New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

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New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#1 Post by Dorchester » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:22 pm

A dreadful job it was: taking off all the rust (I've seen the pics my good saddler has made, awful!), treating all the corroded parts and painting them in the end, swapping old broken screws, making new straps (the genuine ones were gone long since...), and other bits & bobs.
Then watering and stretching the new hood to gain some 2 cm more or about and repeating the process as long as it wasn't yet back in place. A galley slave job!
When I arrived the bloke was cleaning the inside of the car with his vacuum cleaner.
A very good work and an earning well deserved: the guy asked me exactly what had been previously agreed, not a penny more: £413 (480€)! But it's worth all the money by a long chalk.

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And guess what... when I was to come back home, the cabby refused to fired up with any of the keys... until I saw that the 'alarm' light was on...
Then 💡: I got out, closed the door with the key then re-opened it with the fob and... tadah! the fob was recognized and the engine fired up!
Mind you: I'm the only one who is worthy of so whimsical a mood & such a saucy behaviour! Neither the saddler nor the mechanic have had any problem. Vicious & malignant protection that works only against its master!
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#2 Post by richard moss » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:34 pm

Was that price just got the fitting? Assuming tbat it was, how much was the cost of the actual hood?
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#3 Post by Dorchester » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:59 pm

richard moss wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:34 pm
Was that price just got the fitting? Assuming tbat it was, how much was the cost of the actual hood?
Yes £412 is just the fitting for 12 hours labour.
The hood was part of the purchase price (2,500€ - £2,150), but the usual price here in France for a hood of such a quality is 785€ (£675) when the vinyle standard one is 529€ (£455) for the hood only. Then you should add the fleece which may cost up to 260€ (£225). I've kept the genuine headliner which was acceptable.
The car was evaluated at 1,800€ (£1548) then adding a nearly new hood and a new fleece, we agreed on 2,500€ (£2,150).
I must admit it's rather on the steep side, but there wasn't any other solution, the hood being so much damaged and beyond repair after 25 years.
Moreover you should add the coach-builder to get the whole body right for 400€ (£344 - a very friendly price given the importance of labour) and around 500€ (£430) for the mechanic, all the stuff included and there's a lot.
Hence a grand total of 4,000€ (£3,440) to be proud of the car, at least definitely back from years of disrepair & carelessness.
Heavy? maybe, but the car was likely on the edge of its life, being already SORN since nearly 2 years and very close to fail from everywhere.
But it has all its history and has a very clean & neat leather interior and a rather good looking engine (and working nearly fine, I'd the time to test it along 500 km - 310 mls), and no rust at all anywhere. So it was worth it.
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#4 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:29 pm

That's a great investment :clapping
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#5 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:39 pm

Local French firm ?
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#6 Post by Dorchester » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:17 am

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Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Local French firm ?
Not at all. My mohair hood, window section and interliner are British made by BAS (I've got the papers): http://www.car-hood.co.uk/
Mind you I want a 100% British car! :D
The price given looks apparently quite less than the French equivalents I gave previously: £425 (mohair hood with window section) + £147 (interliner). Hence grand total: £572 (665€). But you need to add postage costs which are frequently appalling for the continent.
The headliner re-used was the genuine Rover one, hence I saved £179 (208€) and the deal had included the hood envelope the seller gave me which is worth £142 (165€). :)
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#7 Post by Dorchester » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:27 am

GTiJohn wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:29 pm
That's a great investment :clapping
Anybody should have in mind that there's no comparison between British car prices & continental ones.
On the continent below £1k you can barely find any decent car unless you are bound to add a huge heap of money to get it right.
Any Rover 200 cabriolet in France is used to be sold between 1,500 (£1,300) & 3,000€ (£2,580) depending on the condition and the seller's appetite. And there's no certainty you may get a decent car for that price.
Why do you think my young seller (30) sold me his cabby, like many other chaps? He couldn't or wouldn't afford the costs to get it right!
Lots of people here - and I assume there are similar blokes in the UK - are playing with their toys without any care and when it becomes out of order or presents some problems, they find no other solution than to sell it. :rolleyes
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#8 Post by richard moss » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:46 pm

When I lived in Spain, I bought LHD cars in the UK rather than locally - much better value. I wish I still had the amazing 1994 414 SLI with full leather and supercold aircon
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#9 Post by Kriss707 » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:35 pm

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Lots of people here - and I assume there are similar blokes in the UK - are playing with their toys without any care and when it becomes out of order or presents some problems, they find no other solution than to sell it. :rolleyes
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Yes there are. I see Cabbies driving around looking really in need of a loving owner, I don't think some people realise how many there aren't left.

To some I suppose they are 'just an old Rover I paid a couple of hundred quid for, so I'll run it into the ground'

Mind you, I suppose the people that have this attitude will be making our well looked after cars more valueable in the future.

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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#10 Post by 1234dist » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:46 pm

If a 50 yr old p4 is still only worth £5k if not hold my breath to long.
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Re: New mohair hood for my 214i mk2 cabby

#11 Post by Dorchester » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:47 pm

Kriss707 wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:35 pm
Yes there are. I see Cabbies driving around looking really in need of a loving owner, I don't think some people realise how many there aren't left.
To some I suppose they are 'just an old Rover I paid a couple of hundred quids for, so I'll run it into the ground'
Mind you, I suppose the people that have this attitude will be making our well looked after cars more valuable in the future.
Bold 1: except that on the continent they paid far more than a couple of hundred quids, which shows how silly they are to waste their money. But sometimes there is a foolhardy bloke who is buying their derelict car for a couple of thousand quids and tries to give it back again the TLC it deserves! :drool
Bold 2: I do agree and I do hope so if there is any justice in that nonsensical world... :wink
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