Rover 416 GTI Auto - Restoring an old friend

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Re: Rover 416 GTI Auto - Restoring an old friend

#46 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:07 pm

Enjoying the thread, cheers!
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Re: Rover 416 GTI Auto - Restoring an old friend

#47 Post by Plodder » Thu Oct 14, 2021 11:55 am

Well there’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that Merlin Motorsport have organised a special order for a 28mm i/d ninety degree hose with an extended elbow length of 150mm instead of 102mm for just a few pounds more.
This will mean a much better and tidier solution to the top hose.

Bad news its a 12 week lead time.
More bad news….the radiator seems to have sprung a leak so out it will have to come and off to pressure test and repair.

Still could have been worse , I could have been on the M5 when it decided to fail🤣
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#48 Post by Plodder » Fri Dec 03, 2021 2:03 pm

Few photos from a celebratory drive as "Jese" celebrates her calculated "off the production line" 30th birthday today

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Progress is still sporadic but generally going in the right direction - guess that's why they call it a "rolling resto" :laughing2 - but still manages a spirited drive down the A38
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#49 Post by itcaptainslow » Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:20 pm

Looks great!
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#50 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:59 pm

Nice, but it's wet! 😲
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#51 Post by Plodder » Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:15 pm

Topcat Tomcat wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:59 pm
Nice, but it's wet! 😲
Road was damp but it was dry enough for the sunroof to be open.
Hasn’t been given a decent airing for 6 weeks and the weather is likely to get worse. So decided a run out before the winter really sets in would be more beneficial than a temporary damp bottom 😃
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#52 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:18 pm

Well done :clapping

I bet you smiled a lot too :D
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#53 Post by Plodder » Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:59 pm

GTiJohn wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 7:18 pm
Well done :clapping

I bet you smiled a lot too :D
Yep always brings a smile to my face when I go for a drive in her.
The perfect tonic for a dull day :thumbup
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#54 Post by Mr Teddy Bear » Tue Dec 07, 2021 1:24 pm

Very nice I wish mine looked like that! :D

With the passage of time those early bonnets & indicators look far classier imo.
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#55 Post by henryiett » Tue Dec 07, 2021 5:54 pm

Yh, I agree I've always thought the prefacelift is so much better looking and more elegant
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#56 Post by Plodder » Wed Dec 08, 2021 7:55 pm

Mr Teddy Bear wrote:
Tue Dec 07, 2021 1:24 pm
Very nice I wish mine looked like that!
Thanks for the compliment I wish it looked as good up close as it does in the photos. :laughing2

The paint is crazed/scratched all over the roof, boot and the front of the bonnet and there are tiny hailstone dents in the bonnet and roof (from its time stored up a tree) .
I think I've count 10 in the bonnet.
After the rust-proofing has been done early next year the next job big job on the bodywork will be to decide whether I have these small dents sorted before a full respray , which could be several years away after I've done all the mechanicals.
With the bonnet its a choice of a better condition second hand bonnet resprayed or let someone fill the dents.
With the roof I'm wondering if the dents can be removed by a paintless dent removal body shop , if the headlining was removed, easier than a body shop filling them as they are so small.
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Re: Rover 416 GTI Auto - Restoring an old friend

#57 Post by henryiett » Thu Dec 09, 2021 1:33 pm

It's lovely to see this rolling resto make good progress
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#58 Post by Plodder » Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:00 pm

Small update on the radiator.
Sent it to Exeter Radiators who pressure tested it etc and found no leak in the tubes .

Anyway they found it was leaking around the tabs They said they could try and repair it but couldn’t guarantee the repair integrity which is important to me as I will be trying to do some of the shows this year from Devon.

They managed to find a replacement core with some difficulty at their sister company in Newquay.
Decided to cut my losses and try to get the best permanent long term fix based on the difficultly in getting radiators for automatics.

I think in the future most people will be fitting radiators without the transmission cooler on the side and joining the 2 auto transmission oil outlets up together because there won’t be any alternative.
This has been suggested as being ok , if your not towing or in the Sahara , on this forum many times.

Still waiting for the extended right angle piece to complete the new top hose which should be due soon.
Decided also to replace the thermostat whilst its all drained down as a bit of preventative maintenance
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Re: Rover 416 GTI Auto - Restoring an old friend

#59 Post by henryiett » Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:08 am

My favourite thing about it, is that is a prefacelift which is better looking in my opinion
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