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Cabriolet 220 turbo

#1 Post by Barty50 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:57 pm

Just bought a Rover which is a bit of a hybrid. Its a cabriolet with the engine from a tomcat turbo converted by Moto Build Racing. I believe that there are not too many around and I just wondered if there were any more owners of similar cabrios on here.
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#2 Post by 1234dist » Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:02 pm

Theses a reason, its too much power for the chassis so can't really put the power down.

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i went one below and chose the vvc engine for my cabriolet and its like it was designed for it.
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220 Coupe turbo K785OAT
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#3 Post by Barty50 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:30 pm

Just collected it and driven it for 250 miles and it handles the power very well, in fact no problems at all. Its a very sensible car to drive around town but really comes to life at motorway speeds where it accelerates with no drama at all.
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#4 Post by GTiJohn » Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:14 am

:welcome

Interesting, probably unique car :clapping

Looking forward to seeing it and meeting you sometime.

Some pictures would be great - photobucket etc
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#5 Post by Barty50 » Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:19 am

I was informed by the previous owner that he knew of another in Northampton and that Rover themselves produced 6 of these back in the day. I will post pictures as soon as I can.
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#6 Post by Barty50 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:06 am

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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#7 Post by ROVER-25X » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:17 pm

I believe the only reason they didn't do these from the factory is because the chassis flexes
on the cabriolet and the 2.0T is a big heavy engine so it was just issued with the 1.6 tops.
The 25X (2001 ROVER 25 1.4 Impression S, fate TBD)
The CX8 (1997 ROVER Cabriolet 1.6 K-Series, Resto Project)
The 25XD (2004 ROVER 25 2.0TD, Track Car ?)
The Parts Bin (2001 ROVER 25 1.6 S)
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#8 Post by Barty50 » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:15 pm

Not too sure about the chassis but engineers report on the car states:

'The conversion is of a very high standard and no corners have been cut, to all intents and purposes this vehicle is identical mechanically to a 196ps Rover 220 petrol turbo, as all 200 series cars 1992-1996 share the same chassis platform'
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Rover Cabriolet

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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#9 Post by E_T_V » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:54 pm

Except the cabriolet has different sills and no roof. No chassis difference at all ;) :slapme

They tend to suffer scuttle shake because of the lack of stiffness. That doesn't make much difference when driven normally though. So you'll find it a hoot to drive. Just keep an eye on the front inner wings for cracks as this isn't unheard of in the cars with a roof. Without one will make this worse (which is possibly why MGR didn't release one).

There was a lad from South wales who had a purple one too. Can't for the life of me remember his name though.

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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#10 Post by Barty50 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:05 am

Thank you. Any advice is welcome and I will keep an eye on the inner wings. I did think of strengthening the car a bit with strut braces but I read that they would make no difference on a cabriolet, not too sure that they would do any harm either though?
I was told by the previous owner that he knew of another similar car in Northampton so there are a few about.
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#11 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:21 am

Ask 1234dist, he has a strut brace on his cabby. :wink3
The 25X (2001 ROVER 25 1.4 Impression S, fate TBD)
The CX8 (1997 ROVER Cabriolet 1.6 K-Series, Resto Project)
The 25XD (2004 ROVER 25 2.0TD, Track Car ?)
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#12 Post by 1234dist » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:17 am

:laughing2 Makes no difference :S

I have 3 on mine and makes the world of difference. No pics of the lower cross member mount as its dirty down there :laughing2

http://218vvccabriolet.blogspot.co.uk/2 ... jello.html
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220 Coupe turbo K785OAT
218 VVC Cabriolet R220OVR
220 GTI M-series J777RAL
75 2.0 CDT P80CJM
620 SLI P267LOM HONDA
420 GSI Turbo L191CVP

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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#13 Post by Barty50 » Thu Jun 23, 2016 8:40 pm

Lots of conflicting information on these cars. Glad you said that it makes a difference as I was going to fit them anyway.
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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#14 Post by 1234dist » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:50 pm

don't buy the cosmetic ones they don't work (ie etech ones) too much flex in the thread lines.

Rear one should have no threads, mine is particularly large circumference compared to standard ones (don't know why).
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220 Coupe turbo K785OAT
218 VVC Cabriolet R220OVR
220 GTI M-series J777RAL
75 2.0 CDT P80CJM
620 SLI P267LOM HONDA
420 GSI Turbo L191CVP

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Re: Cabriolet 220 turbo

#15 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:22 pm

1234dist wrote:mine is particularly large circumference

:blink :o :bored
The 25X (2001 ROVER 25 1.4 Impression S, fate TBD)
The CX8 (1997 ROVER Cabriolet 1.6 K-Series, Resto Project)
The 25XD (2004 ROVER 25 2.0TD, Track Car ?)
The Parts Bin (2001 ROVER 25 1.6 S)
The ASTRA-DX (2012 VAUXHALL ASTRA 1.7CDTi, Daily Eco Driver)

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