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Re: 1990 416GSi

#16 Post by burtonm » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:25 pm

Minor cosmetic update:

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the car now has four GSi trims again.
If anyone has use for some 14" lattice SLi trims I'll happily trade them for more GSI items.

Vacced out the carpets, found a few shards of broken glass - the non-matching locks suggest it might have been broken into at some point in the past, though the glass could also be from when the n/s rear door got stoved in, who knows. Stuck some Neutradol in too so it doesn't smell as musty.

Starting to get some bodyshop quotes for the cosmetically challenged bits. It's more than the car is worth (perhaps not when it's done?) but I hope to keep it for a long time, so that's okay.
1990/H 416GSi - White Diamond/Tempest

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Re: 1990 416GSi

#17 Post by burtonm » Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:21 pm

NOS bootlid came today.

It has holes for a spoiler that are going to neeed plugging, but otherwise it's good.

Car is booked into the bodyshop for early July.
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Re: 1990 416GSi

#18 Post by burtonm » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:09 am

Just been to Aberdeen and back in the GSi. Faultless running, and high 30s MPG. This is definitely the best D-Series engine I've had.
I had a Montego Mayfair as company from Glasgow to Aberdeen and back - as well as a Leyland Olympian that comes up as 'Rover Unknown' on the DVLA...

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Re: 1990 416GSi

#19 Post by montegoman » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:58 am

I'm pleased your car is performing well. That is a nice Montego there. The Leyland Olympian has an Alexander body. I would think It is ex Hong Kong. Hong Kong took quite a few high capacity 3 axle Leyland Olympians and Dennis Dragons. They have subsequently been brought back to the UK as cheap high capacity school buses.
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Re: 1990 416GSi

#20 Post by 1234dist » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:51 am

used to drive a Dennis dragon when i was 19...*laughs*
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Re: 1990 416GSi

#21 Post by rover416 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:34 pm

I reckon the d/d bus in the photo belongs to a Scot rail driver and is normally parked at Barrhead and the person with his back to the photographer is one Andy campbell noted volvo car collecter and recently an owner of a Montego

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Re: 1990 416GSi

#22 Post by burtonm » Tue Jun 12, 2018 5:12 pm

rover416 wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:34 pm
I reckon the d/d bus in the photo belongs to a Scot rail driver and is normally parked at Barrhead and the person with his back to the photographer is one Andy campbell noted volvo car collecter and recently an owner of a Montego
Yep, you're right on all counts (the trip was an Autoshite gathering). That is indeed Andy Campbell, and the bus belongs to David Fowler.

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The bus is a 1990 ex-HK Olympian with a Cummins L10, originally used by Hong Kong Citybus. It was exported back to the UK with tens of others to kickstart Megabus, where an age-masking private plate (since removed), luggage racks and a toilet were added. After this it did a stint as a school bus for Stagecoach in Fife and possibly somewhere else before entering preservation. Searching 'H987RKG' brings up lots of images of the bus throughout its life.

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The oil light came on on the Rover yesterday, all seemed to be well so I gave it a top up and it went out. Must change the oil filter soon.

I've finally put my radio in having acquired some wiring adapters to refit the ISO connectors some plonker lopped off, and found that all the speakers work :D they didn't all on the old setup, and the radio didn't seem to have bal/fad controls so I was stuck. Further to that the radio reception was terribly weak and could barely pick up BBC stations - there was no hope for anything else.
However the new radio has highlighted that the front speakers are pretty worn out and buzz a bit so I'll have to replace them at some point.
The bodyshop is looming, being three weeks away now, so my focuses for the car are keeping it clean and preparing it for that - there are a couple of trim pieces I'd like to seek out, and a new passenger mirror.
After that I've got the car booked in to the classic parking at Festival of the Unexceptional down in Buckinghamshire in July - being a 1990 car it just about slips in (though I've heard the organisers don't care too much about slightly newer 'modern classics').
I also need to sort out the headlining at some point, as I've noticed it's merely tucked under the C pillar trims at the rear corners - suggesting the entire headlining has come unbonded.
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Re: 1990 416GSi

#23 Post by burtonm » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:08 pm

Oil filter changed, the old one was a Crosland cheapie. Bosch one in there now.

Took the rear bumper off because it's sitting about 1/2" too far forward on the driver's side - it was forward of the trailing end of the arch, and the liner was also missing. On top of that the bumper looks noticeably wonky from behind. The mounting bracket was mangled out of shape, either from a prang or backing into something- new one ordered. That'll make another big difference and set the car well on the way to looking very tidy indeed.
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