420GSI tourer mini restoration

Want to share photos and details of your projects? Then post them here.

Moderator: Forum Staff

Message
Author
N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

420GSI tourer mini restoration

#1 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:27 pm

Dear all, i am about to shamelessly copy and paste my project thread from retrorides, since it involves a green 420 gsi i bought with front end damage.

I think the previous owner Simon B was on this here forum so some of you will recognise the car. Ive stuck a few things on facebook, but thought i would copy it here too.

James


We begin the copy and paste fest...


I really suck at not buying cars. To be fair this one isn't really my fault. All I intended to do was buy a gearbox with LSD in it for my bubble project, but when I turned up I sort of ended up buying this.

Its a 1995 420 gsi tourer. I remember trying to get my Dad to buy one as a replacement for the family Montego estate, but he said it was too small. Probably right in hindsight. Still cool though.

This car was a much loved car that was pretty well known. It was slightly modified with 16" Cosmos alloys (similar to BRM), lowered 60 mm, Roversport bumpers, big brake conversion and mk1 bonnet and grille. Here it is with previous owner Simon in a magazine article. Photo was taken at Pride of Longbridge.

Image

Unfortunately a foreign taxi driver got a roundabout a bit wrong causing the car ahead of Simon to emergency stop. Being a modern SUV thing, it stopped fast, whereas the Rover didn't and ended up a bit bent. However luckily the Rover was so low it under-ran the rear of the SUV and the damage is all at a high level and confined to just the bonnet, slam panel, bonnet latch and headlights. Better news is that there was no damage to the SUV and the damage to the Rover is unrecorded.

Simon was going to break it up. He removed and sold the sport bumpers, and it now wears the original suspension rather than lowered. I got to keep the cosmos alloys, mid level custom tailgate spoiler and Simon gave me a spare mk2 bonnet and front bumper and headlights.

Here it is in all its glory.

Image

Image

Interior is excellent apart form a bit of side bolster wear. Being a GSI it has Recaro style seats with half leather.

Image

This is the damage

Image

Chassis rails are perfect. Just the slam panel moving back has tweaked the panels either side of the rad rearwards at the top.

Image

Image

Already started pulling it out by hand

Image

Had a spare radiator already that came with the bubble. Just need to fit the rad fan and sensors.

Image

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#2 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:27 pm


N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#3 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:28 pm

Had a very productive day.

Simon, the previous owner has supplied me with all the parts needed to fix it! That includes a chopped section from the front of a donor car.

I spent the day pulling out the remainder of the rearward crushing, and then picking the slam panel off the donor car and the bent one off my car and then checking the alignment.

Image

Had to unbolt the top and front of the front wings to get to some of the spot welds. Not difficult though.

Image

Then with the old slam panel off i could do the final shaping of the support mounts.

Image

Balanced the new slam panel on and put the wings back in place.

Image

Simon gave/lent me a standard mk2 bonnet (no 2.0 gsi bulge) so i trial fitted that to make sure the new slam panel worked with the bonnet latch. All works fine. So now i just need to prep the panel and weld it on.

Image

Also check out the history file. Proper old school wallet think with labelled front. Then inside pretty much every MOT, loads of handwritten invoices and service notes. Fantastic!

Image

Image

User avatar
RoverRevival
Club Member
Posts: 6922
Joined: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:08 pm
Location: RoverRevival, Manchester
Contact:

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#4 Post by RoverRevival » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:29 pm

:groupwave

Watching
Pastor @ Rover Revival NFP Garage
220 Coupe turbo K785OAT
218 VVC Cabriolet R220OVR
Mercedes C270 diesel P80CJM
For Sale:
75 1.8 auto Connie 70k copperleaf
25 Streetwise 54k
25 IL 36k
216 ronda coupe
620 SLI Honda 60k
& C3

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#5 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:31 pm

RoverRevival wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:29 pm
:groupwave

Watching
"Forum says no" It now one let me post anymore, think maybe it thinks im flooding it with spam??

User avatar
RoverRevival
Club Member
Posts: 6922
Joined: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:08 pm
Location: RoverRevival, Manchester
Contact:

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#6 Post by RoverRevival » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:36 pm

5 min between posts
Pastor @ Rover Revival NFP Garage
220 Coupe turbo K785OAT
218 VVC Cabriolet R220OVR
Mercedes C270 diesel P80CJM
For Sale:
75 1.8 auto Connie 70k copperleaf
25 Streetwise 54k
25 IL 36k
216 ronda coupe
620 SLI Honda 60k
& C3

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#7 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:43 pm

RoverRevival wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:36 pm
5 min between posts
Ahh i did wonder. Seems to like plain text but not links to pictures or video?

User avatar
RoverRevival
Club Member
Posts: 6922
Joined: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:08 pm
Location: RoverRevival, Manchester
Contact:

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#8 Post by RoverRevival » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:46 pm

Just post a link, it will probably be blocked code from the other site or advertising links ect that jumla blocks.
Pastor @ Rover Revival NFP Garage
220 Coupe turbo K785OAT
218 VVC Cabriolet R220OVR
Mercedes C270 diesel P80CJM
For Sale:
75 1.8 auto Connie 70k copperleaf
25 Streetwise 54k
25 IL 36k
216 ronda coupe
620 SLI Honda 60k
& C3

Cthomas
Club Member
Posts: 88
Joined: Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:21 pm
Location: Kent

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#9 Post by Cthomas » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:11 pm

Nice to see you here James. I’ve watched the sd1 police car on Matt’s YouTube
Rover 216 vdp 1990
Old ones
Rover 216 vdp 1986 my dads last car
Rover 420 gsi 1992 miss this one
Rover 214 sei 1995
Rover 820
Rover 3500 vp sdi
Rover 2600 sdi

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#10 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:21 am

Cthomas wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:11 pm
Nice to see you here James. I’ve watched the sd1 police car on Matt’s YouTube
Yes that was a result. He also did a road test of this car.

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#11 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:22 am

Attempting to work my way quite speedily through this car.

Been sorting the water pipes at work while its too dark or too wet to weld the front on (or basically I'm too tired after work)

Image

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#12 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:53 am

Put them in the blast cabinet, but its not really up to the job so i used a strip and clean pad on a grinder. Much better.

Image

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#13 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:53 am

Image

Image

Image

Then i found some splits that needed welding up. Think the tube is made of flat, that is bent into a curve and welded and it slit along the weld, so i cleaned it off and welded it back up.

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#14 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:53 am

Then found some grot behind a bracket so opened it up and used a hacksaw to clean it up. Then left them to soak all weekedn in Bilt Hamber Deox C rust killer.

Image

N1tr0_9
Club Member
Posts: 61
Joined: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:28 pm

Re: 420GSI tourer mini restoration

#15 Post by N1tr0_9 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:05 am

Painted the lower hoses in bona primer and then black.. Top rail didi in etch and tehn black.

Image

Image

Image

Post Reply