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Re: Rover 220 Coupe Turbo Ex-Dunlop Racer

#31 Post by James3990 » Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:00 pm

Another weekly update:

Started making up the brake lines on the car with some copper/nickel lines.

I was going to go down the braided route (like a proper RS car) but it came down to money & time, as I really want to get this car finished during summer. I definitely do want to go down the braided route so this will give me something to 'upgrade' further down the line.

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First task was to make a mount for the Wilwood bias valve and also get my T-piece sections in place first, then measure/cut /flare the pipework to suit.

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Rubber grommets are in place and a few clips holding the lines. Still a couple more clips to add, but that's the majority of the brake system finished.

Next task is to get the chassis loom back in the car and insulated :scared

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Re: Rover 220 Coupe Turbo Ex-Dunlop Racer

#32 Post by HA54SYM » Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:06 am

Wow your progress is putting me to shame, keep it up though :D

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#33 Post by James3990 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 12:10 am

So it’s update time and another milestone reached.

Time to recommission the engine and get it back in the car.

First off was the fitting of a new rear crank seal and a bead of sealant round the sump to prevent any future leaks.

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B&B clutch kits are definately worth the money, the packaging and quality of the kit is very reassuring.

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Gearbox was also degreased ready for refitting.

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Flywheel fitted with brand new bolts, lock tight, clutch aligned and then bolted down into place.

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And then with thanks to Jody and his sons, we all got the gearbox mounted and lifted into the car 8)

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Started reconnecting the engine ancillaries - thermostat housing, water pump housing with new pump, PAS & alternator.

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And then finally treated the car to some genuine Brown and Gammon adjustable top mounts.

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Thanks for looking.
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#34 Post by GTiJohn » Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:44 am

Great progress!

When are you hoping for it to be a runner? And then what next? :cool
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#35 Post by James3990 » Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:30 pm

GTiJohn wrote:
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:44 am
Great progress!

When are you hoping for it to be a runner? And then what next? :cool

I'm aiming for around July time, so 3 more months and it should be painted and hopefully looking the business. I'm keeping the MNX paintwork as its main colour, then bumpers and lower half of the car painted charcoal grey, Similar to this:

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I would then like to try get it booked in at some fairly local tracks for a shake down (curborough/Donnington etc)

I will speak to you closer the time John, but it would be good to get some club stickers on the car.
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#36 Post by GTiJohn » Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:09 pm

James3990 wrote:
Sat Apr 10, 2021 1:30 pm

I will speak to you closer the time John, but it would be good to get some club stickers on the car.
Oh yes!

We also have the RoverSport artwork which might come in handy :clapping
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Re: Rover 220 Coupe Turbo Ex-Dunlop Racer

#37 Post by James3990 » Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:47 am

Update time

Lots of small jobs currently being done that are taking time to complete - this is the important part, making sure they are done properly which is something I feel this car lacked by the previous builder.

One of the ‘big’ jobs I have managed to do was refit doors/wings which made it look a little more like a car again :D

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#38 Post by James3990 » Tue May 11, 2021 2:19 pm

Update time,

Body harness has been routed and finally fixed/insulated on the bulkhead, so it was time to refit the heater matrix and then dashboard.

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Not 100% back together but it's fixed in position so I can finish tidying up wiring and reconnect everything else.

Sourced a Roversport radiator which was sent away and refurbished with a new core.

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New brake pads fitted ready for the system to be filled with new fluid - EBC Yellow

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Assembled the B&G top mounts onto the GAZ Coilovers:

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Then it was time to cut away the suspension turret to allow for all the camber adjustment available from the top mounts - No going back now! :o

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Fitted a standard MNX rear bumper. I won't be keeping the bumpers silver but I just wanted it to look normal again for the time being :D

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Few more bits going back in the engine bay (pipes, hoses, ECU etc) along with the exhaust manifold and turbo system.

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Wheels have been sent away for refurbishment with City Coaters here in Birmingham, so the car is currently sitting on axle stands.
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Engine bay shot from a different angle! Spark plug cover sourced from Tom on the ropes 8)

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#39 Post by Plodder » Tue May 11, 2021 4:07 pm

More impressive work done - well done.
Keep the posts coming.
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#40 Post by James3990 » Mon May 17, 2021 11:28 pm

Small update - alignment day!

Now the radiator is back it was time to test fit the cooling system but first, here is a flash back of the aftermarket setup that came on the car. I'm sure I've saved weight going back to OEM :facepalm:

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Also not forgetting the new slam panel that was fitted over Christmas.

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Sourced some original frames/fans which were stripped down, cleaned and painted ready for assembly. -I'm not sure yet if I'm going to run the additional fan.

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Alignment perfect 8) Like I say nothing is bolted down just yet because this was just a test fit. I want to get the downpipes installed first whilst Ive got all that space to play with.

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Also fitted the GRP bonnet whilst there. Not sure what I'm doing yet in terms of securing it down. Either the classic Aerocatch pins or I might go with the more modern push button clips.

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#41 Post by James3990 » Sun May 30, 2021 8:32 am

Small update, made a start on the electrics.... :closedeyes engine harness in place and also tidying up behind the dashboard.

The wiring isn’t great in this car, it’s a mixture of 218 and 220 and I’ve always said this part will be my weakness. It did run before the strip down so just needs tidying up and putting back together.

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Also got the wheels back from refurbishment looking very nice

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#42 Post by henryiett » Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:35 pm

Work looks fantastic as always
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#43 Post by James3990 » Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:27 pm

Thanks for the comments and views over the last few months.

Theres been a lot going on the last few weeks which has resulted in a lack of updates on the forum. The main reason is that I've just moved house into a property that's much better for my family and the Rovers!

I wanted the refurbished wheels back on the car so I've had some temporary tyres fitted and also a new windscreen fitted before towing the car to its new home.

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The new house features two garages, so it was finally time for the road car to meet the race car :D

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First job in the new garage was to get the GRP boot lid fitted,

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The badge is only on temporarily, car needs painting before this is fitted securely.

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And then finally reattaching the boot latch:

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Not quite happy with the alignment of the boot, but it wasn’t great beforehand so I need to do some fettling with the brackets.

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#44 Post by henryiett » Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:17 pm

Lovely to see a win win situation improving the family home life and the rovers life too
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#45 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:35 am

Getting a fibreglass bootlid to fit into hole in a shell that's 'been around the track' was always going to be a case of 'the best you can achieve' rather than 'perfection' :angel

Great progress and fascinating to see :clapping
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