thing and bought it...............

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So, on closer inspection, this thing is far too good to do such a thing with, and is going to be a show car, but, the story doesn't end there...............

I posted a thread on a Rover Sd1 forum, asking about Competition parts etc, and got chatting with a fell in Ireland who has a shed full of these, and has amassed over the yeras loads of rally parts for them, and his input was the best route to go, if you want to rally one, is to keep it historic legal, and the best base car for a Group A replica is a 84/85 single plenum Vitesse. That in mind, i do no more than go buy one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, as you can see, I have already made a start, I have stripped her out, removed the godawful sunroof, (roof skin on its way from Rimmers) and amassed some pukka parts, including a cross bolted block, some forged pistons and group A rods, and of course, some nice wheels.

I also dropped very lucky, whilst at the Rcae Retro show at Stoneleigh, there was a proper works Group A car there, and I had a very long chat and took loads of pics of it in the hope of replicfating that car.

Anyway boys, hope you like it, don't expect her to be hitting the stages this year, or maybe the one after, but you never know.
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Re: My new project

Postby ultegra » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:56 am

Monster!

These barges are surprisingly light for their size too (no jokes about the doors falling off etc).

I went out to buy one back in '88, but bottled it and drove away from the dealer with a kent engined XR2 insted. Oh well.

Keep us posted with developments!

ps: Are you keeping the Van Den Plastic?
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Re: My new project

Postby bruvs1 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:09 pm

i don't believe it!! :lol: i have a confession, i've had a few sd1's and a silver single plenum vitesse :shock: great fun but feckin chocolate gearbox..lee...it's the only way >>>>...................... 8)
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Re: My new project

Postby alan1272 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:12 pm

good man, epic rover action there 8)
i bloody love those cars and as soon as i have too much time and money and patience i'm going to buy one :lol:
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Re: My new project

Postby notax » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:52 pm

Good luck with it! Good to see you've got the steering wheel sorted, now for the rest of the car :lol:

I hope you're going to use the infamous Rover works bodge on yours - they apparently kept blowing clutches early on and to relieve the stress on the tyres from the start line some genious redirected the washer jets onto the back wheels to help it spin off the line 8) Good story but anyone know if its true?
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Re: My new project

Postby is-si » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:09 pm

cool project, better than a drof.

respect due :D

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Re: My new project

Postby Sunbmw » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:48 pm

Thanks boys, Roof skin has arrived today but won't be getting fitted till the cage does.

Yes, I am keeping the VDP, it might end up sporting a towbar and being the "Barge".

As for colour scheme, I have always wnted a car in Computervision Livery, and now I have a car that can officially get away with it, so it is cut and dried in my eyes.

Gearbox wise, I have this R&D 6 speed S/C dog box, but upon offering it up to the block I bought at the weekend, it won't be just a straightforward adaptor plate to make it fit, the starter will be an issue as will the flywheel diameter, trouble is, the MT75 'box has a cast in bellhousing, but I think that Peter spoke to Roger Nevin at R&D a few weeks ago, and I may be wrong but I think they now do a front casing with a removable bellhousing, one to look at that.

Watch this space...................... :mrgreen:
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Re: My new project

Postby Sunbmw » Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:39 am

Some more done at weekend.............

Thats gotta go............

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Gone......and staying gone till the cage is fitted..........

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Sound deadening removed..............

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Some wheels I have aquired.............

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Re: My new project

Postby Tris-m3 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:21 am

Looks like an awesome project! Its gonna sound amazing! :D
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Re: My new project

Postby Sunbmw » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:53 am

Tris-m3 wrote:Looks like an awesome project! Its gonna sound amazing! :D


Cheers. I hope so, I am on the hunt for a set of quad Dell'ortos and manifolds :twisted:
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Re: My new project

Postby bruvs1 » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:43 am

looks like you need some greedy boards for the skip lee!! :lol:
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Re: My new project

Postby Sunbmw » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:45 pm

bruvs1 wrote:looks like you need some greedy boards for the skip lee!! :lol:


My sarcastic mate came round the other day, he says, "can I give you some advice?", "what?" says me, "you know when you have a skip, you want to try to get as much in it as you can...................." :lol:

t**t.
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Re: My new project

Postby is-si » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:55 pm

As in Motoring news:
Ex-Jimmy Mcrae Group A SD1 at Chatsworth June 5/6th
...just round the corner 8)
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Re: My new project

Postby is-si » Thu May 13, 2010 12:53 pm

You may have read this but here's some good history...

http://www.roversd1club.net/features/profile-ianlines.asp
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Re: My new project

Postby avtovaz » Mon May 31, 2010 10:48 pm

are ytou going to have washer jets pointing at the rear tyres?

should we not have this in the main projects thread???

Lee why not put a bmw v8 in it ;)
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